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Where to Eat in Seattle: Tropical Escapes

Where to Eat in Seattle: Tropical Escapes

A tropical oasis in heart of Seattle? Well, that's Stateside for you. Last weekend, after finally exiting the dreary grays that are Seattle's fall, winter, and spring, we entered the golden age of the Emerald City. Our wandering brought us to this unassuming spot at 122°19'39'' W, an emerald-tinted treasure trove of Vietnamese-inspired dishes.

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Started in what was previously a parking garage, Stateside brings together the tastes from chef Eric Johnson's travels and culinary adventures through Asia. There is an elegant old-Vietnamese colonial feel in the decor: exposed copper lights, patina mirrors, and mixed material school-chair bar stools. As soon as you walk in, the palm trees transport you from the grungy sidewalks of Capitol Hill to a magical, lush-green haven you'd never think existed in Seattle. Sunlight streams in generously and you can almost feel the ocean's salty, briny breezes caressing your cheeks.

And so of course, after the longest time poring over the menu, you will settle on your favorite picks. Here's what we went for:

Appetizer // Crispy Duck Fresh Rolls // Duck rolls wrapped in fresh herbs & rice paper

Medium // Grilled Pork Collar // Snake river farms pork collar on banh hoi with salted duck egg, garlic chips, herbs, and dipping sauces

Large // Bun Cha Hanoi // Pork patties and belly in caramel fish sauce marinade, imperial rolls, rice vermicelli, and herbs

Imperial Rolls (shrimp pieces wrapped in perfectly fried rice paper)

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If you are looking for authentic Vietnamese, head down to International District, but Stateside will satisfy anyone who is simply seeking out the hallmark flavors of Vietnamese cooking. The service is as fantastic as the environment it accompanies. Drinks are poured promptly, orders taken in a timely fashion, and most importantly, dishes and sauces are explained as they are served. The air is relaxed and you come undone, bodies limp, tummies full, and mouths grinning from the savory goodness. Everything is filling, but feels so fresh and light that afterwards, a brisk walk doesn't sound like such a bad idea.

Stateside | 300 East Pike Street #1200 | 206-557-7273 | statesideseattle­.com

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