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The Best Things I’ve EVER Eaten in Seattle

The Best Things I’ve EVER Eaten in Seattle
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Updated: 12/30/2023 | The Best Things I’ve EVER Eaten in Seattle

I first moved to Seattle in 2013 when my partner had gotten a job at Amazon. I had no idea what the future held for me. 

Fast forward years later, I’ve become a Seattle food influencer, blogger, and photographer. And one of my favorite things to do is feature and encourage others to eat the things I enjoy.

After trying hundreds of Seattle restaurants, I’ve narrowed down my list of favorite things I’ve ever eaten in Seattle proper. 

I hope these inspire you to go out and try something new (or familiar)!

The Best Things I’ve EVER Eaten in Seattle

#1 Rice Salad (Nam Khao) from Kin Len Thai Night Bites

Nam Khao Crispy Rice Salad from Kin Len Thai Night Bites Seattle WA

Nam Khao (Crispy Rice Salad) from Kin Len Thai Night Bites

LORT this Nam Khao or rice salad from Kin Len Thai Night Bites is phenomenal. I could eat this thing every day. 

It comes with lettuce that you can use to create wraps, but I am happy just shoveling heaps of this into my mouth.

#2 The Sourdough Bread with Burrata and Pesto from Von’s 1,000 Spirits

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I order this every time I go to Von’s 1,000 Spirits. It’s my happy place when I want some carbs and cheese.

The warm sourdough bread is crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Spread the burrata and pesto onto every slice and enjoy!

They also make fresh sourdough radiatori pasta. The little rippled grooves allow the sauce to soak up into each pasta morsel. It’s some of the best pasta in town.

#3 Rib Eye Hot Pot Pho from Saigon Drip

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Saigon Drip is my go-to for Phở (Vietnamese noodle soup) and bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette sandwiches) in Seattle. 

On the weekends, they offer an amazing bun bo hue (a spicy beef and pork noodle soup) that comes with a huge beef rib. I am obsessed with it!

For late night pho, I recommend Phocific Standard Time, a Vietnamese speakeasy located inside the Downtown Phở Bác location. They got a mini-sized Phở bowl in a instant ramen inspired Phở cup. Don’t ask me questions, just go!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#4 Pork Curry Katsu Donburi from Donburi Station

The curry sauce at the Donburi Station in Georgetown is amazing. I order it with every katsu dish, doesn’t matter if it’s pork or chicken. That pork curry is phenomenal. 

They also have outposts in Fremont and Bellevue, but it’s not the same. Just skip those and go straight to Georgetown.

#5 Lao Pizza from Ananas Pizzeria

One of the owners at Taurus Ox opened up a pizza joint Ananas Pizzeria in First Hill and created the Lao Pizza!

Their crust is thin yet crunchy. But honestly, all their pizza combos are great. Try the Magic Mario and Green Pesto too.

AND they sell pizza until closing time (1 AM), which is pretty rare for a restaurant in Seattle. Late night pizza is the answer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#6 Pasta Huancaina with Lomo Saltado from Don Luchos

You can’t go wrong with Peruvian food. We are obsessed with the Pasta Huancaina with slivers of tender and juicy sirloin steaks (typically in Lomo Saltado, a Peruvian steak potato and rice dish). It’s a creative take on traditional pasta and we’re here for it.

We are super glad it exists at Don Luchos.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#7 Khachapuri (Georgian bread boats) from Skalka

Khachapuri georgian bread boat from Skalka Cafe Seattle

Khachapuri from Skalka

The Khachapuri from Skalka are bread boats that are filled with cream, and egg and then topped with meat, cheese, and granishes. 

You break away the crust and dip the bread into the creamy center. It’s so good and one of the more memorable breakfasts I’ve had in Seattle.

#8 The Smash Burger from Ox Burger

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#9 Shanghai Rice Cakes with Jidori Chicken from Din Tai Fung 

Many flock to Din Tai Fung to eat their soup dumplings (xiao long bao), but their real prize winning dish is their Shanghai Rice Cakes!

It can be ordered with chicken, pork, shrimp, or vegan. I love mixing the chili oil, soy sauce, and vinegar into the sauce to give it more flavor.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#10 Rotisserie Caesar Salad from Victor Tavern

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Rotisserie Chicken Caesar Salad

I am a Caesar salad snob. I make my dressing at home because it was so difficult to find a good Caesar salad around town. 

Victor Tavern, however, makes their own juicy rotisserie chicken in-house and then mixes it into a creamy Caesar salad. It’s to die for. If I’m not making my own, I am eating theirs.

#11 The Chester from Smash That Burger Co.

 

The Chester patty melt from Smash That Burger Seattle

The Chester

Smash That Burger Co. has a double smash patty melt. I am so glad they made me eat one or else I’d have missed out on a masterpiece from this little food truck in Fremont.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#12 ALL THE PASTA from G.H. Pasta

Cavatelli pasta from GH Pasta and Pizza West Seattle

Cavatelli pasta from GH Pasta and Pizza West Seattle

Seriously, all of the pasta from G.H. Pasta is phenomenal. Their sauce combos and freshly made pasta is *Chef’s Kiss.*

They have a location that serves only pasta in Downtown Seattle and a pasta and pizza spot in West Seattle.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#13 Hot Pot from Qiao Lin Hot Pot

We love everything about Qiao Lin Hot Pot. It’s a luxury hot pot spot located in Downtown Seattle. 

And we love how affordable Qiao Lin is! You can get affordable lunch sets and happy hour deals.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#14 Chirashi from Japonessa

Chirashi Bowl Japonessa Seattle

Chirashi Bowl from Japonessa

Hands down the best chirashi in Seattle is at Japonessa. The fish quality and selection in their chirashi are amazing. 

They also have a happy hour portion that is affordable and just as yummy.

Don’t like chirashi, Japonessa also has inventive sushi rolls that combine Spanish and Japanese flavors.

#15 Vietnamese Rice Rolls (Pak Mor Yuan) from E-Jae Pak Mor

I don’t typically find bánh cuon (Vietnamese rice rolls) at most Vietnamese restaurants I frequent.

I am so glad that E-Jae Pak Mor decided to create her street food restaurant and offer these little flavorful rolls of meat and mushrooms for people to enjoy.

Thai people refer to the Vietnamese rice rolls as Pak Mor Yuan. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#16 Truffle Gnocchi from List Belltown

List is a must for anyone visiting Seattle. Their truffle gnocchi are little pillows of heaven. We love to order the meatballs and combine the two to create a rosé sauce. 

And their happy hour is amazing. Wine bottles are only $26 and EVERYTHING on the bar food menu is half off!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#17 Spicy Cumin Lamb Biang Biang Noodles from Xi’an Noodles

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Spicy Cumin Lamb Biang Biang Noodles

My favorite spot for hand pulled noodles are from Xi’an Noodles. Their spicy cumin lamb biang biang noodle dish is flavorful yet comforting. The cumin is warming and great for colder months.

They have locations in Downtown Seattle, University Ave, and Bellevue.

#18 Mala Dry Hot Pot from Sizzling Pot King 

Ma La Xiang Guo Sichuan Mala Dry Hot Pot from Sizzling Pot King

Sizzling Pot King specializes in Sichuanese dry hot pot (Ma La Xiang Guo). What we LOVE about their dry hot pots are the perfectly cooked meats and veggies drowning in a mala-numbing sauce and not diluted by a broth. That means you get to savor the mala flavors bite after bite.

The pot is large enough for 3-4 persons and you can choose the ingredients you want in your pot.

They also have these AMAZING salted egg yolk buns. Don’t forget to order these!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#19 Deep Fried Catfish from Rainier BBQ

The deep fried catfish at Rainier BBQ also known as cá nướng is a dish that brings people together. The catfish is fried until the skin is crunchy and golden.

We recommend ordering with a group of at least 6 persons and calling at least 1-2 hours ahead to give them ample time to prepare your fish.

The crispy skin cracks as you dissect it to create flavorful spring rolls with rice paper, vermicelli, and fresh veggies. And please do give their fermented pineapple dipping sauce a try. It’s so flavorful!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#20 The Hatch Chili Cheeseburger from Hatch Cantina

Hatch Cantina Hatch Chili Cheeseburger Royal Ranch Beef

Hatch Chili Cheeseburger

The Hatch Chili Cheeseburger from Hatch Cantina in Belltown is magical. The perfectly cooked patty stays juicy throughout each bite and the fluffy bun is what every burger purveyor should strive for.

We also loved their house-made hash browns. You can thank me later. 

#21 Brûléed Banana Sundae from Flintcreek Cattle Co.

Flintcreek Cattle Co Bruleed Banana Split with tin roof ice cream and chocolate brownie

Brûléed Banana Split with tin roof ice cream and chocolate brownie

I am not a dessert person but this one needs to be shared. I will also come back to Flintcreek Cattle Co. just for their Brûléed Banana Sundae.

We also ordered their mushroom pasta and Delmonico steak. The steak is dry-aged for 21 days and cooked so perfectly it melts in your mouth.

#22 Cream Puff Ice Cream Sandwich from Puffy Pandy

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Puffy Pandy toasts the cream puffs and then places the ice cream of your choice to create their cream puff ice cream sandwiches. The exterior is delightfully crunchy. Our favorite combo was the Biscoff ice cream topped with crushed Oreos.

We also love their macarons, pudding, cream puffs, and coffee beverages.

#23 Entrana Skirt Steak from BOCA Queen City Grill

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Entrana (skirt steak) at BOCA Restaurant at Queen City Grill blew our minds. The meat is super tender and juicy. We order this quite often because the quality is consistent. 

Another dish we highly recommend here is the beef carpaccio. It’s thinly sliced beef served on crunchy slices of crostini and is tangy and savory.

#24 BEST OVERALL – Alder & Ash

And I gotta give an award to the best overall restaurants I’ve ever been to, Alder & Ash

They’re fairly new but each dish we had was amazing, the cocktails were phenomenal, the ambiance is so lavish, and the service was so attentive.

It almost felt like we weren’t in Seattle. #sorryseattle

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Restaurants that ALMOST Made the List

I love these restaurants, I just couldn’t pinpoint a dish I loved the most.

  • Altura
  • Asadero Ballard
  • Kappo Tamura
  • Kedai Makan – Their menu rotates constantly. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten here was deep fried pig tails. 
  • Oriental Mart
  • ROCCO’s
  • Secret Savory
  • Spinasse
  • Sushi Kashiba
  • Taurus Ox

What are some of your favorite Seattle bites? Let me know on Instagram or in the comments below.

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