Think 'Pacific Northwest' when you're thirsty, and you'll likely picture hops. Or coffee, perhaps, or rain. What you're probably not thinking about is apples. But about 100 miles north of hoptopia's famed Yakima Valley is another valley—the Wenatchee Valley—where a different bumper crop is fueling the Northwest bar scene. Here, one of America's oldest drinks may just be the next big thing. Here are our favorites from a blind tasting of 3 dozen ciders from the Pacific Northwest.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
With a self-service cooler area where you can design your own hot pot and a window showcasing the chef's noodle-making skills, Uway Malatang is a desirable destination in a largely abandoned mini-mall.
Affectionately called "the Hearth," Miller's Guild's custom-made Infierno puts out a lot of heat, producing delicious portions of beef, rack of lamb, pork loin, prawns, smoked quail, and more.
"We'd like to see interest in herbal brewing expand, but we don't want to put ourselves in that category," says Robert Horner of Propolis Brewing. "So much of what we're doing is influenced by place, French-Belgian brewing, the countryside, old England, Old World. Our ales, they're herbal, but they have a lot more in common with a Westmalle or Dupont than most of the gruits on market."
Whether you're looking for rare peach beers, DIY turkey processing, or a festival of chocolate, you're sure to stay busy and entertained in the coming weeks. Here's our round-up of upcoming events in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
The cemita at Cemitas Poblanas in Seattle's Boulevard Park neighborhood is the poster child for the campaign against authenticity as the end-all and be-all of food criticism. It's a great sandwich, the spice and sharpness in the sauce and onion softened by the mellow avocado, soft bread, and cool cheese. It is not an authentic cemita. It is a delicious sandwich.
Washington State offers a range of ciders unlike those in any other part of the world. We spent the last few days touring the state from glass to glass to find the best ciders this hotbed has to offer: here are the highlights.
The thing about great seafood in Seattle is it's everywhere. But that place out-of-towners dream of, where they sit in a nautically-themed restaurant and order a simple grilled salmon entrée while gazing out over Puget Sound? It exists mainly in the tourist corridor, where fulfilling that fantasy is far more important than serving up the finest Dungeness crab, freshly-shucked oysters, over-sized geoduck, or shockingly-sweet spot prawns. So where to go for the good stuff? Here's where the locals eat their seafood.
One of several new Capitol Hill burger newcomers, Li'l Woody's caters to the neighborhood's rapidly transitioning—and increasingly hip—residents. Good news is, Li'l Woody's is pretty good at catering to everyone else as well.
The Junction Croissant at Bakery Nouveau combines an otherworldly croissant with a complete breakfast.
The SeaTac airport location of Beecher's Handmade Cheese gives visitors who might have missed the Pike Place location a second chance to nab a noteworthy grilled cheese sandwich before boarding.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer, the national-award-winning U-District market distinguishes itself with an enormous selection of goods, from traditional crock-fermented kim chi and the highly regarded Rainier cherry, to fresh, whole salmon and a bounty of bivalves.