Best bets for Seattle restaurant week


Once an annual promotion that only showcased high-end restaurants, the current version features a wide variety of venues, cuisines, and price points, from organic Afghan cuisine in Tukwila to fine dining on the Eastside.

By expanding the format to include family-style meals and various budgets, as well as weekends, the promotion has evolved to encompass the Seattle food world much more, including the small restaurant operators that offer take-out, like Fremont’s Soul, and inherently shared meals, like at Ethiopian restaurants like Kaffa and Delish.

Seattle Restaurant Week website also helps direct people to places that align with their own values, including “Eat Local First,” a designation highlighting local places that buy ingredients nearby, and Envirostars, for companies committed to “ increase their positive environmental impact ”, wherever they are. are in this process.

With so many options for a great meal and only 28 meals to use them on (one lunch and one dinner each of the 14 days), we’ve got a guide here to help you find the best meals, deals, and hidden gems on the list. .

Ideal for a group dinner: Skalka

Since it opened almost two years ago, Skalka paired their expansive menu of Eastern European cafes with a singular goal: khachapuri, the famous doughy Georgian bread boats with savory toppings on Instagram. The restaurant’s weekly menu follows suit, but lowers the price. For two or five khachapuri, pay only $ 10 per boat (oddly enough, the $ 35 option still only buys you three). For $ 50, you can try one of five filling options – adjaruli with cheese, butter, and soft egg yolk; chicken; beans with bacon and peppers; stroganoff; and vegetarian.

Lobster Roll from the market in Edmonds, Wash.

Courtesy of the Marketplace via Yelp

Best Downtown Deal: Market Seattle

Restaurant Week provides the perfect opportunity to experience the brand new outlet of Edmonds’ favorite lobster roll vendor. The $ 50 dinner option offers you the famous sandwich, as well as a dessert and your choice of appetizer a menu which includes oysters, shrimp okonomiyaki, clam chowder and halloumi cheese.

Try a local favorite: Café Munir

North Ballard residents already know this Lebanese spot as an easy place to take the kids, a sweet hangout, and the place with the fantastic and affordable whiskey list. The Restaurant Week menu is an easy excuse to take a foray into this corner of town and offers a road map of the restaurant’s seasonal gems. Choose three of their mezze, including local pears with tahini and roasted kabocha with caramelized onions, pine nuts and crispy onions. For the main course, choose the shish tawook to try their simple but excellent chicken skewers or the mudardara for a vegetarian dish of rice and lentils.

Buy dinner as a pie: Grayseas Pies

Order in advance for Tuesday pickup from this pop-up pie supplier. Owner Gracie Santos bakes her Filipino heirloom in a 5 inch mini dinner pie filled with chicken adobo and a 5 inch mini cassava langka pie for dessert, filled with yuca and jackfruit. Pickup is at the Tuesday night El Mercadito South Park Farmers Market in South Park.

Yoroshiku Miso Salmon Roll

Yoroshiku Miso Salmon Roll

Clarisse L via Yelp

Dine out, get a deal and stay safe: Yoroshiku

This Japanese spot of Wallingford has one of the best COVID setups, with outdoor mini-rooms divided for each group that protect from the elements and your neighboring diners. Plus, at dinner, the $ 35 option offers three courses with the choice of sustainable bluefin tuna, wild mushrooms, or Wagyu beef as a starter, and one of nine ramen as a main course, including gluten-free bowls. and vegans. The $ 50 upgrades to an additional ramen with both Wagyu steak, bluefin tuna, and shaved black truffles.

Get a bit of everything: the Cowboys of Karachi

The dinner menu at $ 35 from this Texas meets the subcontinent on Capitol Hill starts with their spicy popcorn and ends with dessert, but instead of a main course, diners choose a signature curry for their thali – a dinner platter that also includes homemade pickles, chutneys , lemon rice, papadum and a stew.

Chengdu, Sunny Bunny, Cornbread and Shakshuka Wings Tour from Nue

Chengdu, Sunny Bunny, Cornbread and Shakshuka Wings Tour from Nue

Gloria Jianmin M. via Yelp

Travel the World in One Meal: Naked

The exception to the rule that any restaurant that seems to be doing too much is probably, Naked offers flavors of signature dishes from around the world on one menu. Their restaurant menu of the week makes it obvious, with the $ 35 menu starting in Ireland with colcannon, Beirut with hummus, or Syria with a kale and carrot salad. The second course goes to Trinidad for the channa et aloo curry, to Croatia for the cevapi sausages or to Peru for the pollo a la brasa. The dessert gives the option of a Danish dream cake or a Persian pistachio baghlava.

Ethiopian-American fusion cuisine including injera rolls from WUHA at Spice Bridge

Ethiopian-American fusion cuisine including injera rolls from WUHA at Spice Bridge

Spice Bridge via Yelp

Find something for everyone: Spice Bridge

by Tukwila Spice Bridge Food Hall is actually made up of a number of suppliers, each running their own business, led by the Food innovation network. With five vendors participating in Restaurant Week, hanging out with friends or family and picking up food at two or three different locations is a great opportunity to try a few different dishes.

Since vendors alternate days on all four stalls, you can’t quite try all five at once, but most days have two, three, or four at the same time. Enjoy goat dibi with jollof rice and plantains or fish yassa with samosas from Afella Jollof Catering, or try the chicken palm nut soup with foufou and Taste of Congo.

Jazze offers a dumpling meal for two, with their grass-fed beef mantu in tomato sauce and garlic yogurt, and comes with a salad and drinks, while Monique’s hot kitchen serves a Kenyan dish of mashed potatoes and greens called mukimo, in a meal that includes steamed cabbage and a choice of spicy beef or vegetarian samosa. Cambodian Théary completes the group with a large meal for two that includes a Khmer salad with tamarind dressing and chili oil paste, me ga tunk – a noodle dish with chicken and egg – and a combo plate including chicken with walnuts of coconut, a stuffed chicken wing and two meatballs, as well as a side dish of rice, Khmer vegetable pickles and fresh herbs.

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