Food & Drink

The 15 best places to eat in Seattle's International District

Published On 10/01/2014 Published On 10/01/2014
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1. Tamarind Tree 1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

This upscale(-ish) Vietnamese spot on the far side of the International District plates slightly more Western-style eats than the area's usual family-run joints. Still, it's a can't-miss destination thanks to authentic and deliciously simple dishes like lemongrass chicken vermicelli, pho, and the not so authentic, albeit delicious, tangerine martinis.

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2. Ping's Dumpling House & Market 508 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Opened in one half of a Chinese grocery store, Ping's serves a small selection of Northern Chinese eats, but make no mistake, you're there for a plate of their signature pork dumplings, made using traditional ingredients from a recipe that's been handed down for three generations.

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3. Fuji Bakery 526 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

This French-inspired baked goods slinger does classic preparations with unique flavors, including this sugar-covered pocket of fried dough filled with azuki (red beans).

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4. Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant 418 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Seattle's favorite food may be great teriyaki, but pho is a solid number two and GL is a more-than-solid place to score some the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup.

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5. Shanghai Garden 524 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

This place serves some of the best hand-shaven, barley green noodles (with your choice of meat and carrots) you'll ever try in Seattle.

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6. A Piece Of Cake 514 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

This bakery has all kinds of tasty Asian pastries, from red bean treats to taro rolls and colorful cakes, but if you can do away with all the sugary stuff, they've also got some sweet (but, you know, not sweet) options like tossed noodles and congee.

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7. Subsand 419 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Subsand marries the idea of the bánh mì and sub sandwiches into one tasty baguette and meat union. Pictured above is the BBQ pork, which you should definitely get since... BBQ PORK!!

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8. Bush Garden Restaurant 614 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

It may not be quite as entertaining as Busch Gardens, but this place is still pretty fun thanks to sing-a-longs that basically never stop, cheap Asian takes on bar eats, and stunningly stiff and inexpensive drinks.

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9. Saigon Deli 1237 S Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144 (Intl District)

This hole in the wall is a one-stop shop for everything ranging from bánh mìs and curry chicken to bubble tea and all kinds of prepackaged snacks.

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10. Seattle Deli 225 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 (Intl District)

Seattle Deli slings pretty hefty bánh mìs at a super-low price, so come hungry and bring friends, but don’t forget some cash 'cause this place is cash only.

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11. World Pizza 672 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

Fifteen years after closing their Belltown original, the brothers behind this golden-era-of-Grunge destination have reinvented it as a vegetarian-only slice-house in Chinatown. Chow down on vegan pepperoni pies inside the vintage-era digs. With seats for 20, and some well-placed nods to the old space, including some of their original vintage signage, this hip destination scores both on the aesthetic and culinary front.

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12. Tsukushinbo 515 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104

The teeny-tiny Tsukushinbo dishes up its infamous ramen just once a week, only on Fridays. The spot only makes about 50 bowls, so check 'em out to get it while it’s hot.

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13. Maneki 304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

Maneki is the last surviving restaurant from Seattle’s once bustling Japantown, so you know they must be doing something right. The family-owned restaurant has established itself as a local favorite. Fun—almost unbelievable—fact: in the 1930s, one of Maneki’s dishwashers was Takeo Miki, who later served as Japan’s prime minister. What’s even more unbelievable is how good Maneki’s sushi is.

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14. Fort St. George 601 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Intl District)

One of the city's best late-night hangs, FSG specializes in yoshoku-style eats (Japanese takes on Western dishes like spaghetti topped with roe) and serves cheap/stiff 'tails like the gin/fruit Momotaro.

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15. Hue Ky Mi Gia 1207 S Jackson St, Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98144 (Intl District)

Housed in a strip mall on Jackson St, this noodle house is actually the place to go for crunchy, meaty, buttery wings w/ a flaky crust and a dusting of garlicky green onion and chile. Oh, and they only cost $7.

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