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501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
There’s nothing fancy about Ezell’s, a hole-in-the-wall fried chicken joint in Seattle's Central District—there isn’t even seating. But that’s not the point. You don’t go to Ezell’s for the ambience; you go for the crispy, batter-fried drumsticks,...
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600 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Located in the International District in Uwajimaya’s food court, Unicone serves up very thin, Japanese-style crepes, filled with sweet or savory toppings and rolled up in a paper cone. Half the fun is watching them make the crepes before your...
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1201 Alaskan Way #100, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
On a pier that's over a century old, Elliott's Oyster House has been one of Seattle's best places for seafood for over three decades. All of the iconic tastes of the Pacific Northwest are here—Dungeness crab, wild salmon, and, of course, oysters....
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1253 Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
Locals may get a twinge of nostalgia remembering Lunchbox Laboratory's original, tiny shack in Ballard, where vintage lunchboxes covered the walls, and they closed when they ran out of meat. Fortunately, their new South Lake Union location is much...
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664 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
There are plenty of great dim sum restaurants in Seattle's International District, aka Chinatown, but Duk Li is a personal favorite. While they don't wheel carts full of steamer baskets around the restaurant, the food is served up fresh, fast, and...
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925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
If there's a single most iconic Seattle meal, it's probably fish and chips. We're rightly famous for our salmon, which is very tasty when given the batter-fried treatment, but halibut may be the most popular choice for locals (and well worth the...
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1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
Yes, you read that right... "Keep clam" is the motto at Ivar's famous Seattle seafood restaurants. Ivar's has plenty of locations around town, from the casual fish-and-chip stands to the fancier waterfront Acres of Clams and Salmon House, but all...
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1621 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
It's an uphill walk to get to Glo's, and, once you get there, you'll have to wait because it's pocket sized. But let's say you sit on the benches outside, watching the busy intersection under grey stormy skies (the only kind you get in Seattle)...
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1509 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122, USA
The delicious smells wafting from this hole-in-the-wall will woo anyone within a two-block radius. Little Uncle is a tiny shack on Madison Ave. that serves up fantastic Thai "street food" dishes. The menu is tiny (there's always a rotating daily...
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2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Many consider breakfast the most important meal of the day, so it has to be big, good, or both. The innovative approach Lola takes in redefining breakfast classics manages to catapult it into the later. Something as simple as a doughnut becomes...
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1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
There’s some confusion about this place’s real name — even the restaurant can’t seem to decide whether it’s 7 Stars Peppers, 7 Stars Pepper, or something else. But whatever you call it, they make some mean hand-shaven noodles. Highlights of their...
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1333 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Centrally located, but in a quiet commercial building, Origin is one downtown restaurant where it's easy to walk in and get a table even during the lunch rush — or, better yet, an outside spot on their large, sunny patio. Origin offers a wide,...
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1427 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
Too often, vegans and gluten-free folk get relegated to a sad corner of a restaurant menu with a paltry few selections. So it must be pretty amazing to walk into Veggie Grill, knowing that anything on the menu can be yours. They serve “100%...
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1009 Boren Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
When a restaurant’s logo consists of bulbs of garlic, you can consider yourself warned. Mediterranean Kitchen uses liberal amounts of the stuff in their delectably aromatic Middle Eastern dishes. Their meals are a great value, since they include a...
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225 12th Ave #101, Seattle, WA 98144, USA
Who has the best banh mi? That's a question that could be debated endlessly - but Saigon Deli, in the International District, is a strong contender. For just $2.50, you get a fresh, crusty baguette stuffed with meat or tofu (the BBQ pork is...
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1622.5 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
Another food-truck-made-good in a permanent location, Molly Moon’s now has five locations around town, but still sends out its iconic baby-blue truck for special events — just follow your nose to the heavenly scent of their freshly made waffle...
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Crepes just might be the ideal street food: casual, fun to eat, and — crucially — available in both sweet and savory. Crisp Creperie delivers both out of their roaming truck, in an ever-changing menu with unexpected flavor combinations like...
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1943 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, USA
My pick for the best cafe in Seattle, Macrina Bakery's headquarters in SoDo, has one of the coolest features I've ever seen: two giant glass windows that let you look into the kitchen and watch the show. Macrina's workers operate at a nonstop,...
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For food-truck entertainment value, it’s hard to beat watching tiny donuts being freshly made in front of your eyes. Street Donuts delivers bowls of tiny bite-size donuts with an assortment of exciting and unusual toppings: dustings of curry,...
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1700 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
There is an initial stir walking into blueacre. It's just a little too perfect. The raw bar, split seating areas, private dining room, the art, the simplicity. Maybe just a little over-thought on ticking all the design boxes. That all fades upon...
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2311 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Wasabi Bistro is everything you’d expect of a sushi joint in Belltown: elegant, modern decor, high-quality fish, and expensive prices. In addition to three pages of flagrantly inauthentic sushi, like the Geisha on Vacation roll (spicy crab,...
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1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
The Tamarind Tree proves you can take the Vietnamese out of Vietnam. This place makes every effort to keep their traditional cuisine in tow. It is tucked in a corner of a Little Saigon business complex with no street signage. Having spent time all...
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2234 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Billed as Seattle’s oldest Mexican restaurant, Mama’s Mexican Kitchen is a long-running tradition. It has all the usual Tex-Mex standbys, dripping with cheese: tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas. Plus, of course, an extensive margarita...
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Junction, Seattle, WA, USA
If you say "Ma'ono" to a Seattle local, you might get a blank look — but try "the fried chicken place that used to be Spring Hill," and you'll get a nod of recognition. Back when it was Spring Hill, their weekly fried-chicken nights were so...
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507 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
What could be more autumnal than a big, steaming bowl of soup? Hopvine Pub cooks up giant batches of some of the most amazing soups you've ever had, including a fantastic French onion soup with a thick, perfectly toasted cheesy topping and hot,...
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527 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102, USA
Comfort food doesn’t have to be heavy and drowned in grease: just try pho, the light and flavorful Vietnamese soup that’s much loved by Seattleites. Than Brothers is the local chain, with locations all around town, but the Capitol Hill one is one...
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2313 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121, USA
Yes, the name is a real groaner, but there’s a reason: it’s the new incarnation of the former Ipanema rodizio restaurant. What’s still the same is the never-ending parade of juicy, flavorful meat carved at your table by roaming passadores, as well...
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403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112, USA
A small, Southern-influenced cafe on the 15th Avenue strip, the Wandering Goose is worth a visit if only for its excellent neon sign – a plump, bottom-heavy goose waddling back and forth. Their breakfast and lunch fare includes classics like...
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4721 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
In the heart of West Seattle's Alaska Junction is the local gem Husky Deli, family-owned since 1932. In summer, the line winds through the store for their famous ice cream — like the Oreo Coffee scoop shown here. But their made-to-order deli...
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372 Roy St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA
It's one of the more highly rated pho spots in Seattle, and recommended by every pho lover who has been to Seattle. And...it's really really delicious. Go for the spicy beef broth pho. It's quick, delicious, piping hot, and $7. And it feels like...
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4725 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116, USA
West Seattle is a bit off the beaten path for visitors, but the short drive is worth it. After admiring the sunset at Alki Beach, head to the Alaska Junction, the main shopping/eating area on California Avenue. There you'll find Mashiko, one of my...
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3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
The Whale Wins is the latest restaurant from award winning chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale-and it will completely steal both your heart and your taste buds. The venue is truly the 'lively, light filled, cottage-like...
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10600 NE 9th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
Top Pot is a Seattle area must. The staff is always friendly and kind, and the donuts and coffee are to die for. I try and go at least once a week. I love the raspberry glazed (pictured) but you can’t go wrong with anything here. They have all the...
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5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Senor Moose bills itself as "comida tipica" — real Mexican food. They feature regional food from Oaxaca, Jalisco, and Michoacan, plus more familiar fare like tacos and enchiladas. But the highlight is brunch, when they serve up dishes like Chorizo...
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6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA
Seattle's seafood is justifiably famous, but the restaurants can admittedly be a little stodgy and over-formal. For a more casual and family-friendly ambience, try Ray's Cafe, upstairs from the more formal Ray's Boathouse. You'll get the same...
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Wilburton, Bellevue, WA, USA
You need a little luck to catch Tako Kyuuban Takoyaki in action. One Friday afternoon, I went to the Asian supermarket Uwajimaya in Bellevue and happened upon this stand, which turns out the popular Japanese street snack takoyaki. They're...
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4541 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Not to be confused with the nearby Aladdin Gyro-cery, Aladdin Falafel Corner (in the University District) is a hole-in-the-wall favorite with thrifty students and anyone who loves a juicy, heaping gyro. Nothing on the menu is over $10, and a gyro...