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Owners of Poquitos and Rhein Haus Dish On Their Secret Dining Spot

"Tangy veggie goodness and cheesy, meaty carb heaven!"

Matt Fundingsland and Dustin Watson
Matt Fundingsland and Dustin Watson

Seattle is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems some Seattleites just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.

Matt Fundingsland and Dustin Watson keep plenty busy as the operating owners at Poquitos and Rhein Haus on Capitol Hill. When the two have time to go out to eat, they venture slightly outside of the neighborhood they spend most of their time in for a casual, quiet dinner at Primo Pizza Parlor on First Hill.

After 10 years you would think we would want a little separation, but Dustin and I consider ourselves lucky to be able to spend so much of every day together. It's safe to say that we eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together almost every single day.

One of our favorite spots to steal away for a casual dinner after work is Primo on First Hill, across from Town Hall. It's in the bottom of a historic apartment building and the room is gorgeous with great crown molding, dim lights, and dark woods. Most importantly, it's quiet! Really though, it's the perfect spot for us to enjoy a simple meal with a bottle of wine (and no interruptions).

Our go-to order is the chop salad with their slightly sweet and tangy dressing and the fennel sausage and pickled hot pepper pizza. It's a complete meal that hits you on all levels-tangy veggie goodness and cheesy, meaty carb heaven! Pizza is a treat, so when the urge hits, we head to Primo!


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