Good take-out in Seattle N/NE?
I'm going to be in Seattle for a few days and will need to pick up a couple of take-out dinners. I will be staying near Northgate and going to visit my mom in Laurelhurst, so anything near Northgate, the U. District, or University Village would be more or less on the way. The only requirement I can think of (besides good food) is a place to park near the restaurant, which I know can be a problem in the U. District. No particular preferences as to type of food, although anything unusual that I'd be unlikely to get at home (NC) would be an added bonus. Thanks!
That route will take you past Casa díItalia, 2615 65th, where a good Italian Hero can be had, meatball parm, etc.
Down in the U VIllage is Delfino's Pizza, 522-3466, where you can get them to make you a Stuffed Spinach or pepperoni pizza or you can grab one from the freezer case and bake it at home. Pagliacci, on the Ave has good salads to go along with their good pizzas. If you have more extravagant intentions, Pair, on about 55th and 30th in Ravenna might be able to take very good care of you.
If you are up for Indian, try Cedars (U district- Brooklyn and 50th) or its sister restaurant Taste of India (Roosevelt/Ravenna area, approx. 57th and Roosevelt)...not sure how authentic but tasty (I really like the Mango curry and butter chicken). Thai Tom and Thaiger room are good for thai but parking might be a bit more challenging...they are both on University Way (the Ave). I also use to like going to Kiku, a tempura/teriyaki house..on the Ave as well but further north.
Loved my Indonesian dinner at Indo Cafe near Northgate about a year ago. It was new -- hopefully it's still thriving.
There are plentiful options for takeout at Pasta & Company in the University Village. They have a wide variety of deli case foods, entrees, salads, pastas, breads, cookies, as well as frozen entrees and desserts and sauces, vinegars, oils, jams, etc. Their offerings change seasonally - here's a link to their menu: http://www.pastaco.com/menu_entrees.html
Depending on the time of day you go (weekdays are best, weekends are rough), parking at University Village is either plentiful or impossible. While you are at U Village, I recommend a short walk over to Fran's Chocolates. Now, there's a place for "take-out". If they have the chocolate ganache stuffed figs available, try one.
The new Vietnamese grocery that took over the Larrys on 99 just south of 100th (Oaktree?) has an interesting looking hot deli counter.
Back from Seattle--my report:
Thanks for all the ideas--there weren't enough eating opportunities to try more than a couple. My clear bias was for places with parking lots and menus I could see ahead of time. Here's where I ended up getting take-out:
Indo Café: Full-featured web site let me plan ahead for what to order, and the person who answered the phone was also very helpful. I chose the Nasi Kuning Komplit. I'd heard of nasi goreng before, but not nasi kuning. Their description: "Indonesian yellow rice plate with mixed dishes consists of fried chicken, hard boiled egg topped with spicy sauce, fried anchovies and peanuts." The chicken was a whole chicken leg and very tasty. I couldn't tell whether it was deep-fried, shallow-fried, or just pan fried. It didn't have a coating on it, but it was nicely browned. The sauce on the boiled egg was really hot, and what stuck to the egg when I took it out of the sauce was more than enough. It was the only spicy-hot thing on the whole plate. The yellow rice was very coconutty (I didn't know what yellow rice was about before) and good. The most interesting thing was the "fried anchovies and peanuts". It was sort of like a party mix, Indonesian style. There were some other things in there too--it seemed like some sort of fried dough crisps. And it was sweetened. Sweetened fried anchovies sounds odd, but I liked it. Oh, and the whole thing came with a bag of what I think were shrimp chips: the snacks that puff up like styrofoam peanuts when you fry them. These had brightly colored edges. Summary: good food, definitely unusual, rock-bottom price. The location is right off of Northgate Way near 5th Ave. NE, in a little shopping center with a Tony Roma's.
My second take-out meal was Delfino's Chicago Style Pizzeria in University Village. I lived in Chicago many years ago and missed their pizzas, so I ordered a baby "Delfino's Special" deep-dish pizza, with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers. It was good, but didn't match my memory of Chicago pizza. I'm not sure you can get the same deep-pan effect with a tiny pizza as you can with a full-sized one: there's more crust-edge and not as much flat surface. Anyway, it tasted good, and was plenty of food with the Caesar salad I also ordered.
I also saw (but did not eat at) many of the other places suggested: Casa D'Italia is less than two blocks from where my sister lives, so we walked right by it. We also passed Pair on foot, and I pointed it out to my sister. I want to save that for some time when I can take advantage of their theme, which is pairing wine with food. I passed Judy Fu's Snappy Dragon just about every day, because I used Roosevelt Way to get to my sister's and mom's.
Again, thanks for all the tips. I'll save them for my next trip.
Marlai is in Laurelhurst on Sand Point Way. It has well above average Thai food. Lower in grease and fat than most. You can order by phone and pick it up there (order from their web site). Bill Gates used to eat there when he lived in the neighborhood.