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Seattle's Plaka Estiatorio

I'm down with any cuisine that promotes fried cheese as a basic food group. The Haloumi at Plaka Estiatorio is off the charts and there is a very good possibility it could even give you a spontaneous food orgasm. Yes, it is that good. Tucked away from the visiting hordes that dominate Ballard on the weekend, Plaka epitomizes a casual neighborhood joint. The savory aromas of lemon and garlic wafting from the open kitchen will lure you in better than any pied piper. Continue

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Seattle's Saffron Grill

I was skeptical about Saffron Grill because (a) it's in a building that looks like it used to be a TGI Fridays and (b) it's in the car park of a scary looking "business" hotel. But the old cliche really fits -- never judge a book by its cover. Owned by the same family that runs the U-District staple Cedars, I instantly recognized the coffee pots full of chai going round the room. That stuff is like milky delicious crack. The food isn't outstanding but it's definitely tasty and flavorful, especi ... Continue

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Seattle's Zayda Buddy's For Midwestern Comfort Food

Thank you Zayda Buddy's for bringing deep fried cheese curds and Leinenkugel's Summer Wheat beer to Seattle. But sauerkraut on pizza? No offense, but I could have lived without. And I think the last time I had Pringles was sometime in the mid-80s, although I had forgotten how strangely wonderful they really are. Thanks to ZB, Midwestern comfort food has found a Seattle following. Wisconsin style beer cheese dip and tater tot casserole always helps of course. The menu is rounded out by other old ... Continue

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Seattle's Senor Moose Continues To Impress

I've been visiting Senor Moose for years and straight up, I am still amazed every time at how freakin' delicious the food is. Serving up comida tipica, otherwise known as Mexican comfort food, the cooks consistently dish out authentic and vibrantly flavored staples like carne asada, nopales, plantains, sopes, and of course tacos. You won't find cheddar cheese enchiladas and gloppy refried beans here. Instead they finish everything off with a dusting of Cotija cheese, real Mexican crema, and fres ... Continue

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Riding The Ducks In Seattle

What unsuspecting local hasn't bitched once or twice after a truckload of happily quacking tourists scared the crap out of them while passing thru downtown on a Ride the Duck tour? Annoying, yes, but the Duck tours are also undeniably quirky and irreverent. The tour guides, you also happen to be licensed Captains,who have silly names like Captain Clem Chowder and Chip Ahoy include plenty of city history along with a healthy dose of corny jokes. Their enthusiasm is infectious and trust me, by the ... Continue

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Ivar's Salmon House In Seattle

Ivar's may seem like the place your grandparents go for a fancy night out but it's also a Seattle landmark like the Space Needle or the Fremont Troll. If you haven't had their fish and chips or famous clam chowdah, you need to get in here. The Salmon House is by far the coolest of the three locations, built to look like a Native American longhouse and filled with Native art and an open pit barbeque for grilling salmon. When the weather cooperates you can sit on the deck overlooking Lake Union an ... Continue

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Seattle's Aster Coffee Lounge

Yes, Aster has damn good coffee but what you really need to know about are the waffles. Plate sized with a three inch fluff index, these Belgian babes are crispy deliciousness perfection. Crannies big enough to swallow a lap dog hold so much syrup and toppings you'll want to go for a swim in them. Sugar cravings are satisfied by chocolate and banana combos while fans of the savory can go whole hog with ham and a mountain of shredded aged cheddar. On weekends Aster promotes a brunch special -- te ... Continue

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Cream of the Crop

2011 was the Year of the Pie, with shops springing up all over Seattle. Our offerings were even featured on a Food Network special about the rise of the pie across the country. The people had spoken. Cake was dead. They wanted crust and fruit filling and mounds of cream. A la Mode gave competitors a big run for their money. While pie men came and went (R.I.P. Piecycle), they expanded, going from just an online retailer (with home delivery) to brick-and-mortar when they opened their café on Phinn ... Continue

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You're poor AND stylish? Then this article is for you. Join Sarah Sluis as she travels around Puget Sound to find the very best thrift stores where you can score everything from polka dotted shoes to vintage jeans by the mile.

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Little known fact: Too much coffee and very little sun can do major harm to the body. So like all Seattleites, Karen Watson deserves some pampering and primping every so often. Follow Karen on her spa quest across the city and beyond.

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NFT co-founder Jane Pirone offered travel expert Peter Greenberg a few NYC secrets on a Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio podcast. ...

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