When you try to define what makes Seattle a special city for food, what you end up with is a history lesson. From the northern European influence on the city’s early history you get the Dutch baby, invented at the defunct Manca’s Cafe in the early 20th century. The Japanese population that has been here since the 19th century has made Seattle a sushi destination; in the 1970s, a Japanese immigrant introduced American-style teriyaki and Korean immigrants helped spread it across the city.
Vietnamese immigrants who came here in the later half of the 20th century, many of them as refugees, are responsible for two iconic Seattle lunches in banh mi and pho. A collection of coffee entrepreneurs, including Vivace’s David Schomer, brought espresso drinks from Italy to Seattle. The Seattle dog... exists.
These are the dishes that have made Seattle famous, the bedrock foundations of the local cuisine. We’ll update this map, so if you have issues or questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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