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The food is better here

Post by Brian O'Neill on Aug. 14, 2010 at 8:49 am with 7 Comments »
August 14, 2010 8:50 am

This is not Seattle-bashing, but…

If you drive up to the Emerald City for a meal on any given summer day, you have your work cut out for you. Epic traffic on I-5, offramps and surface streets; absolutely zero free parking and an extreme shortage of expensive spots to stable your ride on a nice day; packed restaurants–and that corner table in the sun? forget it.

If you had the foresight to live in or around T-town, the picture looks a lot better. Traffic is light, presuming you’re not heading here from Seattle, in which case good luck near the T-dome. Parking is easy and often free. And then there’s the restaurants.

In the last few years, since the launch of Primo Grill, we have been inundated with exquisite new restaurants, with gifted chefs, and locales that feed the eye as much as the stomach: Asado, Brix 25, Indochine, Massimo’s, Masa’s, to name but a few (since I am neither restaurant critic nor a paid advertisement). Last night I enjoyed the confusion of not being able to choose between any number of restaurants with great food and outdoor eating. That’s a problem to which I could become accustomed.

If you’re one of the 90% or so that are still fortunate to have a job, please consider an evening out at one of the area’s great eateries. They’re not going to survive on good write-ups alone.

And you won’t have to deal with Seattle traffic.

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  1. rockrabbit says:

    Don’t forget the Tempest, Vuelve a la Vida, Tacoma Szechuan, Vien Dong, and Tacoma’s best-named restaurant, Pho King.

  2. Hey Brian !

    The 1st time you say “noshing”, and the rest of those trite terms we are outta here !

  3. Hello Brian,
    Don’t miss the Lamb Gorsch or the Biryani at Bombay Bistro or Green Chicken Curry at Oriental Noodle ori Stir-Fry fresh Asapargus with Checken at Jade Palace! And do take I Love Bento in James Center seriously for sushi.

  4. “this is not seattle bashing but…” haha i agree though, a million people to battle for a parking spot is not worth the food!

  5. scott0962 says:

    And if you do find a parking spot in Seattle you have to watch your step to avoid the poo on the sidewalks. Now there’s an appetizing thought.

  6. BlaineCGarver says:

    Pizza Casa, Norma’s Burgers, Porter’s BBQ, Ranch House BBQ, Macconie’s Subs, almost any of dozens of Korean or Terriaki places…..I love eating around here.

  7. Brian O'Neill says:

    I make no claim to be a food expert (I have a vague idea of what “noshing” is) but like the rest of you I know what I like. I would have written this piece years ago had I known passionate foodies would drop their personal favorites on me. Thanks for sharing.

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