Cheap Eats in Seattle (bonus for Capitol Hill spots!)
I just recently moved to Seattle (Capitol Hill to be specific) and I'm looking for the best spots to grab some cheap food.
Anything goes, really. It just has to be good and as inexpensive as possible.
What do you got for me, Chowhounders?
I wish you luck...Seattle is not a good place for cheap food of any kind, unless you are from another expensive city, you'll probably find yourself paying more than you're used to (although for high quality). And on top of that, you chould prepare to pay a Capitol Hill Premium for anything you eat in the neighborhood.
That said, there are some places on the Hill that are reasonable for their high quality of food. Pho Cyclo, Quinn's, Presse, Six Arms, Honey Hole, and Baguette Box are all good options. There are cheaper places in the ID, and Sichuan Cuisine is a flat out bargain (though I think it's in decline lately).
I'm not sure of why there's so much love for Bimbo's; if I want a burrito I'll take the car out and get the much better (& cheaper!) options at Taqueria Muy Macho (South Park) or Taqueria Tequila (Greenwood). Speaking of which -- taco trucks are good for tacos & tortas, I recommend Taqueria el Asadero on Rainier (maybe 15 min drive from CapHill).
Good luck & welcome to the neighborhood!
I'm right there with you on the cheap eats. I'm a Capitol Hill gal and here are my recs:
Bimbo's Cantina - aka, Bimbo's Bitchen Burritos. The Cha Cha Lounge is below.
Cafe Presse - a more expansive menu yet moderately priced then its elder counterpart in Belltown, Le Pichet. Serve food till 1:30 am-ish and open early for breakfast.
Fish Fry - nestled between Moe Bar and Neumos which is a live music venue.
ART GALLERY + BAR
JAPANESE - modern
Boom Noodle - younger counterpart of Blue C Sushi, nice prices for small plates.
JAPANESE - sushi
Quinn's for lunch, same owners as Restaurant Zoe. Try their poutine.
Smith's on 15th Avenue...lambshank for $12? Yes! And they have great sweet potato fries.
Kim Chee Bistro - great for a quick fix if you want to forgo the long drive north/south.
La Spiga - if you want to splurge over $10, try their truffled pasta. Simple and amazing.
....if you wander down to the International District...
MALAYSIAN - Malay Satay Hut
VIETNAMESE - Green Leaf Cafe
VIETNAMESE SANDWICH DELI - Seattle Deli
BUBBLE TEA - Gossip
VARIETY - Uwajimaya Food Court (Korean, Japanese, Thai, etc.)
CHINESE BAKERY - Mon Hei
DIM SUM - Jade Garden or Tea Garden
CHINESE - Purple Dot (fun, young demographic) or Sea Garden
CHINESE CONGEE, ETC - Homestyle Hong Kong Cafe
WONTON - Mike's Noodle House
HANDMADE DUMPLINGS - Szechuan Noodle Bowl
BBQ PORK - Kau Kau
Hot Mammas Pizza on Pine
Honey Hole Sandwiches on Pike
Six Arms on Pike or The Delux on Broadway for pub food - both have happy hour specials
Pho Cyclo on Broadway or Ballet on Pike
Jamjuree on 15th for Thai - have good lunch specials
Cafe Presse on 12th
Check out the ID..tons of inexepnsive options there. You can get a Bahn Mi for under $3.00 most places. I recommend the Saigon Deli or Seattle Deli. Also chceck out the Uwajimaya Village Food Court.