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Chicken Yakisoba at Miyabi

You don't have to go far for epic international cuisine

Who doesn't love a piping hot bowl of ramen? Or fresh, melt-in-your-mouth sushi? Or the fun and excitement of a meal prepared right in front of you on the Hibachi table? What if we told you, you can find all of this and more, just minutes from downtown Seattle? Whatever your taste buds prefer, Seattle Southside has the perfect spot to please even the most eclectic of appetites.

Soup may bring images of a cold day to mind, but the black garlic ramen at Arashi Ramen is no ordinary soup. Getting its name from the black garlic oil used in the recipe, this ramen is rich, hearty and delicious in any weather. Topped with pork belly chasu, a seasoned egg and two types of onions, you can tuck in for a meal in their Tukwila location or pick up your ramen to go!

Perhaps sushi is more to your taste? Head over to Miyabi sushi, where host and executive chef Masa-san has been creating Japanese cuisine in Tokyo and Seattle since 1990. His chef's choice menu (omakase), featuring the fresh nigiri and sashimi of the day, is perfect for special occasions and can win over even the pickiest of eaters. Daily roll offerings are a tribute to the Pacific Northwest, with names like the Mt. Rainier roll, and Go Seahawks! Roll.

Places with "coffee" in their name are easily found in the Seattle area, but Star Coffee brings MUCH more to the table than those little black beans (but yes, their coffee is amazing, too.) Known for their traditional Ethiopian fare, Star Coffee specializes in lamb, beef and veggie dishes filled with flavor and authenticity. Try the large meat combo if you're dining with a friend (or two, the servings are huge!).

There's nothing like dinner and a show, especially when dinner is the show. And that's exactly what you'll get at Mizu Japanese Steakhouse. Watch as your chef expertly prepares your meal on a Hibachi table right in front of you. Part culinary artist and part entertainer, the combo equates to master chef who will whip up a meal that both looks fabulous and tastes out-of-this-world delicious. Mizu is a wonderful place to bring the family, as kids will get a kick out of seeing their dinner prepared in an extravagant manner.

These are just a handful of the international dining experiences Seattle Southside has to offer. With a diverse population, and dozens of languages spoken throughout the community, you'd be hard-pressed to find another neighborhood that celebrates its unique individuals and their cultures like Seattle Southside. The next time your stomach growls, quiet it with an international dining experience, just a few minutes down I-5.

Ready to plan your adventure? Contact the Visitor Center experts at the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority for trip itineraries, restaurant recommendations, hotel reservations, and more! Visit them online at or call 206-575-2489.