Steaming bowls of comfort and warmth
In the heart of winter when the days are short and the nights are cold, we look to warm and comforting food. From Japanese noodles to homestyle soups, here are some great options around Seattle where you can warm your family from the inside out.
Ba Bar offers authentic Southeast Asian comfort food in three locations around Seattle, including a new spot at family-friendly University Village. Their pho is the perfect antidote to a cold winter’s day, and the crispy pork rolls are great for kids to snack on while they wait for their noodles. 550 12th Ave., 500 Terry Ave. N, 2685 NE 46th St., babarseattle.com
West Woodland’s Stock serves a warming and comforting congee made with eight-hour stock topped with egg, scallions and your choice of protein. There are books and games for kids, and both the congee and pho are available in a mini size for pint-sized diners. 500 NW 65th St., stockseattle.com
If you’re looking for a warming bowl of soup, head to Georgetown and check out Lect’s Soup Stop, housed inside an old train switching station. Lect’s serves a number of sandwiches and salads, but diners flock here for the excellent rotating selection of soups, all prepared daily. Specials feature soups from all around the globe; the house-favorite country vegetable is available every day. 5327 Denver Ave. S, lectssoupstop.com
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya has served ramen in Japan since 2002 and now has four locations around Seattle and the Eastside. Kizuki imports its ingredients from Japan and delivers a rich, flavorful broth filled with toothsome, slurpable noodles and your choice of toppings. The fried chicken karaage, gyoza and edamame are just a few kid favorites to round out the meal. (It’s up to you whether or not you tell your kids that in Japan it’s considered good table manners to slurp your noodles loudly.) 320 E Pine St., 4203 SW Alaska St., 319 NE Thornton Pl., 14845 Main St., Bellevue, kizuki.com