The Best Lunch Spots on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Food at Monsoon | Photo Credit, Geoffrey Smith
Food at Monsoon | Photo Credit, Geoffrey Smith
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18 December 2017

Whether you work or live on Capitol Hill, it’s always helpful to know the best spots for that midday meal. For those who hardly make it to the neighborhood or are simply visiting, you may find that the trek to the LGBTQ capital of Seattle is worthwhile for these restaurants alone.

HoneyHole

Restaurant, Bar, Sandwich Shop, American, Beer, Vegetarian, $$$
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Sandwiches | Courtesy of HoneyHole

Since 1999, HoneyHole has been winning at the sandwich game. Partnering with local companies for the freshest ingredients and products, HoneyHole makes all of its sauces and soups in-house daily. Meats are roasted, grilled, and smoked in-house, and they cure their own pastrami. Despite their serious knowledge of meat, HoneyHole is also happy to offer vegetarian and vegan, as well as gluten-free, options.

Monsoon

Restaurant, Vietnamese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, American, $$$
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Monsoon
Monsoon | Photo Credit, Geoffrey Smith

Melding traditional Vietnamese cuisine with the spirit of the Pacific Northwest, Monsoon offers modern Vietnamese fare in a fresh, open space. Monday through Friday, patrons can even have their lunch delivered! With dim sum brunch, craft cocktails, and a daily happy hour, enjoying a midday meal at Monsoon will likely leave you making plans to return—soon.

Oddfellows Cafe and Bar

Bar, Cafe, American, $$$
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Oddfellows Cafe+Bar | © Joe Mabel / WikiCommons

This stylish, New American joint offers a varied array of dishes that all have one thing in common: as many sustainable, local, organic, and humane ingredients as possible. The interior of this trendy go-to is 90% recycled or repurposed, including furnishings and fixtures. For those who can’t resist taking home some leftovers, the take-out materials are all compostable too!

Scratch Deli

Deli, American, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Scratch Deli House
Scratch Deli House | Photo Credit, Liz Houlton
Scratch Deli is a creative hub that sells art in the form of culinary deliciousness. Starting as a food truck, the brick-and-mortar location has been thriving since its beginnings in 2012. Co-owned by four of the six employees, Scratch Deli maintains a sustainable, community-oriented hangout where new and longtime patrons alike can enjoy the seasonal concoctions of the deli’s talented team. Check it out on Friday nights for the comedy open mic!

Sitka and Spruce

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Sitka and Spruce
Sitka and Spruce | Photo Credit, Jacob Smithers

This upscale eatery has earned attention around the world. The local fare, which rotates around the seasonality and accessibility of ingredients, is precisely prepared. In short, the dishes, which focus on the flavor of fresh products, simply feature the best of the Pacific Northwest.

Skillet

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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The Burger
The Burger | © Ryan Carlson

From a food truck in 2007, Skillet has expanded into four restaurants in Seattle and a catering business, distributing their Bacon Jam across North America. Throughout their evolution, Skillet has held to a chef-driven menu and atmosphere that provides comfort and originality with a personal touch.

Tacos Chukis

Restaurant, Mexican, Vegetarian
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Tacos Chukis Food
Tacos Chukis Food | Courtesy of Tacos Chukis

Yes, Seattle also has great Mexican food. A UW graduate from Tijuana and his friend, who used to be a taquero (taco artisan) in Mexico City, started Tacos Chukis in 2011. Now, with two locations, including on Capitol Hill, they offer tacos, mulitas, baby burritos, quesadillas, tortas, nopal asado, and their house taco, tacos chukis.

Volunteer Park Cafe

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, $$$
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Volunteer Park Cafe Dish
Volunteer Park Cafe Dish | Photo Credit, Jim Henkens
Volunteer Park Cafe goes the extra mile to provide “always fresh goodness.” They have a garden in the backyard, which is available for an afternoon tour and provides herbs, vegetables, and eggs from their chickens for a real farm-to-table experience. Complemented by delicious pastries, Volunteer Park Cafe is comfort food at its best.

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