Restaurants & Bars 13

Teriyaki: The Best of a Local Phenomenon

equinoise | Feb 9, 201212:04 PM

"Seattle specialty - Teriyaki (needs a thread here)" -mrnelso

Absolutely! For a introduction to the genre, I think this piece is essential: http://www.seattleweekly.com/2007-08-...

My picks:

Toshio's on Rainier Ave./Massachusetts: Pretty solid quality all-around for meats, constant turnover and high demand. The offerings extend to katsu don, curry, yakisoba etc., and you can add tempura to form a very substantial 'yaki combo with the requisite gummy rice, homemade sauce, and green salad. I also enjoy the fact that one can find people from all communities and walks of life waiting on an order here at this central location a block from I-90. The walls are covered in home-spun messages of christian humility and positivity, including the relative prices of hot sauce (25 cents) and "God sauce" (free).

Okinawa (1022 Alaskan Way): A downtown favorite, packed around lunch, for me this transcends the mediocre quality of your average spot (even if they keep bags of onions stashed in the restroom, a transgression my wife cannot forgive).

Joy Teriyaki (334 Lake City Way NE): Truth be told, I would not get teriyaki here, but instead the freshly made and locally unique mongol dishes. Very nice people too.

From the vault:

Yumiko's was a bi-monthly staple in my youth, and during undergrad I always enjoyed the unabashed Korean heat and massive portions at Tokyo Garden on the Ave. Have not had either in many years.

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