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PlainJane | Aug 11, 200405:54 PM     2

After gleaning lots of useful recommendations from the Pacific NW Board we stopped in Seattle for a couple of days on our way to British Columbia. Here are some of the highlights of our trip.

Coastal Kitchen on Capitol Hill - this place was wonderful, they had a visiting Moroccan theme. We started with the Fried Calamari and then had the Casablanca Cod served over couscous, the Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and the Pecan Crusted Ono with black bean cakes. The Fried Calamari was delicious served with fried lemon, basil leaves and garlic. Some of the best we've had! The Casablanca Cod and the Pork Chops were great. The pork chops were seasoned well and had a complex smoked flavor. The pecan crusted seared ono was mediocre - too bland and too raw, although the black bean cakes were nicely toasted and flavorful. Dinner for three with two glasses of wine = $110.

Pike Place Chowder - hands down, the best New England style chowder I've ever had (and I normally prefer Manhattan style). We also had the Crab Sandwich and Bay Shrimp sandwich, which were both OK. Total $29 for three people.

Jack's Fish Spot - we had their halibut and chips, prawn and chips and fried oysters and chips and a bowl of their chowder. Their fish was pretty good but their chips were a bit on the soggy dark side - they hadnt changed their oil in a while. Their chowder while good was not as good as Pike Place Chowder. Total - $27 for the three of us.

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