Pane Pane is a tiny little sandwich shop with a teriyaki meatball banh mi so great, it nearly made us cry. But we didn’t, because we were too busy eating. There are plenty of other baguette creations, too, topped with things like Italian cold cuts and turkey, avocado, and chipotle aioli.
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Japonessa somehow pulls of Japanese-Mexican fusion, and it’s a great place for a birthday dinner or date night downtown.
Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
Matt’s In The Market
Matt’s In The Market is a Pike Place institution for seafood and upscale American dishes.
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Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
You’ve probably walked by Shelter Lounge in Green Lake, but haven’t actually gone in. You should. It’s a great spot for day drinking or a casual date.
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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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.
Cafe Hitchcock is an all-day coffee shop downtown serving sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls.
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