Food & Drink

The 10 Things You Must Eat in Seattle This Summer

Published On 05/14/2015 Published On 05/14/2015
Local 360
Pike Place Chowder
Flickr/Alpha
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Chona Kasinger/Thrillist
Flickr/Steph Matthews
Bread and Circuses
Twilight Exit
Tat's Truck
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1. Local 360 2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 981212 (Seattle)

Local 360 sources most things from within 360mi of the city, and Matt's in the Market gets almost everything from the stalls in Pike Place Market downstairs.

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2. Pike Place Chowder 1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

This seafood soup-slinger in Pike Place Market serves up some of Seattle's best clam chowder, made with fresh oysters. These guys don't stop there, also serving up Japanese and Mandarin cuisine that's available for catering.

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3. The Walrus and the Carpenter 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This chic oyster bar serves neither walrus nor houses carpenters (that we know of) but it does dish out mounds of delicious shellfish in a comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, this cozy, neighborhood spot -- which has been recognized by The New York Times also serves incredible desserts, with highlights being maple bread pudding and roasted Medjool dates.

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4. Kedai Makan 1510 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Colorful and admittedly a little cramped, this Hilltop spot makes Malaysian and southeast Asian bowls so good they've usually got a waiting list to get in at dinner time. Kedai Kakan takes late-night Asian eats above the threshold of the go-to pho bowl with Chili Pan Me, a mass of whole wheat noodles, pork, soy, poached egg, and fried anchovies with tangy broth on the side to dip and slurp as you please.

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5. Little Uncle 1523 E. Madison St. #101, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Founded by chefs Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank, Little Uncle serves up authentic Thai food inspired by the family-run restaurants of Thailand they admire most. From a take-out window to a giant underground restaurant in Pioneer Square to its current counter-serve spot in Capitol Hill, Little Uncle has transformed over the years, but offers the same traditional and tasty dishes, from noodle bowls to pad Thai to shareable plates like crab fried rice. Their from-scratch curry pastes are still available inside this bright, bare-bones space, too, including for-purchase.

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6. Humble Pie 525 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144 (Intl District)

Humble Pie’s Whole Hog pizza makes use of the entire pig. From bacon and pulled pork to prosciutto, you are not messing around when you pick up one of these pizzas. When one of these shows up at the party, you know it’s time to pig out.

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7. Westward 2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

Opened by the crew behind Skillet, Westward is a waterfront nautical spot with rustic decor. A wood-burning oven stands in the center of the room, the bar is boat-shaped, and the patio/beach boasts stunning views of Lake Union and Downtown. This spacious restaurant serves low-alcohol cocktails and small seafood plates that extend dinner beyond the usual starter, entrée, and dessert. Start with oysters at the adjoining Little Gull, finish with cocktails around the outdoor fire pit.

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8. Terra Plata 1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Terra Plata is the Captain Planet of organic eateries, highlighting choices from air, land, and sea. They've also got a rooftop garden.

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9. Twilight Exit 2514 E Cherry, Seattle, WA 98122 (Central District)

Hit the Twilight Exit for their happy hours and comfort food, but stay for karaoke and their game room, featuring vintage finds like Ms. Pacman.