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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
7.5
6.5
$30
A great I.D. standby for cooked Japanese snacks that has withstood the test of time

One of the oldest Japanese restaurants in the city is still one of the best—especially when it comes to cooked food rather than sushi. Maneki excels at snacks like agedashi tofu, mozuku (seaweed and cucumber salad in vinegary sauce), and soups like the nabeyaki udon, with noodles, egg, chicken, and assorted vegetables are excellent. A must-try is the miso black cod collar. Two must-avoids, on the other hand, are the croquettes and the “octopus donuts.” (Nobody’s perfect.)

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From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
7.5
$15
The kingdom of cured meats, ruled by the Batali family

Salumi was started by Armandino Batali, father of the famous Mario. The former ran the place up until his recent retirement; it’s still a family affair, with Armandino’s daughter Gina Batali running the show now.

You’ll see Salumi’s meats on menus all over town—on charcuterie plates, in sandwiches, or tucked into pasta. For this reason, you don’t actually have to visit Salumi to experience it, but the tiny storefront performs three important functions. First of all, it’s a retail shop… [More]