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:
Seattle's 8 sweetest walk-up eat spots
1. Mamnoon1508 Melrose Ave, Seattle
2. Eltana1538 12th Ave, Seattle
3. Poquitos1000 E Pike St, Seattle
4. Marination Station1401 Broadway, Seattle
5. Little Uncle1509 E Madison, Seattle
6. Kedai Makan1510 E Olive Way, Seattle
7. Cedars Restaurant4759 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle
8. Ivar's1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle
9. TNT Taqueria2114 N 45th St, Seattle
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little Uncle's the best place to get authentic Thai food, accompanied by great beer and wine.
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).
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.
Ivar's is a classic waterfront fish house serving lunch and dinner on Elliott Bay.