Your favorite chowish discoveries of 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The grilled chicken from Little Uncle yesterday was one of the best things I've eaten all year. Definitely a boon to downtown lunching!