Tukwila/Southcenter/Kent Good Eats
Any suggestions for this area for decent eats of the non chain variety? We have a tournament in Sumner for this weekend and will be staying in the Tukwila/Southcenter area from Thursday thru Sunday. All cuisines considered, we are not picky.
Thanks for the help/suggestions.
Bai Tong is an excellent Thai place, and is a short drive up the hill from Southcenter. Try their gai hor bai toey (an appetizer of chicken thigh meat wrapped in leaves, comes with a molasses-y sauce).
There used to be a decent Greek place in Kent called Spiro's, not sure if it's still there or not.
I went to the Melrose in Renton once, and was pretty unimpressed. My steak was decent, but everything else (stale grocery-store rolls, limp vegetables, everything oversalted, etc.) was horrible. It's gotten a lot of good reviews, though, so maybe I just went on a bad night.
Beyond those two good places, I'm hard-pressed to come up with much that's good, and I grew up down in that area. Mostly you find non-decent eats of the humongous chain variety, particularly near Southcenter. I haven't spent much time down there in years, though, so it's possible that some gems have arisen that I'm not aware of.
You also might try the Great Wall Mall--it's an Asian mall that's a few years old. I haven't been to any of the restaurants there, but they seem like they'd have a fighting chance at providing some good food.
Hope that helps.
Urika, Bai Tong is excellent and should be on your short list. On the way to Sumner on 167 (20th street exit) is Brank's BBQ. Truly the best BBQ in the South Sound. (And the only place I recommend for ribs in Puget Sound.) In Sumner, Aversano's offers classic red Italian that merits a visit. The Burger Box in downtown Sumner makes the great American hamburger as it should be made. (Toasted bun, sliced onion, etc.) Their fries and shakes are equally good. The Chinese restaurant at the Great Wall Mall (The Imperial Garden) focuses on Dim Sum. However, their seafood offerings from the menu are exceptional--especially the shrimp dishes. Spiros is still alive and well in old Kent and doesn't lack for business.
Another vote here for Bai Tong. I drive down from Seattle for their food. Try the Tod Mun Bla/Tod Mun Pla/Tod Mun (however they spell it). Deep fried little fish cakes with a dipping sauce. Divine. I got someone very skeptical about them addicted.
There are few good places in Renton to try: Royal Orchid Thai on Rainier Avenue South is excellent; Fin-N-Bone is a great place for seafood in a "nicer" atmosphere; The Red House next to the dinner train is a great place for tapas and they have a great selection of beer and wine.