Hidden in a mini strip mall near 12th and Jackson, Tamarind Tree is one of Seattle's unlikeliest crowd-pleasers, specializing in provincial Vietnamese cuisine with something to amaze and delight everyone. Carnivores flip for the seven courses of beef, vegetarians swoon over the avalanche of options, and everyone loves the Tamarind Tree rolls ($6)—salad rolls featuring fresh herbs and coconut, fried tofu, roasted peanut, carrots, and the smoked-turnip-like jicama, which gives the rolls an addictive crunch and flavor. These rolls sound boring, but you will dream about them. (Tamarind Tree, 1036 S Jackson St, Suite A, 860-1404. 10 am–10 pm.)

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