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An Illustrated Food Guide to West Seattle

Eat well with this hand-drawn resource

West Seattle-based illustrator Lori Bailey offers a food-focused tour of her stomping grounds, with suggestions for a day (or two) of gluttony.


Separated from the rest of the city by a little water and a few industrial yards, West Seattle feels almost like an island with its close-knit community, family-friendliness, and laid-back demeanor — plus, the neighborhood’s about as easy to reach by water taxi from downtown as it is by land.

California Avenue, West Seattle's main drag, runs north-south and provides the backbone for clusters of shops and restaurants. On the northern end, Alki Avenue hugs the waterfront, boasting incredible views of downtown and of the Olympics across the Sound. There's plenty to see and explore, and, these days, plenty of delicious bites to be had along the way. Here are some of the best.

Breakfast

Admiral Bird

2600 California Ave SW

Warm, crispy, golden waffles are served in a cute little cafe nestled alongside a flower shop. Options abound: Go sweet or savory, garnish with an array of toppings (fruit compote! bacon! lemon curd!), or even make it gluten-free with sweet potato or cornmeal batter.

P.S. The breakfast sandwiches are also bonkers.

Easy Street Records and Cafe

4559 California Ave SW

Slinging records since 1988 and cafe fare since 2001, Easy Street serves up classic, diner-esque dishes from breakfast through lunch. Albums, coffee, breakfast burritos, sandwiches — everything here, well, rocks.


Pick-Me-Up

Realfine Coffee

4480 Fauntleroy Way SW

Pop in for a latte, americano, or espresso con panna featuring beans from local roaster Herkimer. Take a drink to go, or stay a while and knock out a bit of work while hanging with the friendly baristas.


Lunch

Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW

Marination may have set up shop all over town, but this is the real deal: Kalua pork tacos, fries, and margaritas on the patio, set against a backdrop of glimmering water, mountains, and the city skyline. It. Doesn't. Get. Better.


Happy Hour

Ma'ono Fried Chicken and Whisky

4437 California Ave SW

Mix and match a few shareable plates before diving into the addictively crispy, spicy, savory fried chicken paired with fluffy white rice and zingy kimchee. Don’t forget to cleanse your palate with a cocktail or a shot of whiskey (or two).


Dinner

Mashiko

4725 California Ave SW

The rock star of sushi joints in Seattle. Chef Hajime Sato bravely sources only sustainable seafood to craft some of the finest sushi in the city. Piece together your own food adventure, or let the chef drive with one of the omakase set courses.


Drinks

New Luck Toy

5905 California Ave SW

An elevated dive bar with a tongue-in-cheek Chinese-takeout theme, this 21-and-up newcomer plays by its own rules. Wash down the tantalizing riff on General Tso's chicken with a slushy Singapore Sling before sauntering off to play some Skee-ball.

Beveridge Place Pub

6413 California Ave SW

Top off a day in West Seattle with a nice layer of foam afloat an expertly poured beer. Beveridge Place is a pub for the people, a place where beer geeks can huddle and locals can gather for a Sounders soccer game. Rotating taps feature a variety of styles and sources, with plenty of Washington-made brews.

Realfine Coffee

4480 Fauntleroy Way SW, West Seattle, WA

Mashiko

4725 California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98116 (206) 935-4339 Visit Website

Ma'ono

4437 California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98116 (206) 935-1075 Visit Website

Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Avenue Southwest, , WA 98126 (206) 328-8226 Visit Website

Easy Street Records and Cafe

4559 California Ave SW #200, Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 938-3279 Visit Website

Admiral Bird

2600 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 305-7182 Visit Website

New Luck Toy

5905 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136 (206) 971-0698 Visit Website

Beveridge Place Pub

6413 California Avenue Southwest, , WA 98136 (206) 932-9906 Visit Website

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