Places We Go Again and Again and Again...
There are some places we like so much that we just go there again and again and again. Even without Bill Murray’s time loop from “Groundhog Day,” these tend to be our neighborhood favorites or our favorites on the road. Here are a few.
Favorite Neighborhood Gems
– North End
If you are looking for a cozy, neighborhood spot that will keep you coming back time and again, look no further than Elliott Bay Brewing Company (12537 Lake City Way NE; 365-2337; www.elliottbaybrewing.com/locations/lake-city), in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood. (Yes, it is true, Lake City has more to offer than strip clubs, auto dealerships and pot shops!)
The expansive, wood-hewn space is great for sports enthusiasts, families or just those looking to have a frosty beer and good meal. Elliott Bay Brewing offers 10 delicious organic beers brewed in house, together with other great beers on tap (growlers filled for half off on Tuesdays!).
The food menu is loaded with tasty pub fare cooked with fresh ingredients. Our favorites include the California Ave. burger, which is swimming in guacamole, the salty imperial Reuben, or the fresh Elliott Bay steamers (succulent clams in a white wine-butter sauce).
There is something for everyone, and the quality and warm ambience make Elliott Bay one of our go-to locales. Not on the North end? No problem. Check out the Burien and West Seattle locations as well.
South End Gem
Looking for a special night out? Whether for two or 20, a repeat favorite is That’s Amore (1425 31st Ave. S.; 322-3677; www.thatsamoreseattle.com) in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood. The spectacular view of the city alone makes this special little Italian gem worth a visit.
But when you are looking for a casual but impressive meal, the CIA training of owner and chef Paul McMillion shines through in every exquisitely prepared dish. As regulars here, we recognize most of the staff and many of the other patrons, and the hospitality is second to none, even when you make a large group reservation for 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve (to accommodate one dinner companion’s travel schedule).
Our assorted antipasto and caprese were fresh and delicious. While our group argued over who would take the one remaining lobster ravioli (a daily special from the chef), no one was disappointed with their final choice. The wild boar ragu, prepared using a 1,000-year-old Tuscan family recipe, is hearty and delightful, as was the scampi carbonara.
We rounded out the meal with grilled eggplant and two types of penne dishes. The pastas were perfect and the produce market fresh. As expected, the wine list is heavy on delicious super-
Tuscans, and nearly everyone on the staff knows the menu intimately, assuring a quality wine-food pairing experience. We will be back again and again.
East Side and Classic
Cantonese cuisine was the first Chinese food to arrive in America, and has since been overshadowed by successive waves of regional Chinese cooking, including Hunan, Sichuan and northern Chinese. However, good Cantonese cooking, as distinguished from “Chinese-American Cuisine,” remains a delight to the senses.
Top Gun (12450 SE 38th St., Belle-
vue; 425-641-3386; topgunrestaurants.com/), located in the back corner of a nondescript strip mall near the intersection of I-405 and I-90, is well known as a go-to dim sum restaurant.
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