We’re kicking off Giving Tuesday early this year! Your donation today will be matched up to $10K, doubling your impact! If you donate $50 today, the Reader will receive $100.

The Reader is now a community-funded nonprofit newsroom. Can we count on your support to help keep us publishing?

  • Mike Sula
  • They cut your okonomiyaki for you

When someone told me you could get okonomiyaki from a relatively new food stall in the basement of Richland Center in Chinatown, I sought it out, even though this savory mayo-and-barbecue-sauce-drenched octopus-and-onion pancake, sprinkled with shivering bonito flakes—aka “Japanese pizza”—is something you probably could only love if you grow up with it. It’s a gloppy, sloppy, mushy mess, and the stand’s octopus balls (takoyaki) weren’t much better, unforgivably undercooked and filled with gooey wet batter.