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5 Cheap Eats To Try in Seattle Farmers Markets Right Now

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There are few things that feel more wholesome than strolling through a farmer's market, filling a basket with fresh, local produce and meats. But if you happen to come hungry, there are plenty of delicious, portable (cooked!) snacks and meals to be found across Seattle's markets, including a donut stand that will happily offset all of those obnoxiously healthy fruits and vegetables. Here are five of Eater's favorites.

-Rachel Belle

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1. Market Mini Doughnuts

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Ballard Avenue NW
between Vernon Place NW; Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 281-8883
I have a friend who refuses to eat “cute” foods. Rabbit? Nope. Lamb? HAVE YOU SEEN HOW CUTE THEY ARE? But there is a loophole: the adorable mini-donuts for sale at the Ballard Farmer’s Market. These cakey little o’s are not only cute, they’re absolutely delicious fresh and hot out of the fryer. Try them tossed with cinnamon and sugar, rolled in powdered sugar or enjoy them naked, with barely a hint of sweetness and not a drop of grease.

And if you see a long line, look on the bright side: you’ll have more time to watch them being made. The process is mesmerizing and totally mechanized. First the dough is squirted into hot oil, then a little metal fin flips them over and finally, a little conveyer belt transports the freshly fried donuts onto a rack. Even the cooking process is kind of cute. ½ dozen/$1.75, 1 dozen/$3. Ballard Farmers Market. [Photo Credit]

2. Lily's Salvadorean Catering

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37th Avenue South & South Edmunds Street
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 650-0354
Remember in “Adventures In Babysitting” when the straight faced blues singer said, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.” No? So you didn’t see that movie 16 times in 1987? Well, it doesn’t matter because my version is more like, “Nobody leaves the U-District Farmers market without eating a pupusa.” More specifically, the Plato Guanaco from Lily’s.

You get one chewy, freshly made pupusa of your choice (try one stuffed with pork, bean and cheese , made with local pork, or the mild and melty zucchini and cheese), a tender fried plaintain and the most soulful rice and beans in the city. Spear a bit of everything on your fork, add a bit of tangy, pickled cabbage slaw and Lily’s thin, red salsa and you’ve got the most perfect bite at the market. Plato Guanaco/$9; Two pupusas with slaw and salsa/$7.50. Columbia City and U District Farmers Markets. [Photo Credit]

3. Loki Fish Company

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309 S Cloverdale St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 937-1048
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There is nothing Loki can’t do with a slab of salmon. They pickle it, smoke it, can it, dry it until it’s called jerky and, of course, sell the very best pieces fresh and ready for you to prepare at home. But the thing that will have you pushing past market strollers, their arms full of beautiful bargain bouquets, is the scent of their salmon sliders.

Petite, glossy rolls are topped with tender grilled salmon and perhaps a smear of apple aioli, bacon and peppery arugula. A slider topped with fennel, carrot and jalapeno slaw smacks of banh mi, and a stroll around the market is greatly improved if you’re toting a teeny tiny salmon sandwich topped with lemon aioli, radicchio and feta.

Chef Brent Davis’ rich salmon Chowda’, made with salmon stock from sockeye heads, is so swoon worthy, it’s been selling out on 90 degree days. Slider/$4.50 Chowda’/$5 Ballard, Broadway, U District, and West Seattle Farmers Markets. [Photo Credit]

4. Patty Pan Grill

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Broadway Sunday Farmer's Market
Seattle, WA 98122
The words “veggie” and “quesadilla” may initially provoke a yawn, but after trying Patty Pan’s version, you’ll find yourself farmer’s market hopping, desperate to get your fix several days a week. Orange-hued tomato tortillas are stuffed with shredded Tilamook cheddar and seasonal , mostly local and organic, vegetables (beets! chard!) grilled up on the spot.

Make sure and drag a melty quesadilla slice through Patty Pan’s addictive, smoky chipotle salsa and top with a dollop of homemade tomatillo salsa for good measure. $7/whole $4.5/half. Ballard, Broadway, Columbia City, Madrona, Magnolia, U District, Wallingford, and many other markets (see website).[Photo Credit]

5. Tandoozy

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N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103
It’s nearly impossible to pass someone bent over a giant, fluffy oval of naan topped with a rainbow of masala, red lentil dhal, basmati rice and mango chutney without wondering where the hell they got that amazing looking meal from. They got it from Tandoozy, and you should, too.

The naan, rimmed with chewy dough bubbles and tinged green from a brushing of garlic cilantro sauce, serves as an edible plate. It’s smothered with a complete meal, enough to feed one starving person, two hungry pals or three people who want to taste a few dishes from different market stalls. Everything is vegan, unless you go with the chicken tikka masala, and the naan and chicken are freshly cooked in a traditional, portable tandoor oven. $13/plate with chicken $9/vegetarian plate. Columbia City, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne, and U District markets. [Photo Credit]

1. Market Mini Doughnuts

Ballard Avenue NW, between Vernon Place NW; Seattle, WA 98109
I have a friend who refuses to eat “cute” foods. Rabbit? Nope. Lamb? HAVE YOU SEEN HOW CUTE THEY ARE? But there is a loophole: the adorable mini-donuts for sale at the Ballard Farmer’s Market. These cakey little o’s are not only cute, they’re absolutely delicious fresh and hot out of the fryer. Try them tossed with cinnamon and sugar, rolled in powdered sugar or enjoy them naked, with barely a hint of sweetness and not a drop of grease.

And if you see a long line, look on the bright side: you’ll have more time to watch them being made. The process is mesmerizing and totally mechanized. First the dough is squirted into hot oil, then a little metal fin flips them over and finally, a little conveyer belt transports the freshly fried donuts onto a rack. Even the cooking process is kind of cute. ½ dozen/$1.75, 1 dozen/$3. Ballard Farmers Market. [Photo Credit]

Ballard Avenue NW
between Vernon Place NW; Seattle, WA 98109

2. Lily's Salvadorean Catering

37th Avenue South & South Edmunds Street, Seattle, WA 98118
Remember in “Adventures In Babysitting” when the straight faced blues singer said, “Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.” No? So you didn’t see that movie 16 times in 1987? Well, it doesn’t matter because my version is more like, “Nobody leaves the U-District Farmers market without eating a pupusa.” More specifically, the Plato Guanaco from Lily’s.

You get one chewy, freshly made pupusa of your choice (try one stuffed with pork, bean and cheese , made with local pork, or the mild and melty zucchini and cheese), a tender fried plaintain and the most soulful rice and beans in the city. Spear a bit of everything on your fork, add a bit of tangy, pickled cabbage slaw and Lily’s thin, red salsa and you’ve got the most perfect bite at the market. Plato Guanaco/$9; Two pupusas with slaw and salsa/$7.50. Columbia City and U District Farmers Markets. [Photo Credit]

37th Avenue South & South Edmunds Street
Seattle, WA 98118

3. Loki Fish Company

309 S Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA 98108
There is nothing Loki can’t do with a slab of salmon. They pickle it, smoke it, can it, dry it until it’s called jerky and, of course, sell the very best pieces fresh and ready for you to prepare at home. But the thing that will have you pushing past market strollers, their arms full of beautiful bargain bouquets, is the scent of their salmon sliders.

Petite, glossy rolls are topped with tender grilled salmon and perhaps a smear of apple aioli, bacon and peppery arugula. A slider topped with fennel, carrot and jalapeno slaw smacks of banh mi, and a stroll around the market is greatly improved if you’re toting a teeny tiny salmon sandwich topped with lemon aioli, radicchio and feta.

Chef Brent Davis’ rich salmon Chowda’, made with salmon stock from sockeye heads, is so swoon worthy, it’s been selling out on 90 degree days. Slider/$4.50 Chowda’/$5 Ballard, Broadway, U District, and West Seattle Farmers Markets. [Photo Credit]

309 S Cloverdale St
Seattle, WA 98108

4. Patty Pan Grill

Broadway Sunday Farmer's Market, Seattle, WA 98122
The words “veggie” and “quesadilla” may initially provoke a yawn, but after trying Patty Pan’s version, you’ll find yourself farmer’s market hopping, desperate to get your fix several days a week. Orange-hued tomato tortillas are stuffed with shredded Tilamook cheddar and seasonal , mostly local and organic, vegetables (beets! chard!) grilled up on the spot.

Make sure and drag a melty quesadilla slice through Patty Pan’s addictive, smoky chipotle salsa and top with a dollop of homemade tomatillo salsa for good measure. $7/whole $4.5/half. Ballard, Broadway, Columbia City, Madrona, Magnolia, U District, Wallingford, and many other markets (see website).[Photo Credit]

Broadway Sunday Farmer's Market
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Tandoozy

N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103
It’s nearly impossible to pass someone bent over a giant, fluffy oval of naan topped with a rainbow of masala, red lentil dhal, basmati rice and mango chutney without wondering where the hell they got that amazing looking meal from. They got it from Tandoozy, and you should, too.

The naan, rimmed with chewy dough bubbles and tinged green from a brushing of garlic cilantro sauce, serves as an edible plate. It’s smothered with a complete meal, enough to feed one starving person, two hungry pals or three people who want to taste a few dishes from different market stalls. Everything is vegan, unless you go with the chicken tikka masala, and the naan and chicken are freshly cooked in a traditional, portable tandoor oven. $13/plate with chicken $9/vegetarian plate. Columbia City, Fremont, Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne, and U District markets. [Photo Credit]

N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

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