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I owe Tom Douglas a huge apology.  Just like some relative or friend that has been part of your life for so long that you tend to forget how much they mean to you, his suite of restaurants is such a Seattle mainstay that I often take it for granted. 
I have spent countless lunches at Dahlia Lounge tables; many evenings sipping cocktails at Palace Kitchen; been privy to fun events at Palace Ballroom; and been applauded for my recommendation of Serious Pie as the place to get pizza downtown.  It’s been awhile since I’ve spent serious time at Etta’s – and I think that’s a mistake.  I’m so easily distracted by all the new and shiny pennies in our dining scene that I just assume you know about Tom’s empire and that it will always be there. 
While the second part of that is probably true, the first part may not be.  And that was something that I was thinking about during a recent lunch at Lola
I’d checked myself into a downtown hotel for the weekend.  I needed some serious R&R and thought it would be fun just to be a tourist here in Seattle, something I like to do.  I was able to check into my room just after noon and once settled in I took a short walk to Lola for lunch.  I sat at the bar, as I do in most places. 

I arrived past the main lunch rush and so overall the room was quiet.  A couple of other people at the bar and while many of the tables were full most were finishing up.  It didn’t take me long to place my order – although it was a little tough as there is so much I love on this menu – the lamb kabobs were my choice for the day, and I’ll take the Greek salad to go along with that.  (The other option is Greek Potatoes.) 
My order arrived in no time.  In addition to the kebabs and Greek salad, freshly made (and still warm) pita and tzitiki graced the plate. 
The lamb was slightly sweet, tender and succulent.  Dipped in the tangy tzitiki it was heaven on a fork – the contrast of sweet/tangy, warm/cool, rich/fresh just made me close my eyes and concentrate on the wonderful contrasts.  The salad was so good that when I arrived home I made a list and the next time at the grocery store I picked up all the ingredients so I could duplicate it at home.  I don’t really like making salads but this is one I am happy to assemble.  It is so fresh and clean tasting.  
The homemade pita was so soft and comforting I would have liked to take a really big one, cover myself with it and take a little nap.  Okay, not really but it was good enough to do that!  Instead, I dipped it in the tzitiki for another wonderful taste combination.
I ended my meal with a nice pot of tea.  Refreshed and ready for an afternoon of adventure playing tourist in my hometown. 
2000 4th Ave (At the corner of 4th and Virginia)
  1. renay permalink
    02-Mar-2008 5:21 pm

    the food looks to be very tastey. and good.

  2. Culinary permalink
    03-Mar-2008 7:12 am

    Hi renay!  Yes it\’s very good as are all his places! 
    ~ B

  3. Sreedevy permalink
    05-Mar-2008 11:12 am

    wow….its a food space atlast.Have come across many in blogspot and its the first time i find such  here on msn\’s.I like it here.cheers,Sree

  4. Jackie permalink
    07-Mar-2008 1:22 am

    wow~i like all the food in ur pics…
    must be very delicious!!
    btw,i\’m from beijing,CN…hope we can be good frds

  5. Culinary permalink
    07-Mar-2008 9:32 am

    Sree:  Thanks! 
    Jackie:  thanks much.  Just to let you know.  I won\’t accept a friends request from anyone who has a private space or really has nothing on their space.  I also may not accept it, if I can\’t understand the language as I want to ensure that the site is not offensive in anyway.  Thanks!

  6. Priya permalink
    08-Mar-2008 7:41 am

    Salads are a must have, they are very nutritious,and fortifies the taste when take with non veg.

  7. Stephanie permalink
    08-Mar-2008 10:51 am

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of the computer screen and keyboard.
    That looks absolutely wonderful!
    Next time I\’m in Seattle, I\’m going to go there! BIG HUGS, Steph

  8. Gail permalink
    08-Mar-2008 8:15 pm

    YUM… It all looks so scrumptious. Love the pics..  Love visiting here.. HUGS

  9. Culinary permalink
    12-Mar-2008 6:03 am

    Kukkus:  Yes, salads are a must but I still hate making them.  :-) 
    Steph:  Sorry about that!  ;-) But yes, in Seattle any of Tom\’s restaurants are a sure bet. 
    Gail:  Thanks! 

  10. Eric permalink
    17-Mar-2008 9:48 pm

    culinary fool – where are you!?  i\’m going to have to spend more time on Rachel Ray\’s site if you don\’t come back soon.  E

  11. Culinary permalink
    19-Mar-2008 7:29 am

    Oh no, Eric!  Anything but that!  You really know how to hit me where it hurts. ;-) 
    I guess I have been a bit "relaxed" lately.  Back to it! 
    ~ B

  12. Eric permalink
    20-Mar-2008 7:53 pm

    It worked!  Not one, but three posts since I last visited.  :-)

  13. Culinary permalink
    21-Mar-2008 9:12 am

    Thanks for the kick in the pants!  :-)
    ~ B

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