Dried noodles have mostly replaced homemade udon or soba in the Japanese home kitchen, but the fresh soba tradition is alive and well in Seattle at Miyabi 45th, where chef Mutsuko Soma rolls out noodles daily to make sure they are smooth enough to slurp, strong enough to dip, and subtle enough in presentation to let the quiet flavors of buckwheat whisper in each diner's mouth.
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Beecher's Cheese in Seattle and New York makes their signature Flagship, a Cheddar-Alpine hybrid, in full view of customers in their stores. Here's how it's done.
If you eat your way through Seattle without entering a Vietnamese restaurant, you need to head back and try again.
Six years ago, Seattle went crazy over its first small-batch ice cream shop. Now we're barely able to narrow our list down to eight favorite options. As we tasted our way around the city, we were most impressed with the places serving innovative flavors designed with taste in mind, not shock value.
When it's nice out, Seattle is the most beautiful place in the world. Summer might not start until July 5 (in order to guarantee rain on the fireworks, one presumes), but it sails straight through Labor Day, and everyone in Seattle, local or tourist, does their damndest to soak up as much of that sunshine as they can—which means taking all meals outdoors. Here's our guide to the best of Seattle's outdoor dining.
The legendary lines at Crumble & Flake in Seattle have died down, and now the ridiculously good smoked paprika and cheddar croissant can be yours in a matter of minutes. What else is worth ordering? We ate every single pastry to find out.
Since it opened, Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery has been drawing lines out the door for their menu of molten cakes, boozy milkshakes, and other decadent treats. We tried them all.
Outdoor drinking around Seattle got an upgrade over the winter. If you want to enjoy an awesome cocktail or freshly brewed pint in the sun, options are no longer limited. Here's our guide to Seattle's best new places to drink outside, along with updates on our old favorites.
The deep red hue of fiery broths and the pungent smell of stinky tofu make this hot pot chain a compelling place to eat. Here's a look at perhaps the two most popular of their ten available hot pots.
Karaoke is part of the draw at Stars in the Sky, but the Korean Fried Chicken is the star of the food menu that includes everything from pizza corn cheese to boiled silkworms.
Think about dim sum done with Filipino food, and you've figured out the Flip Sum concept. It's an interesting, economical, and delicious way to enjoy a meal that's full of fascinating dishes.
Cutting Board is an excellent option if you're craving yoshoku, or Western-influenced Japanese dishes, like this deep-fried pork cutlet served with curry rice.
Cheap eats in Seattle run from one end of the food spectrum to the other, from the elegance and indulgence of lunch at Le Pichet to the sheer amount of amazing food at El Paisano, each checking in at under $10 a meal. So where do you go in Seattle when your budget is tight? Here are our top ten picks.
From the huge housemade doughnuts to mincemeat pie, there are a variety of intriguing sweets at Miller's Guild. But if you can only get one, make it the Whiskey Date Cake.
A sandwich might be a sandwich, but a Dudewich is more than the sum of its part. Here's what makes this sloppy joe so special.
Matcha, azuki, black sesame, ginger, and satsuma imo (sweet potato) are among the Japanese ingredients you'll find in use at Fresh Flours bakery in Seattle. Enjoy them in such treats at the Green Tea & Azuki Red Bean Pound Cake.
This homey Seattle restaurant serves Japanese classics like ramen and sushi, but if you're adventurous, items like ika wata ni are sure to delight.
At the risk of sounding like someone who just woke up from an amazing first date, it's difficult to imagine how any oyster-eating experience could improve upon the Walrus and Carpenter Low Tide Picnic (a riff on this Lewis Carroll poem. An empty beach, a 'sulkily shining' moon, such quantities of sand, and yes, that briny beach, make for a magical evening recreated for oyster enthusiasts by seafood guru Jon Rowley and Taylor Shellfish Farms.
If you didn't know to ask, chances are you'd never see the breakfast menu at Kung-Ho, in Bellevue, WA. It's a menu worth requesting, though given the reasonably low prices, more intrepid diners can always just randomly select a number of items and have a good chance of enjoying most everything. But let me steer you to a few of my personal favorites (and where to point should you decide to give them a try).
This classic mom-and-pop restaurant has a simple one-page menu that's heavy on the Hangul, but ask for help and you'll discover satisfying dishes like pollock soup and bibimbap available as early as 8 a.m.