Market Grill has a dining situation that sounds unbearable - but actually, this place does one of the best lunches downtown. First, you have to walk through a good portion of Pike Place’s human traffic jam (which usually starts because one person is blocking the way trying to dip a popsicle stick in some wild honey sample). Eventually, you’ll find what you’re looking for - a diner-style counter smack in the middle of the market, where two guys are there to fire up your blackened salmon sandwich with rosemary mayo (which is what you should get). If you’re alone, it’s not too hard to grab a seat, but if you’re with a few people, take it to-go. And don’t miss the herby clam chowder, either.
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Mariscos Mexico is a Mexican stall at Pike Place Market that serves delicious seafood tacos.
Old Stove Brewing Company
Old Stove Brewing Co. is a brewery Downtown that serves bar food like flatbreads and burgers.
Le Caviste is a French wine bar Downtown with outstanding wine and excellent charcuterie.
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The Nest is a Downtown rooftop bar at the top of Hotel Thompson. Expect expensive drinks and a fantastic view.
FlintCreek Cattle Co.
FlintCreek Cattle Co. is a slightly upscale restaurant in Greenwood with excellent steaks and a Happy Hour burger worth traveling for.
Bar Harbor is a New England-inspired restaurant in South Lake Union that serves seafood rolls and chowder.
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The Walrus And The Carpenter
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You know Paseo, but Un Bien is where you want to be. It’s where the old owners work now, and the Caribbean sandwiches in Ballard are the city’s best.
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