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17 Top Eats Around South Seattle

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Home to one of the most diverse zipcodes in the nation, Seattle's South End has a wealth of quality eats that are often overlooked in this town. Since the area is too rich to map in one fell swoop, we limited this list to the following boundaries: from I-90 to Renton (north/south), and from Beacon Hill to Lake Washington (west/east). Eater ventured south and also asked for your favorites to come up with the following recommendations, spanning pizza, Indian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, Kenyan, and more.

Got another favorite? Shout it out in the comments below so we can consider it for our next iteration.

P.S.: As we went at this, we ached to build a Georgetown map (not in range here), so stay tuned for that later this month.

-With contributions from Jay Friedman and Julia Wayne

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bananas Grill

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4556 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98108
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2. Bar Del Corso

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3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 395-2069
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3. Big Chickie

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5520 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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4. Both Ways Cafe

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4225 50th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-5799
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5. Columbia City Bakery

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4865 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-6023
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6. Emerald City Fish and Chips

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3756 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 760-3474
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7. Hoang Lan

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7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-3876
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At the south end of the Vietnamese “strip” along MLK at the Othello Station light-rail stop, this humble hole-in-the-wall has a small number of tables waiting, a television typically blaring, and an owner likely whistling or singing. The sign outside says Bun Bo Hue, which is easily mistaken as the name of the restaurant, as it’s the signature dish and the one to get, inclusive of its gelatinous pork knuckle and earthy pork blood cakes. [Photo Credit: Jay Friedman]

8. Jackson's Catfish Corner

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7216 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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9. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 723-2192
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10. Mawadda Cafe

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4433 S Graham St
Seattle, WA 98118
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11. Nate's Wings & Waffles

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9261 57th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 722-9464
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12. Oak

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3019 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 535-7070
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13. Pho Bac

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3300 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 725-4418
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14. Redwing Cafe

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9272 57th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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15. Safari Restaurant

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5041 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
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16. The Stone House Cafe

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9701 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118
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17. Travelers Thali House

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2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 329-6260
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1. Bananas Grill

4556 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98108
[Photo Credit]
4556 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98108

2. Bar Del Corso

3057 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
[Photo Credit]
3057 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

3. Big Chickie

5520 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
[Photo Credit]
5520 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

4. Both Ways Cafe

4225 50th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
[Photo Credit]
4225 50th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

5. Columbia City Bakery

4865 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
[Photo Credit]
4865 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

6. Emerald City Fish and Chips

3756 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
[Photo Credit]
3756 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

7. Hoang Lan

7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118

At the south end of the Vietnamese “strip” along MLK at the Othello Station light-rail stop, this humble hole-in-the-wall has a small number of tables waiting, a television typically blaring, and an owner likely whistling or singing. The sign outside says Bun Bo Hue, which is easily mistaken as the name of the restaurant, as it’s the signature dish and the one to get, inclusive of its gelatinous pork knuckle and earthy pork blood cakes. [Photo Credit: Jay Friedman]

7119 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

8. Jackson's Catfish Corner

7216 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
[Photo Credit]
7216 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

9. La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
[Photo Credit]
4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

10. Mawadda Cafe

4433 S Graham St, Seattle, WA 98118
[Photo Credit]
4433 S Graham St
Seattle, WA 98118

11. Nate's Wings & Waffles

9261 57th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
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9261 57th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

12. Oak

3019 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
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3019 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

13. Pho Bac

3300 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
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3300 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

14. Redwing Cafe

9272 57th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
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9272 57th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

15. Safari Restaurant

5041 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
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5041 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

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16. The Stone House Cafe

9701 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
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9701 Rainier Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98118

17. Travelers Thali House

2524 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
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2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

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