Reader’s Choice Awards 2013

Congratulations to our Reader’s Choice Award Winners.
Our readers love you!


5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S., Seattle, WA 98118
Thursday, December 5, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Purchase your tickets to the banquet here!
(Please note: winners receive one complimentary ticket.)



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Arts & Entertainment

  1. Favorite Local Artist: Alan Lau
  2. Favorite Local Author/Writer: Eric Liu
  3. Favorite API Festival: Bon Odori
  4. Favorite Local Hip Hop Artist: Macklemore
  5. Favorite Local Photographer: Dean Wong
  6. Favorite API Comedian: Margaret Cho

Nightlife & Recreation

  1. Favorite Happy Hour: Wasabi Bistro
  2. Favorite Karaoke Hotspot: Bush Garden Restaurant
  3. Favorite Casino to Indulge: Snoqualmie Casino
  4. Favorite Hangout Spot: Eastern Cafe

Food & Drinks 

  1. Favorite Vietnamese Restaurant: Tamarind Tree
  2. Favorite Thai Restaurant: Thai Curry Simple
  3. Favorite Indian Restaurant: Cedar’s Restaurant on Brooklyn
  4. Favorite Coffee Shop/Tea House: Panama Hotel Tea & Coffee House
  5. Favorite Bubble Tea Café: Oasis Tea Zone
  6. Best Sushi Restaurant: Daimonji Sushi and Grill
  7. Best Korean BBQ Restaurant: Palace BBQ Korean Bar & Grill
  8. Best Dim Sum: Jade Garden
  9. Favorite Local Chef: Tom Douglas
  10. Favorite Bakery: Bakery Nouveau
  11. Favorite Chinese Restaurant: Tai Tung
  12. Favorite Asian-Fusion Restaurant: Wild Ginger
  13. Favorite Seafood Restaurant: Ho Ho Seafood Restaurant
  14. Favorite Local Winery: Chateau St. Michelle Winery

People & Places

  1. Favorite Local Journalist: Lori Matsukawa, KING 5 News Anchor and Reporter
  2. Favorite Empowered Youth: Julie Pham
  3. Favorite Mentor: Ron Chew
  4. Favorite Volunteer: Howard Wu (NAAAP)
  5. Favorite Local Political Figure: Bob Hasegawa
  6. Favorite Activist or Engaged Citizen: Linh Thai
  7. Favorite Philanthropist: Jerry Lee
  8. Favorite Entrepreneur/Business Owner: Tomio Moriguchi, Chairman of Uwajimaya
  9. Favorite Local Sports Figure: Russell Wilson
  10. Favorite Community College: Seattle Central Community College
  11. Favorite University: UW Seattle
  12. Favorite Educator/Teacher:  Connie So
  13. Favorite Executive Director of a Non Profit: Diane Narasaki, Executive Director of Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS)
  14. Favorite CEO: Yale Wong, CEO and Founder of General Biodiesel
  15. Most Inspirational Speaker: Ron Sims, former King County Executive

Businesses & Services

  1. Favorite Asian-Owned Start-Up: TD Wang
  2. Favorite Corporate Giver to Asian American Causes: Comcast
  3. Favorite Mom & Pop Business: Phnom Penh Noodle House
  4. Favorite Health Organization/Business: International Community Health Services (ICHS)
  5. Favorite Asian Owned Green Business: General Biodiesel
  6. Favorite API Senior Organization: Nikkei Concerns
  7. Favorite Professional Association: National Association of Asian American Professionals-Seattle (NAAAP-Seattle)
  8. Favorite API Youth Group or Organization: Lambda Phi Epsilon
  9. Favorite Cultural Preservation Institution: Wing Luke Asian Museum
  10. Favorite API Advocacy Organization: APIC

Honorable Mention (2nd place in two categories or more!)

  1. Favorite Hang Out Spot and Mom & Pop Shop: World Pizza



About the RCA
Each August, the International Examiner gives its readers the opportunity to recognize their local favorites.  Readers vote throughout the month of August and early September.  Winners are featured in the November Reader’s Choice Awards issue, which will include profiles of businesses, organizations and individuals.  This year’s celebratory 4th Annual RCA dinner will be held on Thursday, December 5th. Save the date!  To sponsor the RCA, please email [email protected]

Want to see who won RCA 2012? Click HERE.