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Mar 4, 2009 07:55 AM

NYC Folks looking for cheap eats in Seattle

My wife and I are going to be house hunting in a couple of weeks and looking for cheap good eats in the Seattle area. No area is out of the question. What we are looking for is nice cheap ethnic eats, burger joints, fish shacks and any kind of taco truck or street food(do you guys have that?). Basically we did the higher end restaurants the last time we visited and this time we want to explore the cheaper options. Thanks

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  1. Lots of taco trucks, quality varies. They move around, of course, but a current fave has been in front of the Home Depot on Aurora Ave N for quite a while (cross street is around 110th or so, east side of the street, the truck is on the north side of the parking lot.) called El Camarone, I believe.
    Have also heard great things about Skillet, an upscale food truck - it has a fixed schedule, in Ballard on Thursdays last I heard. There have been some articles about this one in the local papers, so I'm sure you could find a link. I might have seen something in the NYT about Skillet, too -- the upscale truck idea. Good luck with the house thing.

      1. Taco trucks: La Pasadita (Northgate), El Asadero #2 (Rainier Valley), Rancho Bravo (Wallingford)
        Gourmet street food: Skillet (variable location)
        Tortas and Mexico City Style eats: Barriga Llena (Greenlake), El Quetzal (Beacon Hill)
        Cambodian Noodles: Phnom Penh Noodle House
        Pho: Pho Bac (7th Ave. S., I.D.)
        Malay/Singaporean: Malay Satay Hut (I.D)
        Sichuan: Bamboo Garden (Bellevue)
        Bahn Mi: Pho Cyclo (Capitol Hill)
        General Viet: Green Leaf,Tamarind Tree (I.D.)
        Ethiopian, Eritrean: Meskel, Ras Dashen (C.D.), Dahlak (Rainier Valley)
        Fried fish, etc: Jack's Fish Spot (Pike Place), Pacific Inn Pub (Fremont), Sunfish (West Seattle)
        Burgers and BBQ Sandwiches: Roy's (columbia city)

        Alot of other cheap "ethnic" or street food pales in comparison to NYC, so I'm omitting it (e.g. middle east, deli, indian, pizza).

        Ras Dashen Restaurant
        2801 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA

        Tamarind Tree
        1036 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104

        Green Leaf Rstrnt Vietnamese
        418 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        Malay Satay Hut
        212 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA

        Bamboo Garden
        202 106th Pl NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

        Skillet Street Food and Diner
        1400 East Union Street, Seattle, WA 98122

        Rancho Bravo Tacos
        211 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA

        El Quetsal
        3209 Beacon Ave S # 2, Seattle, WA 98144

        Phnom Penh Noodle House
        660 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

        Pho Bac
        415 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

        Pho Cyclo Cafe
        406 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

        Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant
        2605 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122

        Dahlak Eritrean Cuisine
        2007 S State St, Seattle, WA 98144

        Jack's Fish Spot
        1514 Pike Pl Ste 2, Seattle, WA 98101

        Pacific Inn Pub
        3501 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA

        2800 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

        Roy's BBQ, Columbia City
        4903 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

        1. 2 pork sandwiches you might want to try: 1) Paseos, Caribbean style sandwich either the roast or tenderloin, and 2) Seattle Deli for the bbq pork bahn mi (for $2.50).

          1. First, I'd recommend the following places:

            1) Paseo in Fremont. It's something a little different--caribbean sandwiches; they're usually well-made, and I like the #1--the #2-midnight cuban is just pulled pork. Two caveats: the line at lunch is atrocious and they only accept cash. Everything around 7 or 8 bucks.

            2) Salumi in Pioneer Square. The line is terrible, they're only open from 11-4 Tues-Fri and they only accept cash but for the most part it meets with the hype if you go with the right expectations. Most of the salumi is very good--the original is a little greasy to me. The porchetta is overhyped. The sandwiches are huge and mostly under $10. The pasta specials are usually very good but it depends on the day.

            3) Uli's in the Pike Place Market - They make sausages everyday, at least they claim they do, and you can pick one out for them to grill and slap on a bun. I like the merguez with mayo and mustard but all of them are more or less good. Around 5 or 6 bucks.

            4) Mr. Gyros in Greenwood - These guys make a really good straightforward gyro, especially for Seattle, and they're really friendly to boot. Order it with hummus and harissa.

            Last, I'd recommend against Skillet. It's overhyped and is expensive for what it is--the kobe beef isn't even that good and it's small. You have much better burgers in NYC. And the mexican food in Seattle, especially at the taco trucks, is horrendous.

            Make sure to get some coffee, too. Espresso Vivace serves up a mean espresso-you have to drink it right away-and good mixed coffees (caramel is homemade), and Stumptown for a straight up latte.

            2 Replies
            1. re: tchad

              My Two Cents on Salumi

              Porchetta was divine, although I don't profess to being a Porchetta expert and I used my plastic to pay for it. I have been twice and love the place.

              Billy Bob

              P.S. Here is my write up on my first visit.


              1. re: tchad

                Friendly amendment: the line is part of the unique Salumi experience... Enjoy the locals and their visiting relatives. Thank you, Armandino.