Monday, April 26, 2010

A Japanese Delicatessen

I’d like to submit a formal request for a restaurant like Delica to open in Seattle. Preferably in Capitol Hill or Pioneer Square.

I visit San Francisco quite frequently, several times a year, and I just returned from a long weekend there. So many good restaurants to visit—old favorites and the ever changing docket of new choices—and I try to squeeze some of both each time I’m there.

Last weekend, I inadvertently conducted a mini-tour of new-places-that-serve-fancy-pizza, and I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Flour and Water, Contigo and Gialina. Amazing.
But almost every time I visit San Francisco, and usually on the morning before I fly out, I make my way down to the Ferry Building and eat a quick lunch from Delica. It’s a Japanese delicatessen. A deli counter with fresh salads, tofu served several ways, and a few meat options. I always get the Spicy Burdock Root Salad and the Hijaki and Soybean Salad, served with steamed rice and black sesame seeds. It’s reasonably priced for being snug in the middle of the extremely gourmet, locally sourced, organic Ferry Building, and it's healthy, fresh, filling, and oh so tasty.
And it’s always just what I want after a trip full of eating, and before a flight home.  

The closest options I can think of in Seattle are the deli counter at Uwajimaya, and Maruta Shoten in Georgetown. Am I missing something? If yes, please point me in the right direction. If no, please respond to my request and open up a Delica clone somewhere nearby. Soon.  Thanks.

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