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 nicely integrated 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.