Seattle, being such a large city, is full of a variety of districts and each has all sorts of hidden secrets when it comes to drinking and dining. But don’t worry, we’ll let you in on a few of Seattle’s finest budget-friendly options:
1. Take 5 Urban Market
This small market is quite deceiving. The building itself is older, and looks almost run down with its plain brick exterior and massive windows. Upon entering, however, you will instantly realize that this market is one of Seattle’s finest and most eclectic. Locals frequent this market for delicious sandwiches, the owner is extremely friendly, and the décor is homey and comfortable. The walls are lined with shelves full of unique treats, and tables in the center of the room allow for sit down meals within the market. Some of Take 5’s lunch and dinner specialties include a long list of deli fresh sandwiches, such as the meatloaf burger, curried chicken pita, and pulled BBQ chicken sandwich. The “dinner special” varies daily and is always a hot meal of humongous portions, for the flat cost of $11.50.
2. Sushi Maki
Living in Seattle, we have come to find that the smaller the shop or restaurant, the better the service. That said, Sushi Maki in Capitol Hill is basically the size of a walk in closet, and it is absolutely delicious. Most visitors stop in to take out, though there are a few stools inside and a couple tables outside of the restaurant. All rolls are made fresh, and a few favorites include the Mexican roll, spicy tuna or spicy salmon rolls, volcano roll, and the chef’s special (which is gigantic). The sushi is well priced and the service is very efficient.
3. 611 Supreme
Another prime Capitol Hill location is the restaurant and lounge 611 Supreme. A much more amped up creperie than Crepe Cravers, this restaurant features dark brick walls, art deco chandeliers, a full mahogany wood bar in the lounge, as well as plenty of seating. Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, 611 Supreme features truly French crepes filled with such ingredients as Gruyere cheese, and sautéed vegetables. Besides crepes, the menu also offers various salads and entrees such as roasted chicken or brined pork chops. Something to keep in mind: happy hour runs from 4-6, Sunday through Thursday, meaning that all crepes are half off, and the house wine and tap beers are around three dollars.
4. That’s Amore
Rich and hearty Italian food and an amazing view are only two of That’s Amore’s greatest features. Situated in downtown Seattle and overlooking Elliott Bay, the Seattle Skyline, and on clear days, the Olympic Mountain Range, That’s Amore allows guests to enjoy anything from traditional spaghetti and meatballs, grilled chicken and pesto calzones, and grilled eggplant with goat cheese, to sautéed mussels and calamari. This restaurant is also great for families, and provides a children’s menu and fantastic service.
5. Il Corvo
Each morning, chef Mike Easton wakes up early to shop for fresh ingredients at Pike Place Market. Upon returning to his small restaurant on Western Avenue, he begins the careful process of creating the day’s handmade pastas. By 11 a.m. the tiny shop is packed with regulars, waiting to try Easton’s latest creations. As the day goes on, the staff members cross out the dishes written on the giant chalkboard menu one by one, until all of the day’s pasta is gone – and it goes fast. Also, make sure to bring cash if you want to sample the tasty pasta because the restaurant is cash only. The service here is great, and the menu changes daily, so prepare to try a new dish each time you return. Unfortunately Il Corvo is closed on weekends, however on the restaurant website IlCorvopasta.com/recipes, you can try your hand at making some of the chef’s wild creations for a nice weekend dinner.
6. Le Fournil Café
Authentic French pastries are exactly what you will find at Le Fournil Café. Chef Nicolas Pare is originally from Nantes, France, but has traveled the world and worked in numerous cities. In Paris, it is common for people to stop by a local bakery each morning to pick up a fresh, crisp baguette for the day. Pare wanted to make this daily trip more accessible and fun for Seattleites, so he opened this petite café in 1997, and it has been a major success ever since. Located on Eastlake Avenue right by the water, Le Fournil Café features freshly baked breads and delicate pastries, as well as breakfast specials, sandwiches, boxed lunches to go, soups, salads, and quiches. As for desserts, the list is endless and ever changing to include various seasonal fruits. The venue itself is simple, but warm and inviting, and truly embraces the feeling of a small bistro or café in Paris.
7. Niko’s Gyros
Complete an afternoon stroll through Discovery Park in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle with some of Seattle’s greatest gyros. Niko’s Gyros offers everything from traditional lamb gyros, to Greek fries with feta cheese, and baklava. Despite the fact that Seattle has an uncountable number of gyros restaurants, people come from all over the city just for Niko’s. Being a family owned restaurant, at Niko’s each dish is prepared very carefully, and the food is true to its origins, unlike the cheaper, fast food gyros closer to the University District. For around $10 you will have a very satisfying meal here.
What other delicious, affordable eats do you love in Seattle?