4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

Seattle’s favorite Caribbean grill features fantastically messy grub that catapulted Paseo to number three on Yelp’s 2016 list of best places to eat in the U.S. The menu’s undisputed star: the slow-roasted pork—garnished with jalapeños, romaine lettuce, and soft-cooked onions—on a bed of pillowy bread. This gooey, drippy deliciousness soaks right through two layers of waxed paper...and no one ever minds. Not feeling the gluten? Go for a bean-and-rice bowl, tofu braised with garlic-tapenade, or a chicken breast grilled over lava rocks. The restaurant also has a Fremont location (4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103).

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The Legend Lives On at Paseo

The saga of Paseo has been an emotional roller coaster for Seattle sandwich enthusiasts. The beloved institution suddenly closed in November 2014, to citywide consternation. But new owner Ryan Santwire replicated the recipes for those famously messy, greasy Cuban sandwiches, and Paseo reopened in 2015. Judge for yourself whether the flavorful meats and chewy Macrina Bakery rolls live up to the legend. (And yes, the all-caramelized-onion sandwich is back, plus vegetarian options.)

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