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The places Seattle foodies rave about
By Vriti Wadhwa
While you may decide to go on exquisite food adventures around Seattle, or prefer to stick to the comfort of campus meal plans, local favorites are a must.
Ranked as third-best place to eat in the nation, Paseo is worth a try. While a long line is often expected, the fresh aroma of marinated pork and pickled jalapenos will certainly make it seem a lot faster. This classic hole-in-the-wall has expanded its locations, and is now in Fremont and SoDo. Each location is open different hours, so be sure to keep that in mind. Paseo is mostly known for its pork sandwiches, but it has seafood and vegetarian options available as well. Be prepared to devour all the dripping sauces that add bursts of flavor, such as seasoned mayo or sautéed garlic. The Caribbean Roast sandwich is one that you shouldn’t miss!
PORTAGE BAY CAFÉ
Whether you want to take your family or friends to a lovely brunch in Seattle, get over a hangover, or are simply craving breakfast food, Portage Bay is the place to go. A local favorite, everything on its menu is the epitome of brunch. Anything from runny eggs benedicts to its specialty pancakes makes this place worth a try. You would be wise to make an earlier reservation to avoid waiting in long lines. It is highly recommended to take advantage of the fruit bar to make your pancakes and waffles taste and look incredible. Eat like you give a damn, as its slogan says.
Tired of the usual flavors of ice cream? Wanting to experiment a little? I guarantee walking past any Molly Moon’s store will tempt you to enter at least once. Once you smell the sweet aroma of waffle cones made to perfection, there’s no going back. The shop offers all-year flavors such as salted caramel, Earl Grey, or maple walnut, but also seasonal ones such as its current vegan sweet mint or lemon blueberry cheesecake. To make it even better, there are a variety of toppings available, the most famous being hot fudge. Go out and try a Seattle favorite: gourmet ice cream made with local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle chef Tom Douglas never fails with his restaurants, including his pizzeria scattered across Seattle: Serious Pie. Expect crispy, fire-wood pizzas, topped with fresh ingredients and generous helpings of artisan cheeses. The menu includes a small selection of a variety of pizzas with different toppings for both meat-eaters and vegetarians, along with delicious starters such as burrata or the to-die-for kale salad. Toppings include pepperoni, clams, yukon gold potatoes, buffalo mozzarella, smoked prosciutto, the list goes on and on.
Located in trendy Capitol Hill, Tacos Chukis is the best place to go if you’re craving delicious but reasonably-priced Mexican food. This hole-in-the wall may seem tiny and quite hidden, but it is definitely a local Seattle favorite. The tacos are around $2 each and come with your choice of protein, onion, salsa, and guacamole. Its menu also offers other Mexican food such as tortas and quesadillas, which are a little more expensive. This constantly busy and bustling eatery with its simplistic menu is a place everyone needs visit.