"Outstanding dining in the International District"
I challenge anyone to find a better restaurant than Mike's Noodle House. Of course, the Phnom Penh Noodle House is just as good. Then there's the Kau Kau Barbeque Market, Tai Tung and Unicorn Crepes that may also be the best restaurants on S. King Street in Seattle's International District. Not to mention the bakeries that make some of the absolute best pastries and desserts I've ever tasted. Several of the businesses and restaurants have small apartments over them, including nearby Uwajimaya on S. Weller St., so the International District, in all of it's mouth-watering deliciousness can be that much closer to home. Rents may be a little pricey, but the proximity to downtown, easy access to highways and interstates and, of course, the absolutely fabulous dining establishments may be worth the cost. The area is very pedestrian-friendly and traffic is minimal - quite the opposite for the more heavily traversed downtown areas just a couple of blocks north. The International District Metro station is at the west end of S. King Street and offers fast and free bus rides through the underground bus tunnels back into the heart of the city. The International District is very quiet, and surprisingly clean due to a noticeable lack of outdoor garbage cans. Another perk to the International District is the single Starbucks hiding in Union Station. Even die-hard coffee lovers don't miss it or notice when in this area of the city though.