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Take Out: Restaurants in Seattle

Take Out: Restaurants in Seattle

True, Seattle boasts restaurants with some of the most inviting and charming ambiences around, but these days, we are so grateful to have takeout options too. Takeout has always been a nice break from cooking at home, and in this season, it’s also a wonderful way to support our local restaurants that are doing all they can to stay afloat.

Thanks to the talented and hardworking chefs who work at Seattle’s roundup of delightful eateries, we’ve been able to pull together a list of enticing options, meaning you can enjoy someone else’s scrumptious cooking in the comfort of your own home, hotel room or even sprawled out on a welcoming green space.

Some casual takeout options range from pizza and burgers to BBQ and burritos, while others temporarily sate our global wanderlust (think sushi, dumplings, pho and curries galore). Our list covers the gamut of Seattle neighborhoods, giving you the chance to support community-minded establishments around the city (like Brimmer & Heeltap, situated between Fremont and Ballard).  

Many of the following takeout ideas on this list can be ordered online, and it’s always best to go directly through the restaurant’s website rather than a third-party app. (And if you don’t feel like picking up your food yourself, many of these restaurants deliver, too). Regardless of how you get your food, rest assured that these chefs will keep you coming back for more. 

Kwanjai Thai

In a cozy house on Fremont’s main drag of 36th Street, feast on colorful and flavorful Thai dishes like spring rolls, chicken satay and tofu tod. For soup selections, sample the tom yum or po tak, and afterward relish entrees like the pad ginger, cashew nut, spicy “summer fire” and stir-fried eggplant with mushrooms, basil, onions and bell peppers. Feeling slightly adventurous? The Squid Yum Salad features, yes, squid plus lettuce, cucumbers, lime leaf, lemon grass, tomatoes, carrots, sweet basil, onions and lime dressing. These dishes pack up well if you feel like enjoying Thai cuisine from your own dining room table, too.

Recommended for Take Out because: Kwanjai Thai means service with a smile at a cozy Fremont eatery. (Alternatively, enjoy these flavorful dishes from your own dining room.)

Corinne’s expert tip: On a nice day, snag a table at the venue’s wee front porch.

Read more about Kwanjai Thai →

Trying to figure out where to find the best barbecue on your world travels? This casual eatery should climb its way to the top of your list, as it has that of folks in Seattle. Have them pile a bun full of pork, beef or ham, and top it off with a drizzle of sauce for the best eating. If you like “hot” foods, just be careful — their hot sauce makes others pale in comparison. Along with everthing else, make sure to try the yummy baked beans too. The eatery is essentially an order window with outdoor tables, so don’t expect sit-down service. This is barbecue, after all. Near the baseball stadium.

Recommended for Take Out because: Go bonkers for BBQ at SoDo’s Pecos Pit Barbecue with flavor-filled meats and sauces. Take your food to go, and ask for “hot” if you’re brave!

Corinne’s expert tip: The venue has outdoor seating, although only half is covered; if the weather is bad, grab your food to go!

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Photo courtesy of Coro by Salumi

It won’t take much time here in Seattle before you hear about this popular Pioneer Square deli outpost. For great Italian sausages, salamis, meatballs or pork, try Salumi, whose name means “dry-cured meat” in Italian. If you prefer a lighter, less meat-intensive meal, order their salad or soup. A comfortable interior with tin ceilings and wooden floors makes guests feel at home, as does a large communal table where guests can share conversation with their meals. Take home Coro by Salumi packages, the perfect gift for those you love, or share these unique salami flavors (think mole or lemongrass) with your own family at home.

Recommended for Take Out because: Pick up delectable sandwiches, salad and soup from this popular Pioneer Square deli, or bring home delectable Coro salami packages to enjoy at home.

Corinne’s expert tip: Celebrate everyday occasions with beautiful takeout meat and cheese boards (they can feed one or two people, or up to 10).

Read more about Salumi →

Taste of India

Featuring a vibrant, neon exterior and an intimate, welcoming interior, Taste of India in the U District offers a fun dining experience from start to finish. Now you can pick up the venue’s tasty Indian and Mediterranean dishes for takeout, ranging from rich curries and creamy masalas to tasty vindaloos. Other highlights include the chicken tikka masala, spinach naan and homemade mango pistachio ice cream. Vegetarian diners enjoy dishes like the Madras chili masala with crisp-cooked squash and peppers and the paneer tikka, which features tender pieces of cheese marinated in yogurt, ginger, garlic, herbs and spices (served on a bed of lettuce with cilantro and tamarind chutneys).

Recommended for Take Out because: Taste of Indian means a flavorful feast that you won’t soon forget. Dishes from this welcoming U District restaurant can be enjoyed at home.

Corinne’s expert tip: Enjoy the restaurant’s freshly baked tandoori breads, ranging from roti to garlic naan.

Read more about Taste of India →


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In Upper Fremont, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits proves a popular restaurant and bar that welcomes diners to its airy, inviting space. Yet these days, takeout is an excellent option, too. The culinary team perfectly prepares unexpected fish alongside the classics, flawlessly transitioning between warmer and colder seasons. Loyal guests return regularly for the friendly vibe, the savory stew dishes, the creative cocktails plus the cozy-chic decor inside this urban-industrial, two-story ‘fishing lodge.’ In this season, standout takeout dishes include the Seared Norwegian Mackeral Salad, Totten Inlet Mussels Bruschetta, Blackened Hawaiian Tombo Tuna and Slow Braised Oregon Lamb Ragout, among other seasonal offerings.

Recommended for Take Out because: In Upper Fremont, RockCreek Seafood & Spirits prepares seasonal takeout dishes that show off the region’s most delicious fish offerings, among other gems.

Corinne’s expert tip: Call the restaurant directly to place orders for pickup at 206.325.2111, or use ChowNow to order online.

Read more about RockCreek →

Marination Ma Kai

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In West Seattle, Marination Ma Kai brings the delectable flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii to a stunning beachside setting (near Alki). Now these dishes can be picked up and enjoyed from the comfort of home. The venue’s Hawaiian-Korean cuisine “melts delicate heat and the flavors of aloha together in [diners’] mouths,” while the expansive patio offers to-die-for skyline and water views. As the owners put it, “it started with a truck, some exquisite marinades and a lotta love,” and now, more than one million tacos and five years later, Marination has expanded to three separate venues and “one big aloha family.” Loyal fans rave about the Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl, spicy pork tacos, award-winning Pork Katsu Sandwich, the boozy shave ice bowls, hibiscus-tinged cocktails, the special tangy “NUNYA” sauce and so much more. At Marination, life is good!

Recommended for Take Out because: Marination has three locations for takeout, meaning the delicious flavors and happy vibes of Hawaii can be enjoyed from the comfort of home.

Corinne’s expert tip: Also check out the Marination downtown location (at 6th and Virginia), as well as the venue’s delicious sister restaurant Super Six in Columbia City (http://www.supersixseattle.com).

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Serafina Osteria & Enoteca

Comfortable and unpretentious, Serafina has been a Seattle favorite for years. This charming outpost has become one of the main culinary draws of the Eastlake neighborhood, and now the venue’s takeout dishes create an elevated culinary experience at home, too. Serafina’s cuisine draws on rustic traditions of the Italian countryside and is eminently satisfying. Take-home dishes range from lasagna and spaghetti to Agnolotti dal Plin, featuring beef, pork, spinach, chive butter, hazelnut, Grana Padan and aged balsamic, and Tajarin (prawns, tomato, capesr, Calabrian chili, anchovy butter, pangrattato). Dessert options include Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta and Cannella, cinnamon sugar churro bites with spicy chocolate dipping sauce. Pick up cocktails-to-go and wine, too.

Recommended for Take Out because: Serafina, a favorite Eastlake establishment, offers a menu that draws on rustic traditions of the Italian countryside; their takeout allows for elevated at-home culinary experiences.

Corinne’s expert tip: As indoor dining resumes (check online for updated hours and statewide regulations before visiting), grabbing a happy hour cocktail next door at adjoining Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar is a great way to start off the evening.

Read more about Serafina Osteria & Enoteca →

Spice Waala

Photo courtesy of Corinne Whiting

Stepping foot into Capitol Hill’s Spice Waala sets future travel dreams in motion, thanks to the space’s welcoming vibes and mesmerizing aromas that waft down 15th Street’s sidewalks. Owners Aakanksha Sinha and Uttam Mukherjee aim to create, what they call: “Authentic (to us) Indian Street Food,” bringing the magical flavors of India directly to Seattle diners. When ordering your takeaway treats, be sure to try the papdi chaat (Indian nachos), aloo tiki and lamb kebab rolls (“Calcutta-style,” A.K.A. with an egg on top), and mango lassi or masala chai beverages. The eatery’s meat offerings get marinated for 36 hours and then grilled, and a signature green chutney makes everything taste especially delightful.

Recommended for Take Out because: Spice Waala brings “unapologetically authentic Indian street food” to Capitol Hill’s 15th Street; enjoy takeaway dishes like papdi chaat and kathi rolls.

Corinne’s expert tip: Consider carrying your takeaway treats to nearby Volunteer Park, an ideal space in which to spread out a picnic blanket.

Read more about Spice Waala →

Brimmer and Heeltap

Photo courtesy of Will Foster

Since late 2013, this charming neighborhood venue has been delighting loyal patrons in an environment they call “inviting, lively and comforting.” (We concur; it’s all true!) The friendly staff pridefully brings “a sense of playfulness” to everything they do, from the authentic hospitality and warm ambiance to an inventive menu of fresh, seasonal dishes. Standout takeaway dishes range from sides like the fingerling potatoes and Caesar kale and farro, to mains including the pork tenderloin, Dabob Bay Manilla clams and grilled wild salmon. (Don’t miss the thick-cut bread from Grand Central Baking and daily sweet treats from the restaurant’s on-site baker.) A covered and heated garden patio makes alfresco dining possible in any weather.

Recommended for Take Out because: This charming neighborhood venue features an inviting garden patio as well as takeout meals that show off the region’s fresh, seasonal bounty.

Corinne’s expert tip: Support this community-minded business further by joining the restaurant’s monthly wine club, with affordable and delicious offerings that include 3- and 6-bottle options.

Read more about Brimmer and Heeltap →

Uneeda Burger

Photo courtesy of Uneeda Burger/Justin Oba

At Upper Fremont’s Uneeda Burger, a classically trained chef brings a fine-dining approach to this fast-causal burger joint. The eatery serves some of the city’s finest burgers plus seasonal salads, sides, hand-dipped shakes and more. Offerings range from the traditional to the creative, but all items consistently feature hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and fresh, local ingredients. Specials rotate regularly, and unexpected meats like elk, bison and Chinese water buffalo appear alongside beef, chicken, pork and fish offerings; vegetarian options include the housemade Veggie Burger and Vegetarian Chili.  Newer takeout offerings include the Basil Crusted Salmon Sandwich with fennel salad and the Boosted Bow, which features kale, spring mix and romaine lettuce, tomato, apple, sweet potato, chili-lime pepitas, feta, miso-clementine vinaigrette and your choice of a chicken or veggie patty.

Recommended for Take Out because: Fremont’s Uneeda Burger prepares delicious burgers as well as seasonally-rotating gems like the Basil Crusted Salmon Sandwich and greens-heavy Boosted Bowl.

Corinne’s expert tip: Uneeda Burger is open for takeaway orders, done exclusively online. While in the neighborhood, considering strolling among the other businesses that line Upper Fremont to show a little local support.

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