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SHIP CANAL SALMON Erling Nilsson and his Port Chatham Packing Company had been producing their "nova-smoked King salmon" for decades when Julia Child strode into their lives one day and declared the product "the best smoked salmon I've ever eaten." The company's shabby little smokehouse in the industrial hinterland of Ballard rapidly became a gourmet Mecca. These days, little old Port Chatham's just one arm of a much bigger seafood-packing firm, and most of its products are sold via mail order, but the Port Chatham "nova-style" king and sockeye filets are still comparable to the best lox made anywhere in the world (as they should be, at $34.95 and $29.95 per pound, respectively). And until recently the firm kept a retail shop in the old, hard-to-find Ballard location. No longer: A new, flossy retail outlet has just opened at 2821 N.W. Market. Yes, it's primarily geared to the convenience of tourists visiting the nearby Hiram Chittenden Locks (only Panama's are bigger), but also, let's face it, everybody else's convenience as well. Drop by and check the place out; if you do it on Friday or Saturday, Nov. 15-16, you'll be just in time for the formal grand opening. KRISHNA CUISINE If you can get past the goofy sincerity of the name (an homage to late Beatles great and Hare Krishna proponent George Harrison), My Sweet Lord is actually pretty cool. The tiny dining room radiates warmth, offering pay-what-you-can meals and much-needed shelter from the frosty autumn air. Owned and operated by members of the Krishna faith, My Sweet Lord serves lovingly prepared, Indian-influenced vegetarian and vegan food. Open most evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. 5521 University Way NE, 206-522-5233. UNIVERSITY DISTRICT THE LITTLE TENT ON SIXTH As the mists of autumn gather round Teatro ZinZanni, chef Tom Douglas presents a new menu suiting the season: an antipasto of grilled eggplant and creamy Cambazola cheese, carrot-ginger soup, greens in an almond-maple vinaigrette garnished with smoked salmon, and choice of grilled chicken breast or wild mushroom pot pie as entr饮 All this and trapeze artists, too! $89 Thursday and Sunday, $99 Friday and Saturday. 2301 Sixth Ave. between Battery and Bell in BELLTOWN; reservations 206-802-0015. DANCING ON THE TABLES Well, not on the tables, but at least on the bar, and not all night or even every day; but if you want to see two tangueros strut their steamy stuff on a long, narrow, elevated stage among the cocktail glasses, drop by the new Buenos Aires Grill (Second and Virginia in the old Poor Italian space) around 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays. You'll probably have to make reservations well ahead (206-441-7076); since word of the terpsichorean hi-jinks has got round, there's not a seat to be had. BELLTOWN Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Hot Dish at

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