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Amazing grace When we hear back from restaurants about our reviews, what we usually hear is abuse, excuses, and accusations of incompetence. All of which makes the note we received from West Seattle sushi restaurant Mashiko about Laura Cassidy's column Something Fishy in last week's issue unique. Not only did the management admit that there might be something wrong with Mashiko's service (everybody agrees the kitchen is impeccable) but they promised to try to do something about it. In an e-mail last Friday to its mailing list, Mashiko acknowledged that "Everybody needs a little constructive criticism every now and then, so in response we are undergoing some changes," among them "drastic changes in the front of the house," "a knowledgeable staff waiting on you expeditiously," and "a new [kitchen] manager with a emphasis on speed, along with continuing and exceeding the quality of food you have grown accustomed to." Everybody makes mistakes; it takes class to admit them. Thanks, Mashiko; we'll be back in soon. Sandwiches supreme We don't like to admit that anyone but Seattle Weekly has any business getting into the "Best of Seattle" business, but we'll grant that KUOW-FM's Weekday beat us to the punch on June 22 with its listener-nominated rundown of Seattle's best sandwiches. There were some obvious choices on the list—Bakeman's turkey sandwich, for instance, or Paseo on Fremont's grilled chicken (though our vote goes to the pork). But we're grateful to learn about Beba's Deli's cordon bleu with chicken, proscuitto, and brie; Aunt Pat's peppered chicken with chutney and pears from West Seattle's Caper's; and—the favorite of everyone who's seen it—the salmon dip sandwich from Kent's Caveman Kitchen. To peruse the whole delectable list for yourself, visit Going once . . .  At 6:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 1, Bellevue businessman John Hynds saw, the "white hot" domain he had placed on eBay a week before, expire from the online auction site without a single bid. Part of the problem, perhaps, is that Hynds set the bidding minimum at $500,000. A tad steep? Perhaps not, considering that a company named J.A.M.B. is hoping to peddle (note the additional "W") for something in the neighborhood of $3 million. Suddenly, Hynds—who spent 15 years in the telecom sector before opening an Atkins emporium, LoCarb Outlet, on the Eastside—seems less a wild-eyed dreamer than a sensible realist. "[] was actually held by a squatter," he said. "He didn't know low-carb was coming. I've seen it coming." Dashed eBay hopes notwithstanding, Hynds considers the ploy a publicity coup; for those less financially endowed who still want a piece of the Atkins pie—make that a no-crust pie, actually— is currently available for a mere five thou. Top tapas, no waiting Pigs don't fly and water still doesn't run uphill, but another seeming law of nature has just been repealed: Harvest Vine is now taking reservations—not for all spots (you still have to wait your turn for seats at the bar overlooking the kitchen), and only a limited number (in the Wine Cellar Room, not on the hotly coveted terrace), but reservations just the same. Explanation? The press release cites the favorable publicity Seattle's top tapa­teria recently got on the Food Network, which sounds cockeyed to us, but don't think we're complaining. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail Hot Dish at

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