Shanghai Garden

Chinese in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Hand-shaved barley noodles are the specialty of Shanghai Garden and, frankly, they trounce all expectations you might ordinarily have of a noodle. They’re wide and chewy, almost meaty, and just barely dressed with perky spinach and globs of chicken, tofu, beef or shrimp.

It might seem odd to get all rapturous about a plate of noodles, but these deserve it. The sugar-pea vines are also a favorite, and if neither of those options tempts you, there are about 75 other choices.