On a rare Seattle snow day, there’s nothing better than curling up with a hot drink and reminiscing about all the good food I’ve eaten this year. Whenever anyone asks me to pinpoint the best meal I ate, I always balk–that would be as impossible as trying to pick my favorite child.
Because I’ve eaten so many memorable meals, I’ve decided to categorize them by cuisine, so I don’t have to compare, well, apples to oranges. If certain categories are absent (like Indian), that’s because they lack an experience I’d include in my year’s best list. (If I had gone to Vij’s in Vancouver this year, for example, it would have made the list. The Indian places I did visit aren’t worth mentioning.)
Japanese: 1) Nobu, NYC; 2) Sushi Sasabune, Honolulu
Korean: Kawon, Everett
Northwest Fusion: Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar, Vancouver, BC
Pacific Fusion: *Alan Wong, Honolulu
*Indicates the BEST of the Best of 2008…