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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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Serious Eats: The Best Ramen in Seattle: 6 Bowls to Try

This week, Serious Eats posted my round-up of best ramen bowls in Seattle. An excerpt: Showa is a fun little izakaya with a funky little kitchen that serves up some surprisingly excellent ramen. The secret has something to do with blended pork fat that yields…
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My Cha-kaiseki Experience: A Klutz at Kaiseki

Cha-kaiseki made me realize that I’m not Japanese. Of course, I already knew that, but many of my friends have joked that I must be Japanese, as there’s so much I appreciate about the cuisine and the culture. Or so I thought, until I encountered…
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The Mein Man: Ka Won Wins with Bulgogi and Noodles

Dish: Ttukbaegi Bulgogi Place: Ka Won Korean Restaurant, Lynnwood Price: $7.99 lunch, $8.99 dinner In the bowl: Per the menu: “Marinated beef tenderloin, sliced rice cake, vegetables, and clear noodles are cooked in beef rib broth. It is served in earthenware pot.” Supporting cast/What to…
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Serious Eats’ Sugar Rush: Pork-Filled Waffle at LloydMartin, Seattle

The antique plateware may have a bit of a feminine touch, but chef Sam Crannell’s cooking at LloydMartin is meaty and masculine. Yet it will appeal to all who come to this romantic little cocktail bar-like hideaway, named after Crannell’s two grandfathers, in Seattle’s Queen…
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Sexy Feast: Zippy’s Giant Sex Lesson Kicks Butt

Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center is Seattle’s hamburger mecca for many. Buns are good, as are the patties—made with chuck that’s ground daily and cooked to the point of an agreeably salty crust. I bypass the shakes for a pick from a cooler full…
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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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Serious Eats: Collections Cafe Is a Feast for the Eyes and Mouth in Seattle

In the café, the first thing you'll notice are the collections. Place your food order, and you'll notice that the artistry extends into the kitchen. Place your food order, and you'll notice that the artwork extends into the kitchen.
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Serious Eats: Fried Green Tomato BLT at Yardbird in Miami Beach

Perhaps Yardbird should add PC to the BLT name? Find out why...
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