10 Best Discovers Hidden Gems That Won't Break the Bank

Corinne Whiting

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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Trying to pin down words like frugal, value and deal can be exasperating because different people have different ideas of cost savings. A "bargain" for one person maybe be an unrealistic splurge for another. For 10Best, the range is broad - we include impossibly cheap eateries with amazing menus and dedicated followings, and we share really nice restaurants that have perks like an impressive wine list with no corkage fee or a terrifically affordable prix fixe menu. If you're looking for Best Value restaurants in Seattle, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Salumi and Dick's Drive-In. They're low in...  Read more »

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    Pecos Pit Barbecue

    Pecos Pit BBQ is a casual SoDo eatery that serves killer barbecue. Enjoy a casual scene and delicious eats.

    Local Expert Tip: "The venue has outdoor seating, although only half is covered; if the weather is bad, grab your food to go!"

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    Pizzeria Pagliacci

    Pizzeria Pagliacci means large, delicious pies to be picked up or delivered to some locations.Try the salad, calzones and gelato too!

    Local Expert Tip: "Look out for seasonal offerings that can include unique combos like bacon and leek."

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    Paseo draws loyal crowds to its casual Cuba eatery. The colossal grilled pork sandwiches are well worth the wait.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you're in Ballard, consider getting your sandwich to go and eat it on the nearby sands of Golden Gardens beach."

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    Salumi is THE spot to go for quality meats ranging from Italian sausages and salamis to meatballs and pork. Complement the meal with some wine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Salumis meats are available to walk-in customers as well as online at www.salumicuredmeats.com."

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    Sisters European Snacks

    Sisters European Snacks is a casual spot in Post Alley with delicious soups and sandwiches. Enjoy breakfast food at any hour!

    Local Expert Tip: "This is a great spot for lunch while you're wandering Pike Place market (AND if you're one of those diners who likes to eat breakfast sandwiches any hour of the day). "

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    Gorditos' is the perfect spot for burrito lovers on a budget. Come here for the lively decor and "healthy" Mexican food.

    Local Expert Tip: "Roller Derby fans: you can purchase your Rat City Rollergirls tickets at the Gorditos in Greenwood. "

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    Bimbo's Cantina

    Bimbo's Cantina offers hearty burritos (and other treats) for a great price. Come for the funky decor and margaritas, too!

    Local Expert Tip: "This spot boasts one of the best happy hour schedules in town: all day Sunday and Monday and from 4 to 8 pm other days of the week. "

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    Dick's Drive-In

    Dick's Drive-In is a throwback to the 50s. Come for the simple meals of burgers, friends and delicious shakes.

    Local Expert Tip: "If substitutions are your thing, this is not the place for you: no special orders accepted!"

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    Red Mill Burgers

    Red Mill Burgers has gotten national press for its quality burgers and delectable malts. Choose from several locations, and enjoy!

    Local Expert Tip: "The Travel Channel's Adam Richman and the Food Network's Guy Fieri have both stopped in to check out this local landmark, and each proclaimed Red Mill's culinary merits after indulging in its beefy delights."

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    Huong Binh

    Huong Binh offers delicious and affordable Vietnamese dishes in the International District. Go for the noodles and stir-frys, to name a few gems.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take cash to pay for your meal!"



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