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Authentic Seattle

jkk90001 Mar 8, 2008 12:31 PM

When people keep talking about places to try they mention "authentic Seattle" as a comparison. What places are great, tried and true "authentic Seattle" restaurants that out of towners and locals alike must eat at?

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    phinious Mar 8, 2008 04:27 PM

    Vietnamese Pho.

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    1. re: phinious
      jkk90001 Mar 9, 2008 06:42 AM

      Do you have a favorite Pho place?

      1. re: jkk90001
        Vetter Mar 9, 2008 11:24 AM

        My family likes Than Brothers. I think they have 3-4 locations. We go to the one on the Ave.

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          mrnelso Mar 9, 2008 12:36 PM

          It's been a while, but I especially enjoy the broth at Pho Cyclo, A good touch with Star Anise makes the difference. Pho Bac is another favorite.

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            Barry Foy Mar 10, 2008 01:04 PM

            Than Bros. and Pho Cyclo are both quite good, but they're on different tracks. Than Bros. is supercheap, reliable, and widely available--perhaps the best, most consistent food deal in town--and of course you get that yummy cream puff. Cyclo costs a little more, but the pieces of beef are thicker and more flavorful. When it comes to pho, you'll do fine with either one.

            As for the bigger question, I've been here 20 years and am still trying to figure out what "authentic Seattle food" is. At the moment, I'd have to say that pho is as good a candidate as any. Which is, well, weird.

            1. re: Barry Foy
              bluedog67 Mar 10, 2008 02:06 PM

              Back to the original post, I think that any of the Tom Douglas spots or Rays Boathouse is authentic seattle. Seafood/local/seasonal focus. Salmon, for gosh sakes! Doesn't mean this what I seek out when dining, but it is certainly what I recommend to out of towners.

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        lemiller610 Mar 10, 2008 02:53 PM

        I second Ray's. Classic and flawless everytime I go.

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          rocket_girl Mar 10, 2008 03:14 PM

          I agree. Motion carried. The smoked salmon appetizer is just perfection.

        2. knowspicker Mar 10, 2008 03:26 PM

          As a 45 year old who was born in Seattle... Many of the "authentic Seattle" have closed or aren't worth going to ;) Well, okay, not all of them.

          In that category:


          Ray's Boathouse,

          Ivar's Salmon House but just for the happy hour eats and a drink or the Sunday Brunch [the restaurant is a little pricey for the quality but it's worth seeing],

          Tai Tung for oldest Chinese restaurant in Seattle but it's old school Cantonese/Chinese American food but it does that pretty well,

          Dahlia Lounge or another Tom Douglas place

          El Puerco Lloron, Seattle's first good Mexican place

          Maneki, one of Seattle first Japanese restaurants and still good.

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          1. re: knowspicker
            knowspicker Mar 11, 2008 01:24 PM


            Le Gourmand and Cafe Juanita

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