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Weekday lunch suggestions in Downtown Seattle (Pioneer Square/Financial District)?

Recently, I've started working again in downtown Seattle (specifically the Pioneer Square neighborhood, near First and Yesler) and although I've found a few good lunch spots from reading here and from some wandering around, I'd be interested to get some other ideas on what would be good to check out in the area. I already know about Salumi and Tat's near where I work (I'd like to try a few more things at Salumi, but the 30-minute lines make it tough to do too often) and I've found a couple of other decent places in the Financial District (Mel's Market on Third and Madison is one I enjoyed on a previous stint in downtown, and still seems to be pretty good.) I haven't had a chance to spend much time in the International District yet though.

I'd be interested to get suggestions for a few other places to try. Places in the Pioneer Square area would be ideal, but anything reasonably accessible from the bus tunnel would work as well.

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  1. Tamarind Tree, Saigon Deli, Seattle Deli, Green Leaf, Unicorn Crepe, Uwajimaya food court, etc

    1. I like Natalie's Seattle Deli recommendation. I love their Banh Mi. I also like Pho Bac for good cheap Pho. I have also been really enjoying Elliott Bay Cafe for a creative menu executed well. A few other tried and true lunch spots for me are Samurai Noodle, Bakemans and Cafe Zum Zum.

      Billy Bob


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      1. re: Billy Bob

        I second Billy Bob's recommendation of Bakeman's. It's an oldie, but a goodie. I don't get downtown much for lunch these days, but whenever I do, I head for Bakeman's, alternating between the turkey and the meatloaf sandwiches, and always including some of the rich, tasty turkey-noodle soup. Talk about comfort food!

        1. re: Tom Armitage

          Made it over to Bakeman's a couple of days ago (bit of a nondescript place, kind of easy to miss) and they've definitely got the day-after-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich figured out at that place, and the soup was good too. Didn't get a chance to look around much due to the inherent rush in the line (goof thing I read up a bit ahead or the results could have been disastrous,) but I'll definitey need to go back and try some of the other stuff on the menu.

      2. MSG150 will give you a good idea of places in the ID.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions, I'll have to go try a few of these places. The place I'm working will avtially be moving a few blocks closer to the International District shortly, so I'll be able to get over there a bit more easily.

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          1. re: Vexorg

            I'll probably be seeing you at Pho Bac...

          2. I used to work on that side of downtown and boy do I miss the lunch food! In addition to all the ID recs previously mentioned, some of my favs in that neck of the woods are zum zum, red bowls, zaina and mae phim. YUM.

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            1. re: akq

              Zum Zum = Yum Yum

              Ask him to serve you a combination of several of whatever's on the board that day.

              He's an accommodating fellow, and will feed you.

              Chick pea, lamb, spinach. What's not to like?...

            2. Cafe ZumZum gets two thumbs up from me. [corner of 3d and marion] Also the Piroski place on Third---if you are indecisive you can get a half portion of the lunch special with a cup of the borscht.

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              1. re: jenn

                Piroshky on 3rd is fantastic. Not just the piroshkies but the soups are great too. They make one or two a day so they're always different. I love the Chicken (Thursdays) but you have to like dill to like it. The daily specials are usually good too, though I wasn't crazy about the pot pie. I saw a gorgeous stuffed pepper delivered to a eat in customer the other day--it was really impressive.

                Cherry Street Coffee House makes good, fresh salads and sandwiches. They have a great veggie burger if you like that sort of thing. Grand Central Bakery has good sandwiches, too.

                Julie's Garden on Yesler has a really good spicy chicken pho. The rest of the menu is standard Chinese American (though the place is always packed so I guess it's a hit with a lot of people).

              2. Add to the Zum Zum and Red Bowls recommendations. I seem to hit those about once a week. The Vietnamese place upstairs from Zum Zum is worth an occasional visit if you're coming from the other direction and not as close to the ID. Good BBQ at Hole in the Wall just below the state courthouse.

                1. In the ID 663 Bistro is my favorite. It's 663 Weller. They don't have lunch special type of lunches. They do have great food. The rice dishes with curry are great. The fish filet, chicken [thigh] or vegetable are really good. The BBQ is some of the best I've tried. The roast pork and duck are especially good. Salt and pepper chicken wings are excellent. It's great if you can get someone to go with you and share but the rice dishes or BBQ meats over rice are well priced and delicious.

                  Uwajimaya also had some good BBQ but not quite as good. There are some pretty good options though and the Chinese buffet line is surprisingly good. [ but, it doesn't take that much to surprise at a steam table.]

                  It's hard to believe but at the Westlake food court Bombay Wala has a really good Masala Dosa that they serve with a great lentil soup/sambar. It's a very good price, too. They don't include soup if you get it to go and the soup is worth eating in the mall.