Sushi Kashiba is an upscale spot at Pike Place owned by Shiro Kashiba (who left his other restaurant, Shiro’s Sushi, to open this place up). You have a few options here in terms of your experience - you can wait a very long time in line for a seat at the sushi bar and get the omakase (possibly from Shiro himself, lucky you), or call ahead and book a table. When you go that route, you can choose from a couple of tasting menus featuring pre-selected pieces of sushi alongside salad/miso soup/an egg dessert, or go a la carte if you don’t feel like dropping $85 on a meal. In addition to whatever type of sushi you go for (it will all be excellent), get an order of chicken karaage for the table.
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Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a downtown staple in Pike Place Market with great mac and cheese and panini.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
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Kamonegi is an excellent Japanese restaurant in Fremont that serves homemade soba and tempura.
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Shiro’s in Belltown will serve you some seriously great sushi - with no pretense, and no distractions.
Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky
Ma’Ono is a Hawaiian-Southern-Korean fusion restaurant in West Seattle with ridiculously good fried chicken. Get the corn too and come with a crowd.
Fremont Bowl is a casual Japanese spot in Fremont with delicious and affordable donburi bowls and poke.
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