Lunch 4/10/2014: Pike Place Chowder, 1530 Post Alley, Seattle
1/2 Dungeness crab roll + New England clam chowder combo.
My third time here and their chowder is still my favorite, seasoned well and packed with plenty of clam meat. The roll was good, too, but the stringy texture and subtle flavors made me miss the awesomely meaty lobster rolls back east.
Dinner 4/7/2014: Spicy Talk Bistro, 16650 Redmond Way, Redmond, WA
Shared: Green onion pancake.
Me: Seafood crispy noodle.
The fiance: Sizzling beef Szechuan style.
Mmmmmm. This might be our favorite Chinese restaurant in the area so far. Huge portions, big flavor, and very spicy (for the beef dish). The scallion pancake was perfection: not greasy and oh-so-light and crisp. $3.95 pancake, $12.99 seafood crispy noodle, $13.95 sizzling beef.
Dinner 4/6/2014: Bongos Cuban Cafe, 6501 Aurora Avenue N, Seattle
Me: Ropa vieja.
The fiance: Combination of 1 A.M. and Desi sandwiches (secret menu).
Solid Cuban food here. Ropa vieja had good flavor, though the white rice could have spent a few more minutes in the cooker. The sandwich was a recommendation of the cashier: citrus-braised pork, sweet ham, Swiss cheese, pickled cucumbers, cilantro, and stone mustard aioli (their “1 A.M.” sandwich), plus some pickled jalapenos and banana peppers used in their Desi sandwich to add some extra heat.
Dinner 4/5/2014: Din Tai Fung, 700 Bellevue Way NE, #280, Bellevue, WA
Shared: Juicy pork and crab dumplings, pork fried noodles, matcha bubble tea.
So much hype about this franchise, but I have to say, the soup dumplings we regularly ate in Queens were SO much better. The xiao long bao here shouldn’t be classified as “juicy” because there was barely any soup in them, and whatever soup there was was lukewarm at best. They were also tiny compared to the ones we ate in Flushing, and cost nearly double the price ($24 for two orders, compared to $13-14 in Queens). The skin on a few of the dumplings were also extremely sticky. The pork fried noodles and the bubble tea were OK, but ultimately forgettable. Overall, a very disappointing experience. Perhaps the Din Tai Fungs in Asia are far superior, but if you’re in Seattle, don’t go out of your way to eat here.
Brunch 4/5/2014: Tilikum Place Cafe, 407 Cedar Street, Seattle
Me: Biscuit sandwich with bacon, arugula, fried egg, avocado mash, roast tomato, and havarti.
The fiance: Tilikum Fry Up with eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans on toast, roasted tomato, and toast with Beecher’s cheese.
Awesome, awesome brunch that was worth the wait. The fiance loves beans, but surprisingly enough, this was his first time eating the very British-like breakfast of baked beans on toast. Needless to say, he loved it. The toast with melted Beecher’s cheese (“from just down the road”) was a nice touch, too.
Meanwhile, my biscuit sandwich was probably one of the best (breakfast) sandwiches ever. The biscuit itself was buttery, soft, and flaky, but strong enough to hold everything together. All of the ingredients just blended perfectly; I particularly loved the avocado mash. This sandwich was served as a special that day, but I hope it’s a frequently recurring one!
Dessert 4/4/2014: Molly Moon’s, 1622 1/2 N. 45th Street, Seattle
Balsamic strawberry ice cream in a waffle cone.
Swirls of honey balsamic reduction make this strawberry ice cream different from its classic strawberry flavor. Love that their products are made with local ingredients, including their crunchy-chewy waffle cones, which are made and rolled in-house!
Dinner 4/4/2014: Rain City Burgers, 6501 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
Mariners burger and parmesan garlic fries.
We’ve read Seattle serves up some mean burgers, and this is one of them. Creamy avocado, crispy bacon, and cheddar cheese make up the perfect combination for the Mariners burger, which is Rain City’s bestseller. Fries were good, but nothing extraordinary. Would definitely return for the burgers, though. $7.49 Mariners burger, $3.49 parmesan garlic fries.
Brunch 3/26/2014: Geraldine’s Counter, 4872 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle
Me: French toast with fresh strawberries.
The fiance: Geraldine’s casserole.
Excellent French toast. We had never had French toast with such a crispy texture, and we thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Layers of hash browns, sausage, pepperjack and cheddar cheeses, and fluffy eggs made up the fiance’s dish. Perfect for when satisfying something savory. $8.95 French toast, $9.75 casserole.
Lunch 3/28/2014: Salumi, 309 3rd Avenue South, Seattle
Me: Leonetta’s meatball sandwich.
The fiance: Porchetta sandwich.
What Salumi is known for. The fiance called this his new absolute favorite pork sandwich; he loved the prominent fennel flavor and the soft Giuseppe bread. The meatballs in Leonetta’s sandwich were plump and juicy. Big fans of this place!
Lunch 3/27/2014: Salumi, 309 3rd Avenue South, Seattle
Shared: Plate of cured meats, chicken cacciatore.
Who could say no to a plate of nearly a dozen types of cured meats? Can’t even remember every single kind we tried, but it included finnochiona, salumi, sopressata, mole, agrumi, smoked paprika, and coppa. Great way to sample every kind of meat they had to offer, especially since we arrived too late and they ran out of bread to make their famous sandwiches. The pasta was decent, too.