On the Cheap: Seattle's Top Eats

On the Cheap: Seattle's Top Eats

From upscale Tuscan cuisine to authentic Asian dishes, this Northwest metropolis has an excellent array of dining destinations to explore. Over the past few decades, Seattle has evolved into a food lover's paradise. Whether you are in the mood for sushi, mouth watering burgers, or the best fried chicken this side of the Mason-Dixon line, you will find no shortage of places to get your fill. Below are some of our picks for Seattle's best dining establishments on a budget.

Our Recommendations

Dicks Drive-in Seattle

Dick's uses only the finest beef and their hamburgers and buns are always fresh. Dick's famous shakes are made the old fashioned way--only hand dipped and individually whipped for a truly smooth and unique texture. Only at Dick's will you see employees slicing real potatoes for the freshest fries--cooked in 100% vegetable oil.

Ezells Fried Chicken Seattle

Ezell's Famous Chicken has been bringing Seattle its best fried chicken for over 20 years. With a recipe right out of America's South and a genuine dedication to quality, Ezell's is second to none for peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, cole slaw, and fried chicken.

Hattie's Hat Restaurant Seattle

Hattie's Hat Restaurant has been in Seattle's old Scandinavian neighborhood since 1904. Frequented by fisherman, hipsters looking for meaning and excitement in their hip lives and people that do an honest day's work...

El Puerco Lloron

Seattlelites are just crazy about "the pig"....and by pig, we mean El Puerco Lloron. This authentic Mexican mainstay near the Pike Place Market Hill Climb has been cranking out vibrantly seasoned braised and grilled meats long before the current craze celebrating taco trucks shifted into high gear.

Pagliacci Pizza

Opened on the "Ave" in the University District in 1979, this local favorite is known for its thinner pizza, somewhat like New York style as opposed to deep dish Chicago style. Every pizza is slapped and tossed by hand and cooked in a brick-lined oven. The restaurant chain is also noted for their use of Pacific Northwest ingredients. This includes options for pepperoni from Salumi (Seattle's most-famous Charcuterie), Walla Walla sweet onion (served in late summer and early fall), and salmon.

Red Mill Burgers Seattle

Red Mill Burgers is an award winning burger joint with a cult-like following. Fact: Oprah told her followers that they must eat one before they die. The Verde burger - fire roasted fresh anaheim peppers, monterey jack cheese, sliced red onions and toasted kaiser bun...Red Mill Bacon deluxe - crispy black pepper bacon fresh ground beef, kaiser bun...Bleu Cheese and Bacon Burger -crumbled oregon bleu cheese topped with crispy black pepper bacon on a toasted kaiser bun.

How to Find Your Own Cheap Eats in Seattle!

Step 1

Purchase a budget Seattle guidebook or two in advance of your trip or surf the web before you arrive; many guides include restaurant listings in a variety of price ranges.

Step 2

Find out about the best places to try out local specialties. The manager or concierge at your hotel should be able to provide you with a list of suggestions.

Step 3

Buy a local newspaper or magazine as soon as you arrive ' check out "Seattle.com," or other local publications for restaurant listings and reviews.

Step 4

Try a Seattle food tour. Seattle has several innovative walking food tours that introduce Seattle's food scene on a neighborhood level. Each tour is guided by a local expert with years of experience leading groups. You'll be entertained, informed and well fed.Our favorite was the Taste Pike Place Food Tour sponsored by Seattle Food Tours.

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