Food & Drink

The 10 Things You Must Eat in Seattle This Summer

Published On 05/14/2015 Published On 05/14/2015

It's easy to pick the right bar in Seattle (you're welcome, BTW!), but how 'bout picking the right thing to eat? Well, now we've got you covered there too because we've rounded up the 10 things you absolutely have to eat in the Seattle this summer (all at places where you can eat outside!). Dig in...

Hama Hama Fried Oysters

The Walrus and the Carpenter (address and info)
Ballard
Pull up a chair at Walrus’s airy outdoor seating area and order a plate of the most gluttonous way to eat bivalves: deep fried. Served with a side of cilantro aoili, oysters don’t get much better than this.

Local 360

Chicken and Waffles

Local 360 (address and info)
Belltown
You can’t miss Local 360’s chicken and waffles, which come with maple pepper jelly. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to snag a seat in the mini outdoor seating area... and pair 'em with a whiskey cocktail, so you’ll really be living.

Pike Place Chowder

Market Chowder

Pike Place Chowder (address and info)
Downtown
Stop by Pike Place Market staple Pike Place Chowder for its signature hodgepodge chowder to enjoy while you take in a sweeping view of the Puget Sound down the way. Sure, it can be touristy, but there's a reason you're gonna have to wait in line to get it.

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Roti canai

Kedai Makan (address and info)
Capitol Hill
Have a drink at neighboring Montana… maybe even in their outdoor parklet if you’re lucky, then hop over to Kedai Makan for some of the best Malaysian food in town. We love the roti canai, a Malaysian roti with dhal curry. You’d be hard pressed to find a better version around.

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Whole Hog

Humble Pie (address and info)
Central District
If we were this pizza, we probably wouldn’t be all that humble: it comes with prosciutto, pulled pork, and bacon, plus it's served at a place with ample outdoor seating and picnic-style benches, making it the perfect summertime hang.

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Burger

Westward (address and info)
Wallingford
For some of the best views around, you can’t go wrong with Westward. The quirky and nautical spot’s menu features a feta, tomato jam, and pickled onion lamb burger that will ensure this spot becomes a fast favorite of yours.

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Paella

Terra Plata (address and info)
Downtown
It doesn’t get more summer-y than some good ol' paella done right. Terra Plata celebrates paella night every Monday. Dine up at its rooftop area and enjoy tapas, sangria, and more with your Spanish-style seafood medley and enjoy the breeze before returning to the hot streets.

Bread and Circuses

The War of the Pig Sandwich

Bread and Circuses (address and info)
Multiple locations
Stationed outside of Chuck’s Hop Shop on the weekends, the recently opened Bread and Circuses is fighting a brutal war every day. This war is the War of the Pig, which has Italian roast pork, aioli, havarti, broccoli rabe, jus, and chilli oil all on a hoagie. We’re just going to say your appetite doesn’t stand a chance.

Twilight Exit

BBQ Burger

Twilight Exit (address and info)
Central District
Having a hard time deciding between BBQ and a burger? Fret not, indecisive reader, Twilight has a burger for you. Grab a spot in its expansive outdoor back area and ready the napkins -- this bad boy has Zoe’s bacon, fried shoestring onions, BBQ sauce, and muenster cheese.

Tat's Truck

Tat'strami

Tat’s Truck (address and info)
Multiple locations
Forget Pioneer Square, now you can load up on your favorite sandwiches on the go thanks to the new Tatsmobile. The appropriately punny Tat'strami has-house-cured and smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and sweet slaw. For more information on where to find this truck next, find their schedule here.

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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.

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