Tamarind Tree

Vietnamese in Pioneer Square, International District & SoDo

Serving upscale food at entry-level prices in a massively popular dining room, this legendary place has a nuanced menu that includes everything from satays and salad rolls to pho and rice cakes (squid-, prawn- and pork-filled fried crepes). Tamarind Tree donates some of its profits to the Vietnam Scholarship Foundation. It's hidden at the back of an ugly car park.

Where else can you get seven courses of beef (lunch/dinner $35/42) prepared in a variety of Vietnamese styles?