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8 Best Sichuanese Restaurants in Seattle

I count eight Sichuanese-specific restaurants in the Seattle area. After extensive research, i.e. mouth-burning sessions, here's information about all of them, starting with my ranking of the top three.
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8 Great Pan-Fried Dumplings You Should Eat in Seattle

Who doesn't love dumplings? They come in all types of international styles, and seem so tempting on the plate, like sculpted purses holding hidden treasures. Here are some of Seattle's best.
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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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The Mein Man: Pandasia Serves the Mein Man Some Pandameinia

Dish: Pandameinia Place: Pandasia, Interbay Price: $9.50 On the plate: Per the menu: “The ultimate chow mein: assorted vegetables, shrimp, chicken, beef and two flavors of homemade noodles.” Supporting cast/What to do: Just dig in and explore the noodle dish. There’s truly a bit of…
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The Mein Man: Sichuanese Cuisine, Glass Noodles, and Ants Marching

Dish: Ants on the Tree Place: Sichuanese Cuisine, International District Price: $6.95 On the plate: Per the menu: “Stir-fried vermicelli noodles with ground pork, green onions.” Supporting cast/What to do: Last time I ate these noodles at Sichuanese Cuisine, I asked for them to be…
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The Mein Man: Lucky 8’s China House Is Sweet, Spicy, and Bold

Dish: Sweet and Spicy Beef Noodles Place: Lucky 8’s China House, Capitol Hill Price: $9.95 On the plate: From the menu: “Thin egg noodles with beef, garlic, and sweet chili sauce.” You’ll also notice bamboo shoots, onions, carrots, water chestnuts, celery, and green onions on…
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Sexy Feast: Chen’s Village Serves Up a Scary Hookup

It’s rare that I eat dinner alone in Seattle. But two weeks ago, my partner had gone to Tokyo ahead of me, and I had eaten everything perishable out of the refrigerator, leaving only condiments and beverages. It was my last night in town, I…
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Why Seattle’s Chinese and Japanese Restaurants Give Me the Blues

I remember the first time I saw a blueberry bagel. “That’s a Christian bagel,” my dad bemoaned, adding, “Or a stale doughnut.” We both believed a bagel should be simple—either plain, seeded, or maybe onion. Me…I’m a sesame man. And I’m a New York Jew,…
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The Mein Man: LA Café Confounds with Its Noodles and More

Dish: “Salted fish w/chicken in vermicelli & rice sticker” Place: LA Café, International District Price: $8.99 On the plate: Two types of noodles, which require a close inspection to see. Onions, green onions, carrots, bean sprouts. Shrimp, which are presumably not the intended salted fish,…
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The Mein Man: Bamboo Garden Keeps It Kosher in Queen Anne

Dish: Gourmet Chow Mein (Lo Mein) Place: Bamboo Garden, Queen Anne Price: $8.95 On the plate: Per the menu: “pan-fried thin noodles with mixed vegetables, sausage, and chicken.” That description will warrant further explanation. Supporting cast/What to do: Dig in. There’s no option for spice…
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