Let's face it. There really is no fantastic Chinese (especially Szechuan) in Seattle or in the Seattle area. When we're desperate, we sometimes go to the Szechuan Gardens in the Int'l District, but we've had much better in SF, NY, and, amazingly, even Indianapolis. (I found the Snappy Dragon to be mediocre--garbage for yuppies). The situation is even worse outside of Seattle (except for a branch of SG in Issaquah), especially in Snohomish Co. I have yet to dine at an acceptable Chinese restaurant in Snohomish Co. Last year, an almost acceptable one opened in Everett (Seven Peppers), but it was mostly empty seven days a week (people here tend to like places that serve dishes with a lot of celery, a clear sign of poor Chinese food)--and, of course, it closed in April. So the question is why? Seattle is on the west coast. It has close proximity to the Pacific Rim. So what gives? Is it revenge for Seattle expelling Chinese immigrants in the 19th century? The rain? What?