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Oct 30, 2011 07:07 AM

Decent food in Tukwila?

We need to spend most of the day in Tukwila and all I can picture is chain restaurants. Anyone know of a decent place for lunch and a drink? Thank you.

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  1. Yes! If you like thai food, the BEST thai resto in Seattle area is right next to Southcenter;
    BaiThong! 16876 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila - (206) 575-3366

    Originally started by ex-staff of Thai airways to give the flight crews food from home on their layovers, they have attracted people from all over the area looking for authentic flavors, and some less- usual dishes on their menu (in addition to the more western favorites).
    Nice atmosphere, good service; not a hole in the wall, but a nice destination thai place - with a full bar. Yum!

    1. If your budget isn't too limited, take a look at Copperleaf at Cedarbrook Lodge It's gotten rave reviews since it opened to the public (Cedarbrook used to be the corporate training and conference center for Washington Mutual Bank before they imploded).

      There are a few decent places in and around Southcenter mall. Bai Tong is one (although I've never been as mad for it as a lot of people). Others I'd suggest are Racha Thai and Duke's Chowder House both of which are in the mall. Grazie Ristorante is also quite good.

      If you don't mind traveling to a nearby suburb, there are a lot more good choices in Burien, a 10-15 minute drive from the airport. I highly recommend La Costa Mexican Restaurant and King Wha The Tin Room Bar & Grill and Elliott Bay Brewhouse are also good.

      King Wha Restaurant
      605 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

      La Costa Mexican Restaurant
      206 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

      Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
      255 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

      Bai Tong Restaurant
      16876 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

      Dukes Southcenter Chowder House
      757 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, WA 98188

      16943 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

      Copperleaf Restaurant
      18525 36th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98188

      Tin Room Bar & Grill
      923 SW 152nd St, Burien, WA 98166

      1. Thanks to the both of you. I posted this pretty late and checked the thread when we arrived in town. We ended up at Bai Tong (just as they opened) and had a fantastic lunch. I highly recommend the crispy garlic chicken! What a pleasure to drive past the Claim Jumper, Applebee's, etc. to discover some truly delicious food.

        Claim Jumper Restaurants
        18725 33rd Ave W, Lynnwood, WA 98037

        Bai Tong Restaurant
        16876 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

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        1. re: linzandchris

          Glad you enjoyed! I frequently meet clients in Southcenter area (easy mtg. place when they come up from Tacoma, and I go down from SEA...), and I cringe frequently when they want to meet at Olive Garden, Claim Jumper, etc.! I am always suggesting something else like Bai Tong, or Cedarbrook Lodge:)!

          Bai Tong Restaurant
          16876 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

          Claim Jumper Restaurant
          5901 S 180th St, Tukwila, WA 98188

          Olive Garden
          4221 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

        2. I also recommend the Southcenter sushi restaurant Miyabi. Not the broadest selection of fish but well prepared, and they tend to celebrate special events (such as the Japanese summer harvest festival) where you can play games of skill, win beer and specialty foods are served.

          Miyabi Restaurant
          16820 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188