Hokkaido is a ramen chain that started in Japan, and somehow made its way to Seattle - with good reason. On a cold day (because of weather or air-conditioning) at work in your soul-crushing windowless office, a bowl of their miso ramen with perfectly tender pork and a side of pan fried gyoza is exactly what you need. Come for a solo meal or a round of chicken karaage in a booth with some friends.
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Rachel’s Ginger Beer/Ma’ono Fried Chicken
Rachel’s Ginger Beer in the University District serves housemade sodas, as well as fried chicken from Ma’ono.
Agua Verde Cafe
In addition to having one of our favorite patios in town, Agua Verde in the University District has excellent frozen margaritas and fish tacos.
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Momiji is a Capitol Hill sushi spot that works for a low-key happy hour, but also a sake-filled birthday dinner.
Shiro’s in Belltown will serve you some seriously great sushi - with no pretense, and no distractions.
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Dough Zone Dumpling House
Dough Zone Dumpling House is a great spot for Chinese dumplings and noodles in the International District.
Sushi Kanpai is in the bottom of an apartment in First Hill, but don’t let that stop you from going. The sushi makes for a good weeknight dinner.
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