6 Global Quick Bites at Restaurants in Southern Snohomish County

LYNNWOOD – On the worst days, it seems impossible to eat. Something terrible happens and suddenly the food is as tasty as a tire.

It’s hard to write about food the worst days, even when that terrible thing happens to someone else. But I can’t help but recognize the pain that so many families in Buffalo, Uvalde and Tulsa are feeling right now, and future loved ones who, statistically, will likely lose someone to a mass shooting.

In this heaviness, I struggle to write about seemingly insignificant things, about food, about the six places you must try. He feels hollow.

But we have to eat, even on the worst days.

If you are struggling today, I hope you are nourishing your body and mind in some way. It doesn’t need to be monumental. Go for a walk, stretch, kiss, call a loved one, express your pain, breathe, cook, or order your favorite takeout.

With this I want to show some love to southern Snohomish County. Dare I say Lynnwood and Edmonds may have the best food per capita here, and a great representation of countries, regions and cultures.

I got so many recommendations for places to eat in the south – places that are worth visiting for people from up north county. Most of them are not sit-down restaurants, although some do have seats. Below you’ll find where to go for a quick bite, a break from work, a meal worthy of making your car smell like food for a week, a quiet place to eat undisturbed.

Yes, there are only six locations here, so consider this part 1. We have south county recommendations all day, so expect to see a part 2 soon, as well as an upcoming guide on seated restaurants.

If you’ve read this far without skipping the list, thank you for listening to my corner of the world for a moment.

Now hop on I-5 or Highway 99, and eat.

Lasa Sandwiches & Pearls serves halo halo, a Filipino frozen dessert topped with pandan rubies, jellies, halaya (purple yam jam), macapuno (coconut strings) and jackfruit, then topped with whipped cream coconut, ube ice cream and flan de leche. Halo halo means “mix mix” and is a fruity, creamy, milky, pastry, sweet and crunchy dessert adventure. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

Sandwiches and LASA beads

18009 99C Road, Lynnwood

(425) 361-1263

Online ordering is available.

Price: Sandwiches are $10-$14, specialty drinks are $6-$8

The essential: A Filipino sandwich shop with dessert drinks that will set your child’s soul free. I ordered the lumpia sub, a sort of deconstructed Filipino egg roll, but with beef meatballs served on a French roll. The meatballs were salty, dense and drizzled with sweet chili sauce. The sandwich reminded me of a banh mi, although the unripe papaya pickle (atchara) was slightly sourer. I especially liked the crispy and slightly sweet wrap bursts. If you like Filipino adobo – a dish in which meat is marinated in soy sauce, bay leaf, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar and peppercorns – try adobo pressed (pulled pork ) and adobo fried chicken.

Don’t forget the dessert. Halo halo is Tagalog for “mix-mix”, and its many components force you to do just that. The shaved ice dessert is topped with pandan rubies, jellies, halaya (purple yam jam), macapuno (coconut strings), jackfruit, then topped with coconut whip, ube ice cream and my favorite, flan de leche. It’s creamy, sweet, milky, pastry, fruity, and so much fun (if a little messy) to mix up. It’s hard to finish in one sitting, and even harder to stop eating. Consider it a great treat for hot summer days that gets better as the ice melts.

Banh Mi Bites

23601 West 56th Avenue, Suite 600, Mountlake Terrace

(425) 582-2243

Online ordering is available.

Price: Most sandwiches are between $7 and $8, rice bowls are just under $9, and smoothies, fruit teas, bubble teas, dairy-free teas, and coffee options. iced coffee are all just under $6.

The Essential: For those who crave traditional banh mi (red and white ham, a bit of pâté, marinated papaya and carrot, cilantro and jalapeno) or something different, like banh mi with red curry chicken, or meatballs of beef and chicken, or the restaurant’s namesake, stuffed with jerky pulled pork (a salty, chewy, jerky filling), Vietnamese red and white ham and all the fixins. Vegetarians have a choice of tofu or meat imitations for their banh mi. Wash it down with Banh Mi Bites cheap drink list. Strawberry Raspberry Snow Tea (dairy free), Pandan Milk Tea and Green Coffee (with green tea) all caught my eye.

noodle shack

8418 Bowdoin Road, Edmonds

(425) 423-7718

Price: Most main courses are between $10 and $15.

The Bottom Line: The name speaks for itself. You can get Pad Thai (gluten-free), Pad See Ew, wide noodle dishes like Kee Mao and Kua Gai, and soups (I’ve heard good things about Tom Yum noodle soup). Their satay noodles with curried meat and peanut sauce are particularly tempting. If you’re not in the mood to sip, Noodle Hut also offers fried rice dishes with crab, pineapple or sour sausage. Be sure to check their promotions when you enter.

The chicken and beef cheek (barbacoa) tacos at Omar's in Lynnwood.  (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

The chicken and beef cheek (barbacoa) tacos at Omar’s in Lynnwood. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

Taqueria of Omar #2

20801 Route 99 #102 Lynnwood

(425) 876-3915

Price: Varies from a $2 taco to $13 for a burrito or fries asada and $14 for the pollo asado (roast chicken plate)

The Bottom Line: Head to Omar’s if you have a short lunch break but want something better than your sad meal prep chicken. I was in and out in less than 15 minutes. Omar’s offers typical meat choices for tacos: beef, beef cheeks, tripe, chicken, and spiced or fried pork. I ordered a chicken cheek and a beef cheek, which were tender and juicy enough to run down my arm. The tacos had a high enough meat to tortilla ratio and the double corn tortillas held together well. One of the cooks pulled out two large bottles of a spicy red salsa and a creamier cilantro sauce. Your breath will smell like onions, and that’s perfectly normal. Order a Jarritos tangerine to wash it down. There are three tables inside and a few picnic tables for a nice day out. Omar’s has a few locations, including its #1, at 2002 196th St SW A, Lynnwood.

The chicken and beef cheek (barbacoa) tacos at Omar's in Lynnwood.  (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

The chicken and beef cheek (barbacoa) tacos at Omar’s in Lynnwood. (Taylor Goebel / The Herald)

Mediterranean Grill Fork

3925 196th St. SW #102, Lynnwood

(425) 245-7944

Online ordering is available.

Price: Most sandwiches are $11-$12, shawarma and kabob plates range from $13 to around $17, most salads are $11-$14, and burgers are around $9 or $13 for a plate.

The Essential: Classic Mediterranean done right. You can get minced lamb, beef gyro meat, chicken, falafel and more in wraps and pita, over rice, salad or hummus – choose your own adventure. Customers loved the exceptionally soft hummus; gyro fries topped with garlic, feta, lamb and beef sauce; and general freshness.

9 delicacies that have become sweet radishes

520 128th St. SW B-8, Everett

(425) 512-8167

Price: to be determined

The main thing: KFC, but do the Korean “K”. 9 Delicacies has just announced its rebranding to Sweet Radish and unveiled its new logo: “Hand paned chicken”. They’ll be back with an “exciting announcement” about their new adventure, so stay tuned. The South Korean fusion restaurant in Everett served fried chicken covered in gochujang with refreshingly crunchy pickled daikon and cucumber, macaroni salad and more. We are excited to see what awaits us next!

Contact reporter Taylor Goebel at [email protected] or call 425-339-3046. Follow her on Twitter @TaylorGoebel. Join the Daily Herald’s food-focused Facebook page, SnohomDish.

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