Seattle's food scene is incredible.
According to a recent Seattle Times report, in the first quarter of 2017, our city had 2,696 actively operating establishments, from restaurants to food trucks to caterers. This number is 25 percent higher than a decade ago, and not only that, the survival rate for restaurants in their first year of operation here is higher than the national average, remaining around 87 percent since 2008. Seattle restaurants are a $3-billion-a-year industry.
To make matters even more interesting, the offerings you find all over town are exceptionally varied. So much so that it's often hard to decide just where to go, especially when it comes to the food Seattle is known for. Hence, the theme of this edition of The Stranger's Food & Drink guide: Well Done, a breakdown of tastes that Seattle does better than anywhere (Vietnamese food, coffee, Thai food, craft beer, and seafood), and Rare, suggestions on where to find those more hard-to-find cuisines around town (Southern food and barbecue, gluten-free eats, and Jewish food), and even a few restaurants serving fare you can't find anywhere else in town.
You have a lot of eating to do.