What does your area specialize in? What’s cheap? What’s expensive? What can you not find anywhere, done halfway decently?
My area is a Teriyaki meca. This is great for me, as I’ve come to view Teriyaki as the largest of the food groups necessary for a healthy life. Woo-hoo! There are four teriyaki places right down the street from me. As in, I can open my door, walk for 2-3 minutes and arrive at any of them. It’s fantastic. There are an ADDITIONAL nine teriyaki joints within a mile of my home. A new thing that’s popping up around here is more and more places are opening up on Sundays so it’s much easier to get Teriyaki every day. Add in the Ubereats/amazon restaurant/grubhub/etc. Offering delivery for them and it’s honestly a vision of culinary perfection and convenience that I had five years ago.
They’re not all created equal though. I’ve probably been to 60 different teriyaki places within the greater Seattle area in the last ten years... And the very best one, that consistantly wows me? Teriyaki plus, which is one of the four locations within a 5 minute walk from my condo. I can honestly say I consider that place a perk of my housing location.
Super large portions, great meat, they’re not at all stingy with the sauce, and the employees are both friendly, and have been there for years. I tend to put more faith in businesses that aren’t a revolving door of new faces.
The only downside in my mind is the lack of Teriyaki Salmon, which seems to be about 50/50 around here as far as whether or not it’s served at a teriyaki joint picked at random.
Everyone always speaks of about the awful places, but the good ones tend to get less attention at times. I’ll do my part to get the good places a bit more attention. Here are some of the many 5 star reviews.
And two bad reviews...
As a (former) small business owner I know the power of reviews. Unfortunately Google doesn’t seem to have a way to flag bad reviews, which these both are. Why? Well, I’ve lived here for 11 years and sorry Evelyn, but Teriyaki Plus has never moved. It’s incredibly simple to find with very clear directions in all major navigation systems, and it irks me that my favorite spot for food is saddled with your 1 star review because you’re directionally challenged. And Mr. Jamil... I can’t speak for your other remarks (even the best place could occasionally let a subbar dish go out) but the grill marks are certainly not fake. You can plainly see the grills they use from the ordering counter. Smh.
Okay... On to the next question! What is cheap in the Seattle area... Honestly I’m unsure. Maybe another local Oppo could chime in?
What’s expensive though is Pizza. By far the priciest pizzas on average of any major city I’ve been in. Some of them are really good.. But still. It’s strange. What would you expect to pay for a large pepperoni pizza delivered to you by either a local chain or one-off pizzeria? Definitely over $20 here, sometimes around $25. Yikes. Not including delivery fees of course.
As for what’s hard to find.... Good fish and chips! Drives me nuts. We’re a coastal City for crying out loud. There’s Spuds (the one local to me at least is terrible, and insanely expensive), and Ivars. Neither of them are too common. Fish and chips offered at “American” style restaurants and pubs aren’t generally the greatest either. I’m a subpar chef (using the term loosely). It’s sad when my attempt at fish and chips is orders of magnitude better than what I can pay $35 for at a restaurant.
Oh also BBQ is very hard to find around here. Even bad BBQ is rare. Guess it’s just not popular around here?
Found a Gizmodo media piece on the Seattle Teriyaki phenomenon. The article is good, but the comments really show what Teriyaki means to locals.