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Chinatown favorites?

Visiting from San Francisco. Any favorites in Chinatown? (or any other AUTHENTIC Chinese recommendations?)
Would like to avoid wandering around aimlessly to get some good Chinese food, haha.
Also, are there any other specialty Chinese cuisine restaurants? I.e. ones that aren't Cantonese (although, I'd LOVE recommendations for Cantonese restaurants) but things like Shanghai, Beijing, Taiwanese etc?
Thanks!

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  1. It's mostly Cantonese or Taiwanese masquerading as mainland Chinese around these parts. Bellevue has some good Sichuan places (Bamboo Garden and Spiced) and what's generally considered to be the best Taiwanese place around (Facing East),

    In Chinatown, Mike's is good for noodles and Ton Kiang is my vote for BBQ. Places other people may praise that I don't find really merit the trip when time and stomach space are limited: Green Village, Noodle King, Szechuan Noodle Bowl. On the other hand, I like Pacific Cafe more than other people seem to - they've got a lot of dishes that remind my co-workers from Hong Kong of home, for what that's worth. Since you're from San Francisco, you should not bother with dim sum here.

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    1. re: lavaca

      Sounds good! Is Pacific Cafe, like HK cha chaan tang style? Are there any of those?

      1. re: chaseshadows

        Yes, according to their website. http://www.pacifichkcafe.com/ I think it's the only restaurant of that style in the neighborhood, though.

        Incidentally, the Thai place a few doors down is also pretty interesting if you go on a Saturday and order from the Thai-language menu (ask for a translation).

        1. re: lavaca

          Can you provide further details on this Thai place? Sounds interesting.

          1. re: equinoise

            It's Thai Curry Simple. The regular menu doesn't have any real surprises beyond the fact that it's all $5, but the Saturday lunch specials include many dishes that don't seem too common in Seattle Thai places.

            1. re: lavaca

              Thai Curry Simple serves my favorite Thai food in Seattle by a wide, wide margin. Yes, do go on Saturday and ask what they have off the menu but even the regular menu is a delight - I could be happy going back weekly for nothing more than their green curry.

              It can get quite busy during the week at lunch but might be slowing down with Amazon's gradual migration from the area.

    2. My favorite in Chinatown is 663 Bistro. My wife and I like the food there much more that other places that we've tried. Buddha's delight chow fun or mein is one of our go to dishes. It's loaded with vegetables, tofu sheets and various fungus. The curry dishes are creamy coconut with a fairly mild spice level but they are quite good. The BBQ pork, roast pork and duck are very good there. The roast pork is especially good. So far we have liked about everything we have tried though we haven't tried a huge number of items.

      Szechuan 99 in Lynnwood is our other favorite. The restaurant is kind of dive but the house made tofu is worth drive to the suburbs. They have the usual stuff that people demand a Chinese restaurant serve but if you stick with the Szechuan and Chef Special items then you can eat really well. Any of the tofu dishes are good. The chicken with small peppers is really good.

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      Szechuan 99
      6124 200th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

      1. I really LOVE the Szechuan Noodle Bowl, just off Jackson on 8th. Also, for years I've been frequenting Harbor City, which is on King St (one block south of Jackson) between 7th and 8th (I think). All but twice we have been the only white Americans in the place. they are SO accomodating to my boyfriend's severe seafood allergies, and they are more than happy to let us try things out and give recommendations. Great for groups and singles alike! Small, family owned, and the younger man that seats us and takes our order always remembers us and gives us HUGE portions. you know it's gonna be good when there's only one roast duck left in the window at nightfall.

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        Harbor City Barbecue
        707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

        Szechuan Noodle Bowl
        420 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        1. In Chinatown, I frequent:
          - Henry's Taiwan
          - Harbor City (Cantonese - good dim sum)
          - Mike's Noodle House
          - Hong Kong Bistro
          - 663 Bistro

          Lynnwood:
          - Szechwan 99 - the bean curd with fish (or beef) is a must.

          Edmonds (a block away from Ranch 99):
          - Wonton Noodle House

          Eastside:
          - Bamboo Garden
          - Spiced
          - Spicy Talk (just tried this tonight - pretty good!)
          - Cafe Ori for Hong Kong style bistro food

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          Bamboo Garden
          202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

          Cafe Ori
          14339 NE 20th St Ste I, Bellevue, WA 98007

          Hong Kong Restaurant
          302 N Olympic Ave, Arlington, WA 98223

          Mike's Noodle House
          418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

          1. If you're visiting from San Francisco, I suspect you get MUCH better Chinese food than we do. Seattle surprisingly does not have top flight Chinese--we have to go to British Columbia for that. I'd suggest that you try Vietnamese: Green Leaf is a good bet in the ID. At the end of Jackson where it meets Rainier Ave. S., Pho Bac is good for pho. For Chinese, we like Sea Garden and Shanghai Garden (mu shu anything there and the hand shaven noodles are good).

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            Shanghai Garden Restaurant
            80 Front St N, Issaquah, WA 98027

            Sea Garden
            509 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

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            1. re: PAO

              +1 on Sea Garden. The black bean crab is very good.

              Also agree that Seattle's Chinatown isn't as good as you might expect.

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              Sea Garden
              509 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

              1. re: eight_inch_pestle

                Nonetheless, it's much better than Portland...

            2. Mike's Noodle House for the best wontons and wonton noodle soup.
              Pacific Cafe for a HK Style Cafe, which is much to rare in Seattle.
              New Star makes a good HK Style Chow Mein that even appeases my Chinese grandma
              663 Bistro is good all around food and chinese bbq. my family and family friends like to have their family dinners there.
              For Taiwanese in Chinatown, Henry's Bento is a small hole in the wall with good food at a great price.

              But chaseshadows, I will level with you, like SF Chinatown, Seattle Chinatown's restaurants are lackluster compared to the ones you find in San Francisco. Like in the Bay Area you have to go outside to find the best Chinese food (i.e. The Richmond, Sunset and the Peninsula), our Eastside has some real winners in Facing East for Taiwanese, and Top Gun for dim sum (it's no Koi Palace) or even Yea's Wok.

              If you go a little bit north, you have Chiang's Gourmet and Szechuan 99 (not sure if it's destination-worthy) for northern chinese food.

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              Szechuan 99
              6124 200th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

              Mike's Noodle House
              418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

              New Star
              8600 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118