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The Seattle Plumber Recommends.........

Dont forget to tell them - "The plumber sent me!" These 100% unbiased recommendations by a local guy who likes to eat - and knows the difference!

Always adding more great places to eat - check often!

  • The Golden Beetle  1744 NW Market St. 206 706-2977 http//www.golden-beetle.com  Middle Eastern/North African orientation with a Northwest flair. Not cheap. One of the better restaurants in Ballard
  • Revel   403 N. 36th St. (Fremont) Seattle 206 547-2040 http//www.revelseattle.com  A great cafe that has morphed over the years from a sandwich shop to elegant fare. A great place to hang out. Fancy food now that includes varied eccectic world cuisine.
  • Monsoon Capitol Hill - Pan Asian 615 19th Ave E Seattle WA 98112 325-2111 http://www.monsoonseattle.com/ Interesting - I would call it asian fusion. Alacarte menu. Very well executed asian saucing with a creative twist. On the night I was there we ate scallups an catfish. The catfish dish was really good. It had a carmelized onion/chili reduction sauce smothering the catfish in a clay pot. We paid $120 for 2 with a $50 Pinot. A litte pricey but it was very enjoyable. 12/14/08
  • Via Tribunali, 913 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 322-9234 also at 317 W Galer St. on Queen Ann. Great Napoli style pizza. Thin crust, single size only, roman tomato sauce, I highly recommend the pizza margarita with Buffalo mozzerella ($15.00). Peroni beer on tap. It's cheaper than airfare to Naples. I think it is the best pizza in town.
  • Bambino's East Coast Pizzeria, 401 Cedar St. Seattle, WA 98121 206-269-2222 Another thin crust Napoli pizza. I think their cheese mix is too stinky (but I like mozzerella the best). They add a lot of parmesian. They deliver on Queen Anne though - try it.
  • Bick's Broadview Grill, 10555 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98133  206-367-8481 Good local hangout right off Holman road. Not too many good places to eat in this neighborhood. Highly recommend for nightly dinner specials, burgers and a large selection of bottled hot sauces. Definitely recommended.
  • Blue C Sushi (Fremont) 3411 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 206-633-3411 Just OK sushi. Conveyer belt delivery. Novel but I prefer Chiso a block away at considerably more cost.Buca di Beppo (Seattle), 701 Ninth Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 206-244-2288 
  • Large portions poorly prepared by neophytes in the kitchen, but hey - its pretty cheap.
  • Buenos Aires Grill, 2000 Second Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 206-441-7076 Sorry - this place really sucks. Maybe it was just the rude inconsiderate waiter that got his panties in a knot when he discovered I really wasn't interested in an expensive wine. Made us wait and hunt him down every time we needed anything like water, food, bread. Don't bother as the steak I finally got was just ok. 
  • Cactus, 4220 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA 98112-3237 206-324-4140 Interesting, noisey Southwest menu with a flair. This is a good place for margaritas.
  • Cafe Paloma, 93 Yesler Way Seattle, WA 98104-2530 206-405-1920 Pioneer Square. Really good inexpensive little joint with meditreanean influenced Turkish dishes?? Check it out. Beer and wine and music on the weekends.
  • Canlis Restaurant, 2576 Aurora Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109-2299 206-283-3313 The view is great - I think of this place as the Don Ho restaurant of Seattle (overpriced surf and turf with cheap champagne with little bubbles)- I must admit though that I haven't eaten here in 15 years. I am sure that the menu has changed since I was here last.
  • Carmelita, 7314 Greenwood Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 206-706-7703 Very good vegetarian place. You should check this place out even if you are a carnivore as the sauce magic is exceptional. Antbody that can turn vegetables into consistantly interesting and full flavered main entrees deserves to have a following...I highly recommend eating here at least once.
  • Catfish Corner, 2726 E. Cherry St. Seattle, WA 98122-4936 206-323-4330 Get ready for catfish! When I,m in the neighborhood it's either catfish or Etheopian food - sorry but the catfish is better. They have Jambulia once a week. Eat the catfish and chips - it is good. very casual.
  • The Chile Pepper, 1427 N. 45th St. Seattle, WA 98103-6706 206-545-1790 --I used to own a small restaurant in the U dist in the 80's and discovered that I was a better plumber than a restaurant owner thus I sold it to the Chili Pepper people. They abandoned my menu and went for the matriarch's cooking which obviously worked as a few years later they moved it to Wallingford and theyare still there. Family recipes.
  • Chiso, 3520 Fremont Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 206-632-3430 Japanese and sushi. A little NW style thrown in. I think the fish is very fresh and the cooking style is very refreshing. not cheap, casual and cool too
  • Coastal Kitchen, 429 15th Ave. E. Seattle, WA 98112 206-322-1145 Good menu all three meals breakfast, lunch or dinner. Lots of fish and regional specialties. Noisy and casual
  • Crow, 823 Fifth Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109 206-283-8800 Bistro cooking at its best. The chicken breast with procuitto is incredible. Limited menu but it is all very good. full bar. You will like it.
  • The Dish Cafe, 4358 Leary Way N.W. Seattle, WA 98107-4554 206-782-9985 This place has the best breakfast menu in town for the classics like corned beef and eggs. The best burger in town I think. good coffee in mugs. Do check it out - you won't be sorry.
  • El Gaucho (Belltown), 2505 First Ave. Seattle, WA 98121 206-728-1337 Save your money....pretensious, way overpriced and indifferent service.
  • Fu Man Dumpling House 14314 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle 206-364-0681 Excellent dumplings!! Small casual and inexpensive. Hand made on the spot. I find their garlic sauce overwhelming so I ask for chili paste and vinegar. Recommended. Take some home (or order frozen ones the day before for the freezer).
  • Georgia's Greek Restaurant 323 N.W. 85th St., Seattle 206-783-1228 Pretty good eats. I found the lamb souvlaki too tough but the place is ok.
  • Harvest Vine 2701 E. Madison St., Seattle 206-320-9771 Excellent high end tapas style small dishes with a great Spanish wine list. Think of this place as a NW Spanish eclectic restaurant.
  • Honey Court 516 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle 206-292-8828 Chinese seafood. Very good casual and right in the middle of the Imternational district.
  • House of Hong Restaurant 409 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle 206-622-7997 Sorry this place is not good. Indifferent food and staff. We call this place "The house of honk".
  • Husky Deli 4721 California Ave. S.W., Seattle 206-937-2810 Try this deli! They make their own ice cream, wonderful sandwich selection, a large candy counter and they have the best English tea selection in town.
  • I Love Sushi 1001 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle 206-625-9604 Lower Queen Anne - Another conveyer belt sushi place. It is better and cheaper than Blue-C sushi in Fremont.
  • Il Terrazzo Carmine 411 First Ave. S., Seattle 206-467-7797 #1 Italian in town. Dress up and make a reservation.
  • Jones Barbeque 3810 S. Ferdinand St., Seattlle 206-722-4414 The best bbq in town. Go. They moved to south of Sodo and have restricted hours apparently as they were closed on a Saturday night. Are they only lunch now? I don't know. Call em.
  • Kabul 2301 N. 45th St., Seattle 206-545-9000 Afgani food. If you haven't tried it - get there now! Wonderfully fragrant dishes here. Best lamb and eggplant. The cumin favored rice is devine.
  • Kasbah Moroccan 1471 N.W. 85th St., Seattle 206-788-0777 Take the kids here as they can eat with their fingers while sitting on big cushions.
  • Anthony's HomePort, 6135 Seaview Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 206-783-0780 Shilshole. I like this traditional Seattle fish house and the bar and view ain't bad. This is my first choice in Shilshole. Located next to Rays Boat House. Suitable for the family and business lunch and dinner.
  • Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club, 1303 N.E. Boat St., Seattle, WA 98105 206-545-8570 on the water, at the UW. Good mexican, great place to hang out on the deck with a ship canal/Lake Union breeze.
  • Smokin Petes B-B-Q 1918 NW 65th St. 206 783-0454 (Ballard) This new place is located in the old butcher shop. The pork sandwich is very good. Very casual atmosphere for quick lunch and dinner. The original sauce is not hot (not even the extra hot) but it has a nice flavor. website: www.smokinpetesbbq.com 04/26/04
  • Qazis Indian Curry House 473 North 36th St. (206) 632-3575 (Fremont) The lunch buffet is the most flavorful and well thought out Indian Buffet Lunch in town ($7.95)!!! The most quality for the buck I have seen anywhere. I can't get over how good it was! I've been there twice in three days. They added samosas to the table. Don't miss it. 04/26/04 Updated Aug 2006
  • Phuket Thai Cuisine 517 Queen Anne Ave. (206) 284-3700 (Lower Queen Anne) Very nice cooking style. The chicken panang is very good here. Midrange spicy was what I expected. Check it out! 02/15/04
  • Chada Thai Restaurant, 308 N 125th St.(greenwood) Just an OK place since it changed hands in August 2007
  • Palazzo Coffee, 1906 N 34th St., (206) 634-0922 The sandwiches this guy makes are the best around! Check out the #3 fresh turkey breast! Try the coffee too - he roasts it there!!
  • Masala Indian Cuisine, 539 NE Northgate Way, (Northgate) One of our favorite Indian restaurants. Great spices and good lunch buffet (come early). Very friendly staff and a very good cook in the kitchen.
  • Malena Tacos (Upper Queen Anne) 5th Ave & McGraw St. The best asada taco around!
  • Harvest Vine (Madison Valley) - Into Spanish wine and tapis? This is the place to eat incredibly wonderful shared dishes. Not cheap. More info later
  • New Kowloon (International district) Jackson St. My current favorite for Dim Sum
  • Saito Japanese Cafe & Bar, 2120 2nd Ave (Belltown) What can I say - I don't recommend most sushi bars although many are adequate. The fish and artistry is wonderful - if a little pricey - but you get what you pay for here!
  • Sunny Teriyaki, 2021 Nw Market St (Ballard) All plumbers here agree - the best teriyaki lunch around town.
  • Thai House, 2517 Queen Anne Ave N (Upper QA) Exquisite family recipes. Order the specials. Try the hot spicy scallups (did I spell that right?) Lunch is not crowded. Patio outside summer months.
  • Shanghai Garden, 524 6th Ave S (I dist) Hand cut noodles - green noodles and novel sweet sauces. Seafood and mushu pork!
  • Sun-Ya Restaurant, 605 7TH Ave S (I dist) Dim Sum everyday. Seafood in the tanks. Tank residents vary everyday. Old reliable and very good.
  • Il Terrazzo Carmine, 411 1st Ave S (Pioneer Sq.) I think quite possibly the best Italian in Town. A little dressy but hey - its Seattle they won't throw you out.
  • Metropolitan Grill, 820 2ND Ave (Downtown) The best steak I think. Big booths and upper end pricing. Great big bar and very pro staff. Cigars in the bar. Gotta go every once in a while.
  • Honey Court Seafood Restaurant, 516 Maynard Ave S (I dist) Great seafood. Funky decor great food.
  • Kabul Afghan Cuisine, 2301 N 45th St (Wallingord) The best (only) Afghan restaurant around. The most fragrant lamb around too. Casual and great service.
  • Perche No II Pasta & Vino at 1319 North 39th St. Greenlake - next door to the Kid Valley at Stone way? is open August 2006. I've been there 4 times already. Update August 2007 - It is still one of the best pastas in town. Tell Lily the plumber sent you! Dec 08 still good!
  • SZMANIA'S, 3321 West McGraw (MagnoliaVillage) German Northwest cuisine is the closest I can describe it. Pricey and good. Dinner only
  • 5 Spot, 1502 Queen Anne Ave. N. (Up QA) Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Queen Ann diner of sorts. Great burgers and water in jars. Very casual.
  • Black Pearl, 7347 35th Ave. NE (Wedgewood) The neighborhood Chinese with very good dishes. The only place I eat when in the area.
  • Cactus, 4220 East Madison Street (Madison Park) Southwestern with a twist. loud and noisy. Food is interesting and varies with the season. They change their menu often I think. Good margaritas.
  • Coastal Kitchen, 429 15th Avenue East (Backside Cap Hill) Breakfast, Lunch or dinner. Good food. casual. Noisy.
  • Etta's Seafood, 2020 Western Ave. (Pike Pl) Good Seafood. Good people watching. Great chowder.
  • Kingfish Cafe, 602 19th Ave. E (Backside Cap Hill) Oh boy Fried chicken and big cake. New Orleans on a budget! The best I think. lunch & dinner.
  • Lampreia, 2400 First Ave. (belltown) Could be the best restarant in town... bring your AX card and let the chef feed you whatever he feels like cooking. Or order from the menu... If you are any kind of gourmand you must try this. Don't be in a hurry - relaxxxx.....
  • Marrakesh, 2334 Second Ave (Belltown) Its the finger food that gets this on my list. Bring the kids they will love the no silverware - honey, pomegranate, cinnamon etc. flavours. Belly dancer on weekends. Pretty Kitchey.
  • Paseo Caribbean Food, 4225 Fremont Ave. N.(Fremont) Only the best chicken sandwich in town! Little joint with limited seating. Jamacan jerk marinade????
  • Pecos Pit BBQ, 2260 First Ave. S. (Soho) Gotta check out this pulled pork sandwich loaded with BBQ sauce! Order at the window outside and sit at the picnic tables. One of the very best!
  • Nells (old Saleh Al Lago), 6804 Green Lake Way N. (Greenlake) Only one of the best restaurants in town! Get dressed up (required) and go.
  • Serafina, 2043 Eastlake Ave. E (Eastlake) Good Italian local place. Casual. Slightly romantic. Good food.
  • Toyoda Sushi, 12543 Lake City Way NE (Lake City) whoooa - were gettin North here but worth the drive. The sushi is 2222 good here. Very fresh, very freindly - try the squidies with soy/??? sauce as appetizer.
  • Asteroid, 3601 Fremont Ave. N. Suite 207 Seattle, WA 98103 206-547-9000 Bar and foo-foo cafe. Used to be in Wallingford.

 

This is only a partial list!!!! More will come soon - I promise

Evan