Food & Drink

Seattle's 8 sweetest walk-up eat spots

Published On 09/13/2013 Published On 09/13/2013
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1. Mamnoon 1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This modern-industrial spot in Melrose Square is where all facets of Middle Eastern cuisine meet with a simple selection of small plates, sides, and oven-roasted or grilled meats. They've got menus for brunch -- a small selection of dishes with seasonal fruits, porridge, chickpeas, and smoked meats -- and dinner -- filling portions of baked quail, lamb shank, and garlic-y chicken. If you're crunched for time, or you're not sure if Middle Eastern fare is your thing, the to-go window's got the most basic selection of mezze, soups, and salads for surefire satisfaction.

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2. Eltana 1538 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Eltana's got an endless list of stellar spread options (to top their handmade bagels), such as a fig apricot compote and honey almond cream cheese. If this uniqueness isn't enough, then you'll definitely be impressed with their Lox plate or endless list of Mediterranean soups.

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3. Poquitos 1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

This 122-seat comida-ry from the dudes behind Ballard's hyper-successful French spot Bastille was inspired by a vintage neon "Poquitos" sign they salvaged five years ago, and is rife with south-of-the-border dishes.

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4. Marination Station 1401 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Already anointed the country's best mobile food purveyors by those glorious brownnosers at Good Morning America, the team behind Marination is now tackling stationary sustenance from a 600sqft QFC-surmounting nook that's fronted by a beer garden, and boasts a few bar-height seats running the length of two heavily windowed walls, plus a metal-trimmed counter (reminiscent of their truck) behind which they're slinging saucily Hawaiian/Asian-inspired eats, as well as mobile vittles-redeemable Truck Bucks, also what Jon Brockman calls himself and Andrew Bogut, since they both bought Toyota Tacomas.

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5. Little Uncle 1523 E. Madison St. #101, Seattle, WA 98122

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. Kedai Makan 1510 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

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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7. Cedars Restaurant 4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Cedars in U-District is a stellar spot for take-away curry, masalas, and anything else that will set your mouth on Mediterranean fire. They also have a sweet walk-up window, which really hones in on their ability to convince you that you will be walking off all of your calories.

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8. Ivar's 1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98104

Ivar's is a classic waterfront fish house serving lunch and dinner on Elliott Bay.

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9. TNT Taqueria 2114 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

TNT Taqueria's a vibrantly colored, walk-up-window-equipped spot serving locally sourced Mexican street eats right on 45th.