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99 Seattle-area restaurants on Twitter

twitter163Have you ever wondered if your favorite restaurant is on Twitter?  Have you searched and not found them?  Often it’s because they’ve used a name slightly different than their official restaurant name, or use a chef’s name or a number of other reasons. And sometimes the Twitter search function just can’t find them!

To help ease your searching, I have compiled a list of all the restaurants I’ve found (and follow!) on Twitter, mostly in the greater Puget Sound area.  But I must preface it with this – I know lots of restaurants are missing!  That’s a given – and I hope you will chime in with additions, corrections, etc. and help make this a more robust list.  I will make my best effort to keep it updated so we all can use it as a tool to keep track of our favorites – and give a little nudge to those that haven’t joined us in the Twitterverse yet!  Also, I have not included individual chefs – that’s another list to come later!

Given the competitive nature of the food industry, I’m sure there will be plenty of scrambling to “get on this list” so I offer this project up with the best intentions of getting EVERY restaurant in our area to play with us on Twitter…imagine that!  (and if they need help getting started on Twitter, you know where to send them! Here we go: (updated from 82 to 99! 9/16/09)

5 Spot ChowFoods
Andaluca (chef) chefwaj
Andaluca Restaurant Andaluca
Archery Bistro ArcheryBistro
Art of the Table ChefDAOTT
ART Restaurant ARTRestaurant
Atlas Foods ChowFoods
Barrio Restaurant HeavyRestaurant
Bastille bastilleseattle
Beach House Kirkland BHKirkland
Belltown Pizza Belltownpizza
Benihana (corporate) Benihana__
Bistro on Yale BistroOnYale
Black Pearl BlackPearlSEA
Blue C Sushi bluecsushi
Blue Moon Burgers BlueMoonBurgers
Boat Street Café BoatStreet
BOKA Kitchen & Bar BOKAchef
Boom Noodle BoomNoodle
Brasa Tamara_Murphy
Brasserie Margaux SeattleMargaux
Café Campagne Cafe_Campagne
Café Campagne (chef) daisgord
Café Flora CafeFloraVeg
Café Revo CaféRevo
Campagne Restaurant EasyFrench
Canlis bcanlis
Chandlers Crabhouse SchwartzBros
Circa Ale House circaalehouse
Coastal Kitchen coastalkitchen
Counter Burger counterburger
Crush Crush_Seattle
Cucina Fresca CucinaFresca
Daniels Broiler SchwartzBros
Del Rey DelReySeattle
Delancey Pizza delanceyseattle
Dragonfish DragonfishSEA
El Gaucho Bellevue ElGauchoBell
Elemental/Elemental Next Door Elemental_Food
Elliott Bay Brewing elliottbay_beer
Endolyne Joes ChowFoods
Feedback Lounge feedbacklounge
Fox Sports Grill (Seattle) FSGSeattle
Fresh Bistro freshbistro
Frontier Café FrontierCafe
Frontier Room frontierroom
Gordon Biersch (corporate) Gordon_Biersch
Grand Cru Wine Bar grandcruwine
Herbfarm Herbguy
Here and There Grill heretheregrill
Hi-Life ChowFoods
Il Bistro ILBistroSeattle
Ivars IvarsClam
Jimmy’s On First JimmysOnFirst
Julias Café JuliasSeattle
La Bocca LaBocca
Lowells Restaurant LowellsSeattle
Maggianos (corporate) Maggianos
Marination Mobile curb_cuisine
Maximilien maxi_sea
Maximus/Minimus somepigseattle
Mioposto mioposto
Mobatta mobatta
Monsoon East MonsoonEast
Olivar Restaurant OlivarSeattle
Olivers Lounge OliversLounge
Pagliacci Pizza pagliaccipizza
Pike Brewing Company pikebrewing
Pike Place Chowder PikePLChowder
Poppy poppyseattle
Portage Bay Café portagebaycafe
Purple Café HeavyRestaurant
Queen City Grill queencitygrill
Rays Boathouse raysboathouse
Redhook Brewery Redhook_Brewery
Rovers thechefinthehat
Ruth Chris Steak House – Seattle RCSHSeattle
Salty’s SaltysSeafood
Seastar SeastarRawBar
Serafina Osteria SerafinaOsteria
Shallots Bistro ShallotsBistro
Six Seven Six_Seven
Skillet Street Food skilletstfood
Space Needle space_needle
Spazzo Italian Grill SchwartzBros
Spinasse spinasse
Stir Martini Bar STIRBellevue
Taphouse Grill taphousegrill
TASTE Restaurant tastesam
Tidbit Bistro Tidbit
Tiki Bob’s Cantina TikiSeattle
Tilth (chef) mariahines
Tom Douglas Bakery TDRBakery
Tom Douglas Restaurants TDRcreampuff
Typhoon Restaurants TyRestaurants
Urbane Seattle urbaneseattle
Watercress Asian Bistro Watercresslily
Woodman Lodge WoodmanLodge
Zeeks Pizza zeekspizza

 

So as my partner says, “Posted is better than perfect” – so let the corrections begin!  Please add your comments in the “leave a reply” space provided below – thanks!

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Two tools to lengthen your life on Twitter

In the past few weeks, I’ve been struck by the number of seemingly Twitter-savvy users with the same basic complaints – “Twitter is too hard to use”.  As a self-proclaimed Twitterholic (you know who you are!), I was amazed at their comments and inquired further.

In virtually every instance, the reasons these users were frustrated with Twitter came down to this – they didn’t know about TweetDeck or TwitterBerry…or Seesmic or the IPhone App for Twitter, etc.  My poor frustrated Twitter friends were trying to send messages while out and about town by using the web browser on their phones (egad!) or streaming through that endless “river” of info of single column tweets on Twitter.com.

Enough!

When I asked them about TweetDeck and TwitterBerry, their faces lit up as if saw the light at the end of the tunnel!  They absolutely would use Twitter more – and more effectively – if they felt more proficient and had easier tools.  So voila, here they are!

tweetdeck_500TweetDeck is a dashboard-looking application you download to your desktop computer.  Don’t be afraid of the dark, black background interface once you install it – I think it actually makes it easier to see everything going on once you figure it out!  TweetDeck allows you to categorize your followers into “groups” – i.e. friends, business, travel, food, etc.  that you view in separate columns (up to 10).  Then when you log on with just 5 minutes to spare (but really, why would you ever do that?!) you can choose to view only the column that shows what your friends are doing, or just your work message column, rather than wading through that one super-venti-grande stream of info listing all 500 of your followers over on Twitter.com.  Make sense?

I won’t go into all the details here (email me if you want to hire me for a private session!) on all the features, but from this one dashboard, you can monitor all your contacts by groups, send Direct Messages, retweet a message, send a message, follow users, see user profiles, create shortened URLs to include in your update, etc.  It also allows you to post your updates simultaneously on Facebook – how cool is that? It completely simplifies all the tasks and makes you more productive and efficient than using the basic Twitter.com site.

An addition, if you are managing multiple Twitter accounts, TweetDeck allows you to customize your columns to “view” info as if you were each different user – so no more logging in and out of Twitter.com to see your various accounts!

twitter-2The second tool I love is TwitterBerry, which makes it enormously easier to use Twitter on your Blackberry device.  And I will fess up  that I was one of the “ignorant ones” for several months, previously pecking out messages on my Blackberry’s web browser, cursing the small characters and my lack of a magnifying glass to see the tiny type!

But all that changed when I downloaded TwitterBerry and had a big, bold, simple interface to enter my updates – not to mention viewing my friends’ timelines, seeing direct messages, etc.  Now I could actually send messages (and attach photos) while out at restaurants, in meetings, etc., without having to delay that until I was back at the comfort of my desktop application.

So there you have it – a couple of tools to lengthen your life on Twitter, and make it a more fun and productive experience.  I know the “abandon” rates of new Twitter users are fairly high (some report 60% quit after less than a month) – because they are so overwhelmed at the info-overload and lack of tools to manage it.  I hope this has been helpful and I look forward to your feedback about tools that make the ‘Twitter-verse” more user-friendly for you!

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