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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
7.5
3.0
$10
Go-to pho in the northern neighborhoods, but where ambience is non-existent

If the I.D.’s outside your door, Vietnam Restaurant may not be worth a side trip. But above the Lake Washington ship canal, this minichain is one of the best options for pho. Vietnam is demonstrably better than Than Brothers—in fact, it reminds us of what Than Brothers used to be, and that’s saying something.

The broth is rich and redolent of anise and the noodles are pliable but not mushy. Beef in its various forms is, of course, the way to… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
9.0
5.0
$15
The pork at this tin shack is the best thing between slices of bread in Seattle

Shove a huge pile of expertly grilled pork, thick-cut caramelized onions, jalapeños, and cilantro into a Macrina Bakery baguette slathered in garlicky mayo, and you’ve got the five-napkin enterprise that is Paseo’s signature sandwich.

Most people order the original beast or Paseo’s slight twist on a typical Cuban sandwich, but the menu includes everything from garlicky seared scallops or tofu to the “Onion Obsession,” which is simply those melt-in-the-mouth caramelized onions with some tapenade and cilantro on a baguette. And… [More]