With Washington instituting more restrictions due to an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, Seattleites are spending a lot more time cooking at home. But grocery shopping has become much harder, with essentials like flour and toilet paper running low and social distancing measures complicating visits (note that the latest restrictions state that grocery stores must stick to 25 percent capacity).
Over the course of the pandemic, markets have increased sanitation measures, installed plastic partitions at cash registers, enforced mask mandates, and set aside hours specifically set aside for seniors and at-risk shoppers, while also expanding delivery and curbside pickup. Besides the markets, there are CSAs and meal kits to consider for those who want to support farmers and catering businesses in the area.
Major Chains: Hours, Restricted Access Shopping, and Delivery Options
Safeway: Open 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.. daily. Delivery and pickup is available with a Safeway account.
QFC: Most locations are open 6 a.m. to 11 pm. daily (Capitol Hill location open until midnight), with restricted access shopping Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors and those at highest COVID risk. Delivery is available with a QFC account.
Trader Joe’s: Most locations are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (Capitol Hill location closes at 7 p.m.), with restricted access shopping for seniors Wednesdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.. No delivery options.
Costco: Open 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday (except holidays); restricted access shopping Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for members 60 or older. Two-day delivery is available with a Costco account.
Fred Meyer: Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily; some locations have restricted access shopping Monday through Thursday from 7 to 8 a.m. for senior, but best to call ahead for details as hours have changed often. Delivery is available with a Fred Meyer account.
Amazon Go Grocery/Amazon Fresh: Amazon Go Grocery has outposts on Capitol Hill and in Redmond, the former is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the latter from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (shoppers need to download the Amazon Go app to access it). Amazon Fresh Pickup locations in SoDo and Ballard are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the service also delivers.
Neighborhood Markets: Delivery and No-Contact Pickup
What to get: Specializing in food from Asia, Uwajimaya sells sake, sauces, noodles, rice, tea, and snacks aplenty. The International District outpost recently underwent a remodel, which expanded its sashimi, barbecue, seafood, meat, and produce offerings.
How to get it: Uwajimaya is delivering at all its locations through Instacart. Open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and it has restricted access shopping from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Tuesday.
What to get: This beloved Capitol Hill store specializes in natural and sustainable foods, sourcing from Washington producers when possible. The shelves are stocked with local beer and wine, fresh baked bread, Ellenos yogurt, Full Tilt Ice Cream, Cucina Fresca pasta, and more.
How to get it: Central Co-op is delivering through Instacart, which allows users to shop via app and request delivery in as little as one hour. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., with 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. reserved for at-risk shoppers.
What to get: There’s an extensive selection of produce, nuts, and spices at this neighborhood grocer, which has been around for decades. It underwent a major remodeling three years ago.
How to get it: This store has instituted a “wait list” to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Shoppers can go to the website and tap “get in line” to see when to head on over. Restricted hours for senior are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
What to get: Lam’s started out as a small shop on Main Street in 1991, and has been at its current King Street location for over a decade. In May, the International District grocer expanded to Tukwila with a wide selection of seafood, including sea urchin and geoduck, as well as other Asian snacks and produce.
How to get it: Both locations are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the Tukwila spot has a robust food court, which features the wildly popular Dochi doughnuts.
What to get: Local chain PCC Community Markets focuses on food from Northwest producers, as well as sustainability-minded brands from elsewhere, like Theo Chocolate, Ziva Hummus, and Field Day Organics mac ‘n’ cheese.
How to get it: PCC offers same-day delivery through Instacart. There is reserved shopping from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Friday and Saturday for those who are 60 or older, or other in high risk groups.
What to get: Leaning high-end, Metropolitan Market is known for its commitment to quality. Shoppers can make selections like the grocery’s from-scratch guacamole, Choi’s Kimchi, and Beyond Burger patties.
How to get it: Metropolitan Market is delivering through Instacart.
What to get: Ballard’s new specialty foods market and all-day cafe has made-to-order menu items such as frittatas, chicken and chickpea soup, corned beef sandwiches, and spiced butternut salads. The retail area offers fresh produce, bread, baking products, cheese and pasta, as well as local beer and wine.
How to get it: The market has takeout and no-contact neighborhood delivery daily with online preordering, and there’s now a wine club.
What to get: First Hill grocery Stockbox is a hybrid convenience store and grocery, with a produce department and freezer section plus high-end items like Naia Gelato Bars, Willamette Valley ground beef, and Mela watermelon water.
How to get it: Stockbox offers free delivery to residences within a four-block radius of the store, Monday through Friday. There is no delivery minimum.
What to get; This large market with a food court has locations in Haller Lake and Bellevue, offering a wide variety of products, including meats, noodles, produce, snacks, frozen dumplings, and many grab-and-go items.
How to get it: Delivery is available for the Bellevue location through Chowbus.
What to get: For nearly 50 years, Big John’s PFI has been known as a hidden gem for specialty groceries and gourmet items, including fancy olive oil, cheese, and wines. It’s recently moved to a new location on S Dearborn Street.
How to get it: Parking is available in the building. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
What to get: This is the main Beacon Hill market for people (including many local chefs) who want to stock up on Filipino ingredients, such as fermented fish sauce. But there are many excellent grab-and-go dishes perfect for takeout, including ube pastries, fried anchovies, and dinuguan, a pork blood stew.
How to get it: The market is open 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, and it accepts preorders on lechon over the phone for those planning a small backyard pig roast.
What to get: The Greenwood and Fremont stores, which operate under the same ownership, carry a wide selection of bulk items, local products, and meat and produce. Plus, Ken’s Market has an expanded Asian food section.
How to get it: Curbside pickup and delivery available through Instacart.
What to get: This Pike Place Market staple carries pantry staples and Italian-leaning specialty items, like antipasti, olives, tinned fish, tomato sauce, and pasta.
How to get it: Order online for no-contact pickup, available Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CSAs and Produce Boxes for Winter
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes can be a good way to support small farms while getting local, seasonal produce delivered every week. There are countless CSAs in the Seattle area; these are just a few of the options. For a larger list, check out the directory on the Local Harvest website.
What to get: Two Seattle natives started this farm-to-table bakery service, which provides pastries, sourdough focaccia bread, coffee, soups, pastas, and sauces, as well as boxes full of produce, for delivery — all locally sourced.
How to get it: There are three different CSA box subscriptions ranging in price from $59 to $106 weekly. Ordering available online.
What to get: New Roots delivers customizable produce boxes weekly, and customers can add on staples like coffee, honey, eggs, and jam. The items are all organic, and sourced locally when possible.
How to get it: Visit New Roots’s website to create an account.
What to get: Pacific Coast Harvest connects consumers to local farms with its deliveries, which are packaged with sustainable materials. The delivery area includes Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Shoreline and Mercer Island.
How to get it: Customers can order online and customize boxes with additions like honey, eggs, and other farm goods.
What to get: Customers choose the size of their household and the types of produce desired. The focus is local first, and all produce is organic, with some things grown at the company’s own farm.
How to get it: Customers can order online and customize box sizes and ingredients.
What to get: The farm offers a CSA box with seven to 10 items a week, from June through November. The inter CSA box begins in January.
How to get it: Subscribers pick up boxes at select locations around the city weekly.
What to get: This CSA box program collects produce and other farm products from organic and sustainable farms across the Puget Sound area. Boxes are customizable, with options that include fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk, bread, and “other local goodies.”
How to get it: Customers pick up boxes at neighborhood and workplace pick up locations every Thursday. Deliveries begin in mid-June.
Butcher Shops, Fish Markets, and Cheesemongers
What to get: At this new Ballard butcher shop, customers can find terrines, porchetta di testa, and European style pâté en croûte, as well as premium cuts of meat locally sourced from sustainable farms.
How to get it: Curbside pickup is available, with an eight-foot cable connected to the payment device for social distancing purposes (the shop has also stopped accepting cash).
What to get: Vashon Island’s acclaimed butcher shop-restaurant-bar hybrid is open for groceries and takeout items from a rotating menu, including its popular meat and noodle soup. There’s also plenty of raw meat for retail, as well as soup, polenta, and pickles.
How to get it: Those not already on Vashon Island will need to take a ferry ride out. Customers can call ahead for pickup.
What to get: This decade-old nose-to-tail butcher shop at Melrose Market in Capitol Hill features local meats, charcuterie, and its own curing room.
How to get it: In-store pickup is an option, but Rain Shadow Meats also has a delivery service, bringing selections from a weekly fresh sheet, plus rotating prepared foods and meat and cheese platters to subscribers.
What to get: Maple Leaf’s butcher shop and bar is offering meat boxes to go and growler fills. There are currently some rabbits from Spokane, Washington, ducks from Grays Harbor County, and steaks a-plenty.
How to get it: There’s no-contact takeout and delivery available for online preorders, which include items on the restaurant menu, such as sandwiches and charcuterie boards.
What to get: This Columbia City mainstay is known for its wide range of products, from goat to elk to venison, as well as excellent house-made beef jerky. There are also some rare items in the freezer for those who want to dig.
How to get it: Bob’s is an old school neighborhood shop, so no delivery here. But pickup is fairly swift and phone orders are accepted.
What to get: West Seattle’s ode to pork has house-made sausages like kielbasa, andouille, boudin noir, and merguez, plus meat cuts ranging from rack of lamb and hangar steak to enormous rib eyes.
How to get it: The shop is open with reduced hours, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Customers can call ahead for pickup.
What to get: This family-owned market on Rainier Ave in South Seattle has been around since 1947 and features some of the best catches in the city, as well as Asian groceries. The house-marinated kasu black cod is a longtime favorite.
How to get it: Hours been reduced a bit, with the store open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Curbside pickup is available with phone orders.
What to get: The famed oyster spot has its Capitol Hill outpost on Melrose Ave still open for retail sales on a variety of seafood. Oysters go straight from the tank to sealed bags and/or boxes, packed with ice.
How to get it: There’s curbside pickup and delivery available.
What to get: Central District’s seafood market offers a selection of poke, prepared dishes, and smoked salmon. But there are also seasonal fish by the pound available as well, plus rubs to go along with them.
How to get it: Takeout and delivery is available. Those coming to the shop in person may also find some flowers for sale from local farms.
What to get: This upscale dairy-centric deli and cafe in Edmonds is open for takeout, with sandwiches, soups, cheeses, and charcuterie. Among the fancier offerings is a Rogue River Blue cheese wrapped in pear brandy-soaked grape leaves
How to get it: Customers can call in orders for curbside pickup, or go online.
What to get: Seattle’s most iconic cheese shop has its well-known mac ‘n’ cheese available in family meal form, plus some packaged cheddars as well.
How to get it: The flagship store at Pike Place Market is open at a limited capacity, and there’s online ordering as well, although several retail outlets carry Beecher’s.
What to get: Seattle-based Jesse Smith and Maximillian Petty (of the acclaimed Eden Hill) launched this heat-at-home meal service from a South Seattle commercial kitchen. Diners can opt for subscriptions of 6, 12 or 20 meals per month, with selections that include applewood smoked pork loin, katsu Beef Weillington, and oxtail ragu with pappardelle.
How to get it: The delivery zone spans most of the Seattle area, and goes as far south to Auburn/Federal Way, north to Everett, east to Sammamish, and over to West Seattle. A three-person meal with delivery included goes for $35, and a six-to-eight-person meal with delivery included is $60.
What to get: This Seattle-based catering company has built a following at its farmers market ramen and taco stands, but have developed a robust menu of family meals. Items include smoked tea brined and roasted chicken dinner, kimchi and braised beef stew, and ramen.
How to get it: Pickup is available at the company’s Frelard location or SoDo kitchen. There’s a $30 minimum for delivery.
What to get: Based out of Kirkland, this company — which boasts about its sustainable practices — usually thrived on corporate events, but has shifted gears toward more family meals. Packages include a choice of entrees (including lasagna bolognese, vegetable yakisoba, and chicken piccata) with various sides and dessert for $99 (feeds 4-5), and a banh mi sandwich bar.
How to get it: Delivery is available for each family meal kit with no fees.
What to get: Seattle-based chain sandwich chain Homegrown — which emphasizes its use of ingredients from sustainable sources — launched an online grocery store in 2020, with products from local businesses (like Macrina Bakery), and a selection of chef-created meal kits, such as jerk chicken sausage and sesame ginger tofu bowls with cauliflower rice.
How to get it: The new service has gradually expanded its delivery range across the city proper and the Eastside. Customers have the option of one-time orders or weekly deliveries.
What to get: The meal delivery service has a rotating menu every week, with pantry items and precooked selections such as strawberry rhubarb yogurt parfait, sweet potato and poblano lime soup, seafood cioppino. Plus, there’s an option to sponsor meals for area health care workers.
How to get it: Delivery is available on all items, with pickup available at the company’s Vashon and Burien locations.
What to get: The Seattle-based delivery restaurant specializes in grass-fed meats, wild-caught fish and seafood, and organic free-range chicken. There are subscription packages for weekly meals, as well as provisions such as bone broth, casseroles, family-style chili, and smoothie prep bags.
How to get it: All offerings are available for delivery.