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Meet and Eat in Redmond: Choices?


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Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

So, every year we've had a PaizoCon, it has been a tradition to hold a dinner event that we call the "Meet and Eat" the Thursday night before PaizoCon on Friday.

For the first PaizoCon, we held it at Todai Sushi/Asian Buffet, in the Redmond Town Center (that is gone, but a nearly identical restaurant called Haiku is there now). We had maybe 20 people.

For the 2nd-4th PaizoCon in Bellevue, we have held the Meet and Eat at the Crab Pot in Bellevue. This event went from 50 to 130 people attending in that time.

Now, for this, the 5th PaizoCon, we are in Redmond. Not only that, we are in the Redmond Town Center. Lots of places to eat. But not many can handle a 100+ person event.

Here are my top two suggestions at this time, both very close to the hotel:

Haiku Sushi Buffet. This would be sort of a "homecoming" for me, as this was the same space we held the 1st Meet and Eat. Price is $25+drink cost. All you can eat sushi, seafood, Asian cuisine. Private party space only holds 60 people, though. So any people in excess of that would need to get a table outside of the party room. I am inquiring about the availability of the party room, and whether we could take over the tables in the area of the room as well.

Claimjumper. I just went to dinner here tonight. The menu is VAST. They have a pretty large area that could accommodate 100+ people. They have a happy hour from 3:00pm - 7:00pm in their saloon area, so a great way to hang out and gather before we go get seated at 6:30 or 7 PM.

Again, these are my initial choices. I have no confirmation of availability for July 5th.

I would like to hear from all of you that are coming to PaizoCon 2012, and are planning on attending the Meet and Eat. What sounds good to you? (keep in mind, I can only pick ONE)

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Both sound good, though Haiku may be too small; I don't expect the Meet & Eat to get SMALLER, and we're already double the size of the party room. Then again, we didn't really have a private party room at the Crab Pot either, so maybe it's no big deal to just bogart the whole joint (figuratively speaking, of course).

Either way, count me in, probably +1 with the missus.

Taldor

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I have to agree with Jason that either one would work for me. With the expected number of attendees, I don't think it would be possible to meet everyone over dinner, so being a little spread out would not necessarily be a terrible thing.


Much like you Tim, Haiku would be a homecoming since that's where the first Meet & Eat was held (albeit under a different restaurant name).


I'll be there Thursday and really dig the idea.
No preference here, both sound groovy.

Shadow Lodge

Hmm...both sound good, honestly, but Claimjumper sounds like the better option, space-wise. Of course, I'd have fun at either location :)

Qadira

Pathfinder Campaign Setting Subscriber

Claimjumper sounds better to me as well. Hoping I can swing by and make it for a bit. I just got invited to tour Mike's Amazing Cakes while I'm out there, and he's right nearby he tells me.

Qadira

My vote is for the ClamThumper. It's one of my favorite chains.

-Pain


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Count this as one more for Claim Jumper. Having been there before, I will attest that it's good food at an okay price.

Osirion

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Claimjumper would suit our tastes far better, but then we never went for the food. I believe in the power of nostalgia though, so I'd understand if it went the other way.

Shadow Lodge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8

I'm fine with either, and excited to try a new place!

Taldor Contributor

Haiku doesn't have an actual menu on their site. I've got food allergies and it looks like Claimjumper handles those better... I can probably handle Haiku, but that's not clear.


I'd vote Claimjumper for the space aspect.

Lantern Lodge

I would love to go to Haiku but Claimjumpers might be the better choice for size reasons. But if we can get Haiku, that is where my vote is.

Paizo Employee Assistant Software Developer

Claimjumpers is kind of an institution. Not only is the menu vast, but the portions are vast as well. They are not known for skimping out and the food is pretty decent.

Haiku has the chance to be more interesting, and seafood is something we kind of do well out here, but while haiku hits the nose on about half their menu, the other half(including most of the sushi) is just kind of mediocre. I never knew I could get that full on mostly crab legs and butter though and it's totally worth the price of admission, which is another aspect. You'd know exactly how much it was going to be per person walking into the establishment. That said, Haiku might not accommodate those who don't like seafood or those that just want to have a beer and make friends before the start of everything.


I would highly recommend two places in Redmond:

1. El Toreador for very affordable and delicious Mexican fare. It's on Leary Way, Northwest of the Marriott and 1 block north of Half Price Books (which is also a pretty good place).

2. In Redmond Town Center, directly above the Starbucks, is a Mediterranean place (mostly Greek -- Gyros and the like -- but with some other influences), the name of which I don't recall. But I go there whenever I can. Super friendly people, good prices, really good food. Perfect lunch (or early dinner) spot.

Claim Jumper is pretty good, and you get a lot of food, but it's a little more than I usually want to pay (I'm just cheap). Also, I recall being put off by their meatloaf.


I should clarify that the two suggestions above are really more for the "eat" than the "meet." Neither is very large. El Toreador can accommodate only a party of maybe 16-20 seated together. But still definitely a place worth checking out for anyone in favor of (or undecided on) Mexican food :)

Paizo Employee Assistant Software Developer

anticipate wrote:
I should clarify that the two suggestions above are really more for the "eat" than the "meet." Neither is very large. El Toreador can accommodate only a party of maybe 16-20 seated together. But still definitely a place worth checking out for anyone in favor of (or undecided on) Mexican food :)

There is usually a seperate where to eat thread at paizocon thread. Actually, I'd highly suggest starting a new one, since the old one is more bellevue than redmond. =) This particular thread is about the meet and eat event that usually happens thursday before paizocon. Last year, there was a terribly big crowd for it.


Claim Jumper's got a gluten-free menu, and I'm not uber-keen on seafood (though, oddly, I like sushi), so I'm leaning towards that one. But my vote is contingent on the lady and I showing up early this year, which we didn't do last year.

As long as both of them let me buy liquor, though, I can work with that. :P

Cheliax

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I vote Claimjumper, assuming I get a vote.... :p

Cheliax

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Is the Meet-and-Greet on Thursday Night?


Warrant wrote:
Is the Meet-and-Greet on Thursday Night?

Yes!

Taldor Contributor

There must be something wrong with me- every time I see this thread, I think: Long Pig?

Qadira

Hmm, I liked the grand bench-like seating we had at Crab pot, would Claimjumpers accomodate that or is it all randomly sorted booths everywhere?

Andoran RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32, 2011 Top 16

I'll probably be going, as long as I can get out of work on time. I'd vote Claimjumpers as well.

Cheliax

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Crab Pot or Claim Jumpers are both winners in my book. Claim Jumpers has seriously the LARGEST chocolate cake and portion sizes I have seen at a restaurant.

Crab Pot has some yummy Dungeness Crab! or....

We've got Crablegs!
Sea Galley
We've Got Crablegs!
Sea Galley
We've Got Crablegs!
Sea Galley

We've got KING
KING!
SNOW!
SNOW!
Dungeness Too!

If you are a PacNW you know that jingle....

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

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I know it! But, there were THREE crab leg guys, singing 3-part harmony:

"We've got King, KING, KING, Snow, SNOW, SNOW, DUNGENESS TOO!"

Then they repeated the "We've got crab legs... AT SEA GALLEY" twice more, then "get your crab legs... AT SEA GALLEY" and wound up with, "So come geeeeeeeeettttt youuurrrrrrr crab leeeeeeeeegggggs... TONIGHT!"

Oh I loved that ad as a kid. Complete silliness. And thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch it right here!

P.S. Thanks for the memories!


I know me and several others will be coming in from Spokane Thursday so either one sounds good. Hope we can settle on one soon :)

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

So, made a call to Claimjumper this morning.

They do NOT have banquet seating. The most they can manage is ONE table of 25-30 people, and then tables of 8-10 people, scattered throughout the restaurant. And the bar area (the Saloon) holds maybe 40-50.

So, in order to do Claimjumper, we have to accept that we won't be sitting together in one area. We'll have to go in, meet in the Saloon, and then group up with each other to form a table group to be seated.

I haven't made the call to Haiku (it seemed to be the less popular option), but the best we can do there is the banquet room of 60 people, with the rest out in the restaurant, as well.

So, sort of the same result for either restaurant....although Claimjumper has noted that PaizoCon is happening July 6-8, and the manager has marked down July 5th as a potentially heavy evening for us.

Thoughts?

Taldor

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If they have food, I will be satisfied.

Of course, that could be the fact I have not had lunch yet talking ... ;)

Andoran

This. Sounds. SO FUN. I cannot wait for our first Paizocon!

Qadira

25-30 people?

Dang Tim,
sorry to hear that.

I would say that just won't work outright. Have you tried the outlying systems? We may have to shuttle but at least it would be a gathering.

Grand Lodge

Both work pretty well for me (gluten free). Claim jumper is probably easier but I can navigate around sushi pretty well. My gut says Haiku but I am up to jump at either choice.

Osirion

I suppose that the most important requirements would be total capacity of the restaurant and the ability to mingle from table to table - like at the Crab Pot.

One reason I liked the meet & eat was that "normal" people could meet and hang with Paizo/3PP people. Having separate rooms will encourage cliques. The more open the area between the groups, the better.

Qadira

Last Meet and Eat there was some 4-5 long tables that had 16 people per table. This time we might have 1 1/2 to 2 tables for that space and this PaizoCon thing continues to grow? We need more space not less than half.

Perfectly willing to commute to somewhere that can handle a larger capacity.

Just the locales and people with cars would make an offsite location of last year filled.

Cheliax

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Where's the nearest Old Country Buffet? We could pack the place!

Edit: Hrmm... Looks like the nearest is in Kirkland, and there's one down in Factoria. Both are over 10 minutes drive from the hotel, with the Factoria one being closer to 20 minutes.

Qadira

I think 10 minutes is no hardship for me so I can at least see everybody. Otherwise I will be standing out in the restaurant lobby waiting for everyone to leave or vice versa.

Cheliax

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I wish I knew that part of the greater Seattle area better. I'm sure there has a be a place large enough closer...

Taldor PaizoCon Founder, Wayfinder Editor-in-Chief

It's gotta be within walking distance, really. Lots of folks are flying in and don't have a car. Walking to the restaurant is the best option, here.

Also, we are a month out from the Meet and Eat. Stuff like this needs reservations at least 4-6 months in advance. You can't just call up a place and say, "I've got 150 people for an event in your place in a couple of weeks. That OK?"

For the ClaimJumper, 40 or 50 of us can hang in the Saloon, and as people come in, and get hungry, they can go get a table and eat together. And then come back out to the saloon and hang some more.

It might be necessary, however, to split the party (GASP)!
Some can go to Claimjumper, and some of us go to Haiku.

No easy answers here, unfortunately.....

Qadira

I'm fine with ClamHumper even if it won't be perfect seating. What could work instead is finding a good way to identify each other somehow so can minglify on our own.

Yeah, last year's name tags worked fine...or that with something else in addition to help us self-identify might work as well.

We're a community, I don't think we necessarily need to be in the exact same spot to mingle. We just need to be able to recognize each other.

It's too bad that not enough of us can cast Arcane Mark, cuz that would work well.

zylphryx wrote:
If they have food, I will be satisfied.

Oh yeah, I'm totally with you on the food part. Definitely a favorite part of mine.

Osirion

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Timitius wrote:

Also, we are a month out from the Meet and Eat. Stuff like this needs reservations at least 4-6 months in advance. You can't just call up a place and say, "I've got 150 people for an event in your place in a couple of weeks. That OK?"

For the ClaimJumper, 40 or 50 of us can hang in the Saloon, and as people come in, and get hungry, they can go get a table and eat together. And then come back out to the saloon and hang some more.

Sounds like we need to "jump" on it as soon as possible then. Maybe they'll be better solutions in years to come, but for now I think we need to grab what we can.

Contributor

As I will be "meeting" more than "eating," I am fine with either place. Can't wait to see everyone!

Qadira

Canadians always have a place to fit in...no problem. :)


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Time to sign up on this! Unless the kobold-in-chief decides otherwise...

I'd go for Claimjumper

Shadow Lodge

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Claim Jumper sounds good to me!

Osirion

I'm liking Claimjumper ... mostly for the menu. Haiku seems great to me, as I love asian food, but, I recognize that not everyone does. That way there's less liklihood of someone having a poor meal.

I'm coming in on Wednesday, so, I will be there a day and a half early, but, as Timitius said, it's an issue of being within walking distance. I'm not bringing a car in from Texas with me. i'm sure the "locals and people with cars" wasn't meant to exclude anyone, but, I would really appreciate it being nearby to the Con.


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I like the claimjumper menu myself mostly as I'm not big on sushi.

Cheliax

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So what's the verdict?

Is it official? Meet and Greet on Thursday at ClaimJumper?

Cheliax

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

My buddies and I will probably sit in the bar. We should figure out a way to establish ourselves as PaizoCon attendees...any ideas?

Maybe wear a green shirt? (I don't have purple)

Grand Lodge

ClamHumper.....(writing it down).....at the bar. Wear something green.

Wait, is this for PaizoCon, or for St Patty's Day?

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