Perched near the corner of King and Maynard, Kau Kau has been a staple of the International District for decades. Here are a few things to keep in mind about this modest Chinese eatery.
This is the original location. It opened in 1974, becoming the city's first Chinese barbecue restaurant since WWII.
Wai Chow Eng was the founder. Though you may not be familiar with him, Mr. Eng was a big deal—in fact, Seattle Weekly credits him with introducing Chinese barbecue to Seattle and playing a major role in the revitalization of the International District years ago.
The barbecued meats here are famous. Specifically, the pork and the duck, though the ribs are nothing to overlook, either.
They can even roast whole pigs. Kau Kau uses specialized ovens to slow-roast pigs that weigh as much as 65 pounds. No matter the size, the end result is always as nice to look at as it is to eat.
You can get it to go. Curbside pickup and online ordering means you can swing by and grab your food in between errands or during a high-speed police chase.
Brookstone has thousands of practical, ingenious gadgets and games that make everyday life better. Their Big Blue live speaker uses Bluetooth to stream music or phone calls live from a smartphone, while a pocket-sized projector can be pulled out to show off the latest trip photos or funny video. That’s just the tip of the iceberg at this Pacific Place Brookstone outlet, where mini flying drones and augmented reality games are the norm – and guests can try everything out before they buy. That means sampling the classic massage chairs, checking the functionality of the wireless key finder by losing your keys in the overstocked shelves or just playing around with the latest obscure gizmo to kill a few minutes. You may not leave with something that you couldn’t have lived without, but anything you buy is sure to be fun, ingenious or downright silly.
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