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Old 09-25-2006, 01:30 PM   #1
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I had a dream about creating this thread last night to enlighten locals and travelers on great and not so great restaurants in our 'hoods.

So, post up the location of the restaurant/hotel/B&B/brothel/etc...and why it's good or bad, price range, type of food and so on.


I went to the Red Star in Portland last night and it was terrible. The Exec. Chef is a good friend of mine and expected WAY more than it was. The total bill was $125+ (no drinks) and we had $50+ comped due to an overcooked steak and super crappy timing. You can check out the menu at http://www.redstartavern.com/ and avoid the place at all costs.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:01 PM   #2
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Fox Sports Grill in seattle - Great food, amazing atmosphere (I want one of those waterfalls in my house...) and always fun when theres a game on. I highly recommend this wether you want a classy getaway with your sweetheart or you just wanna watch a game and relax. I go there alot with my girl and she seems to enjoy it.

Price for a good meal is around 15 dollars a person including drinks. The food is great and I always get a side ceaser which is delicious.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:08 PM   #3
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Chez Gaudy - Capitol Hill (all Seattle unless otherwise noted). good italian, very cozy ambience.
http://www.google.com/search?client=...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Bleu Bistro - elsewhere in Capitol Hill, same owners as Chez Gaudy.
http://www.google.com/maps?hl=en&lr=...6&om=1&iwloc=A , result A in the link
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:20 PM   #4
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Fox Sports Grill in seattle - Great food, amazing atmosphere (I want one of those waterfalls in my house...) and always fun when theres a game on. I highly recommend this wether you want a classy getaway with your sweetheart or you just wanna watch a game and relax. I go there alot with my girl and she seems to enjoy it.

Price for a good meal is around 15 dollars a person including drinks. The food is great and I always get a side ceaser which is delicious.
i hate to say it, but i totally agree...i've had a few great meals there. great bang for the buck.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:22 PM   #5
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I'm so stoked to be the 1st to post this... BUT!!!

The Acrop in milwaukie! $4 steak specials! Oh yeah, its a strip club.. haha.
but the owners also own a cattle ranch so the meat on your table is better than the meat dancing in front of you. Also they have a hamburger thats served on a whole loaf of frechbread for like $9 and if you get it togo they just stuff it in a brown paperbag! go on mon/tue to avoid the cover...

http://portland.citysearch.com/review/8454360/1554122
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:27 PM   #6
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'Ohana in Belltown.

Tiki surf vibe with a decent Polynesian and sushi menu.

Great mixed drinks
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:28 PM   #7
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I'm so stoked to be the 1st to post this... BUT!!!

The Acrop in milwaukie! $4 steak specials! Oh yeah, its a strip club.. haha.
but the owners also own a cattle ranch so the meat on your table is better than the meat dancing in front of you. Also they have a hamburger thats served on a whole loaf of frechbread for like $9 and if you get it togo they just stuff it in a brown paperbag! go on mon/tue to avoid the cover...

http://portland.citysearch.com/review/8454360/1554122
JEEEEEEEEZUS! leave it up to the effing portlanders to bring up the ACROP! a past sous chef of mine went there EVERY thursday night for "titties and steak!"
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:28 PM   #8
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Big Daddy's Smokehouse on Lombard in St. Johns

service is kinda spotty and I dont think I've seen the same server there twice, but the food is hella good and its cheap. Plus I think the "hazed and confused" is some of the best beer I've ever had. BIG pitchers for $10 and the 3x3 or 6x6 wing/thigh plates are very tasty.. The peanut BBQ is our new fav sauce. Plus they have like 7 projection TV's so if you wanna catch the game or what-not its cool.. Oh yeah, I even asked if they'd put on SpeedTV and we watched a rally there last year.
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Old 09-25-2006, 02:32 PM   #9
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Big Daddy's Smokehouse on Lombard in St. Johns

service is kinda spotty and I dont think I've seen the same server there twice, but the food is hella good and its cheap. Plus I think the "hazed and confused" is some of the best beer I've ever had. BIG pitchers for $10 and the 3x3 or 6x6 wing/thigh plates are very tasty.. The peanut BBQ is our new fav sauce. Plus they have like 7 projection TV's so if you wanna catch the game or what-not its cool.. Oh yeah, I even asked if they'd put on SpeedTV and we watched a rally there last year.
i REALLY hope you've been to Henry's on 12th...It's totally your type of place.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:16 PM   #10
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I've got a FEW that I like!

Steak:

Jak's Grill in the U-Dist. Best steak I've ever had, great laid back, friendly atmosphere. Expect to spend around $60+ for two people.

Sushi:

Nishino at the Arboretum used to be my favorite until Masa, my favorite chef, left and I have yet to find him. My classic favorite would have to be either I Love Sushi on Lake Union, or Shiro's in Belltown.
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:52 PM   #11
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I've got a FEW that I like!

Steak:

Jak's Grill in the U-Dist. Best steak I've ever had, great laid back, friendly atmosphere. Expect to spend around $60+ for two people.
I second this motion.

There's one in Issaquah too (haven't been to it). From what I hear, they get their steak from the same place the Metropolitan does and they cook it just as well for almost half the price. It's a great place to enjoy amazing meats and remain laid back and casual.

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My classic favorite would have to be either I Love Sushi on Lake Union
I don't care that much for that I <3 Sushi. Their food is pretty good (I've been there tons of times), but it's really expensive and I think they hate me because I'm white. I went their some of my asian friends once and they treated me much better.

That said, I really like Blue-C sushi in U-Village (the one in Fremont is OK too).

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Old 09-25-2006, 06:03 PM   #12
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Dixie's BBQ on Northup Way. The 520 sandwiches are good and you gotta "meet the man".
Around $10, long queue, but well worth the wait.
http://www.seattledining.com/ARCHIVE...nts/dixies.htm

Ceder river BBQ in Renton is another goodun. Pork and hotlink sandwich ftw.
Nice atmosphere with model cars all over the walls.

http://www.crshbbq.com/lunch.html

Stay clear of "Wilde Rover Irish Pub" in Downtown Kirkland.
I've been to a lot of irish pubs in my time and this one sucked sweaty bollocks bigtime!!!!!
Food portions tiny and bloody expensive and not very good food. Had to wait ages, and when it came was not impressed. I will never go back. You've been warned!!!!!!
That said, it might be okay for a beer with a few mates, but don't waste your time or money taking the family there for a meal.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:12 PM   #13
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Local Boyz in Corvallis, OR. Best Hawaiian food there is. Depending on the size you want it can range from $5-10 a meal. But if you get the Blah size you will not need to eat for the rest of the day.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:20 PM   #14
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The Rock Wood-Fired Pizza

http://www.therockwfp.com

Great atmosphere, awesome pizza! I've been to the Lynnwood (2x) and Lake Tapps (10x+) locations and the service has been excellent each time.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:23 PM   #15
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I went to the Lynwood one /\ one time and it was awesome....
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:32 PM   #16
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I haven't tried the pizza at The Rock and was definitely not impressed either time with anything but the beer.

RedMill Burgers, one on Phinney Ridge and one in Interbay and holy ish they make some awesome burgers and shakes. I think they've cleaned up on all the local "best burger" awards for more than a few years now.

Blue C sushi @ happy hour is the time to go...4-6pm on weekdays. Sapporo and enough sushi to stuff yourself for only $10-15.

Z-Tejas, went last night for the first time and their margarita selection is excellent and the food was really, really, REALLY good. Great service too.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:54 PM   #17
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i hate to say it, but i totally agree...i've had a few great meals there. great bang for the buck.
i'd have to disagree. i went there once and had a burger. the bun was burnt and the burger was undercooked. if you're playing averages, i guess it was perfect, but well, no, it sucked.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:51 PM   #18
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Steak:

Morton's
Great steak, bad atmosphere. The restaurant is underground. If you like wines, this is the place to go. Their wine list is VERY extensive. I want to say they have some up in the $1500/btl range.

Daniel's Broiler
Good steak, great atmosphere. I hear that the Bellevue one is better than the one on Lake Union

Ruth Chris
Good steak. Pretty popular, but I don't like my steak sitting in a pool of butter.

Sushi:

Wasabi Bistro

Sushiman

Pizza:

The Rock

Zeek's

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Palisades
I'd say it leans towards seafood but they do have some nice cuts of meats. They have a Hawaiian styled cooking.

El Gaucho
Decent place to eat. Good entertainment and a wide menu selection.
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:49 PM   #19
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i have to say that this is a great idea for a thread, btw. i am making a list of places i want to eat at in the next year from the comments here...
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:53 PM   #20
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i REALLY hope you've been to Henry's on 12th...It's totally your type of place.

like 12th downtown 12th? nope, never been there..
what kinda place is it?
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Old 09-26-2006, 01:10 AM   #21
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I eat out a lot, and I must say (imo) you guys make better car guys than food critics.

Acrop is a great place for "titties and steak", great place for the price, but I'd rather spend the $25 or so dollars to dine at Ringside, acrop tends to be a bit dry, but whatever.... I wasn't impressed with Morton's. Ruth's and Ringside get my votes for steak houses.

Local Boyz in Corvallis is OKAY. I've had MUCH MUCH better Hawaiian food. I'd even take Noho's (who used to own Local Boyz as well) over Local Boyz.

One of my favorite restaurants is Three Doors Down in Portland off of Hawthorne (37th i believe). Food is fantastic and the menu changes regularly (yes they have a few staples). A must try is the this mozzerella with some sweet sauce and bread. A glorified grilled cheese sandwich since i can't remember what it was called. The seafood pasta is great! It's slightly spicy and is full with pasta, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams. Spendy, and expect to wait for a seat (last time for a group of 4 we waited about 1.5 hours). Call ahead and you might have a seat sooner.

If you like soups...try out Hot Pot City just outside of downtown Portland. You get this broth and it's all you can eat with a nice selection of meats, seafoods, and veges. There are different flavored broths some spicy some not, but none bland.

Mamma Malina (I think that's how it's spelled) in the U-district in Seattle was pretty good. I wouldn't say as good as 3DD but it was not bad.

I also recommend BCD Tofu ... Edmunds, WA I believe?

For BBQ Delta on Woodstock in Portland is hit-or-miss. Sometimes it's great. Other times you have to TEAR the meat off the ribs. Russell St. BBQ in NE Pdx is pretty good. I dunno about Big Daddy's. I tried the one on Hawthorne and it's pretty bad. I felt that I would've been more satisfied eating McD's...

okay...so maybe I'm not much of a food critic either. But there's my 2 pennies.
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I eat out a lot, and I must say (imo) you guys make better car guys than food critics.

Acrop is a great place for "titties and steak", great place for the price, but I'd rather spend the $25 or so dollars to dine at Ringside, acrop tends to be a bit dry, but whatever.... I wasn't impressed with Morton's. Ruth's and Ringside get my votes for steak houses.

Local Boyz in Corvallis is OKAY. I've had MUCH MUCH better Hawaiian food. I'd even take Noho's (who used to own Local Boyz as well) over Local Boyz.

One of my favorite restaurants is Three Doors Down in Portland off of Hawthorne (37th i believe). Food is fantastic and the menu changes regularly (yes they have a few staples). A must try is the this mozzerella with some sweet sauce and bread. A glorified grilled cheese sandwich since i can't remember what it was called. The seafood pasta is great! It's slightly spicy and is full with pasta, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams. Spendy, and expect to wait for a seat (last time for a group of 4 we waited about 1.5 hours). Call ahead and you might have a seat sooner.

If you like soups...try out Hot Pot City just outside of downtown Portland. You get this broth and it's all you can eat with a nice selection of meats, seafoods, and veges. There are different flavored broths some spicy some not, but none bland.

Mamma Malina (I think that's how it's spelled) in the U-district in Seattle was pretty good. I wouldn't say as good as 3DD but it was not bad.

I also recommend BCD Tofu ... Edmunds, WA I believe?

For BBQ Delta on Woodstock in Portland is hit-or-miss. Sometimes it's great. Other times you have to TEAR the meat off the ribs. Russell St. BBQ in NE Pdx is pretty good. I dunno about Big Daddy's. I tried the one on Hawthorne and it's pretty bad. I felt that I would've been more satisfied eating McD's...

okay...so maybe I'm not much of a food critic either. But there's my 2 pennies.
good times, good times. that literally makes me lol. i wonder if i should spring the whole "hey, i'm an accredited chef and food writer" now or later.

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like 12th downtown 12th? nope, never been there..
what kinda place is it?
12th and burnside...They have a large menu and a KILLER happy hour. http://www.henrystavern.com/index.cfm
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$25 at the acrop!!! what is that? like $5 for steak and $20 for girls with stab wounds and C-Section scars and a pitcher of bud light?!?!?!

damn i roll that place for like $10... thats $4 for steak, $1 for the dancer and $5 on some cheap ass beer.. if your spending that much head to Union Jacks on burnside.. its run by the russian mafia but they have some super good imported beer and hot girls with tats!
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$25 at the acrop!!! what is that? like $5 for steak and $20 for girls with stab wounds and C-Section scars and a pitcher of bud light?!?!?!

damn i roll that place for like $10... thats $4 for steak, $1 for the dancer and $5 on some cheap ass beer.. if your spending that much head to Union Jacks on burnside.. its run by the russian mafia but they have some super good imported beer and hot girls with tats!
NO! i would rather spend $25 or so at ringside than got acrop specifically for steak! haha $25 at acrop... maybe if that was with 5 people and some beer
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