Smell is the sense most closely tied to memory. If that's the case, then Willie Turner must be in a constant state of reverie. Willie grew up in Tallulah, Louisiana?and it was there that he fell in love with slow-smoked brisket, pork shoulder, and other smokey barbecue staples. When he moved to Seattle, he brought that same passion, along with authentic recipes for made-from-scratch soul food, with him. Willie's Taste of Soul Bar-B-Que stands as a slow-smoked tribute to the southern cuisine of its proprietor's youth.
Naturally, Louisiana-style barbecue anchors the menu, much like brontosaurus ribs anchored prehistoric ships. First, Willie covers brisket, ribs, chicken, links, and other meats in his signature rub. Then, he slow smokes them for hours on end, creating impossibly tender entrees. Finally, the dishes get some home-made sauce, resulting in barbecue that The Stranger praised as being "worth the trip down south to Beacon Hill."
Not everything emerges from the smoker, however. Willie and his team also fry chicken (which pairs nicely with waffles at breakfast), and they cook classic soul food sides from scratch, including biscuits and greens. Their tour de Louisiana cuisine ends on a dulcet note with plates of cobbler. As for drinks, just look to a cooler filled with Faygo and Jones Soda.
Southern transplants Gabe Gagliardi and Mike Dahm love their new home in Seattle. When they first arrived, though, the two friends thought the city needed a barbecue boost. So instead of turning the Space Needle into a makeshift skewer for hunks of pork, they created The Boar's Nest, a Southern barbecue stop serving all the classics: hickory-smoked pulled pork, southern-style fried chicken, and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Of course, barbecue isn't barbecue without the sauce. That's why Gabe and Mike took it upon themselves to create their own line of homemade sauces, each of which carries the tune of a different barbecue region, including South Carolina, Memphis, and Texas.
The Kau Kau BBQ Restaurant has been a fixture of Seattle Chinatown for over 30 years. Famous for their mouthwatering far-eastern barbeque, they host a number of specialties that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else- things like their succulent, crispy side pork; sweet, tender BBQ pork and their juicy, flavorful barbequed duck. In addition to these more niche dishes, the Kau Kau also serves more mainstream Chinese food like pork, chicken, and shrimp fried rice or broccoli beef. Side dishes include their steamed rice, which is firm yet chewy and their authentic Chinese egg noodles. Top it all off with some plum sauce or chili sauce, and you’ve got yourself a kingly lunch.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Manna Smoked Bar Bq, a down-home barbecue joint in Seattle. The menu at Manna Smoked Bar Bq does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at Manna Smoked Bar Bq just as much as mom and dad.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Manna Smoked Bar Bq's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Thrifty diners will love the reasonable prices here as well, with a meal usually costing less than $15. Stop by for three square meals a day — Manna Smoked Bar Bq serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Wings have become an American staple right beside baseball and mom’s apple pie. And the Wing Dome is where wings are done right. For those who can handle the heat, try your hand at the 7 Deadly Wing Challenge – eat seven 7 Alarm Wings in seven minutes with no beverages and get your wings for free plus t-shirt and your face on the “Wall of Flame”. For those with less "fiery" tastes, Wig Dome offers an extensive menu that will keep you coming back to try something different. Salads, burgers, fries, sandwiches, and, of course, the world-famous wings are sure to satisfy diners of all ages.