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Jul 20, 2009 10:07 AM

Light Rail!

With light rail opened up, those of us who work downtown now have an easier and quicker time getting to places like Beacon Hill, Columbia City, and Rainier Beach for lunch. What places near the light rail stations should I be checking out for the first time?

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  1. Lots of interesting Vietnamese Choices around the Othello station, see my post below.

    1. This is the start of a great thread.
      I'm 3 minutes from the Chinatown station and curious about what chow I can reasonably hope to reach at lunch
      Anybody know any good chow to be had by the stations?
      Beacon Hill
      Mount Baker
      Columbia City
      Rainier Beach

      1. Sadly, there isn't much decent chow to be had in the vicinity of the Tukwila station--not within walking distance, anyhow (and I don't know that I'd want to walk far from the station in that neighborhood, anyway). I live about a mile and a half away, and I'm hard-pressed to think of even a decent latte drive-thru in the vicinity (note to anyone looking for a place to open a latte stand: here's your chance, probably the only part of western Washington not already over-saturated, and now there's a brand-new magnet drawing commuters to the area!)

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        1. re: MsMaryMc

          Thank you.
          I think this might be the beauty of the thing, though.
          As of right now, that locale is minutes away for thousands, and this might be just the moment for that budding restaurateur to open up for business. Hope springs eternal.

          1. re: mrnelso

            From your mouth, to God's ears...

        2. Can't say that I've tried all the places, but the Beacon Hill station has a Golden Daisy (?) Chinese BBQ place, Inay's Filipino Restaurant, Deelite Filipino Bakery, and a Baja bistro all within walking distance.

          1. Great thread idea.

            On opening day Saturday, the proprietress of Kallaloo Caribbean restaurant in Columbia City was handing out samples of her yummy Jamaican patties (curry chicken in a pastry dough) at the station, and as I was super hungry by that point, I made a bee line for her place. Had the goat roti (great) and callaloo, which was a bit like creamed spinach. Also great. I'll be back next time I'm in the area.


            And here are my pics of the day -- the last shot is actually in this restaurant's loo. I couldn't believe they thought the warning was necessary.


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            1. re: jjmccoy

              enjoyed your pics, thanks for sharing!