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Vienna beef dog on poppy seed bun, with mustard, onions, relish, tomatoes, & dill pickle spear. From Portillo’s.  Last stop on our last day in Chicago

Forgive the long absence. Not only have I been on the road, in the midst of a cross-country move, but I’ve also been horribly sick for the better part of the past week.  I will be playing catch-up over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for back-dated posts.

Thin-crust pizza with sausage, green peppers & onions.  Also known as Pagliai’s special (but I don’t think it’s on the menu).
No visit to Troy’s family is complete without a visit to Pagliai’s. It’s long been a favorite of my husband’s family, and after my first trip, I know why.  The crust is thin, but not so much so that it gets soggy under the just thick enough layers of sauce, toppings and cheese.  It’s so good that even though you know it just came out of the oven 30 seconds ago and the first flaming hot piece will incinerate the roof of your mouth, you can’t wait and greedily gobble it down, while reaching for another slice.
Fried chicken (thigh), whipped potatoes, and creamed corn from Babe’s Chicken Dinner House.
Babe’s might be one of my all-time favorite places to eat. The fried chicken is probably among the best I’ve ever had, but really, it’s the family-style sides that force me to gorge myself until I can barely stand another bite.  We had to relegate this restaurant to being only for when visitors came from out-of-town, let we eat there too often and get fat(ter).  We broke the rule last night since this was our last hurrah before leaving Texas.
Desayuno burrito, from Julia’s in Wallingford. It had scrambled eggs, scallions, cheese and a ton of bacon, topped with salsa, sour cream and more cheese.
dungeness crab cakes
Dungeness crab cakes over white beans, ham & grilled asparagus, with a spicy remoulade sauce, and greens and sliced radishes on top.  I loved the sauce, but I wish there had been a tiny bit more of it.  Beans were perfectly cooked, but asparagus was a bit over.
For our last night in Seattle, Troy and I decided to go to another Tom Douglas restaurant and made a late reservation at Dahlia Lounge. These crab cakes were amazing.  Normally, I don’t order stuff like this as an entree because crab cakes aren’t always filling, but these were not only huge, they were also solid crab meat, hardly any filler.  Super delicious.  Troy ordered the NY strip with porcinis, grilled asparagus, and balsamic glaze, which was also amazing and, of course, perfectly cooked.  He let me have all his porcinis since he doesn’t like mushrooms.  I was happy to oblige.
NY strip steak
We also had the Sea Bar appetizer, which was a sampler of mostly raw seafood.
sea bar appetizer
Last, but not least, we had the made-to-order doughnuts for dessert.  I’d read that these were something of a specialty, and they did not disappoint.  They were served with strawberry jam and vanilla mascarpone cream.  I’m not embarrassed to admit that I ate the remaining mascarpone with a spoon.
Chef’s choice sushi plate, from Shiro’s. Bottom row: salmon, mackerel, tuna. Middle: toro, marinated tuna, geoduck. Top: white albacore roll, yellowtail, and can’t remember the last one but it had thinly sliced scallions underneath. Oops.
This might have been the best sushi I’ve ever had.  We also had the Belltown Poke appetizer, as well as a half dozen raw Kumamoto oysters. All outstanding.  We will definitely be hitting this place up regularly.
Copper River Salmon

Pan-seared salmon over grits, morels, asparagus, and snap peas with lightly pickled radish on top.

I was pretty determined to check out one of Tom Douglas’s restaurants while we are here, and Palace Kitchen did not disappoint. Since it’s Copper River salmon season here (we’ve barely been able to go more than a few steps without seeing a store or restaurant heralding that fact), I felt compelled to order some for our first night in Seattle.

My fish was cooked absolutely perfectly, and the skin, which I usually discard, was crisped up almost to the point of being a cracklin, which made it SO good. I also liked the minced radish garnish, which cut some of the richness of the fish. Unfortunately, all the other stuff on the plate was only so-so. The grits were kind of bland and loose, and the peas were so sweet they overpowered everything else on the plate.

Troy had the pork chop, which was absolutely incredible. We have a bit of a jokey competition when we eat out of who ordered the better dish (we never both get the same thing), and he won this round by a landslide.

Still, after the amazing clam appetizer we had, I really had no cause for complaint. Garlic, chorizo, lemon aioli…OMG, I wanted to take a bath in the broth. We had to ask for extra bread just so we could sop it all up.

roasted clams

Two Double-Doubles, animal-style, one cheeseburger, one plain hamburger. Three orders of fries, one animal-style.

Last month, In-N-Out Burger opened two locations here in the Dallas area to much excitement and fanfare. Troy and I were super excited, but both places were such madhouses that you could barely even drive by them without getting snarled in horrible traffic. Well the other night, we finally decided to give it a try and were pleasantly surprised to find that while the drive-thru still snaked around the parking lot, there was no line inside at the Allen location. The burgers were delicious and juicy, just as I remembered, and the fries…well, they were the same lackluster fries I remember as well. Making them animal-style helped mask some of the limpness, but once the cheese cooled off and congealed a bit, they were pretty unappealing.

Tandoori chicken, saag paneer, kofta,vegetable biryani, and a few other things whose names I don’t remember.
Not the best pic today, but had to make do.  A friend and I had pedicures and lunch before I left town and we decided to take advantage of the fact that we were without our children and eat something a bit more interesting than Chick Fil-a.
Chicken Katsu & BBQ Chicken from L&L. Yes, again.  The BBQ Chicken is more like a teriyaki than actual barbecue.
We are trying to hit up as many of our favorite places as possible before we leave town.  Even though we’ll be on the West Coast, and therefore technically closer to Hawaii, there aren’t any L&L’s in the Seattle area, so I have to get my fill while I can. I actually got them to give me both the tonkatsu and the curry sauce on the side for the fried chicken.  Ah, heaven.
Troy got the Loco Moco, with two fried eggs.  Also super yummy.  Something about rice and gravy always makes me swoon.  Reminds me of a now-closed diner we used to frequent back when we lived in Chicago that served Korean bbq beef with eggs and rice & gravy.