While Seattle’s mostly residential Madrona neighborhood may not be known for having a plethora restaurants, it is still home to some excellent venues. From freshly baked goods to French steak frites to authentic Thai cuisine, Madrona residents and visitors needn’t go far to find a fantastic meal. Below, we guide you through our picks for the top restaurants in the neighborhood.
The best place for authentic Thai food in the area, Naam Thai Cuisine serves up great dishes with quality ingredients, instead of the overly sweet sauces and artificial flavor enhancers found in many other restaurants. Taupe walls, dark woods, lamps, and large, round daybeds with decor pillows contribute to the modern, chic atmosphere. One of the most popular offerings is the miang kham, an appetizer properly made by putting peanuts, lime, chilis, ginger, shallots, dried shrimp, toasted coconut, and a sweet sauce in betel leaves. Few American Thai restaurants even offer the dish, and even fewer make it well, but Naam Thai delivers. Another favorite is the Spicy Noodles, which are made with amazing wide noodles, tofu, and mouth-watering sauce. More popular choices include the crab fried rice, wonton soup, crispy coconut shrimp, chicken pad thai, and the green curry special that includes chicken simmered with green curry spices, coconut milk, green beans, zucchini, bamboo shoots, bell peppers, and basil served with pad thai, a spring roll, and jasmine white rice. There are also plenty of great window seats perfect for people watching on a sunny day.
Address & telephone number: 1404 34th Ave, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 568 6226
While not actually a restaurant, the Sabor Con Corazón food truck permanently docked in Madrona serves up some of the best Mexican and Cuban food you can find, making the fact that you’ll most likely have to stand while eating totally worth it. The truck is run by chef Maria Elvira Zarraonadia, who uses recipes from Panama, Mexico, Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. While there are a couple tables near the truck that can accommodate enough people on normal days, on Madrona Farmers Market days, there are far too many people eating the tasty food for the number of seats. Patrons quickly fall in love with the carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, and spicy fish tacos, as well as the delicious burritos and huge torta cubana. The truck also offers tamales, enchiladas, and tostadas as part of combos or a la carta. It even serves breakfast items like eggs algusto with rice and beans, scrambled eggs with rice and beans, and egg burritos with potatoes, ham, bacon, or chorizo, as well as a kid’s menu that includes tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. It’s a great, fast, convenient spot for locals, right in the Madrona Grocery Outlet Store parking lot.
Address & telephone number: 1126 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA, USA, +1 206 412 8653