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Baguette Box makes me crave banh mi…

I laughed a little when I saw this little story about Baguette Box lowering its prices. Really? Most sandwiches dropped by under a dollar; some by as little as forty cents. The breaking news: They’re all under $8.00! I like Eric Banh and his crew’s…
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An array of Asian eateries

Still catching up on all my pre-December restaurant reports. Consider these quick bites of the Asian variety: Buddha Ruksa serves up some beautiful plates, placing it in the upper echelon of Thai restaurants in the Seattle area. Not as high as Noodle Boat in Issaquah,…
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Long brings Little Saigon to downtown Seattle

I hope I’m wrong about Long. (The words don’t rhyme, by the way.) I understand the excitement. It’s nice to have a taste of the International District downtown. We’ve got the recently reviewed Thoa’s slightly south of Pike Place Market, and now we’ve got Long…
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Thoa’s tempts Vietnamese tastebuds

Alright, it’s safe to say that Vietnamese is the new Thai. I can’t quite keep up with all the openings. Moxie is now The Signature, Tamarind Tree’s owners have opened Long in the former Qube space. And there’s finally pho in Fremont.   Coinciding with the…
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Top Seattle Asian restaurants, and challenges

I posted this on Examiner earlier today, as I prepare to transition from their Asian Eats Examiner to their more general Restaurant Examiner. Thought it might be an interesting recap to share here… It’s been about five months since I wrote up my top five…
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Monsoon offers 10 for $10 for their 10th anniversary

Happy anniversary, Monsoon! While the Banhs are celebrating the success of their new Bellevue restaurant (Monsoon East), they’re also commemorating the occasion of opening their Capitol Hill location ten years ago today: February 21, 1999. And you’re invited to the party! Head on over to…
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Fantastic Pho at Vietnam Restaurant

I’ve been to quite a few pho places in Seattle, and I’ve finally found one that might be a consideration as my favorite. The simple-named Vietnam Restaurant is, in many ways, typical of other pho joints in town: cheap bowls of pho, cream puffs, bright…
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Pho Thy Thy is so-so

Saturday’s a super day to go to the University District for some shopping at the farmers market. And when that day happens to be dreary, I always find myself in the mood for some soup. Than Brothers is my default for comfort and convenience, but…
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Claypots and Carpaccio at Monsoon East

When out-of towners come to Seattle and ask where to eat, I often direct them to Vietnamese restaurants. I think our city is special for that. We’ve got great pho joints, Vietnamese delis, regular restaurants—and that’s just in the Little Saigon/International District. Eric Banh and…
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Shrimp “Treat” at Banh Cuon Tan Dinh

My relentless search for the best banh mi in the city recently took me to Seattle Deli. But, surprisingly, they were out of BBQ pork, and that’s the filling of choice for my challenge. No problem, though, as you can throw a stone and hit…
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