One of the best parts about traveling is trying local foods that you can't find at home. Large cities in different areas tend to have different types of meals that you can't find anywhere else. If you are interested in visiting the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has some interesting foods that you must try before you leave. Here are some can't-miss eats in the beautiful city.
All over the United States you can find steamed oysters. Many different restaurants will put them in linguini or butter sauce. Some states might even fry them, but no one fries oysters like Seattle. These delicious oysters are breaded and dropped in the deep fryer just long enough to have a perfect crunch on the outside and the softness of the oyster on the inside. Just about every restaurant in the large city sells this meal. Whether you go to an oyster house, a five-star restaurant, or a bar, you will find it on the menu. Make sure you try it before you leave town because you'll realize it's something you need to eat every time you go back to visit.
Market Chowder is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. You've probably seen videos of workers throwing fish around the marketplace. You can find Market Chowder from different vendors all over the market, and then you can walk around, sip your chowder, and find some of the best seafood and produce you've ever eaten. The delicious chowder is thick, yet airy, and chocked full of fresh clams and vegetables.
Paella is a Spanish-style seafood platter that you can find all around downtown Seattle. The large platter features Spanish rice, crawfish, clams, and a delicious sauce poured over the top. There is nothing as delicious as combining traditional Mexican food with seafood from the Pacific Northwest.
One thing that you have to try in every major city is a street hot dog from a hot dog vendor. Hot dogs are not the same everywhere you go. Every city has its own signature toppings and condiments that go on the hot dog. Some load theirs up with pickles and other veggies while others just switch up the condiments. In Seattle, a standard street hot dog comes with cream cheese. Before you assume it is disgusting, you have to try it. The cream cheese is spread on the bun under the hot dog, and the warmth of the hot dog melts it enough to have the perfect creamy texture in your mouth. Don't forget the caramelized onions on top, and a bit of hot sauce if you like your food spicy.
Chicken teriyaki sounds like such a simple and common dish. You can find it just about anywhere in the United States; so why would you bother eating it in Seattle? It doesn't matter where you eat teriyaki around the world; it will not taste the same as the teriyaki you can get in Seattle, or anywhere else in Washington state, for that matter. Teriyaki is so common in Washington, it became a fast food phenomenon. Every small teriyaki place cooks the chicken to perfection and has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy in their thick, delicious teriyaki sauce. Once you try it, you will realize that it's the most delicious thing you have ever tasted.
People always talk about the food in Chicago and New York, but they don't realize they're missing out on the other side of the country. Seattle has some of the best food in the world. Make sure you try everything on this list when you take your trip to Seattle. For more information on some of the best restaurants, click here.