Archive | July, 2012

The Mein Man: Indo Café and Its Inoffensive Noodles

Dish: Bakmi Goreng Jawa Place: Indo Café, Northgate Price: $7.95 On the plate: From the menu: “Javanese style sweet stir-fry egg noodles with choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or shrimp (+2.00).” In addition to meat (I chose shrimp), the noodles come with carrot, cabbage,…
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The True Spice Route: To Thailand Via Issaquah Via Noodle Boat

What happens when a food writer joins friends for dinner with no intention of a write-up or review? Well, apparently, it still turns into a photo shoot and report. How can I resist sharing images from a tantalizing Thai meal at Noodle Boat in Issaquah?…
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Sexy Feast Pho Le’s is Pho-king Okay

One can argue that pho and teriyaki are Seattle’s favorite fast foods. These restaurants are everywhere. As I point out in a current New York Magazine article about Seattle, teriyaki can range from the standby, like Toshi’s Grill in Renton (by the man who started…
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Serious Eats: A Sandwich a Day: Pan con Lechon at El Palacio de los Jugos, Miami

The Little Havana outpost is just minutes from the airport, and especially upon landing in the summer heat and humidity, nothing sounds better than "The Juice Palace."
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The Mein Man: Thaiger Room Is Far from Roaring and Far from Golden

Dish: Golden Noodles Place: Thaiger Room, University District Price: $7.28 ($2.00 more for prawns and $3.00 more for mixed seafood) On the plate: Per the menu: “Rice noodles stir-fried with your choice of meat and mixed vegetable. Topped with delicious peanut sauce.” I went with…
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Hangover Helper: Chao Long at Huong Binh, Seattle

Upon first spoonful, the congee is beautifully bland, with a texture of loose rice porridge that's both hydrating and comforting. You'll soon start to appreciate the sharpness of the ginger strips and fried shallots, and be ready to add extras to the bowl.
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Sexy Feast: Tokyo Dog Helps Wieners Meet Buns

A stroll through last weekend’s Dragon Fest in the Chinatown-International District gave me a first opportunity to try the Tokyo Dog food truck. Recall that last year, Gourmet Dog Japon’s takoyaki-like Kabuki dog taught us a lesson about dressed wieners. At Tokyo Dog, the common…
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Skillet Celebrates a Counter, a Cookbook, and a Can-Do Attitude

Last week, Skillet Nation extended its reach with its opening of Skillet Counter in the Seattle Center Armory. In doing so, one of Seattle’s saddest food courts has become a good dining destination. And with Chihuly Garden and Glass just across the way (where Collections…
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The Mein Man: Szechuan Chef Brings the Heat in Cold Noodles

Dish: Szechuan Cold Noodle Place: Szechuan Chef, Bellevue Price: $5.99 In the bowl: The menu says nothing beyond the dish name. So I asked my server, and she explained that the sauce is made with garlic, green onions, vinegar, chili oil, and soy sauce. Supporting…
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Sexy Feast: Columbia City Ale House’s Tuna Melt Lights Up Your Sex Life

Recently, I stopped in for a sandwich at the Columbia City Ale House. The menu is full of superlatives, including the best Chicken Sandwich, Caesar Salad, and Reuben Sandwich in Seattle, as well as the best Gumbo “anywhere.” How can a restaurant live up to…
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