Courtesy Din Tai Fung
Crave-Worthy Cultural Eats
Winner: Din Tai Fung
Global Taiwanese chain Din Tai Fung has won again! Locations in Bellevue, Seattle and Tukwila serve Taiwanese and Shanghai fare and dim sum, but the xiao long bao soup dumplings are the primary draw. This place is popular, so plan to let the kids run around outside while you wait for a table. Fortunately, once you’re seated, the service is as fast as the food is delicious.
Hood Famous Bakeshop specializes in desserts featuring Filipino and Asian-Pacific flavors. Famous for its ube (that’s purple yam) cheesecake, the business has a bakery in Ballard that’s open on weekends, and a café and bar in the Chinatown–International District that’s open all week.
Saffron Grill in Northgate brings an inventive fusion of Indian and Mediterranean cuisine to family dining.
Tamarind Tree has a surprisingly serene environment for being a family favorite. Perhaps that’s because kids are too busy chowing down on delicious provincial Vietnamese food to get up to any mischief.
Families flock to Taste of India in the University District to sup on a flavorful and wide array of Indian and Mediterranean dishes, served in ample portions and at reasonable prices — all in a family-friendly setting. Customers also note the attentive service (including generous chai refills).