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Your favorite chowish discoveries of 2013.

Booklegger451 Dec 18, 2013 04:04 PM

With the year about to wind down, I've been thinking about those restaurants and products I discovered this year which brought something new and good into my life. I'll list my top 3 below... I'd love to hear yours!

For me, this year, it's:

Il Corvo - Special thanks to the hound who first name-checked them here on the board... in walking distance of my office, they've become my lunch of choice, and one of the consistently best meals in Seattle.

Falafel Salam - Another office favorite, having them in our loading bay once a month has given me access to the best falafel I've had in town, and to great shawarma and shawarna seasoned chicken wings,

Rachel's Ginger Beer - I first tried their Apple/kale flavored ginger ale at the University farmers market early this summer, and I've been hooked on a gallon a month habit ever since. By far, the best soft drink I have ever had.

  1. kaleokahu Dec 18, 2013 09:35 PM

    Hi, Booklegger:

    Three stand out for me in 2013:

    (1) Il Corvo;
    (2) Better Meats; and
    (3) Cafe Munir


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    1. re: kaleokahu
      equinoise Jan 17, 2014 09:29 PM

      Was Il Corvo in the class of '13? If so I concur in its notability.
      Also would mention Aragona.

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      AndrewS Dec 19, 2013 12:08 AM

      Uway Malatang

      Absolute score for Szechuan/hotpot in Seattle proper. I've only been once, but the hot pot was excellent, as were the hand-shaved noodles. I plan on returning for the hand-pulled. I find this to be a very exciting addition to regional Chinese food in Seattle proper.

      1. terrier Dec 19, 2013 10:55 AM

        The only one worth mentioning for me in Seattle was Kedai Makan, the quasi-Malay takeout window on Olive Way. I can't say enough about their nasi goreng in particular - I am not exaggerating when I say my family ate it at least 30 times this year.

        1. Scrofula Dec 19, 2013 11:29 AM

          Hama Hama Seafood, available at the farmer's market.

          The smoked fried chicken sandwich at Pinky's Kitchen.

          Tcho's chocolate. OK, it's not made in Seattle, but it's still one of my favorite chow discoveries of the year.

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            Brunhilde Dec 19, 2013 01:19 PM

            The grilled chicken from Little Uncle yesterday was one of the best things I've eaten all year. Definitely a boon to downtown lunching!

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              sweetpotater Dec 20, 2013 11:42 AM

              The kalbi shortribs from Met Market in QA. You have to call ahead for them. Everyone in my family is nuts for them; throw them on the grill or under the broiler, rice in the rice cooker, steam some broccoli or quick-pickle cucumbers and you have the easiest weeknight-with-company crowd-pleasing meal.

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                bourbongal Dec 21, 2013 10:46 AM

                The bourbon carmel semifreddo that I had for dessert at Altura on my birthday. Took the sting out of another middle age milestone:


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                  equinoise Dec 23, 2013 11:50 AM

                  IIRC, the only off-the-gringo-radar place I "discovered" this year was El Habanero, the Mexican seafood place in Burien that remains promising and worthy of return. Nosh was a revelation for a food truck. Little Uncle in pioneer square really stepped up the Thai game in town. Probably the best new restaurant meal of the year was Rock Creek.

                  1. val ann c Dec 23, 2013 02:08 PM

                    All these items are sold at the University District farmers market, and other places:

                    Mair-taki farm. Cucumber kimchi fresh pickles. So very good. No longer in season. I will be craving them until the summer.

                    "Keep it Real" grain-free granola. I gave these for holiday gifts and everyone loves it.

                    Rockridge Ochards rocksalmic vinegar. Apple vinegar aged in french oak barrels. This season's batch is even better than last year's. They also have a "pear-salmic" vinegar.

                    +1 for Rachel's ginger beer.
                    Another poster mentioned Pinky's Kitchen. Their freshly-made potato chips are really good.

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                      shaolinLFE Dec 23, 2013 04:06 PM

                      Billy's Tomatoes from Walrus and the Carpenter.

                      Heirloom tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and vanilla oil. outstanding.

                      former Shiro's sushi chef, Daisuke's tamagoyaki. sure he failed at making it over 200 times for Jiro. but my God, he did it right in Seattle. The taste and texture was like pure poundcake. Best way to finish an outstanding omakase sushi meal.

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                      1. re: shaolinLFE
                        alarash Jan 17, 2014 10:54 PM


                        Where is Daisuke now? Is he no longer at Shiro's?

                        Elsewhere in town then?

                        darn, it seems he's been sniped away to NYC.

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