My bestest dearest friend is flying into SeaTac at the end of this month to visit me, and I wanted to treat her to something special. Something she couldn't get anywhere else.

My mind jumped to Gypsy underground resturaunt.

I love to cook, I love to eat, I just love food in general, and I thought she would totally love to go to a Gypsy dinner with me.

I've been trying to find a way into Gypsy for over a year now, and still have not managed to.

So, I come to you, you sinners, you baby eaters, you god damned heathens.

Does anyone at all here have a connection to Gypsy? Or know someone who might? I really want to take her to one of these dinners, and I really want to experience one my self.

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Apparently it's now dead, like many of Seattle's cliquish and elitist residents imaginations.

I've lived here far too long, and I find that Seattle is great about promoting itself to tiny in-groups. Lots of people here spend way too much time trying to be a member of some exclusive and tiny power group. I've been in some of them, and they're unremarkable to say the least. Some of them are questionable not just legally, but logically. The Gypsy was a bad idea from the start and got busted on health code violations.

Say what you will, but I'm not hot for food that is prepared without regard to health laws or employment regulations. If I were, I'd eat at McD's all the time. There are many excellent and highly recommended eateries in Seattle that operate legally. If you want to give your friend a real taste of Seattle, just take them for a walk on Broadway or in Fremont.

As to exclusive memberships, I've been to several that I never feel like attending again. I'd rather fly to Portland to attend a public concert or eat at one of its many excellent restaurants if I want to spend heavily. Exclusivity is not an "onto" logically with Quality. Just as being a large chain store does not guarantee financial success, it also doesn't guarantee quality, variety, or customer satisfaction. The opposite of large does not assure these either. The management, the chef, and the staff are what deliver those factors.

What Seattle needs is more effort in opening up and being accepting of larger audiences, growth, the future, and many other concepts. What I've seen is a general rejection of anything that came along after 1975. I'm actually surprised that the light rail managed to get approval. Maybe Seattle is finally ready to grow.
Hello. Coupla suggestions following up on Demopoly's observations and echoing some. (I too refuse to eat at places with questionable health standards; I used to take more chances, but that was in decades before all these Superbugs had evolved.)

The Pink Door. It reminds me of the Philly Italian bodegas I loved in my teens and 20s out there. Post Alley. No signage. A fabulous deck overlooking the Sound. A real sense of laid back abbondanza, and no snobberie whatever. See their menu/site online. I normally don't buy Italian out--can do it better at home...and far cheaper...but make an exception here.

That brings me to my other suggestion. Big John's PFI, down in the Stadium District. It's a warehouse store--cinderblock and concrete floor, no frills, awesome food. Cheeses to die for, fresher and much lower priced than any of the yuppie/foodie emporia. Many chefs shop there...but I do because it reminds me of the little places in South Philly that I loved so well. Only catch with the cheese is, you have to buy a pound. But three/four excellent cheeses, some bread, olive oil, olives, meats if you do that...and you and your friend can go anywhere you want that's ONLY SEATTLE and have a beautiful meal that no restaurant could equal. And eat all day. Who needs to bother eating babies (all those little bones, gah) when you can eat dairy foods that don't smell like sour milk? :D


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