Seattle Southside restaurants are known as a hotbed of international cuisine. From Ethiopian, to Columbian, to Filipino, and everything in between, our local restaurants represent a melting pot of culture and flavor. Here’s a list of some of the unique, hard to find dishes served at Southside restaurants (and Seattle restaurants) that MUST be tried…at least once.

10 Kinds of International Food You Have To Try at Least Once in Seattle

  1. MoctezumaShrimp & Chorizo Tacos
  2. ChowkingHalo-Halo
  3. Copperleaf RestaurantMaui Nui Hawaiian Venison
  4. Aqua TerraCauliflower Steak
  5. Bai TongGai Hor Bai Toey
  6. MiyabiBeef Yakiniku
  7. Red RibbonUbe Overload Cake
  8. Des Moines Dog HouseArepas & Sausage
  9. MizuPopcorn Lobster
  10. Star Coffee : Kitfo


Shrimp & Chorizo Tacos - Moctezuma

Moctezuma Tacos

We’re not saying shrimp tacos or chorizo tacos are necessarily hard to find, but to have them together in one tortilla is a little different. The strong, savory flavors of the chorizo work to complement the protein packed shrimp. These tacos are a favorite at the RTA office!


Halo-Halo - Chowking

Halo-Halo Chowking

Not hard to find if you’re into Filipino food, but the halo-halo is as uniquely delicious as it is eye-catching. It’s a bright, colorful concoction of shaved ice, ice cream, evaporated milk, fruit, jello and more. Try it for dessert!


Maui Nui Hawaiian Venison - Copperleaf Restaurant

Venison at Copperleaf

If you’re from a hunting family, you’ve undoubtedly had your fair share of venison. The Maui Nui venison from Copperleaf puts a delicious Hawaiian twist on this sustainably sourced dish.


Cauliflower Steak - Aqua Terra

Cauliflower Steak Aqua Terra

A vegetarian’s dream! The larger than life signature dish at Aqua Terra, the cauliflower steak is seared to perfection with plenty of flavor and don’t worry, it will fill you up.


Gai Hor Bai Toey - Bai Tong

Gai Hor Bai Toey

The traditional pandan leaf wrapped chicken is fried in hot oil and served with a homemade sweet sauce that will excite the senses.


Beef Yakiniku - Miyabi Sushi

Miyabi Sushi Chef

Yakinuku literally means “grilled meat,” which isn’t so hard to find. But the yakiniku at Miyabi is so much more than that. Tender strips of beef and onions, soaked in a sweet sauce…there’s no going back to simple teriyaki in your bento box after this.


Ube Overload Cake - Red Ribbon

Ube Overload Cake

Another popular Filipino dessert, newcomers to the Filipino food scene will be struck by the vibrant purple color of this delectable cake. The purple yams give the cake the distinct color and the taste is sweet, fluffy, and magical.


Arepas & Sausage - Des Moines Dog House

Arepas and Sausage

The Des Moines Dog House boasts a wide variety of hot dogs and sausages, many with a Columbian twist. Choose your sausage, like a Lousiana Hot Link or Linguica (Portugese pork sausage) and enjoy with a slice of ground maize dough, a Columbian favorite.


Popcorn Lobster - Mizu Steakhouse

Popcorn Lobster Mizu

Psst…this one isn’t even on the menu. It’s a special creation by Mizu’s head chef. Ask nicely and try it as a poppable appetizer before your teppanyaki experience.


Kitfo - Star Coffee


It’s an Ethiopian national dish and a great one for the adventurous carnivore. The dish is comprised of minced raw beef, chili spices and Ethiopian butter. Yum!