Seattle boasts waterfront views, lush hikes, and a lively underground music scene. It is a city bursting with life and history from its start as a logging town to a now bustling tech hub. With such diversity in life comes diversity in food, and Seattle is no stranger to authentic and delicious dishes from around the world. Here are 10 of Seattle’s best restaurants.
Nestled in the eclectic neighborhood of Wallingford is a restaurant serving up flavorful plates from Trinidad. Carribean music fills the air as friendly faces welcome you to a little piece of paradise. It’s a dinner restaurant that has been a stop on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Guy went mad for their in-bone goat) and has topped restaurant lists in Seattle since its opening. The paratha, a flakey buttery bread, is handmade and comes out hot and fresh to the table. Anyone with a craving for spicy meat can order Pam’s Jerk Chicken, just make sure you wash it down with refreshing ‘sorrel’ – a hibiscus based drink that the locals say “tastes like Christmas.”
In the neighborhood that hosts the ever-colorful Solstice Festival lies a casual burger-shack grilling up some serious patties. Enjoy some sun this summer on their open-air patio as you bite into burgers topped with crisp veggies, savory cheeses, and creamy sauces. Go for The Classic and you won’t be disappointed. The atmosphere at Uneeda will make you feel right at home – the service is friendly, the customers are happy, and there’s a sense of ease in the air. It’s a joint that stays humble and keeps making what its good at – delicious juicy burgers.
The University District is a quirky college neighborhood located next to one of Washington’s largest universities. Under the wild bar scene and students buzzing about is the unassuming Thai Tom. Make sure you get there early – there are only twenty seats in the place and people are willing to wait. When you do get in, try to snag a seat at the bar so you can watch the cooks make food right in front of your eyes – they sling noodles and spices with the utmost concentration and serve up what can only be the best plate of Pad-Thai you’ll have on the west coast. Pair your dish with their homemade Thai iced-tea and in you’re in for an unforgettable meal. Remember, it’s cash only!
If you’ve never had an Opuntia, then you definitely must stop by The Innkeeper. Serving up fresh and interesting cocktails paired with Latin inspired bar food, this place is sure to satisfy your cravings while getting you out of the chaos of the city. Sit at one of their worn barrel tables, indulge in a gin and prickly pear cocktail, and tuck in to their fresh pulled pork tacos seasoned to perfection.
So much can be said for lunch and dinner, but so much more for breakfast. Morsel has two locations, one in Ballard and one in the University District, and both serve hearty breakfast sandwiches with piping hot cups of coffee. It’s a cozy cafe that delivers fresh food and a friendly environment. Try their creamy biscuits and gravy or “The Spanish Fly” topped with prosciutto and Mama Lil’s peppers. Sop up the fun from the night before and get your caffeine fix at one of Seattle’s most beloved cafes.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into Nepal at this little restaurant in Capitol Hill. It is owned by Roshita Shrestha, who is a native of Nepal and traveled the country learning how to cook a variety of dishes. She takes inspiration from the cuisines of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Take in the dark atmosphere around you, order up one of their interesting saffron-infused Vodka cocktails, and let this place compliment your senses. You’ll be sent home happy and full by the end of your visit.
If you think you need to travel to Philly in order to enjoy a true cheesesteak, then think again! Calozzi’s Cheesesteaks serves up some of the most mouthwatering cheesy sandwiches in town. Located in one of Seattle’s sleepier neighborhoods, this places is sure to leave you wanting to return again and again. They offer a huge variety of sandwiches, from peppered cheesesteaks to the famous classic. Order them “wit” fried onions to get the true experience. If you’re feeling adventurous, try one with cheese whiz. The meat is tender, the bread is fresh, and the service is spectacular. This one is a must in Seattle.
Bluestone boasts some amazing Korean and Japanese food that packs a punch of flavor. It is located in Capitol Hill, but is so small you could easily pass by without a thought – which would definitely be a huge mistake. Affordable and delicious, it’s a good place to try all sorts of authentic dishes ranging from spicy pork to bibimbap – and don’t get caught without a side of their homemade kimchi! Almost everything is served in large stone bowls that hold in the heat; you’ll be coming back for more once you leave this establishment.
This relaxed sandwich shop is the perfect place for a late lunch and offers exactly what its name says – meat and bread. But that’s not all, their sandwiches come seasoned and full of fresh veggies – the type of food you’ll want to write home about. This place has high ceilings, open space, and offers a modern vibe that compliments the rest of the city. Try their porchetta sandwich.
As one of Seattle’s favorite pizza places, you can’t go wrong at Serious Pie. Everything is served hot and fresh and keeps you feeling right at home. Tuck in to their roasted seasonal mushroom and truffle cheese pizza which will leave you fawning over the satisfying ingredients and buttery crust. The service is quick and attentive; they know how to treat their customers right. You won’t want to miss this slice of heaven when you find yourself in the bustle of the Emerald City.