The University District is frequently (and wrongly) written off as a place only college kids would want to eat; the story usually goes that it’s rife with sketchy lunch counters, nondescript multinational fast food chains, and an overabundance of boba tea joints. But the truth is that the U District is one of the city’s essential dining destinations, with a dizzying array of global cuisines concentrated on its main street, University Way (confusingly known as the Ave). There’s Korean food, regional Chinese specialties, Indian grocery, Vietnamese kitchens, falafel windows, and more on nearly every block. And practically everything is both affordable and genuinely good, so figuring out where to eat in this neighborhood is more a matter of grappling with the paradox of choice than anything else. So, here’s a short list to get you started. And if you need help with boba overwhelm, head to Eater Seattle’s boba map.
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