Our annual Best of Seattle issue hits the stands in August. While that date doesn't exactly scream "right around the corner," it's a mere 100 dishes away.
Starting tomorrow, we'll be devoting one blog post each weekday to a favorite local dish. If our math is right, the series will wind up just as Best of Seattle hoopla begins. And while a few of the dishes featured in these posts are likely to earn "best of" acclaim, we're not claiming supremacy for all 100 dishes. Far from it. These dishes are favorites in much the same way that The Breakfast Club might be your favorite movie, or Blink-182 your favorite band. They're the dishes we want to eat again and again, perfection be damned.
Not every example of King County deliciousness made the list. The nature of seasonal cooking and chef whimsy means dishes have a tendency to disappear before food writers like us can enshrine them in our invented halls of fame. There's no use raving about a delicate local uni preparation that might never again be repeated. Still, it's not all burgers and fries on the list (although there are two burgers and a serving of fries so honored): We've found room for congee and pudding and grilled sardines.
Think you can predict a few of the dishes? You're probably right: We didn't mark down for popularity or hold a dish's record of success against it. But we think you'll also encounter a few surprises along the way, and hope you might follow the list to a few discoveries of your own.
Speaking of discovery, we're always game to find new dishes too. If there's a dish we shouldn't overlook, tell us about it. Adding dishes to our repertoire might be our favorite thing.
And finally, a note on the list's ordering: It's arbitrary. If your favorite dish happens to surface three days into the series, that doesn't mean we like 97 dishes better. As critics who've lately been bellyaching about review star systems have noted, it's impossible to fairly compare a street burrito to foie gras conjured through molecular gastronomy. So we took the much safer, random route.