The history of Japanese food in Seattle goes back for over a century; in the early 1900s, the International District’s Nihonmachi (Japantown) was a flourishing district with independent newspapers, banks, grocery stores, and, of course, restaurants. Maneki, Seattle’s oldest sushi bar, was established in 1904 and is still open to this day. With such a rich Japanese history, the city naturally abounds with restaurants serving excellent sushi and ramen, arguably Japan’s most-famous culinary exports. But Japanese businesses here have so much more to offer: soba noodles made from scratch, deeply flavored pork katsu curry, delicate confectionaries made of rice flour, and more. Here are some favorites.
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King County requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours for everyone ages 12+ at indoor establishments, restaurants, and bars. Studies indicate there is a lower exposure risk when eating outdoors, and the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Please visit King County’s COVID website for resources and current information.Read More