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ON THE PLATE 5 SPOT Queen Anne's most movable menu takes a summer cruise to Baja, Calif. Try the spicy potato torta appetizer, served with a grilled-corn salad ($6.25); the cumin and PAPRIKA-PATTED PACIFIC SNAPPER, paired with a saut頯f fresh corn, cabbage, tomato, and onion ($13.75); or the marlin, marinated in garlic and cilantro, then grilled and bundled in warm flour tortillas with a side of cumin coleslaw and lime guacamole ($12.75). If you want the BAKED LEMON PUDDING ($6.50) for dessert, remember to order it when you sit down: It take a half an hour in the oven. 1502 Queen Anne N., 285-7768. THE HUNT CLUB The weekly fresh sheet in the Sorrento Hotel's temple of gastronomy features a grapefruit-tinged salad of smoked trout and arugula ($12) and lemon-garlic-dill ARTICHOKE FRITTERS ($12) as appetizers; Copper River salmon with morels, green beans, and new potatoes ($38); and a Nieman Ranch veal chop, grilled up with charred peppers ($30). 900 Madison, 622-6400. FLEMING'S PRIME STEAKHOUSE This place isn't just for steak, you know. Particularly recommended are the appetizer serving of crispy crab cakes ($10.50), the fresh TOMATO-MOZZARELLA SALAD dressed in virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar ($6.50), the Australian lamb chops (a full pound for $26.95), and the giant pork chop ($18). Fill in the crannies with the house special potato preparation, involving cream, cheddar, and a touch of jalape�$5.50). 1001 Third, 587-5300. CREPE DE PARIS Can't afford your usual three weeks in Paris this summer? Solace is at hand: Take to the terrace at Annie Agostini's downtown landmark in Rainier Square and dine on classics like LOBSTER BISQUE ($7.50), sole meuni貥 ($18.95), halibut dugler鼯I> ($19.95), and tournedos Rossini ($26.95). And yes, there are cr갥s, too. Rainier Square, 623-4111. IN THE GLASS MATTHEWS '00 YAKIMA VALLEY WHITE Despite its understated label, this blend of 76 percent S魩llon and 24 percent sauvignon blanc is one of the Northwest's most distinguished wines. Look for it at your wine merchant or in high-end grocery stores. At a price of just $15 and with only 500 cases made, it will disappear fast. BETZ FAMILY RELEASES The Northwest's first master of wine offers his take on the latest fad grape, syrah, in a highly limited '99 edition ($30), as well as his long-awaited second bash at a Bordeaux-style red ($40). AT THE MARKET From now through Labor Day, downtown shoppers will find prime produce twice weekly at Pike Place's WEDNESDAY ORGANIC MARKET and the SUNDAY FARMERS MARKET. COMING UP 6/21 The Grosvenor House (long affectionately known as "God's Waiting Room") is dead, Long Live the Wall Street Tower! Celebrate the makeover at a (cross your fingers) terrace benefit for ALLIED ARTS OF SEATTLE featuring Cuban dance music, wine from Chandon and Lindermans, ales from Hale's, and smoked sockeye salmon snacks from five top local restaurants. 500 Wall, entrance on Vine, 624-0432. $35. Tickets also available at 6/22 A banquet to celebrate the great Burgundies bottled by Bouchard pere et fils, at a price to match: $225 (tax and tip not included) gets you servings of '99 Chassagne-Montrachet, Meaursault Charmes, and Nuits-St.-Georges to accompany spot prawn salad, turbot and foie gras, Kobe beef, with a grand cru La Roman饠'96 to set off the James Cook cheeses. At MISTRAL, 113 Blanchard. Call 770-7799 for reservations. E-mail to let us in on the hot stuff.

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