Where to Eat in Seattle Right Now
A food court of immigrant entrepreneurs and more.
Cozy up, Seattle: 2021 might be the year that things get better, but so far the new year mostly brought tons of rain and not enough vaccines. While the city holes up awaiting brighter days (literally and theoretically), it has at the very least been blessed with some incredible new places to eat. With a food court bringing a handful of new-to-Seattle cuisines, a pillar of the food community getting her own venue, and more creative additions, the innovative restaurant scene brings an exciting and endless slate of edible entertainment.
The gist: Self-taught chef Preeti Agarwal brings a creative, playful version of modern Indian food into the framework of fine-dining.
The food: A Desi cheese plate featuring persimmon chutney and mathri crackers exemplifies the culinary crossover, along with a charcoal-smoked, fenugreek-flecked butter chicken.
The cost: Entrees go for about $17
How to order: Pre-order for pickup or delivery via Tock
The gist: A food court featuring a rotating group of immigrant entrepreneurs from the non-profit Food Innovation Network brings a global feast to diners while helping launch new small culinary businesses.
The food: Cambodian stuffed chicken wings, Argentine cookies, Congolese grilled mackerel, and so much more.
The cost: Prices vary, but even large entrees stay under $15
How to order: Varies by stall, see the FIN website for schedules and individual info
Aviv Shawarma Bar
The gist: The folks behind the silky-smooth hummus and fluffy pillows of pita at Aviv Hummus Bar expand the menu in their second location with the addition of lamb-fat basted turkey carved from a spit.
The food: Israeli sandwiches, including the namesake shawarma and vegetarian falafel and sabich, and hummus bowls.
The cost: Each dish runs $13 - $15
How to order: Order online for pickup or via DoorDash for delivery
The gist: Long-time local caterer Kristi Brown's (That Brown Girl Cooks) edible ode to the Black community that built the neighborhood, a showcase of her personal cooking achievements and a rebuttal to the area's ongoing gentrification.
The food: Brown calls it "Seattle Soul," bringing together influences from around the city and her own background into her signature black eyed pea hummus, po'mi sandwich mash-up, and a pho-like soup with roasted rib tips.
The cost: Sandwiches and soups are $16, entrees run in the $20s
How to order: Pre-order for pickup online
The gist: Seasonal, high-quality ingredients meet trendy crispy-edged pizzas from restaurateur Jason Stoneburner.
The food: Detroit-style square pies, gourmet-minded round pizzas, and an eclectic array of other things—including a big ol' burger.
The cost: Round pies range from $18 - $22, square from $22 - $24
How to order: Pre-order on Tock or call 206-659-0355 for day-of.
The gist: A minimalist spot from the team behind Homer brings a favorite dessert up the street and into the spotlight.
The food: Creative, seasonal soft-serve in flavors like fig leaf or Rainier cherry, swirled into cones and a half-dozen variations of fried chicken sandwich.
The cost: Sandwiches run $9 - $13, cones are $5.
How to order: Pre-order online.
The gist: Mutsuko Soma's handmade soba remains the star it has always been, and an expanded supporting cast of sides and starters makes it even more enticing.
The food: The buckwheat soba noodles, made fresh daily, comes in a multitude of creative forms -- anything with seafood is a sure bet.
The cost: Appetizers like broccoli miso caesar run about $6, while noodle bowls are $18-20
How to order: Stop in, call (206) 632-0185, or order online for pick up. Delivery via Uber Eats.
The gist: Edouardo Jordan's culinary ode to his Southern upbringing, translated through his fine-dining training and Northwest larder.
The food: A rotating cast of family dinners like prime rib with charred okra and cornbread panzanella.
The cost: $60
How to order: Pre-order online for pick-up at selected time or call 206-257-4470 for day-of.
The gist: Filipino cuisine, interpreted through a personal, Northwest filter by chef Melissa Miranda, resulting in a creative but comfortingly familiar menu.
The food: A "summer in a bowl" version of pancit with peas and squash, MusangJoy fried chicken with house gravy and pickles, and similar
The cost: A main dish for $15-20, sides for $5-12.
How to order: Order online for pick-up (patio dining available).
The gist: This cute cafe and pastry shop leans in hard to its Georgian roots, supplying the city with the country's famous cheesy breads.
The food: The cheese-filled khachapuri catch the most eyes, but the khinkali dumplings and various salads and stews deserve equal praise.
The cost: Khachapuri start at $9, khinkali at $7.
How to order: Order for pick-up or delivery online.
The gist: When Covid closed this Northwest-Filipino tasting menu spot, it reopened with a hybrid CSA and meal-kit balikbayan box and a takeout program called pamana.
The food: Chef Aaron Verzosa uses local ingredients to imitate the Filipino foods he grew up with, like roasted local pork belly with their house-made palapa sauce.
The cost: $50 buys you a main for 4-6 people, sides are $10-20.
How to order: Order on Tock for scheduled pick-up.
Lil Red Takeout
The gist: This slip of a place on the side of Rainier Ave brings big heart and big flavors to Jamaican and soul food, including the newly added breakfast menu.
The food: Curry chicken, pork rib tips, oxtails, mac and cheese, plantains.
The cost: Sandwiches from $9, meals from $14.
How to order: Order for pickup or delivery through Grubhub.
Kin Len Thai Night Bites
The gist: Though the ethos behind the name (literally "eat and play") loses a little with takeout, the fun and creativity behind the restaurant shines through in the Thai-inspired small plates.
The food: Dishes like banana blossom fries and spicy octopus carpaccio bring the flavors and techniques of Thai cuisine into unique dishes.
The cost: The size and style range of dishes is all over the place, but entrees are $15-20.
How to order: Order online for pickup.
The gist: As the name implies, this spot specializes in Jerk-rubbed dishes and other inspiration from the Caribbean islands -- a particular treat when the big back patio opens.
The food: Get your spiced shrimp, jerk chicken, meat, or fried fish wrapped in bake (fry bread), in pasta, or on rice.
The cost: Sandwiches run $12-15.
How to order: Order by phone for pickup (206) 441-7817.
Breezy Town Pizza
The gist: This sister spot to longtime favorite Chicago-style Windy City Pie is just a little takeout window inside the Clockout Lounge serving up a slightly different style of pizza.
The food: Midwestern pan pizzas complete with Wisconsin brick cheese with big flavor toppings like hot giardiniera and blue cheese.
The cost: Pizzas start at $21.
How to order: Order for pickup or delivery online.
The gist: Part bespoke food boutique, part takeout restaurant, part... well, you never actually know what comes next at Eric Rivera's culinary funhouse, but whatever you order -- Puerto Rican spices, seafood dinner, or interactive cooking class -- it will be unique and delicious.
The food: Order a pig roast one day and a tasting menu at home another, if you want it, Addo probably sells it.
The cost: Costs vary depending on the item.
How to order: Everything goes through the online booking system for scheduled pickup or delivery.
The gist: A small storefront, evolved from a mobile service, selling half-pound honkers of tamales, both frozen or ready to eat.
The food: Tender, flavorful tamales made with natural and organic ingredients in classic flavors like salsa verde chicken and jalapeño and cheese.
The cost: $5 each tamal.
How to order: Order for pickup or delivery online.