Why Seattle restaurant The Boat rocks
I didn't have a chance until a couple of months ago to make it to The Boat, which specializes in Vietnamese garlic chicken and rice (cơm gà mắm tỏi).
- You can pair the chicken with rice, noodles or noodle soup. Each platter comes with a chrysanthemum salad.
- The menu also offers pandan or banana waffles for dessert, which you can dip in whipped coconut cream. (Pro tip: Never skip these.)
Details: The food is simple and comforting, yet still feels celebratory and special. The chicken is juicy, the broth bright and flavorful.
- Somehow, it's a filling but not overly heavy dinner — a tricky dance for a meal built around a fried bird.
Fun fact(s): The Boat is part of the family restaurant empire run by Quynh-Vy and Yenvy Pham, who also run Phở Bắc Sup Shop on the same block.
- It's located in the same space where the Phams' parents opened the original Phở Bắc — which the family says was Seattle's first pho restaurant — in 1982.
- The building is, indeed, shaped like a boat, which is one of the reasons you'll find my almost-4-year-old constantly begging to go there (besides the excitement of tearing into half a mini chicken).
The bottom line: When it's cold out, I want to go to The Boat. When it's been a long day, I want to go to The Boat. When I want to celebrate, I want to go to The Boat.
Address: 1314 S. Jackson St.
Hours: 11am–9pm. Closed Tuesdays.
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