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matzo ball soup in Seattle

Anyone know where I can get good matzo ball soup in Seattle?

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  1. Eats Market Cafe in west seattle has a pretty good bowl of matzoh ball soup.

    1. I, more than, second that about Eats. It's fabulous, and by far the best that I've had in town. Great balls, and delicious soup.

      1. I really like the matzoh ball soup at CJ's at First and Cedar downtown.

        1. the incredibly friendly owner at eats tells me that his grandmother (unlike mine) did not put either parsnips or dill in her soup and made matzoh balls of the 'sinker' rather than 'floater' variety (again, unlike mine). therefore, i cannot perform the nostalgia dance; those of us with such cultural anchor chains often find it difficult to enjoy other people's efforts. that he serves his soup insufficiently hot, though, has nothing to do with his ancestors.

          1. Ahhh, Howard, your grandmother would be so proud of your chains. Thanks all for the leads, I'll be out among 'em when the holidays come.

            1. head to Roxy's Diner in Fremont--they make a mean one there. And have fab pastrami sandwiches to boot.

              1. I took spudsocks advice and tried Roxy's Diner yesterday. The reuban was large, suitably juicy, and quite satisfying. The matzoh ball soup was not first rate. Soup tasted like a combo of Lipton's and something I couldn't quite put my finger on, but vaguely familiar, in a not-so pleasing way. The ball was heavy and unevenly cooked. Howard 1st might enjoy this, but 'my' grandmother's were light, schmaltz-laden, little offerings from heaven. No sinkers in this family. 'Eats Market Cafe' has it right, and I'll definitely be back.

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                1. re: Baboo

                  just got back from the highly-touted cj's where the matzoh ball, though without discernable shmaltz, was excellent (obviously baboo's and eats' grandmothers were from the same village in the land of the chewy dumplings, many miles from mine and cj's in the land of the light floaters) but the broth was just awful - a combination of instant stuff tasting of chemicals and dried vegetables. the broth at eats, though not seasoned precisely like my own family's, was, at least, made from chicken rather than powder. so, "yes" on the cj dumpling (the easy part) and "no" on the cj broth. will try to get out to roxy's before 2007 though the former locations downtown and in crown heights were not all that good. btw, the latkes at cj's were like pancakes with potatoes in them; not good at all.

                  1. re: howard 1st

                    Howard, I misread your post, and gave you the wrong impression. I was weened on the light floaters, as you describe, and anything else, is simply not a great matzoh ball. I felt Eats was a representative example of this, but that Roxy's, (eccchhh) was far from it. Also, can't imagine a great ball, that isn't accompanied by decent soup. Seems CJ got the difficult part right, and stumbled on the easier part. Oh well, I'm consistently amazed at how and why some restaurants do what they do!

                2. I can tell you where to avoid in case you head over there - Goldberg's Kosher Deli in Factoria. Corned Beef sandwich was ok though.

                  1. I'll concur on Goldberg's. The pickles are first rate, the salads fine, but the matzoh ball soup?
                    Huge, hard matzoh ball, not my cup of....soup.
                    I prefer smaller and lighter matzoh balls.

                    1. If it's still there, and still has MB soup, I liked the version at Buffalo Deli on First near the Market.

                      1. I am not Jewish so may not have the best background for this, but I've been having the matzoh ball soup at Leah's Bakery for years and it's one of my favorite comfort foods. I love it.