Some Seattle Lunch Spots Elevate Grab and Go Fare, Others Invite a Prolonged Midday Meal

John Ferri

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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In our workaday lives, lunch is often relegated to leftovers from a brown bag or downing greasy fast food out of convenience. So while traveling, one of the luxuries is mapping out enough time in your itinerary to track down and enjoy a leisurely lunch, which provides just one more chance during the day to really take in the taste of a city -- literally and figuratively. In Seattle that means immersing yourself in numerous Asian cuisines while on a treasure hunting trek in Seattle’s International District, where import and gift shops are interspersed with Japanese sushi joints, Korean barbecue houses, and Vietnamese eateries....  Read more »

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    John Howie Steak

    • Cuisine: Steakhouse
    • Average Main Course Price: $50

    Local Expert Tip: "Lunch is a great opportunity to sample this swanky steakhouse at a considerable discount compared to dinner menu prices."

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    Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

    Local Expert Tip: "Only at a New Orleans inspired restaurant will you find an extended happy hour designed to coincide with brunch, and right into lunch, seven days a week."


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    Local Expert Tip: "This special eatery focused on culinary training as rehab made an appearance on Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern when the Travel Channel personality brought the show to Seattle."

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    Katsu Burger

    • Cuisine: Burger
    • Average Main Course Price: $7.50

    Local Expert Tip: "This spot is currently open for weekday lunch and dinner. Plans for weekend hours are in the works."

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    Bai Tong

    Local Expert Tip: "Located near the huge Southcenter Mall, this is a great spot to step up from food-court fare and get away from the crowd for a relaxed lunch that will temporarily transport you to Southeast Asia."

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    Red Mill Burgers

    • Cuisine: American, Burger
    • Average Main Course Price: $5
    • Neighborhood: Interbay

    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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    Pyramid Alehouse, Brewery and Restaurant

    The Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse means delicious beers in the heart of Seattle's sports district, Pioneer Square.

    Local Expert Tip: "Right across from Seattle's professional football, soccer, and baseball stadiums, this is a prime location before and after sporting events. An expansive deck is a great place to sip an ale on a sunny afternoon."

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    • Cuisine: European, Greek
    • Average Main Course Price: $24
    • Neighborhood: Downtown

    Local Expert Tip: "Celeb chef Tom Douglas is a regional foodie hero, and this is one of his first and still best restaurants."


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    Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club

    Local Expert Tip: "Agua Verde is a great lunch spot after exploring the University of Washington campus and perhaps visiting its popular Henry Art Museum."

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    Matt's in the Market

    Local Expert Tip: "For the most simple and authentic local lunch, get a grilled salmon sandwich, a portion of smoky, delicious pure protein and omegas tucked gently between a flaky bun."


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