By Greg Kim and Alison Atwell
University Way Northeast, otherwise known as the Ave, houses block after block of restaurants, which is good news for hungry Huskies and their friends and families. Not sure what you’re hungry for? Explore your options in this quick guide to dining on the Ave.
Thai Tom (4543 University Way NE) is a Seattle legend beloved by both students and residents of the city. The food at this hole-in-the-wall is flavorful and affordable, but be prepared to wait during peak hours. Other good, though less renowned, options include Thaiger Room (4228 University Way NE) and Somtam Thai Restaurant (4736 University Way NE).
Aladdin Falafel Corner (4541 University Way NE) is a student favorite. Some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine on the Ave can be found here for about $5. Its counterpart, Aladdin Gyro-cery (4139 University Way NE), is fantastic too. Also try Shawarma King (5004 University Way NE) or Sultan Gyro Grill & Shawarma (4222 University Way NE).
Though the best pho in Seattle can be found in the International District, the Ave offers some solid choices. Try Pho Than Brothers (4207 University Way NE), Thanh Vi (4226 University Way NE), or Pho Vietnam (4235 University Way NE).
No food tour of the U-District is complete without a trip to Agua Verde Cafe and Paddle Club (1303 NE Boat St). Big taste and big portions make this a spot to return to, even when it’s busy. Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria (4106 Brooklyn Ave NE) is mostly Salvadoran, but don’t miss this one, either.
E.J. Burger (4510 University Way NE) serves a classic American burger complete with delicious sauce and heaps of fries. CaliBurger (4509 University Way NE), which opened in October 2015, has become popular for its In-N-Out- inspired burgers and boozy milkshakes. Also try Mr. Lu’s Burgers & Seafood (4752 University Way NE) or the build-your-own-burger experience at A Burger Place (4234 University Way NE).
While there are plenty of places to choose from, you can’t go wrong with either Jewel of India (4735 University Way NE) or Garam Masala (4537 University Way NE).
For a taste of Seattle’s craft beer culture, stop by the city’s oldest brewery: Big Time Brewery & Alehouse (4133 University Way NE). College Inn Pub (4006 University Way NE), a laidback, popular pub close to campus, offers a selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and boasts pool tables and dart boards. It offers nightly specials and happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.