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.