Best in Shoreline / Northgate
I find myself making the trip north to the Shoreline area once a week, and since I never miss a chance to try some place new when I leave the cozy confines of my Seattle neighborhood, I'd love recommendations for great places to check out.
I am already well acquainted with the charms of the Korean restaurant area along 99 in Lynnwood, but what else is tucked away in this mysterious neighborhood? 99 looks like it's bursting with interesting ethnic food options and there's lots of places around Northgate Mall, but I have no idea what are the best choices.
Who can help me to better appreciate my neighbors to the north?
A little south of Northgate are Divine (Roosevelt Way and NE 80th St.) for Greek-inflected dinners and weekend brunch, and Chaing’s Gourmet (NE 80th St. and Lake City Way) for Taiwanese/Shanghainese dishes, El Camion, a taco truck located off the entrance/exit to and from Home Depot on Aurora between 125th and 115th , has pretty good tamales and tacos.
There is a little hole in the wall Vietnamese place called PHO 99, on the east side of Aurora around 198th, just before the light at 200th as you head north. It doesn't look like much but they have an excellent menu not limited only to their soup (which is very good), and it's inexpensive as well. Some reviews http://tinyurl.com/ybeuson
There is a Taco place on Aurora N around 142nd, it's on the west side of 99, a large converted schoolbus in a parking lot, about a block south of El Sabor. I have had many excellent meals there, try the lengua tacos. There menu is not as large as El Sabor, but think the food there is better than El Sabor and I prefer the ambiance as well... give it a try. The lengua tacos are excellent.
Not on Aurora but well worth a visit is Fu Man Dumpling House at 14314 Greenwood Avenue N, right across the street from Saltoro. A very small place that specializes in freshly-made Chinese style dumplings and pot stickers. The best in the city, IMO -- I haven't been to any dim sum place that has better dumplings than this guy's, (I used to be married to a Chinese woman who made killer home-made dumplings from scratch and these are right up there). They have other good stuff on the menu too but the dumplings rule.
Can't believe no one has listed these yet! I would highly recommend Saltoro, on 143rd and Greenwood. It is delicious, unpretentious Italian. Their sister-resturaunt, Bicks, is at 107th and Greenwood, and does more homestyle-foods with a cajun flare (Eat the Heat is their motto). Both have great full bars, several yummy apps (share the GIANT order of truffle fries at Saltoro), and a short list of solid regular plates, as well as daily chalkboard specials at Bicks. They are both only open for dinner, and I would rate them as $$ out of $$$$. They have never disappointed me!
I'm not sure which Korean place you are referring to... there must be 50 Korean restaurants on 99 between Seattle and Everett.
I like the tofu soup and panchan at Cho Dang in Lynnwood. And Chicky Pub fried chicken is excellent.
For a sit-down Korean meal, bbq etc, I've been going to Kaya in Shoreline. It's good, but not truly great. I go because it's convenient, comfortable, and the staff is very nice.
I must disagree about Caspers. We tried the new location in Shoreline. The ribs are pre-cooked and then sauced. Not happy with the food. For ribs and brisket I go to Gabriel's Fire in Ballard. Worth the trip.
I very much like El Sabor Mexican in Shoreline. I love the chicken soup, taquitos rancheros, tacos. Don't bother with the guacamole.
It's not ethnic, but I LOVE Redline Burgers in Lynnwood. (Not the same as Red Mill burgers.) They make a great quality burger. I get bacon burger with roasted peppers. Fresh-made fries. Good onion rings. Very friendly place.
Also, for a nice comfortable sit-down meal, I like Scott's Bar and Grill. Big place, large menu, all good quality. Their desserts are really good.
If you like Greek food, try Time Out Burgers in Mountlake Terrace (close to Shoreline). Very nice Greek food. If you get a Greek salad, ask for the imported feta cheese.
There's a Greek place in Edmonds called Kafe Neo. I don't like the food, but the place is very nice and I've heard some wonderful Greek singers there. I would go to hang out and drink, but not for a meal.
I think it's worth travelling a little farther up 99 to Lynnwood to visit Szechuan 99. The house made tofu is great and I haven't found it anyplace else. It's best to stick to the Szechuan dishes or Chef's specialties.
The Seafood delight is a really good non-spicy option.
I also like Casper's for ribs and fried okra.