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Mar 19, 2011 04:57 PM

Hoard of Teens looking for reasonable meal within 15 minutes walk of the convention center

My son's team is competing at the FIRST competition in the convention center. After a long and exhausting day, they walked about 15 minutes to a noodle shop that turned out to be too tiny to fit the say 12 teen boys and 5 chaperones. Is there a reasonable place (15 bucks or less a head), with enough seating for 17, with teen pleasing cuisine within walking distance of the convention center? They went to the food court of a Japanese market and there were some hits and misses there. Chinese and Thai are out because of peanut allergies.

Thanks for your help in feeding the hoard ;)

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  1. Serous pie might deserve a look, but check the menu prices closely, as it may not fit the budget.
    Happy hour at Taste is a winner, and there are lots of others downtown,but many/most/all? of such are in the bar, and no-go for teens, but some might allow this??
    Zaina, at 109 Pine Street offers falafel and other Mediterranean dishes (love the eggplant) .
    At lunch, the buses are free to Bakeman's, 122 Cherry St,which is a LOT of food for little money and definitely fits the budget.

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    1. re: mrnelso

      Sending them to Bakeman's for lunch tomorrow. Thanks for the tip!

      1. re: Tumkers

        Bakeman's is only open weekdays and Zaina is closed Sundays.

        Do you have to stay in one group? If you can split into smaller groups, taking them to Pike Place Market could be fun. There are so many casual, inexpensive places there, everyone's bound to find something. Kids who want Mexican could go to El Puerco Lloron (on the hillclimb, and this has the most seating though I'm not sure you'll find 17 open seats), sandwiches at 3 Girls, fish and chips and Jacks, gyros at Mr. D' lot of these are take out stands, but there is public seating scattered around the Market.

        If you get desperate there is a food court at Westlake Center with tons of seating. The Noodle Zone has acceptable Thai.

        Pike Place Market
        1501 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

        El Puerco Lloron
        1501 Western Ave Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. re: christy319

          I never realized most of the affordable places downtown are smaller! I love Tat's Deli if they are want to bus to Pioneer square..great sandwiches and super filling. Pike's Place is fun and inexpensive...Pike Place chowder is one of my faves. Taking 99 bus to Ivar's might be an option too :)

          As a last resort there's always Cheesecake Factory which is will cover any palate :P

          and @GreenYoshi, Lunchbox Lab could work, they have an upstairs also so it's pretty large, and most menu items are ~$13-15 including choice of side and it is DELICIOUS :)

          Cheesecake Factory
          700 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

      2. re: mrnelso

        I feel like 17 people at Serious Pie is more than half the seats in the whole restaurant...
        I don't think that works here. (I don't know about the SLU one, is there more seating there?)

        I know it's gotten some flack about not being as good as the original (and I'll agree with that) but Lunchbox Lab might be a good call of a group like this. The fun and varied burgers should be a hit for all. It's a little further away though.

        Serious Pie
        316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101

        1. re: GreenYoshi

          You are not going to feed hungry teens at Serious Pie and Lunchbox Lab for $ 15 dollars or less. Sorry i don't have a place I can recommend that is open on Sundays. I would suggest doing a search on Yelp using your location, date and cost criteria.

      3. Baguette Box should do nicely - it is right up the hill

        Also Primo is near and very good

        Baguette Box
        1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

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        1. re: PaqpIn

          17 people won't fit inside Baguette Box, but it's good enough that it's worth sending someone to pick up a big to-go order (it'd be polite to call ahead.)

          Baguette Box
          1203 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

        2. There's a MOD Pizza in One Union Square that may work (they are open M - Sat). Their pizza is inexpensive and tasty. You can order ahead of time (a good idea).

          Lola might also work - they can accomodate groups your size. Dahlia has a private room that would work, but might exceed your budget.

          Maybe a picnic lunch? Consider ordering sandwiches, etc. from Specialty's. They are also good, customizable, inexpensive and they can have them ready when you need them.

          You could go to the Icon Grill - it's not my favorite, but teens may enjoy it. There's also Mexico or Gordon Biersch in Pacific Place (neither are great, but they'd be able to seat you all with a rezzie).

          Icon Grill
          1933 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101