Noodles in broth are just about the world’s most ubiquitous dish. Almost every culture has a unique take on this standby — pho, ramen, chicken noodle soup. In North Central China, the city of Lanzhou is known as “the hometown of hand-pulled noodles with beef.” Try this regional dish in Bellevue at Nuodle, where the clear beef broth is served with hand-pulled noodles made from wheat flour, available in a variety of thicknesses and widths. The thicker the noodle, the more toothsome the texture. Savory and spiced (but not spicy), the broth also contains thin slices of white radishes and beef, and is topped with cilantro and baby garlic shoots. Diners looking to spice it up can add chili oil to their hearts’ content. The fiery red oil also contains Sichuanese peppercorns that add a numbing, citrusy quality to the overall flavor. Speedy service and a window into the kitchen to watch the chef pull the noodles make it a good spot to stop with the kids. nuodle.us
It’s OysterFest Time
Local Anthony’s Restaurants will be slurping, shooting, searing, and celebrating oysters during the month of March during OysterFest. anthonys.com
In 1998, the Gonzalez family noticed a lack of good tacos in their hometown of Federal Way. They met that need with the first Señor Taco in 1998 and eventually swooped in to meet the needs of Bellevue taco lovers. Six meat options including carne asada, al pastor, barbacoa, lengua, cabeza, and pollo marinado meat something for everyone. But what’s that we spy on the spicy cabeza taco? Could those be skinny fries spanning the diameter of that corn tortilla piled with shredded beef, guacamole, cilantro, onions, and a squeeze of lime (yes, radish slice, too)? It’s true. Is there anything that isn’t improved by the addition of salty, crisp fries? Fries should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize considering their ceaseless ability to bring people of all cultures together in common agreement over at least one thing in this great big world.
Jack’s BBQ Goes For The Triple
In mid-January, San Antonio transplant Jack Timmons opened his third Jack’s BBQ, located at the corner of Ninth and Thomas Street in South Lake Union. Boasting an identical menu as the SoDo “world headquarters,” with the addition of the “Sausage Dog” made famous at Jack’s T-Mobile Park (formerly Safeco Field), Jack’s is also offering breakfast tacos on weekday mornings served with brisket, jalapeño cheddar sausage, or veggies. Next stop, Eastside? Let’s hope so. jacksbbq.com