Interpreting the chatter on Chowhound is a little like deducing where to eat from intangibles in the Yellow Pages of a strange city. One can follow a passionate solo poster and get really bad advice. On the other hand, when there is a certain level of ambient buzz about a place, it is usually worthwhile.
Had to go up to Seattle for a couple of days on business, and with friends had dinner at Union (1400 First Avenue). With the possible exception of a lunch I had at Le Bernardin in NYC a few years ago, I cannot remember having had a better meal in this country. We all took the tasting menu ($48). None of us wanted the key dish -- squab always makes me think of eating al fresco in Trafalgar Square -- but found that the chef (it was a bit of a slow night) was pleased to substitute any of the other featured entrees from the a la carte portion of the menu for a $5 supplement. With the exception of the apple-rhubarb crisp -- which was only good -- every other bite was exquisite. With wine and drinks and coffee we cleared $100/person, but, for a change, it was money well spent.