Welcome back to Eater Seattle's Something for the Weekend column. Every Friday, you probably ask the same question: Where should I eat and drink this weekend? Covering brunch, dinner, and everything in between, here now, three places to try.
May 26, 2017
The expansive, freewheeling Thackeray in Wallingford serves a variety of crowd-pleasers, from fried chicken laced with Ethiopian spices to seared albacore with seasonal vegetables. Everything here is perfectly executed, from the cocktails to the food to the service. Weekend brunch is an absolute winner, with standouts like the shakshouka and the bacon and vegetable hash. It’s also a good spot for large groups who may have trouble finding seating at other restaurants.
Don Lucho Sandwiches
This Peruvian sandwich food truck is worth traveling for — and planning your weekend around. Find it Friday at Bellevue 929 Towers for lunch and Postdoc Brewing for dinner, then Sunday at Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District, where you can feast on hearty combinations of meat slabs (chicharron, chicken, and steak), sauce, and veggies. Vegetarians are rewarded with the fried yuca option, which is also occasionally available as a side; if you see it, get it.
A welcoming retreat from the madness of downtown Seattle, Mr. West’s cafe and bar allow you to refresh with an espresso, glass of wine, or cocktail. Note that there’s no liquor here, so there are only beer- and wine-based cocktails, but the combinations are so good you may not even consider it a sacrifice. Light fare like toasts, salads, and cheeses will tide you over as you pass the time, but you can also come for Saturday brunch or a light dinner. There’s a patio, too, for the sunny days ahead.
May 19, 2017
This unassuming University District restaurant specializes in Chinese biang biang noodles — and owner Lily Wu’s thorough dedication to her craft shows with the perfectly chewy noodles here. The menu consists of ten noodle dishes, including the enticing “Spicy Tingly Beef,” made with numbing Szechuan peppercorns, and lamb cumin, with ground meat that adheres perfectly to the noodles. Then there’s the malatang, a build-your-own hot pot experience with several styles of noodles. Opt for the signature biang biang for an extra couple of bucks.
Frankie and Jo’s
The wonders at Frankie and Jo’s never cease. Autumn Martin (Hot Cakes) and Kari Brunson (Juice Box) have joined forces at the new-ish Capitol Hill ice cream shop, and there’s truly no bad choice here. Oh, and the inventive and delicious creations are all vegan, gluten- and soy-free. The textures are rich and indulgent, and flavor combinations like the gray-hued salty caramel ash and the gingered golden milk will bring sunshine to the darkest recesses of your soul.
Josh Henderson’s camping-themed Scout, at the ground floor of downtown’s fancy new Thompson Hotel, serves brunch and dinner on weekends. Either one is a great bet, especially paired with the selection of top-notch wine options or an original cocktail. Food rotates with the seasons, but you can always expect simplicity, with beautifully plated dishes that let the ingredients do the heavy lifting.
May 5, 2017
This member of the Marination family of restaurants and food trucks occupies a former automotive garage in Columbia City. Featuring a menu that melds Hawaiian and Asian influences, Super Six feels like the classic neighborhood hangout, with espresso and brunch on weekend mornings, plus cocktails and evening bites that range from small plates to full dinners. The real draw right now is the Luau menu, a tour of Hawaiian favorites complete with musubi, kalua pork, malasadas — a gut-busting, island-hopping affair for just $29.
Thanh Son Tofu
Get your soy fix at Little Saigon’s Thanh Son Tofu, which offers tofu by the pound, fresh soy milk (including a pandan-flavored option) and build-your-own desserts galore. There’s also a myriad of other deli specialties, plus a range of banh mi options. You can even buy the ingredients, including freshly-baked French bread, to build your own at home.
Nue offers an enticing introduction to the world’s street foods, from developed duck eggs (balut) to Thai water beetles and beyond. Throw in some house cocktails crafted with international spirits you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else, and you can wander the world without needing your passport. Impressively, the range of influences play well together, whether you pair your South African bunny chow with Trinidadian goat curry, Taiwanese chicken heart poppers, or Szechuan chicken wings.