Seattle's 8 sweetest walk-up eat spots


When you want quick, good food options in this city, your best bet is probably Dick's, or... uh, moving to another city. That, or maybe hitting one of Seattle's sweetest walk-up windows. To that end, we've assembled a handy guide to some of the best, most you-don't-even-have-to-talk-to-a-waitress-est spots in the city:

Ivar's Lake Union
The only walk-up on this list that can be accessed by boat, Ivar’s window is slinging fried fish, chips, and clams, but the best cure for seasickness is the sourdough bread bowl overflowing with New England clam chowder so good that yes, Richard Sherman, Tom Brady is mad, bro.
Capitol Hill
Repping Lebanon and Syria, this Cap Hill bar's walk-up serves soups, salads, sweets, kulage (griddled sandos), and the mana’eesh jibneh wiza’atar, which is with Arabic for something with Akkawi cheese, wild thyme & toasted sesame, presumably.
Capitol Hill
Carbo-loading after a heavy workout a late-night of heavy drinking has never been easier, thanks to the $1 bagels being served from this bright yellow Dutch door.
University District
Easily the oldest walk-up on this list, Cedars in the U-District has been feeding hungry college kids for over 30yrs with Indian/Mediterranean dishes (baba ghanoush, hummus, shish taouk, kabobs, etc.), but your parent’s money student loans hard-earned cash is best spent on the gyros plate piled w/ marinated beef, onions, and hummus.
Marination Station
Capitol Hill
Not content running the country's best food truck (according to Good Morning America), the crew at Marination opened this 600sqft QFC-surmounting nook that's fronted by a beer garden, and serving-up things like a Spicy Pork Torta w/ slaw, house-made pickled peppers & onions, guac & Nunya sauce... as in it's really nunya business what's in it.

Little Uncle
Capitol Hill
Boasting locations in both the Central District and Pioneer Square, Little Uncle serves up big flavor Thai dishes like khao soi gai (chicken curry egg noodles w/ coconut milk & curry paste). Just try not to sound too cheeky when telling the chef you want his buns... stuffed w/ braised beef cheek.
Kedai Makan
Capitol Hill
Prior to opening Kedai Makan, these restaurant vets traveled throughout Asia to learn how to make roti and stir-fried rice w/ egg & roast pork that’ll transport you all the way from Malaysia to... uh, Montana, the bar next door where you can take your food.
TNT Taqueria
Alfred Nobel's and Wile E. Coyote's favorite and least favorite Seattle restaurant, respectively, this vibrantly colored, walk-up-window-equipped spot from the crew behind The Hi-Life and 5 Spot, is serving locally sourced Mexican street-eats just a few blocks down from Dicks! right on 45th.
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1. Mamnoon 1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Mamnoon's an industrial, open-kitchen destination for Middle Eastern eats, like an oven-baked lamb shank Khoresh w/ caramelized onion, a whole range of specialty flatbreads, and a marinated-beef kebab seasoned with allspice.

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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 1509 E Madison, Seattle, WA 98122

Little Uncle's the best place to get authentic Thai food, accompanied by great beer and wine.

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

Kedai Makan's a Malaysian street foodery serving up savory late-night takeout options like Nasi Goreng (fried rice with a runny fried egg), and Ngow Lam Fan (rice noodles & stewed beef).

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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.

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