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11 Affordable Seattle Restaurants the Whole Family Will Love

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With most people spending so much time sheltering at home these days, it’s gotten harder than ever to figure out interesting ways to feed a family, day in and day out. Thankfully, these 11 excellent restaurants in Seattle understand the struggle. From colorful spreads of South Indian curries and rejuvenating bowls of pho to endlessly customizable pizzas and burgers, the meals and meal kits here strike the ideal balance of affordable and fantastic. Whether you’re in the mood for takeout, delivery, or even patio dining in some cases, you’ll find a delicious, crowd-pleasing deal ahead.

A number of Seattle restaurants offer patio service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit coronavirus.wa.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Frelard Tamales

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These hefty, half-pound tamales — made in Green Lake using the co-owner’s family recipe from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — are a perfectly filling and versatile dinner option whether eaten immediately or frozen and steamed later. Tender, gluten-free corn masa holds incredible flavors from salsa roja pork to vegan caramelized pineapple, and both delivery and pickup are free. You can even add a bouquet of flowers from a local vendor if you want to brighten the dinner table.

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Pho Bac Súp Shop

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Decades ago, Pho Bac introduced Seattle to traditional Vietnamese cuisine; this recent Chinatown-International District spinoff, run by the next generation of the founding family, updates the formula with the likes of a massive short rib bobbing in herbaceous bowls and bottles of funky orange wine pairing neatly with spicy bun bo hue. The “PhoKit Phamily Style” meals offer a ton of deliciousness at a significant discount.

A bowl of pho with fresh herbs from Pho Bac Súp Shop in Seattle.
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Vios Cafe & Marketplace

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You’ll find a classic taste of Greece at this Capitol Hill shop, where chicken and lamb adorn skewers, hunks of fluffy pita bread scoop dips like hummus and baba ganoush, and flaky baklava caps a meal in sweet fashion. To make sharing among the family easier, Vios even provides a picnic option — vegetarian or meaty, both with a variety of goodies. Be sure to grab a couple of Cokes to complete your meal. 

El Sombrero | Family Mexican Restaurant

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For 16 years, the Rodriguez family has welcomed diners to their Columbia City restaurant. The menu features a wide range of affordable Mexican hits, from burritos stuffed with carne asada to tacos heaped with shrimp and garlic to desserts like creamy flan and crispy churros. Even the kids’ menu is robust, complete with smaller, stripped-down portions of enchiladas, nachos, and more.

Proletariat Pizza

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White Center’s premier pizzeria creates a spectacular thin-crust base with locally milled grains full of biscuity, nutty flavors. The pizzas come in 12-inch and 18-inch sizes and support stacks of high-quality toppings, from the Brooklyn pie’s sausage, mushrooms, and red onions to the Vegetarian’s roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, and goat cheese. Consider some half-and-half splits if you can’t narrow your choices, but make sure to save room for salads and homemade tiramisu.

Dakshin South Indian Bistro

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The menu at this Kirkland restaurant is all about sprawling combos, built around South Indian essentials like rice-based dosas and idli combined with vibrant curries. Vegetarians can treat themselves to lentil stews and masalas like paneer butter or okra, and the omnivores can try creamy curries of chicken, shrimp, and goat. 

Tacos Chukis

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Huge flavors in small packages: that’s the Tacos Chukis way, and it’s taken the restaurant from humble origins in a second-floor shop tucked out of sight on Capitol Hill to a burgeoning empire with additional locations prominently featured in Beacon Hill, South Lake Union, and Central District. Fruity adobada pork, adobo-marinated chicken, or nopal cactus perch precariously atop corn tortillas and stretch flour tortillas to their limits as baby burritos, tailor-made for anyone who wants to sample them all. 

Two tacos on a red plate from Tacos Chukis in Seattle.
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Rain City Burgers

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You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the assortment of quarter-pound burgers piled high on brioche buns and ready for pickup in Roosevelt, but it doesn’t hurt either, since many iterations are named for local teams like the Sounders (pepper jack, cream cheese, bacon, and grilled jalapeno) and the dearly departed Sonics (cheddar, swiss, and house hot sauce). There’s something for everyone, as salmon, chicken, and veggie patties are also ready for you to customize with at least a dozen toppings.

MOD Pizza

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As the name of this locally grown chain suggests, the crust (or the greens, in the case of a salad) is your canvas for endless modifications. A six-inch base with or without gluten makes an individual order, but you could consider sharing an 11-inch version in either regular or thick crust. From there, go wild with more than 30 toppings like pesto or barbecue sauce, roasted or chopped garlic, asiago or gorgonzola cheese, anchovies or salami, and a swirl of ranch or buffalo sauce. Don’t forget the Cokes to complement your creation.

Where Ya At Matt

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You might call Matt Lewis the King of Creole in Seattle, since his food truck is arguably the seat of New Orleans cuisine here. Check the schedule on social media to catch him slinging vivacious shrimp and grits, gumbo, muffulettas, fried chicken po’ boys, and hot, pillowy beignets all over the region, from West Seattle to Redmond. 

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Emerald City Fish & Chips

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This Columbia City favorite knows its way around its namesake pairing, crisping up cod, catfish, oysters, and other seafood in a gluten-free coating alongside thick-cut fries. Tasty chowder, crab puppies, po’ boys, simple salads, and a few types of burgers round out the menu: a concise list where every dish shines. 

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Frelard Tamales

A tray of tamales from the Seattle restaurant Frelard Tamales.
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These hefty, half-pound tamales — made in Green Lake using the co-owner’s family recipe from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico — are a perfectly filling and versatile dinner option whether eaten immediately or frozen and steamed later. Tender, gluten-free corn masa holds incredible flavors from salsa roja pork to vegan caramelized pineapple, and both delivery and pickup are free. You can even add a bouquet of flowers from a local vendor if you want to brighten the dinner table.

A tray of tamales from the Seattle restaurant Frelard Tamales.
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Pho Bac Súp Shop

A bowl of pho with fresh herbs from Pho Bac Súp Shop in Seattle.
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Decades ago, Pho Bac introduced Seattle to traditional Vietnamese cuisine; this recent Chinatown-International District spinoff, run by the next generation of the founding family, updates the formula with the likes of a massive short rib bobbing in herbaceous bowls and bottles of funky orange wine pairing neatly with spicy bun bo hue. The “PhoKit Phamily Style” meals offer a ton of deliciousness at a significant discount.

A bowl of pho with fresh herbs from Pho Bac Súp Shop in Seattle.
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Vios Cafe & Marketplace

You’ll find a classic taste of Greece at this Capitol Hill shop, where chicken and lamb adorn skewers, hunks of fluffy pita bread scoop dips like hummus and baba ganoush, and flaky baklava caps a meal in sweet fashion. To make sharing among the family easier, Vios even provides a picnic option — vegetarian or meaty, both with a variety of goodies. Be sure to grab a couple of Cokes to complete your meal. 

El Sombrero | Family Mexican Restaurant

For 16 years, the Rodriguez family has welcomed diners to their Columbia City restaurant. The menu features a wide range of affordable Mexican hits, from burritos stuffed with carne asada to tacos heaped with shrimp and garlic to desserts like creamy flan and crispy churros. Even the kids’ menu is robust, complete with smaller, stripped-down portions of enchiladas, nachos, and more.

Proletariat Pizza

White Center’s premier pizzeria creates a spectacular thin-crust base with locally milled grains full of biscuity, nutty flavors. The pizzas come in 12-inch and 18-inch sizes and support stacks of high-quality toppings, from the Brooklyn pie’s sausage, mushrooms, and red onions to the Vegetarian’s roasted tomatoes, kalamata olives, and goat cheese. Consider some half-and-half splits if you can’t narrow your choices, but make sure to save room for salads and homemade tiramisu.

Dakshin South Indian Bistro

The menu at this Kirkland restaurant is all about sprawling combos, built around South Indian essentials like rice-based dosas and idli combined with vibrant curries. Vegetarians can treat themselves to lentil stews and masalas like paneer butter or okra, and the omnivores can try creamy curries of chicken, shrimp, and goat. 

Tacos Chukis

Two tacos on a red plate from Tacos Chukis in Seattle.
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Huge flavors in small packages: that’s the Tacos Chukis way, and it’s taken the restaurant from humble origins in a second-floor shop tucked out of sight on Capitol Hill to a burgeoning empire with additional locations prominently featured in Beacon Hill, South Lake Union, and Central District. Fruity adobada pork, adobo-marinated chicken, or nopal cactus perch precariously atop corn tortillas and stretch flour tortillas to their limits as baby burritos, tailor-made for anyone who wants to sample them all. 

Two tacos on a red plate from Tacos Chukis in Seattle.
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Rain City Burgers

You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy the assortment of quarter-pound burgers piled high on brioche buns and ready for pickup in Roosevelt, but it doesn’t hurt either, since many iterations are named for local teams like the Sounders (pepper jack, cream cheese, bacon, and grilled jalapeno) and the dearly departed Sonics (cheddar, swiss, and house hot sauce). There’s something for everyone, as salmon, chicken, and veggie patties are also ready for you to customize with at least a dozen toppings.

MOD Pizza

As the name of this locally grown chain suggests, the crust (or the greens, in the case of a salad) is your canvas for endless modifications. A six-inch base with or without gluten makes an individual order, but you could consider sharing an 11-inch version in either regular or thick crust. From there, go wild with more than 30 toppings like pesto or barbecue sauce, roasted or chopped garlic, asiago or gorgonzola cheese, anchovies or salami, and a swirl of ranch or buffalo sauce. Don’t forget the Cokes to complement your creation.

Where Ya At Matt

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You might call Matt Lewis the King of Creole in Seattle, since his food truck is arguably the seat of New Orleans cuisine here. Check the schedule on social media to catch him slinging vivacious shrimp and grits, gumbo, muffulettas, fried chicken po’ boys, and hot, pillowy beignets all over the region, from West Seattle to Redmond. 

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Emerald City Fish & Chips

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This Columbia City favorite knows its way around its namesake pairing, crisping up cod, catfish, oysters, and other seafood in a gluten-free coating alongside thick-cut fries. Tasty chowder, crab puppies, po’ boys, simple salads, and a few types of burgers round out the menu: a concise list where every dish shines. 

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