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PICK-QUICK Opens in Auburn Tomorrow; Start of an Empire?

It was sheer coincidence that just about the day my choice of PICK-QUICK Drive-In as Washington State’s great burger joint was published in the USA Today’s “Great American Bites” series, PICK-QUICK announced the opening of its second location—its first since the original opened in Fife…
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Sexy Feast: Play with Your “Pasta” at Il Terrazzo Carmine

Café Juanita, Spinasse, Anchovies & Olives are Italian restaurants in the area that are making headlines and getting well-deserved recognition. Meanwhile, in Pioneer Square, there’s a place that quietly continues to bring classic Italian cuisine and service to diners, as they have since 1984: Il…
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The Mein Man: Velvety Laksa at Satay

Where: Satay in Wallingford, Seattle What: Laksa Price: $9.95 In the bowl: Shrimp, yellow noodles, and tofu puffs in spicy coconut soup, along with bean sprouts and a lime wedge. Supporting cast: That’s it–at your table, that is. What to do: Squeeze the lime to…
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Sexy Feast: Tantalizing Tentacle Porn at Madison Park Conservatory

At a recent dinner, Madison Park Conservatory offered my kind of menu: liver pate, foie gras terrine, roasted bone marrow, grilled beef tongue, wild boar ragu, and grilled octopus. Ordering was easy: “One of each, please.” As Cormac Mahoney was top chef during Tako Truk’s…
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The Mein Man: Bet on the House at Gourmet Noodle Bowl

Dish: House Noodle Soup Place: Gourmet Noodle Bowl, International District, Seattle Price: $8.95 In the bowl: Hand-made, shaved wheat noodles in chicken broth with pork belly, chives, seaweed, green onions, and a fried egg. Supporting cast: It’s all in the bowl. What to do: Eat…
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From the Judges’ Table: Cochon 555 and Big Pig Pictures

Productivity is probably down in Seattle this morning in the aftermath of yesterday’s pork-filled Cochon 555. There were butchers breaking down pigs, sampling from whole roasted heritage breed pigs, and even chicharrones dipped in chocoloate. All this after the opportunity to eat plates of pork…
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Sexy Feast: Feeling the Vulnerability at Willows Inn

As much as I’ve been enjoying the chance to lead the commentary during live Sexy Feast dinners at area restaurants, I was equally looking forward to actually eating last Saturday’s “sexy” meal at Willows Inn, which The New York Times recently named one of the…
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A Meaty and Much-Liked Meal at 5 Corner Market Bar & Kitchen

When I’m not on assignment and can choose a restaurant of my own, I face the same question as everyone else: Where, oh where, to go out to eat? Here in Seattle, those who know me know I gravitate toward Asian cuisine, which is also…
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The Mein Man: Down for the Ten-Count at Uptown China

Dish: Ten ingredient sautéed rice thread noodles Place: Uptown China, Queen Anne, Seattle. Price: $9.25. On the plate: A heaping pile of stir-fried rice stick noodles with, as promised, 10 other visible ingredients. Supporting Cast: Nothing else. Unless you ask for something more. Which is…
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One Week Away: Cochon 555 Returns to Seattle

Ready to pig out? If you missed it the past two years, the good news is that Cochon 555, Taste Network’s national pig-cooking, pig-eating, and pig-educating tour, is returning to Seattle this coming Sunday. On February 20th, as in the past, five chefs will cook…
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