There are a few things this city is known for: the Seattle Freeze, the great hiking (Mount Washington if you want to actually hike, or Mount Si if you need a new Bumble profile pic), and the fresh fish. The Freeze can make daily social interactions a struggle, but the hiking and the seafood are reasons everyone puts up with it. And the fish doesn’t get any fresher than the locally-sourced sushi at Shiro’s.
Here’s what you need to know about Shiro’s: first, you should expect a wait, and second, you should prepare to spend a lot of money on your meal. The best way to eat here is to sit at the sushi bar (which does not take reservations - you can only reserve to sit elsewhere) while the chef keeps serving you pieces of sushi until you tell him to stop. They call this “open-ended omakase." Since you pay by the piece if you go this route, we can’t tell you exactly how much your meal will cost - but if you don’t trust yourself to tell the chef you’ve had enough, they do have set-price omakase options starting at $65.
Shiro’s certainly isn’t casual, but it acts more casual than you might expect, given that it serves some of the most high-end sushi in Seattle. It’s really just about simple, great food - no pretense, and no distractions. The space is nothing to write home about, but that’s OK, because when you tell your parents about this meal during your monthly phone call home, all you’ll be talking about is the sushi.
Best of all, unlike all the outdoorsy activities at your fingertips here, eating at Shiro’s is something you can do all year round. So next time the passive-aggressiveness of your peers has got you down, and it’s not nice enough to go for a hike, remember that Shiro’s is waiting for you.