Seattle Lunch Spots Range from Grab-and-Go Fare to Prolonged Midday Meals

Corinne Whiting

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 becomes 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...  Read more »

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    John Howie Steak

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

    John Howie Steak turns lunchtime into a swanky steakhouse affair at this Bellevue venue.

    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

    Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge brings tasty New Orleans-inspired flare to Lower Queen Anne.

    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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    • Cuisine: American, Continental
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Financial District

    FareStart launched as a training ground for homeless people and other disadvantaged groups; enjoy...  Read more »

    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

    Katsu Burger is an expected culinary gem, dreamt up by one of the city's most celebrated Japanese chefs, tucked away in a strip mall;

    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

    Bai Tong was founded by Thai airline pilots, stewardesses and their families, meaning this is a great venue for authentic, flavorful dishes.

    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

    Red Mill Burgers is a Seattle institution where locals flock for consistently delicious burgers, onion rings and malts.

    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

    This upscale dining room serves inventive Greek cuisine in downtown Seattle.

    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

    Agua Verde means flavorful Mexican eats in a vibrant atmosphere on the water's edge.

    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

    Matt's in the Market is a mealtime treat (lunch, too!) in the heart of Pike Place Market. Enjoy local delicacies that have been expertly prepped.

    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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