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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
7.0
6.5
$45
The chef in the hat dons a second, cheaper one

Thierry Rautureau, the so-called “Chef in the Hat,” opened this down-home café as a recession-friendly companion to tony Rover’s. It is newer and cheaper, and there is definitely something lost in that translation.

Gone at Luc is the main strength of Rover’s: the very focused (some might say bordering on sedate), thematically coherent menu. Some dishes at Luc are more flagrantly French than at Rover’s—this is the place to try whole trout amandine, a dish that alone justifies a meal here—while… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
6.5
$15
Beautiful falafels cooked and served by beautiful men

The local stroller brigade is obsessed with the young, strapping dark-haired men who run Mr. Gyros—and for good reason. The guys at this little Greenwood-area falafel joint are always ready with a charming smile and a quick quip with their regulars—and they cook up some delicious, inexpensive grub, too.

Seating is very limited—only a couple counter spots, and two sidewalk tables—and it’s pretty dark and dim inside: the orangey-red walls (complete with Mr. Gyro T-shirts displayed for sale) contrast with the yellow… [More]