Food & Drink

What to eat in Pioneer Square right now

Published On 10/01/2013 Published On 10/01/2013
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They say you need something old and new, and they're right... even if they are talking about something gross (weddings), and we're talking about the most delicious things to eat right now in an old neighborhood that's newly happening again: Pioneer Square.

The Fists of Fury
Salumi may be the 'hoods most famous sandwich destination, but deli/bar Delicatus is the most sublime thanks to ridiculous (and ridiculously good) fist meals like this pulled pork/ sliced peppers/ carrots/ cucumbers/ shaved cabbage/ cilantro/ wasabi aioli number topped w/ tobiko caviar.

Gang Aom
It started as one of Seattle's sweetest walk-up eat spots, but now Little Uncle also boasts a subterranean P-Square spot where you can get this badass wild boar-based Thai soup.

Hot Italian Sausage Sandwich
Tinello's sandwiches are "peasant-style" affairs, which, contrary to what you'd expect, don't involve shepherdesses (or their sheep); instead, there's just Italian sausage, rapini & melted cheese.

Pressed Porchetta
Rain and shadows are things everyone in Seattle are used to. One thing you'll never get used to: How good the sandwiches -- like this slow roasted pork loin/ pork belly/ crispy pork skin/ sauce verte number -- are at the city's sweetest butcher, Rain Shadow Meats.

Handmade Pasta
Il Corvo means "the crow" in Italian, but you won’t eat like a bird once you see their small daily pasta menu, which rotates between 30 seasonally appropriate varieties, including the farfalle w/ spicy coppa, sugar snaps, Parmesan & a light butter sauce.

The Chuletón de Buey
One of two new P-Square spots from the dude behind The Corson Building, Sitka & Spruce, etc. Bar Sajor specializes in wood-fired eats like this giant rib-steak that's meant for two... if by "two" you mean... um, one.

A Seattle Dog
Invented in Pioneer Square back in the '80s, this amazing NW classic... waitforit!... marries the hot dog to cream cheese & caramelized onion, and is always hilarious to share with out-of-town friends.

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1. Tinello 314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

Opened by the guy behind the former Rialto Pasta Bar in Fremont, the sparsely industrial Tinello (along with places like Rain Shadow Meats, Il Corvo, etc.) is bringing sweet, peasant-style eats from Italy to Pioneer Square.

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2. Delicatus 103 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Delicatus has plenty to offer -- including an experimental kitchen, a full bar and a vino shop -- but at the end of the day, they do sandwiches best. By using ingredients from the Northwest bought from local farms, they ensure that your food is as fresh as possible.

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3. 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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4. Rain Shadow Meats Squared 404 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Rain Shadow Meats Squared is the second installment of the Seattle butchery and restaurant Rain Shadow Meats. Stop in for a meal made from locally-sourced ingredients, or pick up a cut of meat to prepare yourself.

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5. Il Corvo 217 James St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

Lunchtime is your only chance to score some of the incredible handmade pastas at Pioneer Square's Il Corvo, where the menu changes daily. Guests can expect entrees along the lines of tagliatelle with wild boar ragu, gigli with broccolini, chilies, and garlic, and other similarly sophisticated pasta dishes. Be sure to check out Il Corvo's website for daily offerings.