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Old Reliables: Keepin' 'Em Coming Back for More

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Nancy Leson
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Chef-owner Daisley Gordon of Cafe Campagne.

The hoopla over the New Big Thing restaurant is replaced by the excitement over the Next Big Thing. And the next. But some restaurants exist outside the cycle of fashion and fad. They're the places that keep us coming back for more.  

Nancy cites places like Seattle's Wild Ginger, Cafe Campagne, Lark, and Mashiko as among her go-to Old Reliables. Two of my long time favorites in Tacoma where I live are Primo Grill, Chef Charlie McManus' Mediterranean-style eatery, and Vuelva a la Vida, a Mexican—real Mexican—restaurant on Tacoma's Pacific Avenue. 

What restaurants keep you coming back? And why? Tell all below.

"Once the working classes were in chains. Now they're in chain restaurants."

-- Will Self

Program Alert: This year Thanksgiving and the first day of Hannukah are the same day.  Join us next week when Nancy and I host Bill Whistlecod of the All-Weiner Butterbloat Turkey Corp and traffic reporter Sprince Arbogast for a special edition Thanksgiving-kah Food for Thought.

Dick Stein has been with KNKX since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.