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Sep 10, 2008 08:30 AM

Noodles (SEA)

opinions, please, on the best bowl of noodles (pho, ramen, udon, whatever) in a circle from pioneer square to broadway to outer belltown. please, no id or seattle center.

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  1. I've heard people rave about Noodle Ranch in Belltown, but methinks they're overrated on a whole another level than Wild Ginger.

    Pho Cyclo on Broadway is a little north of that circle.

    Golden Singha is almost to Seattle Center, but I thought they had pretty decent noodles.

    1. Depends on what I'm longing for. I like Mikes in the ID---they have tasty noodle soup and I really like the ginger/green onion dry noodles. ITs good for a Cantonese fix and easy on the budget. Sometimes, I'm in a different noodle mood that takes me to sichuan noodle bowl [about a block north of mikes on the next street up.]. It may be controversial but sometimes, the dan dan at sichuan is just the sweet-salt peanut fix I'm looking for. They also have very tasty beef noodle soup there. The newish HongKong cafe [not sure on name but its across from the park, catty corner from mike's] has good noodle soup too. They make noodle soup with noodles and more of a jiaozi dumpling.

      I'm still looking for a favorite pho place. So far, the places we've tried don't seem to give you as much herbs to add to the soup and that bugs me. any thoughts?

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      1. re: jenn

        "please, no ID or Seattle Center" - any case, pho is not a problem with than brothers all over town (yum!!) but i have given up my car and was hoping for something rather closer to midtown. keep 'em coming, chowfriends!

        1. re: howard 1st

          Getting good noodles has long been a challenge for me downtown. I'd love it if you'd post your finds here as you explore your new neighborhood. I have had good vermacelli bowls at Cafe Hue on 2nd Ave S in Pioneer Square, and good udon at Nijo on Post Alley, and Koji on Harbor Steps.

          1. re: howard 1st

            Has anyone noticed that Than Brother's quality has gone down dramatically recently? I suppose it's to be expected. Inflation has gone through the roof and their prices stay about the same.

            1. re: HungWeiLo

              I eat in the U-district store almost every week, and at times it is very good, and others it is just good. That said, there has 'not' been a noticeable lessening of quality, just good days and not as good days, as with most restaurants. Nothing to worry about, from my perspective.

              1. re: HungWeiLo

                I've noticed that their broth isn't as flavorful as many other places. Still, their cream puffs mostly make up for it.
                Unfortunately, all my favorite pho places are well outside of the specified area.

            2. re: jenn

              Sometimes, staff moderates the herb volume in reaction to so many patrons leaving huge piles to get trashed and they might actually appreciate your intention if you spoke up at the time you order, so give it a try. Can't hurt...

            3. I like the pho at Pho Cyclo a lot.

              Is Lemon Grass in your circle? There's one on 12th on the edge of Capitol Hill/Central district (also one on the out-of-bounds ID). I had a great, super affordable, noodle soup there recently with flakes of crab and big hunks of roasted on-the-bone pork. so good! The broth was super flavorful and you get a very large bowl for about $7.

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              1. re: burritobelle

                The bun thit nuong at Pho Cyclo (at least the sodo location) is delicious. My favorite in the city.

              2. continiung thanks for your continuing assistance - please keep it up! for my 'pho' friends, i am addicted to than brothers and have not noticed other than a minimal variation from either day to day or store to store. responding to good notices here, i did make myself try pho cyclo on broadway and was served a second-rate meal (thin broth, limp vegies) by a server who was barely able to tolerate me being there. now, if only i can find good ramen near benaroya hall....

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                1. re: howard 1st

                  You keep excluding the ID, but if you're near Benaroya it's only 2 stops down the bus tunnel...

                  Noodle options in the office core are subpar where they exist.

                  1. re: howard 1st

                    have you tried the tonkotsu (pork broth) ramen lunch special at Koji Osakaya (University below 1st, halfway down Harbor steps)? if you:re looking for something near Benaroya, that is. havent tried their other ramen offerings. also like the pad ba mee (thin egg noodles) at Thai Go in Westlake mall.

                  2. Have you tried O'Asian? I have only tried their dim sum (not any of the noodle dishes) and it was pretty good - for Seattle dim sum. Better than several places I have tried in the ID.