My goal to taste the best Japanese food in Seattle compelled me to wait in line for over one hour on a beautiful, but cold, morning in December. You see, the window of opportunity to try the highest-rated ramen in Seattle is as short as their customer service: Tsukushinbo only serves their Tokyo-style shoyu ramen on Fridays from noon to 2 pm. On my visit, the line started with me at 10:20 am and had already wrapped around the building 40 minutes later.
With confidence, I will declare that Tsukushinbo's ramen was the best ramen I have ever tasted in my life thus far. Living in America, I do not have a lot of options. However, of all the restaurants I have tried, Tskushinbo's ramen was just outstanding. After waiting in the cold for a little over an hour, the prize of a piping hot bowl of the best ramen I've ever had made me forgive the grief I endured to obtain it.
The sushi served at Tsukushinbo is expertly prepared with huge pieces of fish, which is another win for them.
If you get the chance, I would recommend Tskushinbo for their high-quality food despite their sub-par manners. Your efforts to get in will be rewarded.
In addition to a range of classic American desserts, Hot Cakes also makes grilled cheese sandwiches and egg breakfast sandwiches. They also have something called a grilled chocolate sandwich that piqued my interest. Oh, and they have alcoholic shakes and desserts as well. Basically, the entire menu sounds amazing and it makes me want to go back!
They have a vegan menu, too, which means everyone can enjoy.
Hot Cakes sells chocolates, sauces, and at-home baking kits so you can make sweets at home. The most interesting of their items is the cold-smoked bag of chocolate chips. I imagine they would go great with s'mores or even basic chocolate chip or hot chocolate recipes.
I spent too much money and ate too many calories, but I do not regret my choices one bit. That means this place is pretty great.
Ishoni is a great place to experience if you get the chance.
After breakfast I walked down to Seattle's famous Pike Place Market: browsing the variety of shops and colors on a picture perfect day is a treat in and of itself. We bought honey-covered pecans from Chukar Cherries as a holiday treat for my family back home. I also picked up some fresh salsa verde and spices from Market Spice and World Spice for my burrito bowls this week. Breakfast at Le Pichet inspired me to find a baguette to take home and I've enjoyed baguettes from Le Panier and Three Girls Bakery at Pike Place before. However, since it was so nice out, I went ahead and made a trip to one of my favorite bakeries in Seattle, Columbia City Bakery, for a sourdough baguette. The baguette elevated the soup I made for lunch and my egg breakfast this morning! I love Seattle because it has such high-quality foods and ingredients.
Other than steak, we ordered "fries" cooked in beef fat that were more like large tater tots in texture: fluffy on the inside and extra-crispy on the outside. They tasted good. The best side was their homemade biscuits that came with their beef marrow bones. I would like to try the poblano pepper and lime corn next time I get to visit!
Pricewise, steaks appear to be higher quality than more famous restaurants while being a little cheaper in cost! Steaks are cheaper here than at more established Seattle steakhouses like The Met and El Guacho. The Butcher's Table also serves a variety of affordable sandwiches, again sourced from their own farm, during lunch.
For a special occasion I would recommend adding dinner at The Butcher's Table to your list.
Their pizza is as much a conversation piece as it is delicious. People are drawn to me when I carry the oversized pizza box or reheat leftovers. The exclamations are usually "that smells so good!" or "that pizza is huge!" Conversations end with a recommendation.
Italian Family Pizza has the best tomato sauce in the city and their slightly charred, flavorful, and doughy crust has me hooked. I found Italian Family Pizza the first month I moved to Seattle and I haven't found anything else like it since.