With so much good food in this city, you aren’t going to want to skip lunch. Whether you want something light or decadent, something on-the-go or leisurely and relaxing, there are plenty of options right in the heart of the city.
This Tom Douglas restaurant has a limited, but delicious lunch menu. One highlight is the kebabs—choose from such items as lamb in a caramelized garlic-red wine glaze; Oregon beef with smoked paprika chermoula; or mushrooms with baby cipollini and toasted garlic. Make sure to choose the smashed-garlic fried potatoes as an accompaniment—they’re the perfect balance of crispy and soft.
Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop
This local sandwich shop sources many of its ingredients from local farmers. The menu also includes salads, soup and breakfast and kids items, and has a few vegan and gluten-free items. Try the roast pork loin sandwich with Stumptown coffee and cayenne-rubbed pork loin and apple butter or the ham and Beecher’s sandwich with caramelized onion.
Head to this Michael Mina restaurant for a three-course power lunch for only $22. Recent lunch offerings included such items as a heritage pork meatball “parm” served with a crispy baguette, fresh mozzarella and basil; roasted potato and cheddar pirogues with Beecher’s curds, caramelized onions and Honeycrisp apples; and a marinated steak salad with Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese, roasted sweet potato and pecans. The lunch special includes dessert—may we suggest the warm chocolate chip walnut cookies?
Purple Café and Wine Bar
Relax and watch the bustle of the city while you lunch at Purple Café and Wine Bar. Enjoy a glass of vino from the extensive list, or just come for the food. They have sandwiches, pizzas, salads and more. Try the Maine lobster baked mac and cheese, the gorgonzola and pear pizza with caramelized onions, syrah-poached pears and toasted walnuts or the Painted Hills burger with Beecher’s smoked flagship cheese, grilled red onions, mixed greens and spicy aioli.
Seattle’s food-truck scene is growing, and options seem unlimited. Trucks generally move daily, but there are established spots where you’ll find some options: Westlake Park at Fourth Avenue between Pike and Pine streets, McGraw Square at Fifth Avenue between Stewart Street and Olive Way or the Second Avenue and Pike Street pod. For truck schedules and locations in neighborhoods outside downtown, visit www.seattlefoodtruck.com.