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Apr 7, 2011 09:25 AM

Lunch in Freemont

Need a family friendly great place for lunch on vacation with the wife and 2 foody kids (ages 8 and 9). We eat everything. Preferably in walking distance to Archie Mcphee or the Theo Chocolate Factory (as we will be going to both while in Freemont). Thanks a bunch!

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  1. Hi, Raboi:

    Technically, Archie McPhee is in Wallingford (and it's a long walk between your two destinations, JSYK). A sleepy little gem of a Mex restaurant near AP is The Chile Pepper, and the Blue Star is right next door--don't know if they seat kids. If you like Greek food, Costa's Opa is good in DT Fremont. About equidistant from each of your stops is Paseo, which is excellent and wildly popular.


    Chile Pepper Restaurant
    1427 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      I suspect for a lot of people the conversation beings and ends with Paseo, and those people have a point. Kaleo is helpful to point out the walking distance b/w your stops. Uneeda Burger, just south of Paseo on Fremont Ave, is getting alot of praise, while others really like the fish and chips at the Pacific Inn on Stone Way (which may roughly serve as the boundary b/w Fremont and Wallingford); that's a bar though and may not welcome kids. To me, Chile Pepper is gringo-mex and well beyond skippable. Tutta Bella, also on Stone Way, is super kid friendly and very competent but is not the top of the Neapolitan pizza heap. Closer to central Wallingford, Musashi's is a favorite for cheap sushi, but I'd rather pay more for selection and a touch of zen. If you have room for dessert, Trophy makes a lethal cupcake.

      Tutta Bella
      4918 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

      1400 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

      1. re: equinoise

        Love love LOVE paseo (but cash only, limited seating, and the line gets long). Musashi's has a great (and cheap) chirashi bowl (but also cash only, and small space+peak lunch hours+no reservations=wait). I would second Uneeda Burger as it's been getting great reviews and the people own it have opened two other good restaurants (I love Quinn's and I thought Zoe was good) so I can't imagine it sucking too much :) Maybe consider Revel in Fremont if you're into Korean/Asian flavors. They're open for lunch and lunch/brunch on weekends and I the owners are super nice!

        1400 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

        1. re: roolala

          Revel is in walking distance from Theo and is kid-friendly. You will love it if you like Asian street food. Do not miss the ice cream sandwiches

          1. re: savvy savorer

            Revel is yummy, and you might even be able to make a reservation. I know you can for dinner; not sure about lunch.

    2. I suggest you eat before the Theo tour. I went in there hungry and I over-ate on all the chocolate samples.
      Lots of good suggestions here. I have to say Costa Opa's food is not so great.
      If you wind up needing something quick and convenient, Lucky's Pho has nice food served fast.