Where to get the best Pho in Seattle? What are the best Vietnamese Restaurants in Seattle? When it’s raining, a big bowl of pho is many things. It always hits the spot. It is always a good time for Pho Noodles. There are so many best Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle. Everywhere you go seems to be the next best pho in Seattle. The following restaurants list below are my favorites. They are tasty and hits the spot in their own particular way. Restaurants listed below are listed at random.Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant | 1684 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2G5 | greenleaftaste.comIf you are looking for a Vietnamese restaurants with something more than just a bowl of Pho, than Green Leaf will soon become your old favorite. The restaurant is tiny and perhaps underwhelming, but they sure make a mean Banh Xeo savoury crepe stuffed with shrimp. If you are tired from pho noodles, Green Leaf has a good Hu Tieu My Tho clear vermicelli noodles option with a clear pork rib broth, seafood and minced pork.Ba Bar | 550 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122, United States | babarseattle.comThe broth from bone marrow and knucklebones at Ba Bar is clear but powerful. The menus has meaty ingredients and a variety of classic Vietnamese dishes. Be sure to try their crafted cocktails like the Moscow Mule and fresh baked pastries. Ba Bar even has macarons, pate chaud to pineapple upsidedown cakes and housemade jams to go. No wonder Ba Bar is open late night until 4am on Friday and Saturdays.Hoang Lan Restaurant | 7119 Martin Luther King Junior Way South, Seattle, WA 98118, United StatesWhen you see the same dish on every table, you order that dish. Bun Bo Hue is what Hoang Lan specializes in. And a damn job it does. The bowl is filled with pork hock, congealed pork blood, thinly sliced beef. The complex broth has a secret ingredient of fresh pineapples to lend the sweet acidity flavor profiles. And remember, Cash Only.Hue Ky Mi Gia | 1207 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144, United States | huekymigia.com/menuOne of the most amazing garlic butter chicken wings. Lightly batter and flash fried with minced garlic, white onions, and green onions. Crunchy and shatters with each bite for a juicy meat center. This Chinese – Vietnamese restaurant also offers braised duck noodle soup marinated with Chinese herbs and spices. Faux pho? No problem.Pho Bac | 1314 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98144, United States Pho on a boat. There is no menus except a sign on the wall that has a good selection of steak, fatty brisket, tripe and meatballs. The broth is pretty awesome too with a little sweetness. Always full of fresh herbs like basil and jalapenos. All for $8. Local Pho | 2230 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121, United States | localpho-seattle.comFriendly staff with minimal wait times. Order from crowd favorites like chicken wings with pepper sauce, egg rolls and a hot bowl of seafood pho. Generous amount of seafood in a light flavorful broth. Try the tofu spring rolls served with peanut sauce. Lightly seasoned and not too salty. Vegetarians, it’s all about options right?Thanh Vi | 4226 University Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105, United States, | thanhvi.netReasonable priced and a good variety on menu including Banh Mi Vietnamese sandwiches, pho noodles, spring rolls and broken rice. Thanh Vi is located in the University District next to the University of Washington. Be sure to spot plenty of students. Service is quick and friendly. They make a mean bowl of Vegetarian pho!Pho Viet Anh | 6510 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115, United States | phovietanh.comHard to beat an eight dollar deal with good quality meat and flavorful broth. Generous portions and piles of tender meat. Brisket! Tendon! Flank! Go ahead and drink all the soup, you won’t be thirsty! We love the Bun Bo Hue spicy beef Vietnamese round noodles here. We hope you do also.Read More
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If you've read my personal blog, you know of my fondness for Sushi Hana, here in the town of Bothell, north and a bit east of Seattle. When we first started going out for sushi, though, I could only get the kids to eat fruit and sticky rice, and so my husband and I made a decree: each time we go, the kids have to at least try a new food. You’d think this would be easy, because I have a cousin from Japan, and so our holiday meals have included sushi since the beginning. But you’d be wrong, because of one who doesn’t like fish, one who doesn’t care for eggs, one who is allergic to nuts and mango, and so on. So I decided to compile a list of what have (finally!) become our standbys, foods that at least two of the three will eat every time we visit. Inari Sushi This is what my cousin from Japan calls “children’s sushi,” because it’s safe even for toddlers. There are no hard veggies for choking, and the only potential allergen is the sweetened soy tofu wrapper. And if you’re allergic to soy, well… let’s just say a Japanese restaurant is probably not the venue for you. Kappa Maki The classic cucumber roll, and good for even the picky ones. It’s just sushi rice, cucumber, and seaweed. If he’s not too busy, the sushi chef will arrange these rolls on a plate in the shape of a smiley face or a butterfly for my youngest, seven, who treats kappa maki like candy. Tomago Nigiri Although the one who loathes eggs won’t eat this, the other two will, so it makes the list. It is referred to as the Japanese omelette, and is effectively a strip of scrambled eggs laid on a similar strip of sushi rice, and secured with a much smaller strip of seaweed. Like a Japanese mini-frittata. Shrimp Nigiri I have no idea what this one is called in Japanese, because every sushi restaurant I have ever been to just called it “shrimp nigiri.” It’s very similar to the tomago nigiri above, except with shrimp in place of scrambled eggs (and generally not the little strip of seaweed to secure it). Note: the shrimp in question is thoroughly cooked, butterflied, and chilled. No scary raw fish for nervous youngsters. Edamame While these are steamed soybean pods with a little salt, my youngest calls them “Japanese peas,” which I suppose is a valid enough description for seven. There is apparently a big thrill (over and above the thrill of being allowed to take one’s own food off the conveyor belt) involved in sucking the individual soybeans out of the pod. Gyoza, Miso Soup and Eggrolls Everyone knows the first and last of these, but as I have one child who likes each, I thought I’d put them on the list. Plus, if you’re not feeling terrific, coming down with a cold in the Seattle autumn, miso soup is the best stuff around. And at least one of my kids agrees. Mochi Ice Cream Yes, I know it’s not really a dish as such; it’s a dessert. But there is something so charming about little ice cream balls coated in mochi (pounded sticky rice starch). As long as we stay away from the mango flavor - the middle daughter is allergic - we’re in pretty good shape with mochi ice cream as a finish to our sushi adventure.Read More
As if conjugating verbs wasn’t daunting enough, language lessons often come with a hefty price tag. But did you know there are a number of resources in Seattle where you can learn a new language for free? Below, we broke down a few to help you choose the one that best suits your experience level and learning style. If You’re Just Starting: The Library Flipping through language books may evoke flashbacks to freshman French class, but that’s not your only option at the library. Both the Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System give cardholders free access to online learning system Mango, which offers lessons in 63 languages, including French, Spanish, Mandarin, Yiddish, and Urdu (there’s even a surprisingly robust lesson in Pirate). The lessons are interactive and self-paced, and they focus on learning through conversations and context, rather than dry grammar instruction. To use, simply log in through the library website using your card, then create a personal Mango account to track your progress through each course. For kids, the Seattle Public Library offers access to Muzzy, an online children’s program that offers instruction in 10 languages. The King County Library System’s kids’ program, meanwhile, is Little Pim. It offers a similar range of language options and, like Muzzy, focuses lessons around animated videos and vocabulary. Both library networks also host live world-language storytimes for little ones in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Hindu, and Russian, among others. Check out each library’s events page for schedules. If You’re Ready to Perfect Your Accent: Language Groups Online programs are great for establishing a foundation, but the best way to hone your developing language skills is through real conversation. Luckily, there are several meet-ups and conversation circles around Seattle where you can interact in your language of choice. Practicing French speakers—and foodies—of any level will enjoy the French Conversation Table at Café Presse (1117 12th Ave.). Held every other Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the event is facilitated by Yasmina Mobarek, a native French speaker who has taught at the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University. The conversation is free and happens to coincide with Café Presse’s Vin Expresse—a “Paris-style” happy hour. So you can enjoy some pork confit and well-priced wine with your French chitchat. Chalk it up to research. Meanwhile, French, German, and Spanish speakers will find a dedicated group of conversationalists at Third Place Commons (17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park). According to director Constance Perenyi, the pace of these groups makes them best for more practiced, intermediate-level speakers, but they are very welcoming to newcomers. The German group generally meets on Monday evenings, French on Tuesdays, and Spanish on Thursdays, but it’s best to check the Third Place Books calendar as they do not always meet every week. Internet stalwart Meetup also lists a variety of active language groups in Seattle. The large Seattle Spanish Society hosts a fun, loose weekly Sunday-night meet-up at Barca (1510 11th Ave.) in Capitol Hill. The evening is open to advanced Spanish speakers and beginners alike. You can also find active Japanese, Italian, German, and Korean groups on the website. A few of the groups ask for a small annual membership contribution ($5–$15), but this might be voluntary or something you can wait to pay after you’ve gotten a feel for the group and made certain it’s a good fit. If You Just Want to Order Without Fear: Language Classes for Travelers If you’re thinking of learning a language for an upcoming trip to Europe, Rick Steves’ Travel Center (130 4th Ave. N, Edmonds) regularly schedules free 90-minute language classes along with its general travel curriculum. The lessons won’t make you fluent, but they can help you pick up a few key phrases in Czech, German, Swedish, Turkish, or Spanish so you can confidently order off a menu or ask for directions. Italian instructor Graz Palumbo-Perry is especially popular for her fun and engaging style; her two-part Beginning Italian for Travelers often fills up fast, so be sure to register early.Read More