We took your NW Source advertisement with us to Ponti restaurant a couple of days ago. They did not have the $12. 50 prix-fixe lunch as advertised but offered us instead a "Three...

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From two bucks to tow bucks, there’s more to dining out than meets the plate. What’s on the menu today? Contact Rant and Rave: rantandrave@seattletimes.com or 206-464-3279.
— Lisa Heyamoto, Seattle Times staff reporter


Non prix fixe


We took your NW Source advertisement with us to Ponti restaurant a couple of days ago. They did not have the $12.50 prix-fixe lunch as advertised but offered us instead a “Three Course Prix-Fixe Lunch” for $14.50. We consider that to be unethical advertising and would, therefore, Rant.

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Los rugrats


This rant is for the Azteca in Bellevue that lets very young kids run all around the restaurant while the waiters are carrying hot, sizzling plates and having to walk around them like an obstacle course. Also a bigger rant for the parents who let their kids run around the other tables and diners. This is not Chuck E. Cheese’s, folks! Get a clue or get a baby-sitter.


And many more


My husband and I are still processing the pleasant shock that occurred as we were finishing a lovely dinner at Lola in downtown Seattle. It was my birthday. The couple at the next table surprised us as we were preparing to leave by sending a bottle of wine home with us! Could they ever know how touched we would be by this spontaneous, grand gesture? A heartfelt thank-you to the kind and generous couple who made our evening so special.


Towed-off


I’d like to give a huge rave to the Palace Kitchen restaurant. While having dinner there a few weeks ago, our car was towed from behind the restaurant. The towing company refused to respond to our inquires as to why the car was towed from the restaurant parking lot. The owner of the Palace Kitchen (Tom Douglas) sent us a check to cover half the towing charge, and we are very appreciative of his effort.