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Where to purchase best sashimi quality salmon in the Seattle area?

Got my fish at Uwaji in Chinatown. Great cut. Also found fresh BONITO for sahimi, a rare and special treat.

Sep 02, 2011
Ligament in Greater Seattle

Where to purchase best sashimi quality salmon in the Seattle area?

I am invited to a sushi making party with some of my Japanese national friends and have been asked to bring sashimi quality salmon. Not hard to find around here, but where can I get the BEST quality salmon for this purpose in the Seattle area? thanks!

Jul 29, 2011
Ligament in Greater Seattle

North End Italian LUNCH with kids!

Hi All,

Need some very last minute advice.

Will be going to the aquarium with my niece and nephew. We'd like to get a good italian lunch in the north end afterward. Would prefer sicilian-american red sauce aka sunday gravy type joint. Think that would be more acceptable to the kids. Also, and this is important, would have to rule out any place with a line to get in...the kids won't put up with a line of more than 2 minutes!

Any recommendations appreciated!

Nov 25, 2008
Ligament in Greater Boston Area

Business travel in Puyallup Tonight!

There is a great taco truck parked to the left of a gas station next to an auto parts store across from a starbucks. The carnitas are GREAT. It is on the main strip in puyallup...meridian is the name of the street I think?

Mar 24, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: CHARCOAL Korean BBQ found?!

OK, we ate here tonight;

it is a charcoal/gas hybrid.

lump charcoas is brought out unlit and placed on top of a gas burner. Gas burner lit until charcoal is lit. Then gas burner turned off and charcoal allowed to do the cooking. A couple problems:

They have installed very good ventilations systems. So good, in fact, that it sucks out the flavor from the charcoal, ie. the smokes from the charcoal do not have enough time to permeate the food.

Next, they place a very thin layer of charcoal in the grill; it is not sufficient to reach a really high temp and the cook time is limited.

So, its a step up from gas but not true charcoal.

What I want is this:
A metal caldron filled with a quart or two of white hot lump charcoal brought out already lit and ready to cook directly from the kitchen, with lesser ventilation. Had this in Chicago.

Jan 26, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: CHARCOAL Korean BBQ found?!

From the Seattle PI:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/printer...

From Yelp, I can not personally confirm charcoal BBQ is here:

Korean BBQ Bistro
4 star rating
based on 1 review

Category: Korean [Edit
]15200 Aurora Ave N.
(between 152nd St & 155th St)
Shoreline, WA 98133
(206) 365-6679

I went here with my friend because we have been looking for Korean BBQ that has coal grills in the Seattle area. Of course we found one on Aurora Ave N., where everything that is Korean is.

This place is clean, its really nice. I was on no date but I could see this being a place where you would take someone out for some Korean BBQ.

The wait staff speaks little English. No problem, just point to it on the menu.

The price? well, the price is about right. You get a lot of meat. Two big eaters can eat for about $30.

Oh, the Tofu Soup is from mix... but its Shoreline Seattle, just go down the street for good Soon doo-boo.

Jan 26, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Good/Cheap Lodging and Food Downtown?

Hey there thomassec,

I used to live in Chicago and was very active with the chowhound community then. This was around the time we were discovering places like spoon thai and all that, and when RST was starting to come out of his shell. A wonderful time!

Anyway, Chicago is a phenomenal food city! It FAR surpasses Seattle in just about every foodie way. And that is OK, considering the population density. Even the Korean (real charcoal grills in Chicago) and Mexican is much better in Chicago.

I now live in Seattle. So I think my advice is good for you. Although I admit I have not been here very long so I may not have discovered all the gems.

What can you get in Seattle but not Chicago?
1. The produce is much more flavorful here, and that applies to anything you eat in a restaurant. We could not understand why anything with a vegetable in it tasted better when we initially moved out here.
2. There are a couple Hong Kong style cafes which, last I lived in Chicago, did not exist there. LA Cafe in the chinatown is a fun example; you can get steak and potatos with pasta and marinara alongside some kidney congee, for example.
3. There are some good Taiwanese places, notably Facing East in Bellevue. There were no Taiwanese places I was aware of in Chicago.
4. The seafood here is, in general, much better than Chicago. I'd recommend Sashimi. Try Mashiko's in west seattle, or Saito's. Order Omakase. Or go to the Ballard docks and buy some fish directly off the private fishing boats if you can cook. Try the Szhichuan crab at Schicuan Chef in Bellevue or Seven Stars Pepper if you want to stay closer.
5. Despite there being TONS of vietnamese and Thai places here, Chicago beats them in taste (especially with the Pho and authentic Thai (secret menu at Spoon thai). I was really surprised about this, but it is true, for me.
6. Do not eat Mexican here, it is terrible, even places like La Carta de Oaxaca pale in comparison to the Oaxacan street carts in Chicago.
7. Get some Salumi at Salumi. WONDERFUL artisian salumi's and other cured meats. Worth the hype.
8. Check out reviews at Yelp.
9. Will you bring me some German food from Lachett's or Resi's? Can't find good German here.
10. The Chicago chinatown is as good as if not better than Seattle's, with the exception of the fresher seafood here.

That is a short list. Seattle still has some great food. But I was trying to think of things better than Chicago, of which I have found few.

I'm hoping that I missed a lot of places. I do like Seattle food! But Chicago may be the best food city in the US!

Jan 26, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Danube Czech/Central European Restaurant, Bellevue

Yes, we have, and we rather liked it. I posted a review on Yelp. It is pretty solid polish peasant food. The pork hock was a lot of fun and tasty. The steak tartar was very tasty and very well prepared; some people online voiced their reservations about ordering such a dish at dom polski; but I'll tell you it was very fresh and the kitchen was very clean.

Jan 22, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Danube Czech/Central European Restaurant, Bellevue

Danube Restaurant (Czech/Slovakian)
11000 NE 10th St
Ste B
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 452-8722

I'm also cross posting this review to Yelp.

My better half/ball-and-chain and I are both of Polish ancestry. While Polish cuisine is very different regarding seasonings than czech, many of the basic ingredients and even recipe concepts are very similar (potato pancakes, sausages with garlic, stews, sauerkrauts, etc). So we felt true kinship with this cuisine as a variant of our own.

WONDERFUL food. WONDERFUL service.

We had the lovely owner, Lubos, choose a complete meal for us. He did a great job.

The halusky, was perfectly salted and had crispy, smoked bacon, and was just perfect soul-food. I could see myself eating this as a satisfying last meal, as it touched upon a lot of notes of my childhood eating hearty Polish food.

I'll write a more in depth review update later. For now, I highly recommend this restaurant and suggest you patronize it right now...Seattle is very, very, sadly lacking in central european restaurants (WHY!!???). I'd hate to see this one close up for lack of publicity.

Go, you'll love it. If you love hearty, sometimes intensely garlicky food, this will hit a home run with you! The service is some of, if not the best, we've had in Seattle."

Jan 19, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Puyallup: Taqueria Los Amigos

This is a taco school bus on the side of a gas statioin in Payallup.

The carnitas are awesome. moist, tender, flavorful, with the most crucial of qualities; they crisp up the edges so it is slightly crunchy as well. The corn tortillas are grilled, salsa homemade. The tacos are large and cheap. Very good, even by Chicago taco stand standards. Highly recommended!

Jan 08, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Ramen in Seattle?

My pleasure. I really hate giving negative reviews to new restaurants. I appreciate the immense work and dedication it takes to open a business. But in order to survive and excel, one has to bring an outstanding product.

Jan 05, 2008
Ligament in Greater Seattle

Ramen in Seattle?

We just did dinner at Boom Noodle on a Friday, 3 days after grand opening on Wednesday.

My background: I did a month long food tour of Japan with Japanese native friends.

Had the Tokyo ramen (braised pork, tamago & bamboo shoots, soy
seasoned chicken-pork broth) $9.95 and shio ramen (chicken confit, bay scallops, naruto, bamboo shoots, wakame & leeks, chicken/pork broth) $9.95. Both very, very, underwhelming. I'd say a rip off for the price. Seriously, Samurai noodle is easily 4-5X better for less, and I don't even think Samurai noodle is that great! I've honestly made better tasting packaged ramen at home (minus the egg which was very good).

The broths were flat without depth or much flavor, the meats dry and way too lean (especially the pork, which SHOULD be rich, fatty, tender). Ramen noodles were OK but nothing spectacular, but they did cook them properly at least. The soft boiled eggs were very nicely done, however, and very tasty. The overall experience regarding the ramen was way overpriced, bland, and generic with none of the wonderfulness of good ramen except for the soft boiled eggs which were done nicely.

The fruit juices were pretty nice, especially the cucumber mint fizz (cucumber juice, calpico, mint and soda) which I enjoyed.

The pickle appetizer was OK.

The decor was nice.

Think an upscale and more expensive noodles & company and you get the jist of this place. I really hope they get their act together. Ramen is not that hard to make. If it is one of your features you better do it right! C'mon guys!

I wish them success. I hate writing negative reviews on new restaurants but a $10 bowl of ramen better be TIGHT!

Jan 05, 2008
Ligament in Greater Seattle

hawaiian food places in seattle

This place has very limited hours. I don't know how they expect to stay in business. I've driven there 2 or 3 times during reasonable "restaurant hours" and they've been closed each time.

Jan 03, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Best Chinese Seafood?

jesus, I KNOW the chinese food is better in Vancouver. I'm looking for the best options in or very nearby SEATTLE.

Hey, the food in Hong Kong is better than Vancouver. Why don't you recommend I fly there for dinner?

Jan 03, 2008
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Best Chinese Seafood?

knowspicker I'm looking specifically for seafood places...

Dec 31, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Tobang BBQ in Federal WAY, Korean Fried Chicken

Dimsum fan, I don't know if they will be open. But you could always call. Even if they are not open, there is Cockatoo's chicken place about a 1/4mile north and they are open till 2am every night. Most of the Korean joints in that area are open till 2am every night!

Dec 30, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Best Chinese Seafood?

Looking specifically for the best Chinese seafood places in and around Seattle. I'm open to all regional Chinese cuisines. Thanks!

Dec 29, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Tobang BBQ in Federal WAY, Korean Fried Chicken

Hi All, My favorite Korean BBQ place in Federal Way, Tobang BBQ, also serves Korean fried chicken (yang nyum, yang yum chicken), which we tried tonight. Very good! We got the mixed wings and drumsticks. One order with the "spicy" glaze and the other with no sauce. Crispy and well seasoned. The cabbage slaw salad is served with a white, garlicky dressing unlike the typical deconstructed 1000 island dressing typically served at other places. Also served with the typical sweet radish to cool the taste buds and a nice surprise, a desert of LEMON JELLO! (hooray) Compares favorably with Cockatoo's up the street, although Cockatoo's has a somewhat more extensive selection, as well as a truly "ultra" spicy version. Also, Cockatoo's is a sweet bar with cheap drinks. We were pretty impressed. As I said, Tobang is our favorite KBBQ place in Federal Way, so the option of getting good fried chicken here is icing on the cake (or lemon jello in this case). We should also mention the banchan are unusually good at Tobang. Enjoy!

TOBANG KOREAN CUISINE
33324 Pacific Hyw S. #203
Federal Way, WA 98003

253 874 8888
(note; english is poorly spoken at this place, so phone contact may be difficult. English is fluent enough for you to order in person, however)

Dec 28, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

A new, 3rd Korean Fried Chicken Place in Federal Way

please delete

Dec 26, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

The search for Korean BBQ continues...

Chicago manages not to burn the entire city down despite using real charcoal in a vast number of Korean BBQ places. I do not buy the argument that charcoal in a well ventilated Korean BBQ place is dangerous in the least bit.

Dec 26, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

The search for Korean BBQ continues...

Mi Rak might have been "the" place back in 1988 but it has fallen behind the competition in Federal Way. Tobang BBQ and Chang Ahn Jung are both much better in terms of menu, meat quality, and banchan variety and taste. I live in Federal Way and I just cannot figure out why Mi Rak has such a great reputation.

Dec 23, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Bada Sushi & Lounge - Shoreline

There are some good reviews of this place on Yelp I believe.

Dec 22, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Charcoal Korean BBQ: does it exist in Seattle?

Title says it all. Can anybody confirm or deny? In my opinion charcoal KBBQ makes the food 100% better. Can't find any charcoal KBBQ here in Federal Way. Is there a state law prohibiting this?

Dec 16, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Federal Way Korean Fried Chicken Report

Yep the waiter told us it was Sprite and most certainly the peaches were canned and indicated as such on the menu...

Dec 11, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Federal Way Korean Fried Chicken Report

RE: Hanmaum's. We dropped in at 6pm on a Friday night. Two groups of possibly drunk teenage kids in there, no food on the tables. There was only one person in there that worked at the joint, I asked her for a menu or a carry out menu and she spoke zero english, the best she could do is say "chicken". So we left. Apparently they serve some sort of "chicken" to possibly inebriated teenagers singing karaoke next door...was hoping for more...we went to Cockatoo's for happy hour instead and had a great time as usual.

I tried the ultra spicy hot chicken wings at Cockatoo's this time. I've really never had ANYTHING korean that was actually really spicy. But these things are pretty damn spicy! I'd give them a 7/10 on the pain scale. They were about 6 times hotter than Franks red hot sauce and 3 times hotter than Tabasco, for some sort of reference. Gave a nice burn, but still edible without a doubt.

We also ordered the "canned peaches." Yes, canned peaches are on the menu for 7 bucks or so. We just had to see what 7 dollar canned peaches were about.

So out comes a clear plastic 1 gallon punch bowl, in it was poured about 1 liter of sprite, a can of sliced peaches, and about one sliced kiwi fruit. A ton of ice was mixed in. It was awesome! Something out of 1950's america in a Korean restaurant! I swear it was like getting some punch in the deep south or something in the middle of summer. What a nice treat, so goofy too. But it was welcome refreshment to my burning mouth from the ultra spicy chicken. If anybody can tell me some history on this canned peach punch and how the hell it got into a Korean cuisine let me know...I'm assuming its another influence from American troops during the Korean war.

I like Cockatoo's more everytime we go. Also, all the waitstaff there speaks excellent english by the way, although we've never seen non-Koreans in there other than ourselves.

Dec 11, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Need recs for a great sicilian-american/italian-american place

We ended up hitting Filberto's in Burien. What a mess that place is. We almost walked out the service and food was SO DAMN SLOW.

The food was pretty solid I'll give them that. But the restaurant ranged from 1/4 to 1/3 full all night and the staff could not even keep up with such a small work load.

No this was not the type of quaint "soak in the atmosphere" type slow that is paid off with excellent ambience, excellent service, and amazing food. This was grossly incompetent planning and staffing type slow with average ambience, pleasant but very slow and inattentive service, and solid food.

Dec 08, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

SEA: Need recs for a great sicilian-american/italian-american place

Hi All,

Have a buddy coming in unexpectedly today and he wants to eat some real good sicilian-american/italian-american comfort food ie. gravy/red sauce/parms/garlic/salad, etc. I'm sure you get the idea. I'm new to Seattle and don't have any ideas. Coming in TONIGHT so any quick recs appreciated! Thank You!

Dec 08, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Federal Way Korean Fried Chicken Report

Nice report on Cockatoo's! My better half and I really like this place, have been multiple times. The fried egg appetizer is a nice touch and really makes any meal there pretty high calorie! The happy hour food is a STEAL for the price.

For some reason we have not tried Hanmaum's. The place has not been busy on the 5 or so times we've driven by, all-korean strip mall it is in is a little shady (hostess bars and pool halls and such). Anyway, I'm hoping somebody puts up a Hanmaum's report soon.

As for Cockatoo's, it is a great joint and we highly recommend it for affordable fun food and cheap beer in a cool and unique (to non Koreans) atmosphere.

Dec 02, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest

Portland vs. Seattle

HungWeiLo,

Regarding Mi Rak in Federal Way, I don't think its as good as its reputation. I live in Federal Way and as you know, there is almost nothing else to eat other than Korean here. So I eat Korean a lot here. I'd rate Mi Rak at 3rd or 4th overall here. Probably my favorite place right now is Chang Ahn Jung on Pac Hyw. The banchan is very good here. Banchan at the tofu house inside of Pal Do world is also very good as well while I'm talking about banchan.

We found the service at Mi Rak poor, banchan decent but not above average, meat quality good but nothing spectacular.

Regarding korean fried chicken, there are two places in Federal Way that specialize in this. The first is Cuckatoo's fried chicken on Pac Hwy. Very nice, very friendly servers, great drink prices and happy hour deals. One of our favorite places to hang out. There is another Korean fried chicken joint further south on Pac Hwy next door to one of the Korean pool halls, which I have not eaten at yet. I'll admit I'm not a Korean fried chicken expert by any means but I do endorse Cuckatoo's as a fun, laid back, great value joint for food or drinks up to 2AM every day!

I have no business relationships with any of these places.

Nov 14, 2007
Ligament in Pacific Northwest