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In search of the best Udon (in Seattle)

countpig98 Sep 9, 2008 02:40 PM

I haven't been to Japan and I'm told that the different parts of the country will all claim their Udon to be the best. For sure Seattle's variety won't compare, but what's out there that is worth trying out?

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    akq RE: countpig98 Sep 9, 2008 02:55 PM

    For me, udon is comfort food. When I am under the weather and don't want to stray far from home (Ballard), I like the nabeyaki udon at Bento Sushi. It's not fancy by any means, but they pack it full of goodies (veggies, chicken, egg, tempura shrimp), the broth is nice and the noodles are chewy.

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      PAO RE: countpig98 Sep 9, 2008 03:12 PM

      For this Japanese American, udon is indeed the ultimate comfort food. My favorite is at Tsukushinbo. The tempura udon is excellent. They serve the tempura (very light and crisp without being greasy) on the side so it doesn't get soggy. I first went to Tsukushinbo because a sushi chef from Japan recommended it as having the best dashi. The restaurant is a little family owned/operated place. Has good sushi, good soba, as well as other items, all for reasonable prices. Have not had better udon in Seattle unless I make it myself . . . .

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        lemiller610 RE: PAO Sep 10, 2008 07:58 PM

        Where is this said Tsukushinbo?

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          PAO RE: lemiller610 Sep 10, 2008 11:05 PM

          515 S. Main. A block west of the Panama Hotel. Sometimes service can be slow if it's busy--there's only one wait person.

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        Seachek RE: countpig98 Dec 13, 2011 12:14 AM

        FYI, just opening next week in the University District is U:Don (http://freshudon.com/), a new restaurant dedicated to Sanuki-style udon noodles...

        U:Don Fresh Japanese Noodle Station
        4515 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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          PAO RE: Seachek Dec 13, 2011 10:09 AM

          Thanks for the tip. Looking at their menu is making me hungry!

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            mrnelso RE: Seachek Feb 20, 2012 04:20 PM

            U:Don made a good impression on us in our first visit.
            Clean, friendly, counter service sit down place
            Udon was nicely chewy (reminded us a little of Jack's, nicely/wistfully.
            Curry Udon was richly flavorful. Niku less so, but hard to go too far wrong with scallion, ginge, and basil. The Tempura bar is fresh and un-greasy, with good choices. Ours were satsuma-imo, kobacha, and odd, but unobjectional chicken patty.
            Clean, fast, light, tasty, cheap - we like it

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              sweetpotater RE: mrnelso Feb 21, 2012 10:23 AM

              I liked the noodles and broth at U:Don a lot, but the tempura was all warm or worse under heat lamps. Next time I'll wait and pounce on whatever comes out fresh.

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