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Short Restaurant Report - Seattle

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We just returned from our trip to the Northwest and thought I'd mention some restaurants we enjoyed in Seattle. Many thanks to Fodorites for offering suggestions of bargain and moderately-priced cafes. You know, timing and location are important when selecting a place to eat. We saw Mishou which looked amazing! however,we were starving, the 1 table was occupied, and it was hot (yes, hot) in Seattle, so we skipped it. It will be on our list for next time!

Yes, I know I said bargain cafes, but we saw Etta's Seafood near Pike's Market, we were starving,it had A/C, and we had saved money by taking the bus from the airport instead of a taxi and...

Etta's - ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! DH had fish and chips ($14), I had a crab salad(the freshest of lettuces, crab, green beans, and more - $18) and we shared the bok choy side dish. Every bite tasted as if it had been picked from the garden only seconds before being served! Service was superb and extremely friendly.

Lola - ties for first place with Etta's. We liked Lola so well we ate there 3 times! (Dinner, Late Night Menu, and Breakfast). Late Night is from 10 to Midnight and the limited menu has bargain prices. We tried a recommended Greek wine, red pepper hummus, lamb skewers, an incredible greek salad (the tastiest fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and mint leaves) and the most delicious fresh made-there strawberry sherbet. Lola was only 1 block from our hotel (Mayflower Park - across from Macy's).

Dahlia Lounge - our third foray into a Tom Douglas restaurant, we found out. He certainly has developed a great series of restaurant scenes. The decor was unique and special. We ate lunch here (tomato soup/grilled cheese combo-$12- and hamburger/fries-$14- for DH) and it was good, but didn't quite ring the bell like Etta's and Lola. Maybe it's more special for dinner.

Dragonfish - Asian fusion food on Pine St in the Paramount Hotel. Surprisingly good - and inexpensive. Recommended by our hotel concierge. Best bets are the Dragonfish salad($8) and an amazing grilled salmon dish ($11) that came with 2 very large fillets, perfect for 2 people.

Serious Pie - the 4th of 5 Tom Douglas restaurants, next door to Dahlia which is across the street from Lola. We met friends here and had a great time. The waitress said the pizzas were "personal size," but luckily we ordered only 3 for the 4 of us and still had leftovers. Unusual toppings but delicious in every respect. We aren't pizza lovers, so we most likely wouldn't go again. I must say the desserts were yummy (sorbets: mint ice and blueberry ice) also liked the chocolate mousse pudding thing with amaretto cookie.

Cafe Yarmarka - inside Pike's Market, quaint counter and a few small tables. A Russian couple and the mother-in-law were making fresh periogi before our eyes. The vegetable soup was Russian homestyle wonderful as were the cabbage rolls and mushroom/potato periogi, served in china bowls just like DH's grandmother's. Our BEST BUY at $7.50 for the 2 of us.

Where would we eat again?
CAFE YARMARKA for sure - just for that Russian Mom nurturing of food,
ETTA's for the delight of fresh-picked everything
Lola for palate-pleasing mediterrane

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