Ethnic Dinner Club (SEA)
I'm a newbie to Chowhounds, but it looks to be a great resource to feed my "foodie-ness".
Since Sept 04, some friends and I have been meeting on a monthly basis to dine at local Seattle restaurants trying new and familiar ethnic cuisine. We've come up with the very creative name of the EDC (Ethic Dinner Club). In the past couple months, it's been getting harder to find new cuisines to try. So that's where I was hoping you all might be able to help. If any of you could provide recommendations for any and all cuisines in and around Seattle metro/suburbs, I'd really appreciate it. (Don't worry about repeat ethnic foods, we're bound to start that sometime.)
Here's a list of what we've done so far.
Sept- Ethiopian (Mesob)
Oct- Bolivian (Copacabana)
Nov- Afghan (Kabul)
Dec- Mexican (Juan Colorado)
Jan- West African (Afrikando)
Feb- Chinese (Shanghai Garden)
Mar- Indian (Cedars)
Apr- Polish (Polish Community Center)
May- Southern (Catfish Corner)
Jun- Moroccan (Marrakesh)
Jul- Puerto Rican (Sofrito Rico)
Aug- Mexican (homecooked)
Oct- Brazilian (Samba)
Jan- Vietnamese (Tamarind Tree)
Apr- Turkish (Ephesus)
May- Italian (Tutta Bella)
Jun- American (potluck)
Jul- Various (Bite of Seattle)
Aug- Carribean (Paseo)
I am also part of an ethnic eating group called "Adventures in Dining". The following is a list of restaurants we have tried over the past two years. Feel free to draw from this list for your own culinary inspiration:
January – I Love Sushi – Bellevue (Japanese)
February – Racha Thai Restaurant – Lower Queen Anne
March – Taj Palace – Bellevue (Indian)
April – Andiamo – Bellevue (Italian)
May – Mediterranean Kitchen – Seattle
June – Giant's Causeway – Renton (Irish Pub)
July – El Camino – Fremont (neo-Mexican)
August – Lola – Belltown (neo-Greek)
September – Le P'tit Bistro – Belltown (French)
October – The China Garden – International District
November – N/A
December – N/A
January – Mamounia Moroccan Restaurant – Seattle
February – Tempero do Brazil – University District
March – Flying Fish – Belltown
April – Haruko's Japanese Restaurant – Mercer Island
May – Trader Vic's – Bellevue
June – Assiaggio – Seattle (Italian)
July – Monsoon – Capitol Hill (fusion Vietnamese)
August – The Melting Pot – Queen Anne (Fondue)
September – Mixtura – Kirkland (Andean Tapas)
What a cool thing you are doing 206guy and Roo. Over on another board, we do a similar thing but not as organized. Our most recent venture was to Salima (Malaysian) on MLK. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested in hearing about it.
Do you do write-ups (reviews) of your meals? It'd be great if you could post them.
How about Malay Satay Hut for Malaysian? It's a great mix of Chinese and Indian flavors. For authentic Japanese, try Tsukushinbo on 6th/Main. It's not fancy or especially good for large groups but their dinner menu is the closest I have found to izakayas I ate at in Japan. For Szechuan, I love Seven Stars Pepper (cumin lamb is soooooo good.) Finally, I have yet to go there because there is always a line but La Carta de Oaxaca always gets rave reviews for authentic Oaxacan cuisine.
Panos Kleftikos or Vios (Greek)
Salvadorian Bakery, El Trapiche (White Center/Burien) (Salvadorian)
The People's Pub (German)
Viengthong Lao-Thai Restaurant (on MLK) (Lao)
Hidmo Eritrean Restaurant
Udupi Palace (South Indian)
Hosoonyi Restaurant (in Edmonds) (Korean)
In the May issue of Seattle magazine, they featured the 26 "best" ethnic restaurants. Here are some of their recs:
Kusina Filipina (Phillipines)
Neville's (in Redmond) (British)
Kirirom Restaurant and Bakery (Lynnwood) (Cambodian)
El Chalan (White Center) (Peruvian)
Ikea Cafe (don't laugh) (Sweden)
Budapest Bistro (Lynnwood) (Hungary)
Hawaiian - Ohana (not great but it will cover Hawaiian) There is also http://www.kauaifamilyrestaurant.com/ but it is really just a plate lunch plcae. It is really authentic though.
La Carta De Oxaca is really wonderful.
Maneki is a great place for home style Japanese.
Fort saint George is American Japanese style and deserves to be considered as a completely seperate ethnic cuisine.
I would say Porta by the Market for Greek (in Belltown). If you go with a small to large group they will serve family style so you can taste everything. Don't miss the Greek Sausages (homemade) and the Yigantes (Giant Greek beans in a thin tomato sauce). Their drinks are great too (The Cucumber Margarita was written up in the Times).
Thanks for the responses everybody, and keep them coming! I"m sure we'll definitely put the recommendations to use.
Roo- it would be terrific to connect w/ you and compare notes...
Lauren- would you mind posting the link to the other discussion board here? Also, I think we've kept reviews (albiet very short ones) of the places we've been. I'll see if I can track them down and post them.
Chownerd- 7 Star Pepper is one of my personal favorites, and La Carta de Oaxaca was excellent too (but might be hard to fit a large group).
Aloha BBQ in Renton is Hawaiian with a Filipino influence:
Ridiculously good at very inexpensive prices.
Here's my list. Mostly Asian cuisine. I've learned about so many other places from y'all. Thanks.
Bobby's Hawaiian Restaurant: Hawaiian (Everett)
Hoosonyi: Korean (Edmonds)
Kabul: Afghani (Seattle)
Jones BBQ: BBQ (MLK, Seattle)
Thai Dusit: Thai (U-District, Seattle), shutdown
Grazie: Italian (Tukwila, Bothell)
Sushi Zen: Sushi (Mill Creek)
Yummy House Bakery: Hong Kong Baked Goods (ID, Seattle)
Delight Bakery: Filipino Baked Goods (Beacon Hill, Seattle)
BCD Tofu House: Draft Tofu Soup (Edmonds)
Secret Garden: Korean (Lynnwood)
My favorite homestyle eating in the International District:
Fort St. George: Japanese style Spaghetti and Curries
Maekawa Bar: Japanese grilled items, Donburi
Green Village: various Chinese dishes
Ocean City (kinda dirty inside, like to order take out): Noodle Soups w/ wonton, roast duck, fish balls; congee w/ preserved egg & roast pork