Day Long Snacking
So I have a unique opportunity-at least for me. I have a full day free next week. No work, no to do's, no responsibilities. I am a life-long NW resident and have spent alot of time eating around.
I am looking for chow worthy spots to stop in for a "snack". I am thinking of places for a quick taste-like a satay, a single taco, a pastry, or piece of great fried chicken. Love to find a decent empanada or small dish of ceviche.
Open early is a bonus and location not an issue. Also like to stay around $5.00 each. Hope to hit about 8 places at least. New and unique greatly appreciated. Might be hard to find.
A kalbi beef taco at Marination http://marinationmobile.com/ (any location, but it's a nice time of year for Marination Ma Kai on Alki).
For fried chicken, try Heaven Sent http://heavensentfriedchicken.com/ . That's where you'll find the REAL Ezell and his original recipe. Accept no substitutes.
Salvadoran pupusas and curtido at Salva-Mex http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/sa... in Burien
Of course, it's not exactly a place for a small bite, but for me, any weekday I'm off from work is a rare opportunity to go to Salumi.
actually think the best thing at ezell's/heaven sent are the spicy gizzards...yum! ditto morsel biscuits.
chicken wings @ pestle rock!
shrimp and pork wontons w. spicy sauce @ din tai fung
banh xeo @ green leaf
fried oysters @ walrus and the carpenter
salt & pepper tofu @ northwest tofu
tacos al pastor @ tacos chukis
chicken liver terrine @ le pichet/cafe presse
and of course, oysters @ taylor shellfish
dark chocolate sea salt caramel @ fran's
anything croissant-esque @ bakery nouveau or besalu
rockcreek s'mores @ rockcreek
+1 for Morsel's biscuits
-Chicken, Mushroom & Rice from Piroshky Piroshky
-Pupusas from Tropicos Breeze
-Roti Canai from Kedai Makan or Satay
-(Fried) Egg rolls from Tamarind Tree
-Empanada from El Mercado Latino, Rumba or La Isla
-Scone from Crumble & Flake
-Coconut Corn Muffin from Island Soul
-Scotch egg from Quinn's
-Yakitori from Yoroshiku 4649
-Garlic Butter Fried Chicken Wings from Hue Ky Mi Gia
-Fried catfish from that Shell Gas Station on Beacon Hill (my guiltiest pleasure)
-Spicy pork onigiri from Bibimbap (by the ferry dock bridge Downtown))
-Almond croissant from Le Fournil
-Coffee cake from Wild Mountain or Macrina
Considering that you're a life-long local, most of those are probably already familiar to you.
South Lake Union might have some new notable daytime options if you're willing to brave the Amazon crowds.
I wish we had someplace similar to that Singapore-style jerky place in Vancouver. I had some last month and I'm craving it again.
Oh, that place is so great. They're really just a convenience store that happens to have a hot deli serving all sorts of fried decadence -- chicken, gizzards, humongous jojos -- and some other random things like burritos and sausage. Their catfish is lightly breaded and perfectly seasoned... with a nice golden batter which I prefer over the gritty cornmeal type of coating.
I learned to like fried catfish back when I lived in Baltimore many years ago and theirs is the most similar to what I remember and love.
There are at least three other spots I know of in Seattle that does fried catfish -- Island Soul, Kingfish Cafe, and Catfish Corner -- and the Shell Station beats theirs all by a mile. Much cheaper, too. Look them up on the Y site.
Add emerald city fish and chips to the list. I like their catfish po boy (and shrimp po boy) and catfish and chips. Come to think of it, the dozen or more times I've been, I've never had a bad meal. They have the only breaded fish and chips I really like. Their fries are crazy good too, perfectly seasoned, nothing is ever greasy and it's all fried in front of you. Owner is a super nice guy, grew up around here and learned Louisiana cooking from his grandma.
I'll have to check out that Shell for sure. I dunno what it is about catfish but it's satisfying to eat.
Now that is a chowfind! http://www.yelp.ca/biz/shell-gas-stat... And they have gizzards -- really gotta take my male parental unit there. Thanks for the additional intel. Love that you can ask for a sample to see if they've been under the heat lamp too long :-).
I've just bookmarked this thread as it has a lot of great recommendations for the type of eating I like to do.
How about a piece of pizza and a pizzelle from the just opened Pizzaria Gabbiano, and then up the street and around the corner for some pasta from parent resto Il Corvo?