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Where to Eat in: States/Provinces/Countries beginning with W

Houston, TX(Zone 9a)

This is a continuation of a fun thread in the Recipes forum. (see http://davesgarden.com/forums/t/681577/)

Post below with your favorite places to eat, and I'll try to keep them indexed up here. If your state/province/country isn't on the list yet, put it down anyway and I'll be happy to add it!

WASHINGTON
Gig Harbor
The Tides Tavern, www.tidestavern.com - This place looks like a dump, but it has the best fish and chips, and it's a landmark. People all over Puget Sound know The Tides. You can go by boat and raft onto someone else's boat at the dock space, walk up the dock to put in your name for a table and they'll call out to you when you get one. You can also order at the counter and take to your boat. Great pizza, chowder, sandwiches and microbrews too.

Olympia
Anthony's, www.anthonys.com - On the water with great views, fresh seafood, steaks, great beer and wine selection. Many eclectic ethnic restaurants in Olympia, so walk around and find what you like.
Budd Bay Cafe, www.buddbaycafe.com - On the water with great views, fresh seafood, steaks, great beer and wine selection. Many eclectic ethnic restaurants in Olympia, so walk around and find what you like.

Seattle
Ivar's Original Seafood Bar; 1201 Lake Washington Blvd, 98122, (425) 226-2122 (Try the salmon.)
The Pink Door, www.thepinkdoor.net - Italian/American cuisine in a very unique setting near Pike Place Market
Ray's Boathouse, www.rays.com - On the water, northwest cuisine at its best, great service

Woodinville
The Herbfarm, www.theherbfarm.com - Fantastic dining experience. Plan on getting a room at the Inn and staying the night. It's worth it, and a fantastic place for an anniversary getaway. While you're in Woodinville, you can visit the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Molbak's Nursery.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Marrakesh Restaurant, near the capital ... It's fantastic!
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, off DuPont Circle

WISCONSIN
Appleton
Dick and Joans on Lynndale. Great steaks and nice salad bar.
George's Steak House on Memorial Drive. Great steaks and the garlic ranch dressing is out of this world.
The Red Ox Supper Club on Oneida. Great selection of seafood and steaks... love the lobster!
Stone Cellar Brewpub, Olde Oneida St. Awesome food--awsome staff--just plain wonderful dining!!

Madison
Avenue Bar on E. Washington Ave. Yummy steaks.
Glass Nickel Pizza Company....... Atwood Ave
The Great Dane .....Midvale Blvd/Fish Hatchery Rd./downtown
Greenbush Bar (Italian Food)... Regent Street
The Harvest...capital square, next to L'Etiole, also uses local ingredients.
La Hacienda....Park Street Authentic Mexican
Lazy Janes .....Williamson Street homemade soups, sandwiches, great breakfast & the best scones that exist anywhere (I mean it)
L'Etiole..... capital square elegant dining using local ingredients. Great place to go if someone else is paying ;0)
Monty's Blue Plate Diner...Atwood Avenue
Roman Candle.....Williamson Street pizza/Italian

Menasha
Naut's Landing, on Main St. ,across from marina, nautical themed with great pizza

Middleton (a close 'burb of Madison)
Hubbard Avenue Diner, Hubbard Avenue

Oshkosh
Frattello's, on Oshkosh Ave., a varied menu and a brewpub

St. Germain
McGregors Blink Bonnies The steaks are delivered to your table sizzlin' hot and perfectly done. They don't take reservations and the place is always packed. Expect an hour wait every night they are open.


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Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Wisconsin

Menasha - Naut's Landing, on Main St. ,across from marina, nautical themed with great pizza

Oshkosh - Frattello's, on Oshkosh Ave., a varied menu and a brewpub

Auburn, AL(Zone 8a)

DC has a place close to the capital called Marrakesh Restaurant. ... It's fantastic!

Southern, WI(Zone 5a)

Madison, Wi. Ahhhhh, the many , many great choices we have here.
Monty's Blue Plate Diner...Atwood Avenue
Hubbard Avenue Diner Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, Wi (a close 'burb of Madison)
Greenbush Bar (Italian Food) Regent Street
Glass Nickel Pizza Company....... Atwood Ave
Lazy Janes .....Williamson Street homemade soups, sandwiches, great breakfast & the best scones that exist anywhere (I mean it)
The Great Dane .....Midvale Blvd/Fish Hatchery Rd./downtown
Roman Candle.....Williamson Street pizza/Italian
La Hacienda....Park Street Authentic Mexican
And if you're looking upscale and delicious
L'Etiole..... capital square elegant dining using local ingredients. Great place to go if someone else is paying ;0)
The Harvest...capital square, next to L'Etiole, also uses local ingredients.

South Puget Sound, WA(Zone 8a)

WASHINGTON STATE:
In Seattle:
The Pink Door http://www.thepinkdoor.net/
Italian/American cuisine in a very unique setting near Pike Place Market

Ray's Boathouse http://www.rays.com/new/
On the water, northwest cuisine at its best, great service

In Gig Harbor: The Tides Tavern http://www.tidestavern.com/
This place looks like a dump, but it has the best fish and chips, and it's a landmark. People all over Puget Sound know The Tides. You can go by boat and raft onto someone else's boat at the dock space, walk up the dock to put in your name for a table and they'll call out to you when you get one. You can also order at the counter and take to your boat. Great pizza, chowder, sandwiches and microbrews too.

In Olympia: Anthony's http://anthonys.com/home.html
or Budd Bay Cafe http://www.buddbaycafe.com/
Both are on the water and offer great views, fresh seafood, steaks, great beer and wine selection. Many eclectic ethnic restaurants in Olympia, so walk around and find what you like.

In Woodinville:
The Herbfarm http://www.theherbfarm.com/
Fantastic dining experience. Plan on getting a room at the Inn and staying the night. It's worth it, and a fantastic place for an anniversary getaway. While you're in Woodinville, you can visit the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Molbak's Nursery.

edited to post the name of the state! Oops!

This message was edited Jan 23, 2007 3:54 PM

Appleton, WI

WISCONSIN

APPLETON

Stone celler Brewpub--Olde Oneida St

Awesome food--awsome staff--just pain wonderful dining!!

This message was edited Nov 13, 2007 8:39 AM

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(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Wisconsin...
Madison - Avenue Bar on E. Washington Ave. Yummy steaks.

Appleton - George's Steak House on Memorial Drive. Great steaks and the garlic ranch dressing is out of this world.
Appleton - Dick and Joans on Lynndale. Great steaks and nice salad bar.
Appleton - The Red Ox Supper Club on Oneida. Great selection of seafood and steaks... love the lobster!

St. Germain - McGregors Blink Bonnies. The steaks are delivered to your table sizzlin' hot and perfectly done. They don't take reservations and the place is always packed. Expect and hour wait every night they are open.

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

Washington state:

Just returned from a holiday week in Seattle, and since traveling around was pretty much eliminated by the excessive snow conditions, we became quite intimate with the dining establishments in town. Here's some of our favorites.

Seattle
Assaggio Ristorante [http://www.assaggioseattle.com/]
2010 Fourth Avenue, 98121, (206) 441-1399
We ate at this fine downtown establishment twice, once for a late lunch and again for a relaxed dinner. Excellent staff just heightened the experience of the wonderful food. Don't miss trying the offbeat vegetable appetizers and side dishes; we variously sampled the brussel sprouts, beets, olives, and spinach. OK, we'll try anything - but these were great.

Duke's Greenlake [http://www.dukeschowderhouse.com/greenlake.php]
7850 Green Lake Dr. N, 98103, (206) 522-4908
We found lunch here, and the variety of seafood appetizers and chowders complemented the adult beverages nicely.

Dahlia Lounge [http://www.tomdouglas.com/dahlia/directions.html]
2001 Fourth Avenue, 98121 (206) 682-4142
Dinner at this eclectic restaurant was a fabulous experience. The array of tasting sized seafood samplers was phenomenal. My entrée of Pacific black cod will never be forgotten.

The Athenian Inn [http://www.athenianinn.com/]
1517 Pike Place Suite 1517, 98101 (206) 624-7166
Housed in the Pike Place Market, this cozy little seafood restaurant was packed at lunch time. Food was reasonably priced if average in flavor - but they had lots of local brews to swig with it and great views out over Elliott Bay. This is supposed to be where the bar scene in "When Harry Met Sally" was filmed.

Lola [http://www.tomdouglas.com/lola/index.html]
2000 Fourth Avenue, 98121 (206) 441-1430
I had a very interesting breakfast here at this Greek-inspired restaurant, Tom's Big Breakfast (octopus, leeks, pork belly, poached egg). It sounded bizarre to this Midwesterner, but was a flavorful winner. With that under our belts, we followed it another time with an awesome prix fixe Lola Big Dinner. It was like the great food would never stop coming. The sampling of spreads with the fresh-grilled pita really set the tone - don't miss the Barrel aged minty feta, Cow’s milk yogurt tzatziki, and Skordalia garlic spread.

Mmmmm....

Scott County, KY(Zone 5b)

West Virginia:

Just returned from a weekend in the northeast metroplex. Since we like to drive, we get to experience the landscape of the Appalachian mountains and some of the culture and history therein. One of our favorite stops along the way is in West Virginia, and we discovered some time back that there are deep Italian roots there. This is our absolute don't-miss eatery as we pass through.

Bridgeport
Oliverio's Ristorante http://www.oliveriosristorante.com/
507 East Main St., Bridgeport, West Virginia 26330 (304) 842-7388

We have eaten at this fine downtown establishment many times now, always for dinner. Excellent staff heightens the experience of the wonderful food. Don't miss the Caprese salad (a meal in itself), and we haven't been disappointed by any of the entrées. They have a rather diverse wine list for a small town restaurant, including vintages from regions in southern Italy (like Calabria) that aren't generally seen most other places.

Oakland, CA(Zone 9b)

WASHINGTON:

Dec 2010: We just came back from a 5-1/2 week driving trip through Northern CA, Washington & Oregon. We're CA foodies and found some great places....and a few not-so-good, which we'll mercifully skip. They are alphabetical by city and then by restaurant name.

Port Angeles: Gateway to Olympic National Park and the car ferry to Victoria BC, this has long been an indifferent town for fine dining. A new restaurant has livened things up with food nicely placed between hearty, generous comfort food executed with a more modern, interesting bistro sensibility:
1) Wildfire Grill – They don’t take reservations, but try to get in if you can. Excellent meat dishes, decent seafood.

Seattle, Capitol Hill neighborhood (just north of downtown):
1) Cascina Spinasse – Amazing, creative Italian food that is way beyond the pizza-and-beer offerings that have long been Seattle’s only neighborhood contributions. One of the two best dinners we had here.
2) Crush – Extremely expensive despite the iffy area, it’s more a Canlis competitor (upscale contemporary elegance, very professional service) than a neighborhood bistro. The food is refined, clean, and upscale – more CA than Washington, which fits because the chef is from Northern CA and trained at the CCA/San Francisco.
3) Olivar – The other of the two best we found here, and the one we returned to twice. Amazing French-influenced Catalan tapas in a unique historical building. Do NOT miss dessert!

Seattle, Downtown:
1) Andaluca – More classic Spanish tapas than Olivar, so a different style but equally as good. They like chile heat here, so you’re forewarned! Free valet parking for dinner, which is greatly appreciated.
2) Etta’s – Tom Douglas’ fish restaurant near Pike Place Market, with dynamite Dungeness crabcakes.
3) Lola’s – One of the Tom Douglas restaurants, the only one open for full breakfast. High quality classic American cooking.
4) Pike Place Chowder – For under $10 you can feed yourself royally. Skip the indifferent sandwiches and stick to the chowders – they make 8 different kinds, all of them superb. Two of their chowders have won against all comers in New England competitions in multiple years, so you know these guys have it right!

Seattle, Ballard neighborhood:
1) Palisade – Not gourmet by any means. But if you’re looking to treat someone to a nice Sunday brunch, the view is great, the service is excellent, the parking is easy, and the food is quite decent for the price. They make massive omelets and have some very good salads on the buffet line.
2) On Sundays, don't miss the Farmers Market! Amazing place, and there's a dynamite sandwich shop nearby.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Wisconsin --

Wisconsin Dells, down town - High Rock Cafe
http://www.highrockcafe.com/

Portage - Cimeroli's Supper Club - great flat iron steaks and Friday Fish Fries...
very inexpensive cocktails, all food very reasonable for what you get.
http://cimarolis.com/index.html

Baraboo -
- Best Mexican; Los Nopales Rte 12, next to the Shoe Box
http://losnopalesbaraboo.com/
- Family dining - Glacier Rock at the Clarion Hotel
http://clarionwestbaraboo.com/glacier_rock

Best Burgers ...
Lake Delton / Baraboo
Bronco Billy's [Bar]


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