Best Value-to-Price Ratio in Seattle?
OK, for Chow-worthy food, what's your pick? It can be dirt cheap and good, or $$$$ and ethereal, or anyplace in between. It's the high quotient I'm after, please just explain why...
Long time favorite...Canton Wonton House.
Nice bowl of soup with noodles and sui kau, tastes the same through the years. 5 or 6 bucks. It was "artisanal" before the word was invented. The sui kau are similar to won ton except chock full of more goodness. Each one made by hand, every day, right there. The owner is a real fanatic for his ingredients and it shows.
Now Chow-worthy drink? Without a doubt, the $7 (including tax!) growler of delicious Manny's at the Georgetown Brewery. An entire growler for about the same price of a pint plus tip at a bar. Great beer at a great price. (The only other one that comes close is North Sound's Fresh Hop ale at the same price but Wednesday only and only when in season. Too bad it's an hour away.)
Update on the Canton Wonton House.
Returned last night for takeout of noodle soup with sui kau. (Kind of like a wonton with mushrooms and other yummy stuff)
The consistency and quality of the meal here throughout the years is amazing. If anything, the broth was far better than I remember.
Not only is it delish, a large order for $7 and change would be enough for 2.
For food, I'll go with Tamarind Tree. Such good food, and good service. Lots of really interesting things on the menu, never boring. Much of it is by the book, but there are seasonal specialties too. Only downside is that the fish can be overcooked sometimes.
For drink, I'll go with a $10 growler of Epic Ale's "Solar Trans-Amplifier." The Epic beers are hit or miss for me, but this one has been a big, big hit in both of two renditions.
A few come to mind, and none of them are in incredible deal, but they do keep me coming back.
JaK's grill: 95% as good as the fine steak houses, and 50% of the price. Entrees come with bread and butter, a good size starter salad, a large and delicious baked potato, and steamed veggies. The JaK's Filet, in particular, and also the JaK's sirloin (both are a full 16 oz) are a great value.
Honey Court Seafood Restaurant: my brother and I have been going here for late night eats for 15 years or more. Huge menu. Great prices. Excellent quality made-to-order Chinese food. We typically order salted fish and chicken fried rice, westlake beef soup, honey walnut prawns, cantonese style fried chicken, sauteed pea vine with mushrooms and garlic.
Paseo: really delicious and rich cuban-inspired sandwiches, really good prices.
Musashi's in Wallingford: big slabs of fish (about twice the size of other restaurants) and the same prices of their competitors. It's not the absolute highest quality sushi in town, but they do the basics well, and you'll get full for $15,
Costco food court: polish dog with mustard, onions, kraut, and a refillable soda for $1.50 plus tax. Enormous rotisserie chicken for $5. A large combination pizza too big to fit in a standard kitchen oven for $10. You said you were looking for ratio, right?
A basket of hushpuppies at Rainin' Ribs is all that. A trifecta, as you get the most calories per dollar, too. Try for a personal record in that event with Mike's Double Meat.
Three heaping golden corn masa Gorditos at El Camion. Mix among meats and you will need none of their excellent sauces (a sad reality).
A basket of fresh fries and a grilled sausage sandwich with grilled peppers/onions and good mustard at Uli's.
The slider of the day at Zaccagni's. It's like baseball, batting 1000 isn't happening, but there are enough home runs for a great game (meatball, brisketball...).
Plain, unadorned burger at Uneeda. I dare you to order one. By the time we get to the cash register, our careful plans are overcome in a hurricane of caramelized onions, stilton, and hatch chiles and our low-cost plan is shot.
Dot's, Golden Beetle, Revel, and Joule can step right up and deliver on a good day (I will never forget chef Gloria's $12 coq au vin).
Paseo replated is bounty itself, for a song.
For me it's gotta be Chef Cafe on 22nd & Jackson. I've never spent more than $25 there feeding my family of 4, including a couple of Ethiopian beers for mom & dad. The veggie combo in particular at something like $8 (it used to be $6!) is almost enough for two people on its own. And it's good, some of the better Ethiopian food in the city. I love the kitfo at Cafe Selam, and miss the injera at the (sadly departed) Pan Africa Market, but Chef Cafe was our standby.