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Sexy Feast: Setsuna, Shiso Tofu, and Sure Signs of Attraction

If you go to Setsuna in Northgate, you’ll see that this Japanese restaurant has both a dinner menu and an izakaya menu. For those not familiar with izakaya dining, you get shareable small plates that are a perfect accompaniment to beer or sake. Think yakitori,…
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A Slimy Meal at Maneki with Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern

So far this week, there have been Andrew Zimmern sightings at The Walrus and the Carpenter, Fu Lin (not a place I’d recommend for ramen), and Marination Mobile, a few of the places he’s visiting while shooting a Seattle-area episode of Bizarre Foods. Perhaps most…
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The Mein Man: What’s Wrong with Ramen in Seattle

When I attended the Culinary Institute of America’s annual Worlds of Flavor conference last year, one speaker cited a report that there are 25,600 ramen restaurants in Japan. Those are dedicated ramen shops, selling little more than gyoza on the side. Seattle has two such…
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The Mein Man: Inaka Udon at Urban Showa

Dish: Inaka Udon Place: Showa, Fremont Price: $7.50 In the bowl: From the menu: “chilled udon, daikon oroshi and tempura crunch in cold dashi broth.” There are also green onions and nori (seaweed strips) on top. I opted to add a raw egg for fifty…
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The Mein Man: A Seinfeld-Style Order at Yoe’s Noodles

Dish: Tonkatsu Ramen Place: Yoe’s Noodles, Bellevue Price: $7.80 In the bowl: Ramen noodles, half of a hard-boiled egg, corn, thinly sliced green onion, mushrooms, and bean sprouts in tonkotsu broth. Supporting cast: A plate with sliced tonkatsu, a lemon wedge, and some tonkatsu sauce…
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Sexy Feast: Cover-Up at Gourmet Dog Japon

Seattle is drawing ever closer to having a bigger street food scene. With kimchi quesadillas, gumbo, and poutine coming out of carts, we’ve come a long way from hot dogs. But let’s not forget the lovely hot dog, and its potential for greatness. Modeled after…
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The Mein Man: Far from Okinawa, Far from Ramen

Dish: Ramen (chosen with chicken) Place: Okinawa Teriyaki, Downtown Price: $6.99 In the bowl: Ramen noodles and broth. (So far, so good, sort of. And then it gets weird.) Chicken. Strands of egg. And lots of vegetables: Mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, and zucchini. Supporting cast:…
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Sexy Feast: Chiso’s Bento Box Is a Veritable Pleasure Chest

At Japanese restaurants, I’m usually all about the sushi. But when I went to Chiso during Seattle Restaurant Week (or partial weeks, as they actually are) to capitalize on a three-course lunch for $15, I was more impressed with the bento box than the sushi…
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Sexy Feast: Learning to Play Ball at Issian

Issian is an izakaya in Wallingford that advertises itself as a stone grill and a sushi bar. This Japanese pub is a perfect place for a group to enjoy drinks, share small plates, and engage in spirited conversation. During a recent visit, my group went…
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Sushi Kappo Tamura Is Simply Captivating

Sometimes I get so obsessed about comparing restaurants that I do crazy things. Like creating a sushi (financial) spreadsheet. I did this in comparing the three restaurants that reside in my top tier of favorites in the Seattle area: Kisaku, Shiro’s, and now Sushi Kappo…
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