Speaking up for justice everywhere is on all of us. But if you are in the mood for a little take-out, then supporting a local Asian restaurant is a pretty easy way to support your neighbors.
It’s a sad fact that members of the Asian community have been discriminated against after the COVID-19 pandemic originated in China. In Edmonds, the Diversity Commission noted “there is deep work that needs to happen within families, communities, and government to root out systemic injustice and inequity.”
Black Owned options include Hunni & Co., which sells specially crafted natural sodas with honey sweetener in the 190 Sunset complex on the waterfront. Also, Ezell's Famous Fried Chicken is cooking up a special recipe for you.
Edmonds has been blessed with an incredible diversity of restaurants, and the diversity among our Asian restaurants is a dim sum of options for the palate.
Chee Wong, former owner of the Waterfront Coffee Co., just opened Jaiiya, a new, healthful cafe with fresh pressed juices and cafe style treats that will fuel your body. Jaiiya
Start by exploring the International District on Highway 99. Eater Magazine of Seattle featured the 12 Essential Asian Restaurants of Edmonds, all but one of them on Highway 99. These were “destinations for noodles, hot pot, dim sum, Korean fried chicken, and much more.”
The Dumpling Generation in the Lake Forest Park area of Edmonds is so popular they’ve opened locations elsewhere, still serving homemade noodles and dumplings, with organic fillings.
Go to Edmonds Way and meet Steven Ono at Ono Poke, where he is serving authentic Hawaiian Poke. And if you’re lucky, you’ll meet his Auntie who drives over from Spokane to help him out from time to time. Steven exemplifies the best of the Edmonds community — helping neighbors, supporting other local restaurants, and giving back at every turn. And the poke is awe-mazing!
There are a great many Thai restaurants in Edmonds, including in Edmonds’ Westgate district, where Amata Thai — a hidden gem in a strip mall — does not disappoint. Head downtown for Thai by Day near the waterfront, where the food is served fast — good news when you are hungry after a dive in Edmonds Underwater Dive Park or after a long walk on the beach!
Now that you’re downtown, the diversity of Asian cuisine only increases. Head up to Main Street, where the Edmonds Downtown association can give you a heads up on a lot of great eateries. There, a Very Taki Tiki Bar is family friendly, Hawaiian themed sports bar and grill. Toshi’s Teriyaki Grill downtown Edmonds originated in Seattle and has been featured by Travel Channel, Eater, Thrillist, New York Magazine, Roadfood and more.
If you think you know where you’re going to lunch after this... wait. Oh yes, there’s more. You’re still downtown where you can smell the salt air... something says... “fish would be good.” Yes. Yes, it would.
The Market Fishmonger and Eatery supports local vendors, sells seafood by the pound or from their chef-driven menu that will have you coming back for more as soon as you possibly can. Stop in for seasonal soups, sushi bowls, lobster rolls, and those incredible fish tacos. The restaurant is the brainchild of the Feed Me Hospitality Group, which also owns Bar Dojo and Dojo Togo, with Chino Latino cuisine, and San Kai Sushi, among their Asian-fare leaning restaurants. The group’s owner Shubert Ho has “almost single-handedly” uplifted the restaurant industry. “They’ve certainly made quite a difference in Edmonds, building up a foodie haven L.A. would envy,” according to one article.