The Press Box: Grinders Hot Sands
Though Grinders Hot Sands is known for its frequent live music from local bands and blues outfits, the true star here is still the grinders, made in the true East Coast-tradition—fresh to order and with bold ingredients. Seattle Magazine described them as “sheer comfort.” Read on for more details about what makes this hub of delicious sandwiches and local tunes a community staple:
“Amid the strip-mall wastes of north Aurora sits this tidy shrine to great live music and perfect sandwiches...the Ciabatta best exemplifies classic grinder greatness: stacks of hot capicola, Genoa salami, mortadella, and house-roasted pork loin mortared with artichoke aioli, caramelized onions, and beguilingly sweet roasted tomatoes.” — Seattle Met
“Owner Mitch Gilbert has all the ingredients for flavorful, jaw-stretching subs. His secret weapon is his 78-year-old mom, who helps out with soups and dances ‘like she has a motor on her butt’ during Grinders’ live blues jams in this dimly lit hideaway.” — Sunset
“Forget dim sum. The best hangover cure in town is the chicken and pesto sandwich at Grinders Hot Sands— a gut buster smothered with golden, Marsala-grilled onions, savory portobello mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, basil and melted feta and mozzarella.” — Seattle Magazine
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Suni's Pizza and Burgers, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
The menu at Suni's Pizza and Burgers is loaded with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
At Suni's Pizza and Burgers, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated.
Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at Suni's Pizza and Burgers.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Suni's Pizza and Burgers — attire is casual.
Homebodies can take advantage of this pizzeria's delivery and take-out options.
Suni's Pizza and Burgers will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Whether you're heading to Suni's Pizza and Burgers for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Suni's Pizza and Burgers offers various parking options, including bike parking.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Suni's Pizza and Burgers.
So bring your appetite to Suni's Pizza and Burgers. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Suni's Pizza and Burgers.
Switch up your normal pizza routine and head on over to Suni's Pizza and Burgers for a new take on pizza.
The Press Box: Old Village Korean Bistro
The experience matters almost as much as the food at Old Village Korean Bistro. Each table features a charcoal-fueled grill, which diners use to sear their own beef short ribs, calamari, and assorted mushrooms. Read on to learn more about this popular spot for interactive dining:
”While there’s a fairly comprehensive Korean menu, this restaurant at the north edge of Seattle is one of the most popular for grill-your-own Korean BBQ, notable for its use of charcoal, which infuses the food with extra smoky flavor.” — Eater Seattle
“Most Korean BBQ spots have switched to electric, but Old Village’s dark booths deliver genuine authenticity, thanks to the old-school charcoal grills for browning the raw bits of bulgogi, marinated beef and pork, that servers slice up (with scissors!) at the table.” — Seattle Met
“I was blown away by the barbecue pork, marinated in chili sauce, sugar and salt; it sizzled and produced enough drippings to send flames up from the charcoal.” — Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“With rough wooden tables and really nice staff, this room is like an old-fashioned roadside inn beside the maniacal Aurora traffic.” — The Stranger
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Spiro's Pizza and Pasta's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Guess what? Spiro's Pizza and Pasta serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Spiro's Pizza and Pasta can seat both large and small groups.
For the tastes of Spiro's Pizza and Pasta from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Free parking is available right next door.
Spiro's Pizza and Pasta offers various parking options, including bike parking.
The menu at Spiro's Pizza and Pasta is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Spiro's Pizza and Pasta's pizza say it is the absolute best.
If you can't get enough pizza, be sure to try the pies at Spiro's Pizza and Pasta, which earn ratings too hot to handle.
So if you're looking for a casual hangout spot in town, be sure to stop in for a hot pizza at Spiro's Pizza and Pasta.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay Spiro's Pizza and Pasta a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Jersey's Great Food and Spirits, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Swing by after work for happy hour, featuring a wide range of discounted drinks and appetizers.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
The patio tables outside of Jersey's Great Food and Spirits are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
If dinner conversation isn't your thing, Jersey's Great Food and Spirits' got you covered with live tunes from a DJ or musical group.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
Jersey's Great Food and Spirits draws a crowd with performances from live DJs.
Weekends are busy at the restaurant, so be prepared for longer wait times.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Ample parking is available in the area.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
So when you're in the mood for some delicious American dishes, don't look further than Jersey's Great Food and Spirits.
When you come to Jersey's Great Food and Spirits, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Jersey's Great Food and Spirits and taste your way through some great American dishes.
The city of Seattle is speckled by pho joints, each one serving its own rendition of the beloved belly-warming noodle soup. However, Le's Phở Tái remains a cut above the competition with its commitment to using locally grown ingredients and creating flavorful broth. Chefs begin the process of preparing the beef stock more than 20 hours before the soup hits the table, setting beef bones and spices to boil in order to procure what reporters from Journal Magazine praised as "exceptional flavor". Once the broth is ready, the chefs add thin vermicelli noodles along with cuts of tender beef, fresh seafood, and crisp veggies. They serve the soup in massive bowls alongside plates of bean sprouts and jalapeno slices.
When chefs aren't cooking pho, their attention is absorbed in the preparation of other Vietnamese specialties—chewy spring rolls, tangy teriyaki dishes, and bahn mi sandwiches with barbecue meats and french bread. Servers carry these dishes out into the warm, casual dining room, along with glasses of sweet iced-milk coffee and refreshing coconut juice. The accommodating staffers encourage guests to call ahead to place food orders for faster service, particularly if they have to speed back home to make sure their cats don't start scratching the Bruce Willis statue they’ve been sculpting out of peanut butter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes a pure and simple pepperoni pizza hits the spot. But with the proliferation of unlikely toppings popping up on pies all over Seattle, our definition of the Friday-night dinner staple is changing. Below, we highlighted 10 pies with toppings mouthwatering enough to tempt us away from our usual slice (plus one for those with an appetite for adventure).
Pesto Chicken Pizza at Talarico’s Pizzeria (4718 California Ave. SW)
Pesto on pizza is nothing new by itself, but Talarico’ s version of a pesto pie is the perfect marriage of tradition and innovation, incorporating brie cheese and spiced walnuts along with pesto-marinated chicken, classic marinara sauce, and mozzarella.
No. 6 Classic at Flying Squirrel Pizza Co. (three locations in Seattle)
The toppings list on the No. 6 reads a lot like a classic steak-house menu—sans steak. Potatoes roasted with lemon, herbs, and garlic mingle with St. Clemens blue cheese, chive oil, and spinach, along with a generous sprinkling of mozzarella.
The Locks at The Alibi Room (85 Pike St. #410)
There’s no shortage of creative pizza toppings at The Alibi Room—asparagus and bacon, blue cheese and grapes—but in this seafood-loving town, one stands apart. Featuring an olive-oil base topped with smoked salmon, dill cream cheese, red onions, and capers, The Locks is like a classic New York bagel in pizza form, though without a single pesky poppy seed.
Tropicana Pizza at Jet City Pizza Co. (multiple locations in western Washington)
Pineapple on pizza has long been a mainstay, but Jet City takes the Hawaiian-pizza concept further, starting with pineapple and canadian bacon, then adding mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, and coconut. Bring your own mini marshmallows and you’ve basically got an ambrosia salad on a pizza.
Cowardly Apricot at 'Zaw Artisan Pizza (multiple locations in the Puget Sound area)
The chefs at 'Zaw pride themselves on using unique, locally sourced toppings for their take-and-bake pizzas, and this sweet and savory concoction is no exception. Roasted free-range chicken breast joins apricots, fresh basil, maple-syrup-caramelized onions, and a blend of gorgonzola and mozzarella atop a crust brushed with olive oil.
Pizza di Nutella at Queen Margherita (3111 W. McGraw St. #103)
This sweet and simple dessert pizza is exactly as simple as it sounds: a pizza crust slathered with the chocolate-hazelnut spread. Think of it as a big, shareable crepe and suddenly it doesn’t seem so strange.
Il Segreto di Pulcinella at Pizzeria Pulcinella (10003 Rainier Ave. S)
While perfect for dessert, we could totally picture ourselves devouring this pie first thing in the morning. Creamy mascarpone and espresso and coffee liqueur are spread upon the crust, which is then baked in a wood-fired oven. The final touches: drizzles of chocolate sauce and dollops of whipped cream.
Thai One On Pizza at Zeeks Pizza (multiple locations in the Puget Sound area)
For the nights when one takeout staple simply won’t do, this pizza combines the classic flavors of pad thai—chicken, bean sprouts, carrots, fresh cilantro, and peanut sauce—with mozzarella and an olive-oil glaze.
Two-Cut Cubano at The Station Pizzeria (14505 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville)
The classic components of a cuban sandwich are all represented here, even down to the grainy dijon mustard. Add to that pulled pork shoulder, smoked ham, housemade bread and butter pickles, and pepperoncini. One small exception: the usual swiss cheese is swapped out for provolone. This is a pizza, after all.
Reuben at Rocco’s (2228 2nd Ave.)
For further proof that great sandwiches make equally great pizzas, look no further than this Belltown original, topped with with mozzarella, corned beef, sauerkraut, and thousand island dressing. If only someone would invent a marble-rye pizza crust.
Big Moses at Ballard Pizza Company (5107 Ballard Ave. NW)
The chefs choose the toppings on this pie each day, meaning every meal is a surprise. While there are no guarantees, past incarnations have included everything from peaches, spicy salumi, and chives to cherries, arugula, and guanciale.