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8917 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.693593 -122.317767
Neighborhoods: North Seattle, Maple Leaf, North
For 17 years, Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon has been a popular destination for devotees of Mandarin and Szechuan style cooking in Seattle. Food critics and fans alike come back time and time again and have done so for years. Featuring a variety of authentic Chinese food, from spicy beef noodles and sizzling rice soup, to hombow and jiao-zi, Chef Judy Fu also makes her own sauces.
Judy Fu's Black Bean Sauce and Peanut Sauce proved to be so popular, they're available for purchase. Bon Appetit raved "Judy Fu's authentic Chinese food is always delicious." Seattle's own Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon is the pinnacle of epicurean delight for Chinese food lovers everywhere.
Chinese food catering, holiday parties, events and receptions, Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon never fails to satisfy your craving for spring rolls, clay-pot stews, mu shu or savory home-made noodles.
I used to work there – I'll say this much. The owner does a very good job of making sure the kitchen is always clean. That being said, this place is not real Chinese food. If you think it is, you're being fooled. There are some dishes that are passable, but still not great. If you do like real Chinese food, obviously go to China Town. But if you can't make it that far, I would suggest the homemade noodles, and ask for light on the oil (they can make it spicy too which will add some flavor--certainly not authentic, but it should suffice). The dumplings are alright, and supposedly the beef noodle soup is good, but I never tried it. The egg plant is an abomination, as well as all the chicken dishes. They don't use dark meat in the chicken so they try to supplement that with just disgusting amounts of msg in order to add flavor. The --- stickers are atrocious. (Stupid sit wouldn't let me use the actual word here, flagged as "inappropriate"--gimme a break)
The dried sauteed string bean is actually alright too. Oh, and the won tons in peanut sauce--unforgivable.
Listen, if you want really good chinese food, take the time to drive down to the International district. If you like fatty and disgusting americanized chinese food, go to Snappy Dragon. That's really all there is to it. None of the other Chinese restaurants in North Seattle are gonna be good.
And if you do like Snappy Dragon well---you just have really bad taste in Chinese food. But apparently a lot of people do because it's usually busy in there. So i guess enjoy your crappy general tso's chicken (which is not real chinese food).
Something has changed and its not good! – This place used to be fail safe great Chinese Restaurnat and always really busy too. I was there on Saturday night and figured there would be a wait but there was no one waiting and we were seated immediately at one of the many empty tables. that was my first clue.... also the entire staff was made up entirely of what looked like fresh out of high schoolers doing their first job. I saw one actual Asian person the whole night..... and my suspicion grew. The service was lame ...... slow slow slow and they took our drink and dinner orders at the same time.... and brought them out about the same time too. But, the food though was actually awful. The sweet and sour was too sour and the spring rolls basically were filled with shredded cabbage and thats it.
I know I used to love those things because they were full of flavor but there was none to be had last night except the taste of the slightly burnt oil they were fried in. The barbequed pork was flavorless and actually tough, not tender. We also had the general tso's chicken which I remember used to be a real treat but again the flavor was wrong and the peices of chicken over coated. We also had prawn sweet and sour. The prawns were actually good quality but they were over sauced with very little flavor but sour and a few onion and green pepper chunks that seemed under cooked.
And the chow mein with black bean sauce and few vegetables lacked the essentail flavor it used to have. The home made noodles were pretty good but the whole dish just lacked flavor.
I don't know what has happened, but it has changed. I will not be going back to my favorite Chinese joint unless I hear it has changed back. Its really pretty sad!
Drowning in Sauce – Every time I order from here my food always comes drenched in some sort of sauce. So much to the point that I can't even taste my food, just the sauce. The atmosphere is awesome but the food always leaves me dissatisfied.
More like the Crappy Dragon – I don't get it. Why does this hole keep showing up in "best of" sites? It is strictly American food attempting to pass itself off as Chinese. ENORMOUS chunks of vegetables (seems everything gets diced in three or less slices) swimming in some of the most flavorless sauces I have ever encountered in Chinese or any other cuisine. Service was mediocre in attentiveness and snooty in attitude. What do you expect when eveyone keeps telling them they're the best in town?
OK, you cattle, keep going to Judy Fu's. That way I know a table will always be open at the REAL best Chinese restaurant in town. No, I'm not telling.
Snappy Dragon hits the spot! – I took a friend to Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon after reading the review in the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine since I am always looking for good neighborhood places around Seattle. After reading the other reviews of Snappy Dragon here on this board I was a little weary about trying it but did anyway. I am glad that I did now. First thing you will notice upon entering is the friendly wait staff. They were very helpful in offering their recommendations when asked. We ended up ordering the pork dumplings (Waiter Rec), the Snappy Dragon Chow Mien, and the Pineapple chicken w/ cashews and pea pods. The food was delivered to our table in record time and was nice and hot. The dumplings were super and the dipping sauce was great too. They also came with a small side dish of some spicy chili paste that was super spicy that went well with the normal dipping sauce. I ordered the chow mein with made to order hand cut noodles and it was absolutely wonderful. It is not like the plain old chow mien noodles that you get at other Chinese places. The pineapple chicken was also great. A new taste from your regular Chinese restaurants. Slightly sweet that went great with the chicken and cashews.
All in all I highly recommend the Snappy Dragon to anybody looking for a fun new place to get good Chinese food that is not typical run of the mill that you can get at the 100 other Chinese places in the city. If you are looking for Chinese food that you would get in Hong Kong, like one of the reviewers states that they were looking for, you will need to keep looking. The last time I checked the Snappy Dragon is in Seattle and in no way do I think that they portray that there food isn't Americanized. I actually can't believe some of the bad reviews of this place because our experience tonight was all together great.
The prices were great for the amount of food that we received. The wait staff was friendly and I will be going back soon!
Best Chinese takeout in North Seattle – My fiance and I have been searching out the Chinese restaurants in N. Seattle since we moved here almost a year ago. We tried this one for the first time recently. It's a bit far from us, so I doubt we'd order there often, but when I get a craving for American Chinese food, this is totally the place I think of now.
The fried rice was fantastic, the sweet and sour pork was cooked almost perfectly (only a few smaller tough pieces, which is a miracle with Pork) though the sauce is a bit strong, and the price (while not cheap since it was dinner) was not outrageous for the amount of food. The white rice was a bit on the dry side, however.
I will admit that I haven't tried any of their more exotic Chinese dishes because that's not what I was looking for, but the food we had was great, there was plenty of it, and the service (we picked up takeout) was good from what we saw.
Lunch Specials are Cheap – Love the lunch specials for their value, for dinner the food costs a bit more than I'd like to spend on take out and can sometimes be a bit greasy.
Love the salt and pepper shrimp and sauteed green beans. Can be super busy on weekends, so we like to order take out. Always get extra fortune cookies!
potstickers to die for!! – I have been going here for years and I love this place!! The veggie pan fried potstickers are the best in seattle and the duck with hoisen and light and delicious little buns....i'm drooling right now!! I love the wait staff most of them have been working there forever and the family is right there as well. It can get a little packed on some nights and getting a table can be a wait...but its totally worth it!!
Snappy the Yucky Dragon! – After seeing that the Snappy Dragon won several "Best of Seattle" awards, my husband and I decided to give it a try...HUGE MISTAKE!!! The first bad sign, not a single Asian customer!! The "crisy eggplant" had a sauce that was practically florescent red! Each dish was excessively salty and the tea was flavorless...brown water. You are better off going to Panda Express. At least there you expect to get mediocre "trashy" Chinese food. "Best of" award...what the heck Seattle!!!?????
Never Again... – I've never been a fan of Judy Fu's however, on my pregnant sisters' craving for Chinese and our combined laziness, we decided to order. I thought maybe it will be better this time as we haven't ordered from there in a year or so... NOPE. The food is extremely greasy, and sweet and sour chicken and shrimp are so heavily breaded there is barely any meat in there. The only dish that was okay is the fried rice, however, it is very greasy so you will need papertowels to literally strain it first.
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