The Seattle area’s South Asian food scene is quickly starting to represent a wide variety of regions and countries, with some restaurants offering innovative American and Pacific Northwest takes on Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan cuisine. Good South Indian dosas have been available in the area for some years, but newcomers are increasing options with three-foot-long crepes studded with chopped onions in Bothell and and affordable, fast-food-style, potato-stuffed dosas in Bellevue. Meanwhile, Rupee Bar in Ballard has been serving Sri Lankan drinking snacks like prawns with chili paste and bottarga (a type of fish roe) since 2020. And Karachi Cowboys in Capitol Hill (opened in 2021) serves inventive dishes that combine elements of Pakistani and Texan cuisine with dishes like aloo sliders made with Hawaiian rolls and tamarind barbecue sauce. Here are some favorite South Asian and Indian restaurants from around the Seattle area. As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically.
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