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Phnom Penh Noodle House’s soup, with prawns, sliced pork, fish cakes, and calamari, topped with cilantro.
Phnom Penh Noodle House had a revival in 2020.
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Where to Order Comforting Meals in Seattle’s International District

The best restaurants around a vibrant culinary neighborhood

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Phnom Penh Noodle House had a revival in 2020.
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Seattle's Chinatown-International District is one of the city's finest cultural and food destinations. Even though the neighborhood has struggled for many months during the COVID-19 pandemic, its restaurants have remained resilient. In an area comprising Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon, it can be daunting to determine the best places for dishes like noodles and dumplings, but here are just a few recommendations for takeout during this time when dining rooms are still indefinitely closed.

Note: All of the places listed offer takeout or delivery options, but a handful also have limited outdoor seating. This should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on local coronavirus cases, please visit the official King County’s COVID page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hood Famous Cafe and Bar

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504 5th Ave S #107a
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 485-7049
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At this International District shop, chef and co-owner Chera Amlag has drawn high praise for her delectable Filipino treats, which currently include bake-at-home offerings, such as buko pies. There are also pandan lattes and durian white chocolate mochas, best paired with the cafe’s famed bright purple ube cheesecake.

Pandan and ube lattes at Hood Famous Cafe and Bar.
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar serves an all day menu of coffee and snacks.
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2. Thai Curry Simple

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5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 485-7511
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This lunchtime favorite in the International District (from the owners of Wann Yen) had to close down in early 2020 due to a fire at the restaurant. But it’s finally up and running again, serving its popular noodles and curry dishes, along with juices and teas to wash it all down, for takeout.

3. Dough Zone Dumpling House

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504 5th Ave S #109
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 285-9999
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The local mini chain is known for its soup dumplings, tangy pickled string beans, and crispy and juicy jian buns. It’s now offering packages of frozen dumpings sold in bulk, with delivery available via DoorDash and Caviar.

This picture shows a bamboo container with six steamed dumplings at Dough Zone.
Dough Zone’s steamed dumplings
Morgen Schuler

4. Chengdu Taste

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504 5th Ave S #106
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 333-0457
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The celebrated Sichuan chain from Southern California opened its first Seattle location in 2020, featuring popular items such as toothpick lamb with cumin, mung bean jelly noodles drenched in chilis, and a cold spring onion chicken in pepper sauce. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats and Chowbus.

A closeup view of Chengdu Taste’s mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce.
Mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce
Amaelinda B Lee

5. Tsukushinbo

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515 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 467-4004

This unmarked, low-key family-owned restaurant is known for its excellent takes on various Japanese comfort food, including ramen, katsu curry, and tempura dishes. Delivery is available via GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar.

A bowl of shoyu ramen from Tsukushinbo
Shoyu ramen
Jay Friedman

6. Milkie Milkie Desserts Cafe

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519 6th Ave S #110
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 785-6564
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The bingsoo (shave ice) here in the International District and at the Edmonds location is lusciously snowy and comes in a variety of flavors including taro, green tea, and black sesame. Diners can also get them topped with fresh mango or strawberries. Moreover, there’s a selection of toast made with injeolmi (homemade soft rice cake) and delivery via Chowbus.

7. A + Hong Kong Kitchen

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419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-1267

This bustling restaurant has an expansive menu featuring the milder notes of Cantonese cuisine compared to the spiciness of Sichuan fare. Recommended dishes include spare ribs and Chinese sausage rice stone pot, deep-fried chicken wings, and stir-fried rice rolls with XO sauce. Delivery available via Uber Eats and GrubHub.

A closeup of Chinese sausage rice stone pot at A + Hong Kong Kitchen.
Chinese sausage rice stone pot
Jay Friedman

8. Fuji Bakery

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2834, 526 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-4050
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This bakery combines ingredients and techniques from Japan and France to create wonders like the yuzu bacon epi. From savory breads and pastries, such as kare-pan (curry bun) and brioche saumon (salmon brioche), to sweets, like anpan, green tea Danish, year-round panettone, and best-selling crunchy cream doughnut, there’s no wrong occasion to stop in for a bite.

A collection of flaky baked goods on cooling racks at Fuji Bakery
Fuji Bakery offers some of the best sweets in the International District.
Adam H. Callaghan

9. Maneki

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304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-2631
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Seattle’s oldest sushi bar has been open since 1904, but remains as resilient as ever. In a sign of the times, the restaurant is offering online takeout orders for the first time on its large menu of sushi rolls, udon, and sukiyaki dishes. And though it’s a shame that the intimate dine-in experience is temporarily not an option, Maneki in any form is a treat.

A top-down view of a seafood dish from Maneki with bright green and pink colors.
Maneki is Seattle’s oldest sushi restaurant.
Maneki [Official Photo]

10. Dim Sum King

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617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 359-1628
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After a frightening car crash in October 2020, the 11-year-old neighborhood dim sum favorite reopened in November after repairs. From pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan-seared potstickers, the dishes rarely disappoint, and the restaurant has its own online ordering system.

A selection of tarts, pastries, and some steamed dumplings from Dim Sum King
Dim Sum King has an all-day menu.
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11. Mike's Noodle House

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418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 389-7099
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For a quick and inexpensive meal, it’s hard to beat bowls of wontons, dumplings, and toothpick-thin egg noodles at this neighborhood favorite. On a normal weekend, this place can draw lines for takeout, when diners start their day with a warm bowl of congee, with a variety of great toppings. Delivery available via DoorDash, GrubHub, and Chowbus.

Soup with a light broth, wontons, and meat from Mike’s Noodle House
Mike’s Noodle House is known for its great soups.
Jay Friedman

12. Tai Tung

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655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-7372
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One of the most iconic restaurants in Seattle, this business has been in the neighborhood for 85 years, and continues to remain as solid as ever. Here’s a reminder that the late Bruce Lee loved the restaurant’s beef with oyster sauce, which will only set one back about $9. The full menu is available for takeout.

13. Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House

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668 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-3388

It’s easy to overlook this sliver of a storefront in the International District, but the compelling sight of hanging meats is hard to resist, and the amazing flavors ensures return visits. Ton Kiang’s roasted duck has crackly skin, while poached free-range chicken comes with a superb ginger-scallion sauce. Delivery available via Postmates.

A closeup of roasted duck from Ton Kiang.
Roasted duck is among Ton Kiang’s specialties.
Jay Friedman

14. Jade Garden Restaurant

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424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-8181
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This family-run dim sum staple had an especially rough 2020, dealing not just with the impacts of COVID-19, but also recovering from multiple incidents of vandalism to its storefront. It has remained resilient, though, and continues to offer a wide variety of its popular plates for takeout, including pork and shrimp shumai and spare ribs.

15. Gourmet Noodle Bowl

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707 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 264-8899
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Though this International District restaurant is known for terrific hot pot, it’s not always the most portable takeout dish. Luckily, the variety of noodle bowls, the laksa curry noodle soup, and the pork belly bun with its sprinkling of peanuts are all equally fantastic and may travel a bit better. Available for online preorder on its official website.

Laksa curry noodle soup at Gourmet Noodle Bowl
Laksa curry noodle soup
Jay Friedman

16. Phnom Penh Noodle House

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913 S Jackson St suite A
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 785-6936
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After a couple of starts and stops, this revered Cambodian restaurant that closed for two years got its long-planned revival in a slick new space. The menu is pared down, but longtime staples, including the honey-black pepper chicken wings, mee katang (wide rice noodles in gravy), and beef lok lac (wok-tossed marinated steak cubes), are still lovely and amazing.

Phnom Penh Noodle House’s soup, with prawns, sliced pork, fish cakes, and calamari, topped with cilantro.
Phnom Penh Noodle House reopened in 2020 after a two-year hiatus.
Kong Lu

17. Seven Stars Pepper

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1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-6446
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Hand-shaved noodles, mini-hot pots, and a bone-in version of Chongqing chicken are noteworthy here. And this restaurant serves perhaps the best version of Dungeness crab in Seattle with a variety of preparations, including ginger and salt-and-pepper. Available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats.

A variety of plates, including a beef dish and a side of green beans, from Seven Stars Pepper.
Seven Stars Pepper is among the city’s best Sichuan restaurants.
Jay Friedman

18. Saigon Vietnam Deli

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1200 S Jackson St #7
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 328-2357
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The barbecue pork sandwich here is pretty solid, but perhaps the top reason to come is the lunch box of two entrees and a ton of rice for just a few bucks more. Beef stew, stuffed bitter melon, and coconut chicken are among the top picks. As with the other nearby delis, diners can also buy fresh spring rolls, banh cuon (rice crepes), and other Vietnamese bites.

A pork dish with noodles and greens from Saigon Vietnam Deli.
Saigon Deli has a number of grab-and-go dishes.
Saigon Vietnam Deli [Official Photo]

19. Pho So 1

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1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 860-2824
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In a city full of pho, Pho So 1 puts the word right in its name and succeeds in making the beef noodle soup shine. Among the selections to sample, #20 offers the widest variety of meat (rare beef, well-done flank, fatty flank, tendon, and tripe), with the option of adding meatballs for an extra dollar. The bun bo hue is also worth a try. Open for takeout only.

A bowl of pho with greens on the side at Pho So 1
Pho So 1 is among the city’s top pho shops.
Jay Friedman

20. Hue Ky Mi Gia

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1207 S Jackson St Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-1268
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Everyone who comes here orders the fried butter chicken wings; crusted with garlic, green onion, chili, and salt, they’re great as is, or dipped in the tangy, sweet chile sauce that’s served on the side. The wings are the perfect appetizer ahead of one of the many noodle dishes on the menu, including egg or rice noodle soups. Delivery is available via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

A top-down view of fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia
Fried butter chicken wings
Jenise Silva

21. Pho Bac Súp Shop

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1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-0882

The famed Pho Bac Boat’s hipper, younger sibling is still serving the same quality pho the family-owned business has been famous for. Tenderized slow-cooked beef chunks fall right off the bone for a spiritual Seattle pho experience. The restaurant also added an excellent bun bo hue to the menu, plus its first-ever delivery option, using a tricked out old parking enforcement vehicle.

22. Thanh Son Tofu

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1248 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 320-1316

This is the destination for some of the best tofu in town, including large blocks of firm tofu, containers of plain or sweet soy milk, and tofu pudding with ginger syrup. The banh mi options are pretty stellar as well. Delivery available via GrubHub.

1. Hood Famous Cafe and Bar

504 5th Ave S #107a, Seattle, WA 98104
Pandan and ube lattes at Hood Famous Cafe and Bar.
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar serves an all day menu of coffee and snacks.
Hood Famous Bakeshop/Instagram

At this International District shop, chef and co-owner Chera Amlag has drawn high praise for her delectable Filipino treats, which currently include bake-at-home offerings, such as buko pies. There are also pandan lattes and durian white chocolate mochas, best paired with the cafe’s famed bright purple ube cheesecake.

504 5th Ave S #107a
Seattle, WA 98104

2. Thai Curry Simple

5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This lunchtime favorite in the International District (from the owners of Wann Yen) had to close down in early 2020 due to a fire at the restaurant. But it’s finally up and running again, serving its popular noodles and curry dishes, along with juices and teas to wash it all down, for takeout.

5th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

3. Dough Zone Dumpling House

504 5th Ave S #109, Seattle, WA 98104
This picture shows a bamboo container with six steamed dumplings at Dough Zone.
Dough Zone’s steamed dumplings
Morgen Schuler

The local mini chain is known for its soup dumplings, tangy pickled string beans, and crispy and juicy jian buns. It’s now offering packages of frozen dumpings sold in bulk, with delivery available via DoorDash and Caviar.

504 5th Ave S #109
Seattle, WA 98104

4. Chengdu Taste

504 5th Ave S #106, Seattle, WA 98104
A closeup view of Chengdu Taste’s mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce.
Mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce
Amaelinda B Lee

The celebrated Sichuan chain from Southern California opened its first Seattle location in 2020, featuring popular items such as toothpick lamb with cumin, mung bean jelly noodles drenched in chilis, and a cold spring onion chicken in pepper sauce. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats and Chowbus.

504 5th Ave S #106
Seattle, WA 98104

5. Tsukushinbo

515 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98104
A bowl of shoyu ramen from Tsukushinbo
Shoyu ramen
Jay Friedman

This unmarked, low-key family-owned restaurant is known for its excellent takes on various Japanese comfort food, including ramen, katsu curry, and tempura dishes. Delivery is available via GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar.

515 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98104

6. Milkie Milkie Desserts Cafe

519 6th Ave S #110, Seattle, WA 98104

The bingsoo (shave ice) here in the International District and at the Edmonds location is lusciously snowy and comes in a variety of flavors including taro, green tea, and black sesame. Diners can also get them topped with fresh mango or strawberries. Moreover, there’s a selection of toast made with injeolmi (homemade soft rice cake) and delivery via Chowbus.

519 6th Ave S #110
Seattle, WA 98104

7. A + Hong Kong Kitchen

419 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A closeup of Chinese sausage rice stone pot at A + Hong Kong Kitchen.
Chinese sausage rice stone pot
Jay Friedman

This bustling restaurant has an expansive menu featuring the milder notes of Cantonese cuisine compared to the spiciness of Sichuan fare. Recommended dishes include spare ribs and Chinese sausage rice stone pot, deep-fried chicken wings, and stir-fried rice rolls with XO sauce. Delivery available via Uber Eats and GrubHub.

419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Fuji Bakery

2834, 526 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
A collection of flaky baked goods on cooling racks at Fuji Bakery
Fuji Bakery offers some of the best sweets in the International District.
Adam H. Callaghan

This bakery combines ingredients and techniques from Japan and France to create wonders like the yuzu bacon epi. From savory breads and pastries, such as kare-pan (curry bun) and brioche saumon (salmon brioche), to sweets, like anpan, green tea Danish, year-round panettone, and best-selling crunchy cream doughnut, there’s no wrong occasion to stop in for a bite.

2834, 526 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Maneki

304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A top-down view of a seafood dish from Maneki with bright green and pink colors.
Maneki is Seattle’s oldest sushi restaurant.
Maneki [Official Photo]

Seattle’s oldest sushi bar has been open since 1904, but remains as resilient as ever. In a sign of the times, the restaurant is offering online takeout orders for the first time on its large menu of sushi rolls, udon, and sukiyaki dishes. And though it’s a shame that the intimate dine-in experience is temporarily not an option, Maneki in any form is a treat.

304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Dim Sum King

617 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
A selection of tarts, pastries, and some steamed dumplings from Dim Sum King
Dim Sum King has an all-day menu.
Dim Sum King/Facebook

After a frightening car crash in October 2020, the 11-year-old neighborhood dim sum favorite reopened in November after repairs. From pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan-seared potstickers, the dishes rarely disappoint, and the restaurant has its own online ordering system.

617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Mike's Noodle House

418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Soup with a light broth, wontons, and meat from Mike’s Noodle House
Mike’s Noodle House is known for its great soups.
Jay Friedman

For a quick and inexpensive meal, it’s hard to beat bowls of wontons, dumplings, and toothpick-thin egg noodles at this neighborhood favorite. On a normal weekend, this place can draw lines for takeout, when diners start their day with a warm bowl of congee, with a variety of great toppings. Delivery available via DoorDash, GrubHub, and Chowbus.

418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Tai Tung

655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

One of the most iconic restaurants in Seattle, this business has been in the neighborhood for 85 years, and continues to remain as solid as ever. Here’s a reminder that the late Bruce Lee loved the restaurant’s beef with oyster sauce, which will only set one back about $9. The full menu is available for takeout.

655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

13. Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House

668 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
A closeup of roasted duck from Ton Kiang.
Roasted duck is among Ton Kiang’s specialties.
Jay Friedman

It’s easy to overlook this sliver of a storefront in the International District, but the compelling sight of hanging meats is hard to resist, and the amazing flavors ensures return visits. Ton Kiang’s roasted duck has crackly skin, while poached free-range chicken comes with a superb ginger-scallion sauce. Delivery available via Postmates.

668 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Jade Garden Restaurant

424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This family-run dim sum staple had an especially rough 2020, dealing not just with the impacts of COVID-19, but also recovering from multiple incidents of vandalism to its storefront. It has remained resilient, though, and continues to offer a wide variety of its popular plates for takeout, including pork and shrimp shumai and spare ribs.

424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

15. Gourmet Noodle Bowl

707 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Laksa curry noodle soup at Gourmet Noodle Bowl
Laksa curry noodle soup
Jay Friedman

Though this International District restaurant is known for terrific hot pot, it’s not always the most portable takeout dish. Luckily, the variety of noodle bowls, the laksa curry noodle soup, and the pork belly bun with its sprinkling of peanuts are all equally fantastic and may travel a bit better. Available for online preorder on its official website.

707 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

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16. Phnom Penh Noodle House

913 S Jackson St suite A, Seattle, WA 98104
Phnom Penh Noodle House’s soup, with prawns, sliced pork, fish cakes, and calamari, topped with cilantro.
Phnom Penh Noodle House reopened in 2020 after a two-year hiatus.
Kong Lu

After a couple of starts and stops, this revered Cambodian restaurant that closed for two years got its long-planned revival in a slick new space. The menu is pared down, but longtime staples, including the honey-black pepper chicken wings, mee katang (wide rice noodles in gravy), and beef lok lac (wok-tossed marinated steak cubes), are still lovely and amazing.

913 S Jackson St suite A
Seattle, WA 98104

17. Seven Stars Pepper

1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A variety of plates, including a beef dish and a side of green beans, from Seven Stars Pepper.
Seven Stars Pepper is among the city’s best Sichuan restaurants.
Jay Friedman

Hand-shaved noodles, mini-hot pots, and a bone-in version of Chongqing chicken are noteworthy here. And this restaurant serves perhaps the best version of Dungeness crab in Seattle with a variety of preparations, including ginger and salt-and-pepper. Available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats.

1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

18. Saigon Vietnam Deli

1200 S Jackson St #7, Seattle, WA 98144
A pork dish with noodles and greens from Saigon Vietnam Deli.
Saigon Deli has a number of grab-and-go dishes.
Saigon Vietnam Deli [Official Photo]

The barbecue pork sandwich here is pretty solid, but perhaps the top reason to come is the lunch box of two entrees and a ton of rice for just a few bucks more. Beef stew, stuffed bitter melon, and coconut chicken are among the top picks. As with the other nearby delis, diners can also buy fresh spring rolls, banh cuon (rice crepes), and other Vietnamese bites.

1200 S Jackson St #7
Seattle, WA 98144

19. Pho So 1

1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A bowl of pho with greens on the side at Pho So 1
Pho So 1 is among the city’s top pho shops.
Jay Friedman

In a city full of pho, Pho So 1 puts the word right in its name and succeeds in making the beef noodle soup shine. Among the selections to sample, #20 offers the widest variety of meat (rare beef, well-done flank, fatty flank, tendon, and tripe), with the option of adding meatballs for an extra dollar. The bun bo hue is also worth a try. Open for takeout only.

1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

20. Hue Ky Mi Gia

1207 S Jackson St Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98144
A top-down view of fried butter chicken wings at Hue Ky Mi Gia
Fried butter chicken wings
Jenise Silva

Everyone who comes here orders the fried butter chicken wings; crusted with garlic, green onion, chili, and salt, they’re great as is, or dipped in the tangy, sweet chile sauce that’s served on the side. The wings are the perfect appetizer ahead of one of the many noodle dishes on the menu, including egg or rice noodle soups. Delivery is available via Uber Eats and DoorDash.

1207 S Jackson St Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98144

21. Pho Bac Súp Shop

1240 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144

The famed Pho Bac Boat’s hipper, younger sibling is still serving the same quality pho the family-owned business has been famous for. Tenderized slow-cooked beef chunks fall right off the bone for a spiritual Seattle pho experience. The restaurant also added an excellent bun bo hue to the menu, plus its first-ever delivery option, using a tricked out old parking enforcement vehicle.

1240 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

22. Thanh Son Tofu

1248 S King St, Seattle, WA 98144

This is the destination for some of the best tofu in town, including large blocks of firm tofu, containers of plain or sweet soy milk, and tofu pudding with ginger syrup. The banh mi options are pretty stellar as well. Delivery available via GrubHub.

1248 S King St
Seattle, WA 98144

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