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10 Restaurants Bill Gates Has Been Spotted

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If millions of dollars were at your disposal, where would you go out to eat? Fast-food joints and casual Thai restaurants might not be high on the list, but they are for our local Microsoft billionaire, Bill Gates, who might just be one of the most modest diners around. Sure, letting the bottom of his wallet fall out with fine dinners at four-star restaurants isn't out of the question, but if his dining habits around our fine city are any indication, it isn't the norm.

Here now, a map of 10 restaurants he's been spotted enjoying a meal or two.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bai Pai Restaraunt

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2316 NE 65th
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-4800

Diners have reported seeing Bill and Melinda here on several occasions. The two are reportedly fans of the chef, who used to have a restaurant on the eastside.

2. Burgermaster

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Hwy 99 and N 100th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 827-9566
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Not one to turn down a cheap burger (see Dick's Drive-In), Gates apparently fell in love with Burgermaster when his office was next-door.

3. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313
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According to Canlis, Mr. Gates has dropped in a time or two and has always treated the staff with great respect.

4. Dick's Drive-In

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500 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 285-5155
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Bill Gates once did a 60-Minutes interview while eating french fries here. Exhibit A: http://cnet.co/AezBwa

5. Jade Dragon

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17181 Redmond Way #700
Redmond, WA
(425) 883-1828
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Once upon a time, there was a framed photo hanging on the wall featuring the restaurant owner posing with Mr. Gates.

6. Lark

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926 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5275
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Okay, he wasn't technically seen here, but according to Yelper Hae A., her expectations of the Capitol Hill restaurant were exceptionally high with "...Lark being Bill Gates' favorite restaurant..." and all.

7. Manhattan

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1419 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6574
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Back when Manhattan was Manhattan Drugs (i.e. when it first opened), it was a pretty big deal when Mr. Gates came in for dinner: http://bit.ly/zsLMGP

8. Metropolitan Grill

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820 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-3287
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"Bill and Melinda (Gates) come in pretty often. We always have this big table that they like. They like a booth right in the middle of the restaurant so they can see the whole thing. Normally, we'd seat five or six people (in the booth), but it's just the two of them." - Metropolitan Grill Maître d' Craig Summers

9. RN74

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1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 456-7474
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Gossip columnist Robin Leach said at the time of the restaurant's opening that is was quickly becoming a Bill Gates favorite: http://bit.ly/kmQB0p

10. Shiro's

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2401 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 443-9844
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Mr. Gates is such a big fan of Shiro's, he has reportedly hired the iconic sushi chef on several occasions to cook for him personally.

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1. Bai Pai Restaraunt

2316 NE 65th, Seattle, WA 98115

Diners have reported seeing Bill and Melinda here on several occasions. The two are reportedly fans of the chef, who used to have a restaurant on the eastside.

2316 NE 65th
Seattle, WA 98115

2. Burgermaster

Hwy 99 and N 100th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

Not one to turn down a cheap burger (see Dick's Drive-In), Gates apparently fell in love with Burgermaster when his office was next-door.

Hwy 99 and N 100th St
Bellevue, WA 98004

3. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

According to Canlis, Mr. Gates has dropped in a time or two and has always treated the staff with great respect.

2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Dick's Drive-In

500 Queen Anne Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109

Bill Gates once did a 60-Minutes interview while eating french fries here. Exhibit A: http://cnet.co/AezBwa

500 Queen Anne Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

5. Jade Dragon

17181 Redmond Way #700, Redmond, WA

Once upon a time, there was a framed photo hanging on the wall featuring the restaurant owner posing with Mr. Gates.

17181 Redmond Way #700
Redmond, WA

6. Lark

926 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Okay, he wasn't technically seen here, but according to Yelper Hae A., her expectations of the Capitol Hill restaurant were exceptionally high with "...Lark being Bill Gates' favorite restaurant..." and all.

926 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Manhattan

1419 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Back when Manhattan was Manhattan Drugs (i.e. when it first opened), it was a pretty big deal when Mr. Gates came in for dinner: http://bit.ly/zsLMGP

1419 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

8. Metropolitan Grill

820 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

"Bill and Melinda (Gates) come in pretty often. We always have this big table that they like. They like a booth right in the middle of the restaurant so they can see the whole thing. Normally, we'd seat five or six people (in the booth), but it's just the two of them." - Metropolitan Grill Maître d' Craig Summers

820 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

9. RN74

1433 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Gossip columnist Robin Leach said at the time of the restaurant's opening that is was quickly becoming a Bill Gates favorite: http://bit.ly/kmQB0p

1433 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Shiro's

2401 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121

Mr. Gates is such a big fan of Shiro's, he has reportedly hired the iconic sushi chef on several occasions to cook for him personally.

2401 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98121

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