Change Up Your LUNCH Routine: Best Restaurants for Lunch in Seattle


We enjoy the spicy, unique and playful Korean food here best at lunchtime, when it’s less busy and a whole lot less noisy. Favorites include the rice bowl topped with albacore, fennel kimchi and greens (shown, $13) or the house-made, tea-scented noodles with duck and pickled raisins ($15).

Lunch Mon.-Fri.; Brunch Sat.-Sun; Dinner daily. Fremont, 403 N 36th St.; 206.547.2040;


The Whale Wins

Meet a friend for a long lunch in this Fremont spot, and don’t forget the wine. The wood-oven-roasted trout with walnut-lemon sauce (shown, $16) is lovely.

Lunch and dinner daily. Fremont, 3506 Stone Way N.; 206.632.9425;


Little Uncle

The most coveted two-top in the city might be the little table nestled in an alcove of this fragrant and spirited walk-up shop on Madison Street. To eat: seasonal curries with tiny eggplants ($8–$10), steamed buns stuffed with beef cheeks ($3.30 each) and an essential noodleless pad thai with Seattle-made tofu (shown, $8.80).

Lunch and early dinner Tue.–Sat. Capitol Hill, 1509 E Madison St.; 209.329.1503;


Kukai Ramen & Izakaya

The tsukemen (dipping ramen), with cold, lightly chewy noodles and the luscious, smoky tonkotsu broth, stuns ($10). You’ve likely never had ramen this good (see review here).

Lunch and dinner daily. Bellevue, 14855 Main St.; 425.243.7527;



At this chic Middle Eastern eatery, come lunchtime, gorgeous flatbread sandwiches (shown) called mana’eesh are filled with lamb or aromatic za’atar (spice mixture) and cheese, and riddled with spices and green herbs ($7–$9). Both filling and enlightened, they are a most welcome addition to Seattle’s sandwich spectrum.

Lunch and dinner, Tue.-Sun. Capitol Hill, 1508 Melrose Ave.; 206.906.9606;


Cafe Campagne

This Pike Place Market stalwart is like old brass—gorgeously burnished by years of use and careful maintenance. Dive into duck confit salad (shown, $15) or an open-faced rillettes sandwich ($12) in the winter, and excellent salade niçoise in the summer ($15).

Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily; brunch weekends. Pike Place Market, 1600 Post Alley; 206.728.2233;


Il Corvo

The rapture-inducing, ever-evolving pastas from chef/owner Mike Easton at his new Pioneer Square Il Corvo keep us coming back to taste what’s next on the menu. Case in point: Tagliatelle with ragu Bolognese (shown, every dish is $10 or less).

Lunch Mon.-Fri. Pioneer Square, 217 James St.; 206.387.3556;


Marination Ma Kai

Need a giant Hawaiian/Korean meal with a great view? Head directly to the infant outpost of the Marination archipelago at the water taxi terminal in West Seattle to gorge on Marination classics, such as spicy-sweet Kahlúa pork sliders ($2.50 each), kimchi quesadillas ($6) and the stupendous, slaw-bedecked pork katsu sandwich (shown, $8.50).

Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. West Seattle, 1660 Harbor Ave SW. 206.328.8226;


Having a Hard Time Deciding Where to Eat/Drink this Weekend? Seattle’s Coolest Bars and Restaurants in Town

We’re here to make your decision making even harder. Where to Eat and Drink in Seattle; the coolest bars and restaurants in town!


1) Bitterroot BBQ
5239 Ballard Ave NW; 206.920.4196
A custom smoker doles out serious “Q” cuts of pork belly, baby backs, and pulled pork, which go onto custom pretzel buns from Tall Grass Bakery.
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2) The Walrus and the Carpenter
4743 Ballard Ave NW; 206.395.9227
From the French-foodtrix behind the Boat Street Cafe, this big-time (but not very big) oyster bar is dominated by heaping baskets of shellfish, and a totally open kitchen, who claims to not care who his GF is forking.
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3) Staple & Fancy Mercantile
4739 Ballard Ave NW; 206.789.1200
S&F gets its name — not to mention the inspiration for its “Staple” a la carte eats and “Fancy” chef’s tasting menus — from the original hand-painted signage they found behind a plaster wall in this renovated machine/mercantile shop.
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4) Ray’s Boathouse
6049 Seaview Ave NW; 206.789.3770
After a four-month hiatus, this waterfront seafoodery came back with a swanked out vengeance, and a new shared plate-heavy menu.
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5) Von Trapp’s
912 12th Ave; 206.325.5409
The crew behind Bastille stormed Cap Hill with this massive, 420-seat beer hall fitted with two bars, five indoor bocce courts, and a mess of housemade sausage.
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6) Bait Shop
606 Broadway E; 206.420.8742
Opened by the lady behind Linda’s, King’s, Oddfellows, etc., this North Broadway boozer’s presumably called Bait Shop because you’ll end up hooked on its tropical drinks! Or just, you know, because of the nautical motif or whatever.
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7) Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium
928 12th Ave; 206.552.9755
Despite its vintage-artillery-style logo, this place’s name references canonical standards of good taste, which it displays via lavish, Prohibition-era touches and seriously elevated cocktails.
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8) Altura Restaurant
617 Broadway E; 206.402.6749
Helmed by a husband & wife team who legit met while crushing Deluxes at the nearby Dick’s, Altura slings next-level Boot-food sourced mostly from Pike Place Market.
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9) Terra Plata
1501 Melrose Ave; 206.325.1501
James Beard winner Tamara Murphy’s aggressively farm-to-table eatery is smack in Melrose Market, which is also an exchange where Andrew Shue futures contracts are trading at… well, look at that: they’re free.
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10) Rumba
1112 Pike St; 206.583.7177
Inspired by ’50s-era Cuban drinking rooms, Rumba’s decadence flies in the face of the Revolution, and it must be destroyed the second spot named for a dance opened by the dude behind nearby Tango.
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11) The Wandering Goose
403 15th Ave E; 206.323.9938
Serving a biscuit-heavy line-up of Southern eats, this narrow, 30-seat cafe is separated from the neighboring Rione XIII only by a vintage leaded glass “demising-wall” that looks totally killer.
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12) Artusi
1535 14th Ave; 206.251.7673
Spinasse’s boozier little brother preps badass imbibables, plus lighter Italian fare inspired by famed, 19th c., Pellegrino Artusi-penned cookbook Science in the Kitchen.
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13) Bar Cotto
1546 15th Ave; 206.838.8081
Right next to one of Ethan Stowell’s other excellent eat spots (Anchovies & Olives), this salumeria’ll ply you with prosciutto, mortadella, Parma, and other porcine products that’re HAM to pass up.
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14) Auto Battery
1009 E Union St; 206.322.2886
Located in a former (wait for it!) auto battery shop, this garage-door-fronted hybrid coffee shop/sports bar’s got everything you need to enjoy the game, including tubular-shaped meat from next door Po Dogs.
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15) Poquitos
1000 E Pike St; 206.453.4216
This extravagantly appointed, 122-seat comida-ry has a massive, flame-heated, covered deck, a separate late-night take-out counter, and made-to-order tortilla and guac stations.
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16) The Coterie Room
2137 2nd Ave; 206.956.8000
Delicate inlaid ceiling panels, a living wall of greenery, and a glowing crystal dreidel of a chandelier all sit in service of eats from the guys behind Spur Gastropub and Tavern Law.
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17) Rocco’s Specialty Bar & Pizzeria
2228 2nd Ave; 206.448.2625
Creatively named drinks, old-timey, mix-your-own “Shrub Cocktails” that come w/ a flavored syrup, various spirits & soda, and hand-tossed pizzas covered in toppings ranging from anchovies to “X Mozzarella”.
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18) The Upstairs
2209 2nd Ave; 206) 441-4013
Sneakily located in the pseudo-residential space that once housed art co-op/kinda illegal drinking establishment the McLeod Residence, The Upstairs is accessed via a street-side stairway that’s marked only by extremely subtle signs, which you won’t be giving off after a few of their craft ‘tails.
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19) Local 360
2234 1st Ave; 206.441.9360
Even sourcing most of their consumables from within 360 miles of Seattle, they still manage to turn out malted buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, plates of pork belly slathered in beans for dinner, plus snacks from PB&J Bon Bons to crispy pig ear.
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20) Vessel
624 Olive Way
Staffed by a rotating line-up of bartenders from Seattle’s sweetest drinking establishments, Vessel’s got a “Lab” in the back where they run scientific tipple experiments, and make giant 300lb blocks of ice. For real.
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21) Cha:n
86 Pine St ; 206.443.5443​
Using Western techniques is either a good way to get your university in trouble for giving Shaq a car/Penny Hardaway a house/that white dude no one knows a tractor, or a sweet way to prepare classic Korean eats, as evidenced by the courtyard-adjacent Cha:n.
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22) Marche
86 Pine St; 206.728.2800
This convivial Franco-foodery from the accolade-heavy Iron Chef behind Cafe Campagne serves up playful takes on traditional bistro fare, like a salad that combines salmon roe & warm potato, also a game that, while significantly easier to play, is much less exciting.
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24) Il Corvo
217 James St; 206.538.0999
The guy behind this beloved former Pike Street Hill Climb pop-up tops his meticulously handmade pastas with everything from spicy coppa to wild boar.
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25) Bar Sajor
323 Occidental Ave S; 206.682.1117
The guy behind The Corson Building, Bar Ferd’nand, etc., has made this lunch-focused P-Square boozer the place to go for exclusively wood-fired/wood-grilled eats.
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26) Delicatus
103 1st Ave S; 206.623.3780
This delicatessen/bar’s split by a large column’d archway, w/ a casual drinkery on one side, and a long lunch counter topped w/ lofted seating on the other. Sandwich monstrosities are highlighted by the pulled pork/wasabi aioli Fists of Fury topped w/ tobiko caviar.
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27) Blind Pig Bistro
2238 Eastlake Ave E; 206.329.2744
Opened in the same charmingly strange strip mall space that used to house Nettletown, and before that Sitka & Spruce, this… um, spruced 20-seater serves a constantly rotating menu of delicious-but-affordable small plates.
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28) Sushi Kappo Tamura
2968 Eastlake Ave E; 206.547.0937
This casually high-end raw-fishery preps mostly NW-caught seafood in an open stainless-steel kitchen wrapped by a sushi bar that fits 13, a number which, as Wilt Chamberlain will tell you, gets crazy lucky.
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29) Agrodolce
709 N 35th St; 206.547.9707
If she spelled her name differently, you might think James Beard winner Maria Hines had 57 restaurants, but Fremont’s Agrodolce — a Southern-Italian follow-up to Tilth and Golden Beetle — is actually only her third.
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30) The Whale Wins
3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.9425
Not just a succinct paraphrase of the Cliffs Notes on Moby Dick, The Whale Wins is actually an airy, L-shaped 50-seater from the chef-lady behind The Walrus & the Carpenter and Boat Street Cafe that boasts French country eats cooked almost exclusively in a massive wood-fired oven.
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31) Joule
3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.1913
This Korean steakhouse sports a “Beef of the Day” offering that ranges from short rib steak w/ kalbi & grilled kimchi, to a tartare w/ spicy cod roe & Asian pear.
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32) Hunger
3601 Fremont Ave N; 206.402.4854
If you think it’s hilarious to use that old “seafood diet” joke, you’re childish, but will be nonetheless amused by Hunger’s off-the-boat options like day boat scallop crudo w/ grapefruit, harissa vinaigrette & bacon crackers, not to mention Seattle’s manliest sandwich.
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33) The Backdoor at Roxy’s
462 N 36th St; 206.632.7322
Accessed via a nondescript door in the parking lot at Fremont mainstay Roxy’s Diner, this speakeasy-ish 92-seater serves classic American eats and cocktails in a former Rain City Video space.
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34) Revel and Quoin
403 N 36th St; 206.547.2040
Quoin’s an industrially appointed, 20-seat drinkery specializing in infused syrup/bitters-heavy ‘tails and flavored Korean sojus. Revel’s a casual 40-seat box serving street food-inspired Asian/French small plates. Perhaps the city’s best twofer.
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35) Pinky’s Kitchen
210 NE 45th St; 206.867.5209
This not-so-mobile food operation started by serving badass sandwiches, but morphed into one of The Town’s sweetest BBQ joints by building a smokehouse in the parking lot across the street.
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Madison Park

36) Madison Park Conservatory
1927 43rd Ave E; 206.324.9701
Boasting a seasonally driven menu of whatever-style-of-food-they-feel-like-making, this Mediterranean-ish eatery rolls out a constantly innovating array of bites.
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37) LUC
2800 E Madison St; 206.325.7442
Top Chef Master Thierry Rautureau’s laid-back French foodery boasts a massive bar built from the remains of the chef’s old porch, and bistro-style grub like the Beef Burger w/ caramelized onion, tomato jam & house aioli.
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Queen Anne/Magnolia

38) Tanglewood Supreme
3216 W Wheeler St; 206.708.6235E
Named after a dish the owner’s mom cooked at their old house in Berkeley, Tanglewood Supreme is now less a casserole and more a seafoodery slinging only premium-sourced fish in a space that looks like your dining room would if you were kind of classy, and actually had a dining room.
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39) Lloyd Martin
1525 Queen Anne Ave N; 206.420.7602
Lloyd’s helmed by a local chef who decided to stop cooking for other people (Quinn’s, Oddfellows) and start serving a constantly rotating menu of pretty much whatever he damn well pleases, which sadly isn’t mystery-flavored Shark Bites.
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40) Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey
4437 California Ave SW; P206.935.1075
Responding to the high demand for his previously only-available-on-Monday fried chicken, accolade-heavy chef Mark Fuller turned his entire restaurant into a destination for that sweet breaded poultry, and totally normal stuff like SPAM sushi.
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41) Brass Tacks
6105 13th Ave S; 206.397.3821
Getting down to Brass Tacks means… taking Hwy 99 or 4th Ave S down to Marginal Way and trying to stay out of lanes that force you to get on the freeway until you get to Airport Way, and finding this highly-curated, hand-built drink establishment from the dude behind next-door Ground Control.
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42) Marination Ma Kai
1660 Harbor Ave SW; 206.328.8226
Named after a Hawaiian phrase for “near the sea”, MMK serves an expanded version of the Marination food truck’s Asian-inspired eats. This heavily updated beachfront shack affords you sweeping views of downtown… and the chance to eat even more SPAM sushi!
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43) Philly Boys Cheesesteaks Shop
3201 4th Ave S; 206.414.7707
The appropriately Whiz-yellow painted PBC slings upmarket cheesesteaks loaded with 14-day-aged shaved beef.
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44) My Sweet Lil Cakes
Hot cakes: no longer just what that weird guy in your building keeps calling your girlfriend, thanks to this bright orange trailer serving up made-from-scratch waffles-/pancakes-on-a-stick.
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45) Off The Rez Truck
From a dude who grew up eating the NW American Indian faves he now serves (tacos, frybreads, etc.), this distinctively wrapped mobile operation boasts a mural in which a tribal member is literally blowing clouds of smoke over the city skyline, as if to say, “Fine, steal my land, but just know you’re only getting 62 hours of direct sunlight each year bitchesssss.”
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46) Seattle Biscuit Company
Even if you didn’t have the chance to get them pregnant, the people you grow up with can still have a real impact on your life, as evidenced by Seattle Biscuit Company, whose freshly baked biscuit sandwiches are named mostly for real people from the owner’s Georgia hometown.
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47) Monte Cristo
Have you ever had a grilled cheese with duck confit, Taleggio, Fontina, & mozzarella that’s also topped w/ rhubarb jam & cracklins? If so, you’ve been to this yellow-polka-dotted food truck helmed by a Seattle chef recognized by James Beard back in 1999.
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Still Trying to Figure Out Where to Take Mom on Sunday? 5 Perfect Seattle Mother’s Day Brunches

 Where to take any type of mom on her special day.French Toast-5 Perfect Seattle Mother's Day Brunches

Finding the right place for brunch on Mother’s Day can be as hard as finding the right girl to settle down with, which thanks to us means it’s…. um, actually pretty easy, since we’ve picked the perfect place to take your mom — whether she’s a foodie, loves a good party, or just really hates your life choices.

Nervous-Regarding-The-World Mom
1411 N 45th St; Wallingford; 206.633.0801
Everything about this place, from the highly skilled chef (she’s a James Beard winner/Iron Chef vet) to the food (it’s all organic), make Tilth a safe place for mom; plus, the fact that it’s in an old house will make her feel at home while she’s housing some sourdough waffles.
Click here if organic, Beard-approved food is your thing

Foodie Mom
La Bete
1802 Bellevue Ave; Capitol Hill; 206.329.4047
This effortlessly sumptuous Cap Hill spot pairs modern takes on classic eats with impressively fresh fruit juices from JuiceBox, a pop-up operation that’ll help cleanse your mom’s palette/system — and, if you order the ones spiked with alcohol, help numb the pain associated with hearing your mom talk about cleansing her system.
Check out all the foodie bites and boozy juices

Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices
2601 W Marina Pl; Magnolia; 206.285.1000
The newly updated Palisade hasn’t lost any of what made it a classic Seattle dining destination: the picturesque harbor-side location, a grand dining room with an elegant staff, and a seafood-heavy menu priced so that you really should let your parents pay.
Click here for more info on this Magnolia mainstay

Party Mom
2207 2nd Ave; Belltown; 206.441.4042
This boisterously appointed tapas joint in Belltown is slinging Spanish-tinged takes on classic breakfast eats (Ox Tail Hash, incredibly rich French toast). Best of all: if things get out of hand, you can take it upstairs to their speakeasy-ish cocktail bar, the… um, Upstairs.
Get your tapas on!

Very Old Mom
The Barking Frog
14580 NE 145th St; Woodinville; 425.424.3900
Boasting a large, innovative wine list and refined Northwest-inspired eats, this rustic Woodinville spot is a great Mom’s Day destination for anyone — but especially someone who might not be able to hear you over anything louder than the frogs literally barking on the sprawling, tranquil grounds that the resto shares with Willow’s Lodge.
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NEW Ballard Sushi Restaurant: Billy Beach Sushi and Bar

Sweet and sour calamari steaks and cocktails named after Jesus.

  • Billy Beach Sushi-Billy Beach Sushi and Bar

When Eddie Murphy did Raw, he famously said the word “f**k” 223 times — presumably because he realized that no one does raw like Billy Beach, the dude behind Japonessa and this 60-seat Ballard sushi bar (and bar bar), where the menu’s much more traditional than his usual Latin-infused fare but still Deliriously good.

If you’ve got a fishy feeling about this place, it might be because you’ve seen it before: it used to be Paratii Craft Bar. Either that, or it’s the giant metal fish cladding the wall.

They pretty much gutted the old space and brought in an artist from Oz… er, Australia, who’s a wizard with custom wall panels.

The artistry extends to the food, like this Omakase-style — or chef’s choice — sushi plate which boasts raw bites like sea urchin, tuna brushed w/ sweet sake & soy, and cured blue shrimp that is just… um, sick.

Bento boxes will include a few pieces of one of the chef’s signature rolls (like the spicy yellowtail one at the top of the page), plus things like this pickled salmon.

Not-raw foodstuffs include this sweet & spicy calamari steak that’s so good you might want to cuttle(with this)fish.

To wash it all down, there are some next-level cocktails like this mezcal-/mint-based Okinawan Jesus, and a rum & shiso number named for a place where things are always pretty raw: the Nudie Beach.


Billy Beach Sushi and Bar

5463 Leary Ave Nw

Seattle, WA 98107

206.257.4616 Website



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Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! Where to Take Mom Out to Brunch in Seattle

Mother’s Day Brunch Spots that Mom Will Love

Mother's Day brunch Theo's Chocolate Ganache Cake, Tilth

The to-die-for Theo chocolate ganache cake at Tilth

Brunch has become the go-to way to pamper Mom on Mother’s Day, and why not? Nothing says I love you quite like a big platter of eggs bennies and potatoes fried golden with a mimosa on the side. Thanks for all you do Mom!  Fair warning: Don’t wait too long to make rezzies. Finding a table for Mother’s Day brunch can be like looking for a Valentine’s Day date on February 13.  

Cafe Flora’s annual Mother’s Day brunch offers a three-course seasonal vegetarian and vegan menu with all sorts of selections for $30 per person, and a kids menu for $15 per child, with gluten, nut and soy-free options available. Reservations are required for parties of all sizes. Call 206-325-9100. Brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.  

At Chandler’s Crabhouse on Lake Union, Mother’s Day brunch includes options such as a Dungeness crab omelet, Market House corned beef hash and a spring lamb stew topped with a sunnyside up egg, accompanied by Schwartz Brothers Bakery coffee cake. The cost is $32 per adult. Children’s menus, for ages six to 10, are available for $10 and include choice of starter, French toast, scrambled eggs and bacon; children five years and younger are free and will receive French toast, scrambled eggs and strawberries. The special brunch menu is available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sibling chefs Sophie and Eric Banh are celebrating with a special Mother’s Day addition to the dim sum brunch menu at Monsoon and Monsoon East— their own mother’s favorite dish, dumplings. There will be both vegetarian and pork belly dumplings available during brunch, which is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tilth is offering a special three-course Mother’s Day brunch for $25 featuring fare prepared from certified organic ingredients including asparagus salad, Quiche Lorraine and rhubarb French toast. Oh, and the amazing Theo chocolate ganache cake for dessert! Reservations: 206.633.0801 or online.

RN74 will offer a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that features a lineup of a la carte menu favorites including pastry chef Kim Mahar’s basket of goodies: banana walnut bread, bacon and cheddar scones and pecan sticky buns. If you’re in the eat-dessert-first camp, check out her hand-cut beignets with rhubarb coulis! Reservations: 206-456-7474.




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Weekend Adventure: The Seattle S.L.U.T. Pub Crawl

A seriously epic afternoon of streetcar boozing.

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Yes, Seattle’s public transportation system can be confusing, inconvenient, and — despite the acronym — generally unreceptive to going topless for a free Jimmy Buffett t-shirt, but take advantage of it (!) regardless, with our trolley-inspired loop of drinking spots in South Lake Union.

Westlake & Olive: Suite 410 (410 Stewart St)
Hit this swanked hole-in-the-wall before 7p, and they’ll ply you with free fresh fruits and cheeses, cheap wells, and deals on select specialty ‘tails like one called the Hot Mango Love, which is a big deal as Chris Kattan normally just reserves that for Matt Damon.

Westlake & 7th: Mistral Kitchen (2020 Westlake Ave)
Helm’d by one of Seattle’s hottest chefs, this place offers slickly produced farm-to-table eats and a recently expanded bar menu that includes things like a cocktail served in an ice cold flask.

Terry & Thomas: Cuoco & Brave Horse Tavern (310 Terry Ave N)
If you’re looking for something substantial, hit super-chef Tom Douglas’ boot-foodery Cuoco, or head to his sprawling pub upstairs, where a fresh pretzel and the house brew made with help from Schooner Exact are the perfect things to go with a game on their retro shuffle board tables.

Fairview & Campus Drive: A Terrible Beauty (1001 Fairview Ave N)
This bi-level Irish boozer boasts some sweet waterfront views, but you’ll be immune to such non-terrible beauty once you see their traditional fish & chips and perfectly poured pints of Guinness.

Westlake & Mercer: Re:public (429 Westlake Ave N)
This accolade-heavy gastro has can’t-miss eats like a Wagyu burger w/ applewood-smoked bacon, Beecher’s cheddar, apple ketchup & horseradish aioli — plus they “will totally take care of” anyone who mentions Thrillist, which probably doesn’t include touching below the belt, but… anyway, next spot!!

Westlake & N Harrison: Flying Fish (300 Westlake Ave N)
If you get to this modern seafoodery during happy hour, the bar’s got freshly shucked oysters for just $.50, and, no matter when you get there, there’s a full range of house ‘tails and more than 225 wines.

Westlake & 7th: A Pizza Mart (910 Stewart St)
End your night at this open-until-4a ‘za slinger, where their 11p-2a happy hour means slice/shot/beer combos for nine bucks — which, since they let Seattle native Jon Brockman go, is also the number of actually good players on Milwaukee’s roster.




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It’s FRIDAY! Where to Eat Tonight! Dining Guide: Our Favorite Neighborhood Restaurants

Gather for a meal and stay awhile at these delicious, welcoming neighborhood restaurants.
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Dot’s Delicatessen: A Fremonter’s go-to for house-made charcuterie

Bainbridge Island
Restaurant Marché Bainbridge
[ Northwest ] We’re smitten with former Canlis chef, cookbook author and longtime Bainbridge Islander Greg Atkinson’s Northwest-inspired bistro on Bainbridge Island. Here, locals drop in for perfectly cooked steaks and salmon paired with carefully considered sides, and sublime French onion soup. More pluses: friendly service and a stylish dining room.

La Carta De Oaxaca
[ Mexican ] You’re likely to run into a neighbor (and their kids) at the always bustling La Carta, where reading the menu is likely to induce serious cravings. We love the hand-smashed guacamole with house-fried tortilla chips and the tender chicken in Oaxaca’s signature sweet, sultry black mole. The tequila/mezcal display is particularly well researched.

Gilbert’s on Main
[ Deli ] The true heart of Bellevue lies inside this sweet sandwich shop on the weekends, when folks jockey for painted Adirondack chairs outside before catching up over whopping sandwiches and crisp salads.

Tilikum Place Café
[ American ] The best weekend brunch spot in Seattle? We think so! Chef Ba Culbert’s cooking is comforting—and those Dutch baby pancakes with tender duck confit are addictive. It’s the neighborhood gathering place, with big windows, sunny servers and a stay-awhile atmosphere.

Capitol Hill
Café Presse
[ French ] Le Pichet’s Capitol Hill sibling has an easygoing, functional charm, with a well-stocked newsstand up front and a French catch-all menu—oeufs plats, croque madame/monsieur, moules frites—that’s served from dawn until well after dark.

Columbia City
La Medusa
[ Italian ] Longtime chef Gordon Wishard is the new owner (with Meredith Molli) of Columbia City’s best restaurant. Locals enter in pairs or small groups to sup on famously good pastas, and the affordable Italian wine list is nice, too. Specials here—perhaps a steak from locally raised beef or a perfect fillet of fish—tend to be ringers.

Serious Pie
[ Italian ] Tom Douglas has defined his own style of pizza with an applewood-fired oven and a distinctive, chewy-bubbly crust. The boldest flavors are best here, such as Penn Cove clams with pancetta and lemon thyme, or roasted pepper and fennel sausage. It’s inviting—a place that feels welcoming day and night—and the equally cozy loft space at the South Lake Union location offers brunch daily, too.

Blind Pig Bistro
[ Northwest ] Chef Charles Walpole is riding high in the iconic Eastlake strip-mall space that once housed a doughnut shop, Sitka & Spruce and Nettletown. A chalkboard menu reads like a chef’s dream—all carefully sourced meats and fish, prepared with flair but without fuss. Plus, good wine, blood red walls and the easy spirit of food lovers enjoying really good food.

Dot’s Delicatessen
You won’t believe how good the house-made charcuterie—sausages, pâtés and cured meats—is at this sweet neighborhood deli. The sandwiches are boss, too, and neighbors know not to miss the steak frites at happy hour.

Green Lake/Tangletown  
[ Northwest ] Chef Amy McCray’s Green Lake hideaway begs for dinner daters, and her menu of seasonally eclectic dishes includes the best lamb burger in town and the utterly delicious Cabrales flan. We love finding such good food tucked away in Tangletown. P.S.: Wine is a passion at Eva, too.  
Greenwood/Phinney Ridge
74th Street Alehouse
[ Pub ] You’ll find a true cross section of the neighborhood sitting on the bar stools and at wooden tables at this iconic Greenwood pub. The fish tacos and the Reuben are favorites.

Mediterranean Kitchen
Kirkland locals pack into this friendly strip-mall eatery for kafta, gyro platters, falafel and soft pita with what locals swear is the best hummus in town.

Madison Park/Valley
[ French ] At Thierry Rautureau’s French-American corner bistro, the mood is easygoing and welcoming—quite a change from the haughty air of Rover’s (which Rautureau will close in April). We love the house-made sausage, the steak frites are divine, and the wine list is bargain central.

Cafe Lago
[ Italian ] Owner Carla Leonardi has been the standard bearer for delicious pastas (most notably a light-as-air lasagna) and wood-fired pizzas at this Montlake trattoria for more than two decades. Paper-topped tabletops and crayons keep the kids happy, but the place is fit for casual dates, too.

Pike Place Market
Cafe Campagne
[ French ] Seduce your date in this dim, candlelit hideaway in Pike Place Market with the seasonal cassoulet and a dusty French red. This is a true favorite and remains just hidden enough to not be overrun with tourists. A sure bet for spot-on French bistro fare.

Lower Queen Anne
Crow Restaurant & Bar
[ Eclectic ] Bustling enough for a special occasion, but easygoing enough for any night of the week, this eatery has a menu that makes the most of each season. Preparations are simple but impeccable.

Upper Queen Anne
[ Eclectic ] At the newest café on top of Queen Anne, satisfying soups and a perfect fried fish sandwich at lunch, and a more ambitious dinner menu (including a great farro salad with citrus) have the neighborhood stopping in day and night.

[ Eclectic ] A lovable collection of small plates—parsnip and pear soup, moules frites, assorted cheeses—and affordable glasses of wine keep this sweet neighborhood spot packed most nights. Don’t miss the warm gougères!

Pomegranate Bistro
[ Northwest ] Culinary power couple Lisa Dupar and Jonathan Zimmer do it all from scratch, from freshly baked pastries to pizza-like “firebread,” along with the newly opened Pombar, which offers a full bar menu. The colorful décor and open kitchen lend the industrial space (it’s also headquarters for their catering company) a warm, family-friendly feel.

South Lake Union
Brave Horse Tavern
[ Pub ] South Lake Union’s second living room is loud, busy and fun. On tap: a who’s who of West Coast brews. To eat: great burgers, beer-boiled pretzels with clams and mighty fine brats. 21 and older.

[ Italian ] Wacky décor—that’s a bike hanging from the ceiling!—and no reservations set the tone: It’s just dinner. But boy, that spaghetti with clams is spicy and good, and the kids are welcome, too.

West Seattle
[ Eclectic ] There’s always something tempting on the menu at one of West Seattle’s most spirited bistros. Stop in for a glass of wine at the bar, or meet pals for brunch: The breakfast burritos and mascarpone-stuffed French toast are calling.

White Center
Zippy’s Giant Burgers
[ Hamburgers ] With red vinyl booths, good beer and cheap, cheap prices, this White Center charmer is one of the best burger joints in Seattle.



Special Thanks to Seattle Magazine.