Hinoki & The Bird

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Sourdough bread
Sourdough bread
Lobster roll
Lobster roll
Sashimi
Sashimi
Ceviche
Ceviche
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
Boar ribs
Boar ribs

*** (3 stars)

The good: amazing wine-list with a broad selection of medium to high priced wines from excellent producers and appellations, worldwide.

The bad: crowded and deafeningly noisy making conversation nearly impossible.

The so-so: all the food we tried (ceviche, sashimi, mushrooms, boar ribs, lobster roll, sourdough bread) was just okay. No standouts or anything I'd order again.

Service was friendly, and coping well with the chaos.

Hinoki & The Bird
10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

https://www.yelp.com/biz/hinoki-and-the-bird-los-angeles

Se7en Bites

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Se7en Bites Benedict
Se7en Bites Benedict

***** (5 stars)

This is a wonderful spot for breakfast or lunch, both of which are served all day (although all day is only four days a week and until mid-afternoon).

There are two order counters inside, one for hot food, and the other for baked goods.

The breakfast items almost all feature their fabulous garlic biscuits, which are huge, flaky, crusty, and moist inside.

Lunch offers a wide variety. They're famous for their chicken pot pie.

The baked goods are my favorite. The dark chocolate pecan pie had an amazing flaky, buttery crust. The macaroon was the perfect combination of toasty and moist without being too sugary or sticky.

The entire staff was exceptionally friendly.

Se7en Bites
617 N Primrose Dr
Orlando, FL 32803

https://www.yelp.com/biz/se7en-bites-orlando

T-Rex Cafe

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Chicken and ribs
Chicken and ribs

**** (4 stars)

This place is an excellent choice for a meal that will entertain the kids and provide credible food for the adults. The decor is a step beyond Rainforest Cafe-level (although the animation of the dinosaurs is not going to challenge Disney). The menu is typical sports bar plus some larger plates, and the service is good. It's large and fairly noisy, but so are dinosaurs.

T-Rex Cafe
1676 E Buena Vista Dr
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

https://www.yelp.com/biz/t-rex-cafe-lake-buena-vista

Solamente Al Pastor

Chicken and pork tacos pastor
Chicken and pork tacos pastor
Truck
Truck

**** (4 stars)

This is a review of the food truck, which was parked near Pike Place Market at at 4th and Pine. Very good pork and chicken pastor tacos, served with lime and your choice of mild or spicy sauce. Three to an order, and one tortilla per taco, so more fork food that hand held.

Solamente Al Pastor
4435 A St SE
Auburn, WA 98002

https://www.yelp.com/biz/solamente-al-pastor-auburn

Joel Palmer House

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Lobster and caviar
Lobster and caviar
Escargot
Escargot
Mushroom trio
Mushroom trio
Filet mignon tartare
Filet mignon tartare
Dueling gazpacho
Dueling gazpacho
Angel hair pasta with Dungeness Crab
Angel hair pasta with Dungeness Crab
Sturgeon
Sturgeon
Duck
Duck
A5 Wagyu
A5 Wagyu
Dessert!
Dessert!
Dessert
Dessert

***** (5 stars)

This beautiful old house is the setting for a terrific dining experience, and also Oregon's largest pinot noir collection.

We opted for the tasting menu, which consisted of more than a dozen different items, many emphasizing mushrooms. Our favorite courses included the mushroom trio (especially the soup and the tart), the A5 Wagyu, the dual gazpacho intermezzo, and the spectacular dessert plate.

Service was very professional and welcoming, and the wine list is certainly spectacular.

Joel Palmer House
600 Ferry St
Dayton, OR 97114

https://www.yelp.com/biz/joel-palmer-house-dayton-2

Tina’s

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Prawns
Prawns
Pan Fried Willapa Bay Oysters
Pan Fried Willapa Bay Oysters
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
Salad
Salad
Corn soup
Corn soup
Rack of lamb
Rack of lamb
Cheese soufflé
Cheese soufflé
Halibut
Halibut

***** (5 stars)

Charming atmosphere, great service, and some stellar dishes. We particularly enjoyed the mushroom appetizer, with its rich, creamy sauce, perfect for dipping the accompanying toast, and also the bread. Not a drop was left!

Excellent wine list, and very helpful advice from the sommelier.

A great spot for a relaxing evening of excellent food and drink in cozy ambiance.

Tina’s
760 N Hwy 99W
Dundee, OR 97115

https://www.yelp.com/biz/tinas-dundee

Art of The Table

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Menu 8/4/2021
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Amuse Bouche
Amuse Bouche
Tuna
Tuna
Gyro spiced lamb ravioli
Gyro spiced lamb ravioli
Salmon
Salmon
Duck
Duck
Hazelnut Croquant
Hazelnut Croquant

**** (4 stars)

Very cozy, welcoming restaurant that offers both counter and table seating for (currently) a five-course set menu. It's really more courses than that, as there is also a two-part amuse bouche and and intermezzo.

Highlights on our particular night were the various sauces and compotes, the sorbet and intermezzo, the succotash that accompanied the salmon, and the carbonated(!) blueberries. Lowlights were the rather tough duck breast.

A wine pairing option perfectly matched each dish, with some interesting and surprising selections.

Services was friendly, precise, and professional.

Art of The Table
3801 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

https://www.yelp.com/biz/art-of-the-table-seattle