M Bar feels like the bougie rooftop lounge of a newly-constructed high-rise apartment building, only with a full bar. There’s a fire pit, plenty of outdoor seating, and an awesome view of the city from the 14th floor. Make a reservation for happy hour, and then drink froze while sitting on a swing. The charcuterie is good too - but make sure to get off the swing for that.
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Homegrown South Lake Union
Homegrown is a local sandwich chain that Gwyneth Paltrow wishes she came up with. This one’s in South Lake Union.
Tacos Chukis South Lake Union
Tacos Chukis is our favorite spot for quick Mexican in South Lake Union.
Li’l Woody’s South Lake Union
Li’l Woody’s in South Lake Union is an extremely reliable burger spot.
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Cedars In University District
Cedars In University District is mostly known for takeout lunch, but it’s also a good spot for a lighter-than-usual Indian dinner.
Homer is a Mediterranean restaurant in Beacon Hill that serves sharable plates and soft serve ice cream.
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Head to Ciudad, a Middle Eastern spot in Georgetown, for a solid mezze and grilled meat dinner that won’t be too expensive.
100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern is a bar in South Lake Union with good food, boozy jello shots, and shuffleboard. It’s hard to have a bad night here.
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