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12 Cheap Eats To Seek Out in White Center

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For Cheap Eats Week, we ate a lot of food in White Center and filed away the best to write home about. Hitchhike your way to the W.C. and start tackling these eating assignments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Best Roasted Corn Stand

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9811 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
In the parking lot shared with Taqueria La Fondita #2, the Best Roasted Corn Stand lives up to its name. Here, you’ll find esquites (corn off the cob, served in a paper cup) and elotes (corn on the cob), with your choice of toppings. The classic Mexican combo comes with mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder, and lemon, and a medium cup will run you $4. Shaved ice, shaved mangos with chili, and candy are also for sale, but make sure you bring dolla bills because it’s cash only! [Photo Credit: Vivian N., Yelp]

2. Burger Boss

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9061 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Technically it’s on the edge of Westwood, but Burger Boss says it’s in White Center, and who are we to argue? Drive on in and order the Dub-C, a two-patty, two-cheese, basic burger with their delicious Boss Sauce for about $5. If you’ve got a few more dollars to spare, their made-to-order milkshakes come in a dozen flavors and they’re happy to share their favorite combos. [Photo Credit]

3. Carniceria El Paisano

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Shopping for meat for a bunch of people? The low prices and wide selection of cuts like beef heart, marinated skirt steak, and ready-to-cook al pastor meat can’t be beat. But if you’re looking to take out, peek inside the big metal drum to find tamales for $1 apiece in three varieties: pork in red sauce (spicy), pork in green sauce (mild), or cheese and jalapeno (so dang delicious). You can also buy tubs of fresh, spicy salsa in three varieties and the best nopales (cactus) salad for around $4. [Photo Credit]

4. El Paisano Rosticeria Y Cocina

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9615 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 763-0368
Two doors down from the carniceria is where you’ll find a whole roasted chicken rubbed with ancho chile, sold by the quarter, half, or whole. Pair a whole chicken with their excellent beans and rice to go, and you’ll leave with dinner for 4-6 for under $20. If you’re staying to eat, a platter of three enchiladas plus a quarter chicken will be enough for two meals and run you close to $12. Enjoy the complimentary chips and three salsas (the same ones for sale at the carniceria) and don’t forget to order an enormous, delicious agua fresco. [Photo Credit]

5. Hung Long Asian Market

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9988 15th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98168
Done laughing? Cool, because this market is where you’ll find plenty of grocery items to make basic Asian dishes, plus packages of sticky rice, steamed buns from a hot case, and more snacky stuff for little money. [Photo Credit]

6. Huong Xua White Center Deli

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9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 766-8597
There’s nothing fancy but lots delicious about this little takeout shop. Ready made fresh rolls stuffed with dried Chinese sausage and fairly consistent Banh Mi are super cheap—both under $4—and super flavorful. Roasted pork is sometimes available and often amazing, and the service is lovely. [Photo Credit]

7. Mardi Gras Donuts

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9828 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Beignets in White Center that rival anything in New Orleans? Done. But you'd better hurry in with cash in hand, because these puffs are served hot and powdered only until 2pm — or they sell out. Made to order, the beignets are the draw, with 3 for $3.25 (already up from the kickoff opening price just a few months ago). Other donuts are lovely, we're sure, but not the draw. [Photo Credit]

8. Meander's Kitchen

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9809 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 932-9840
On Tuesdays, biscuits and gravy are only $5 and enough food for two people. Can’t wait to see you next Tuesday? Go the rest of the days of the week and you’ll pick up a plate for $7.75. Or, if you’re going on a really romantic breakfast date (is there any other kind), y’all can split an insanely ginormous portion of country fried steak and eggs for only $11.75. You complete me, CFS. [Photo Credit]

9. Queen's Deli

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9808 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 767-8363
Here’s one cuisine you might not have had: Cambodian food. But thanks to the country’s snug abutting of Vietnam and Thailand, it shouldn’t be too hard to imagine that it’s full of flavors your mouth already wants inside of it. If a trip to SE Asia isn’t in the cards, point your GPS toward Queen’s and try a few of these lovely dishes. The beef skewers are around $5/5 skewers, and the Numbanchuk noodle soup is a bright and unforgettable soup that’ll also run you about 5 bones. Don’t miss their desserts, too, with savory and sweet flavors mingling before getting fried for your pleasure. [Photo Credit]

10. Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant Inc.

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1719 SW Roxbury St
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 762-4064
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Crispy, pillowy, flavorful pupusas are the must-get item at one of the few Salvadorean restaurants in the city. Pupusas are $2.60, and the zucchini & cheese, cheese & loroco (flower), and revuelta (beans, chicharrones, and cheese) are the best. Salvadorean-style tamales are $2.75 and best filled with chicken. If those prices are too steep, stop by during happy hour from 2-5pm Mon-Fri for $1.95 for tamales and pupusas. Oh, and don’t miss the dulce de leche Napoleon—it’s by far the standout of the dozens of pastries.[Photo Credit]

11. Taqueria La Fondita #2

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15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA
(206) 307-3008
Do you hear that sound? It’s the heavens parting and light shafts extending down onto the best taco truck there is. For just a few dollars, these kind folks will hook you up with three tacos, rice, beans, and charred serrano peppers and onions. More in the mood to go straight taco? $6 gets you five amazing tacos. Also noteworthy are the mulitas (especially with carnitas) for $5, enormous tostadas for around $4-5, and the totally addictive (not joking) taquitos rancheros — chicken-stuffed crispy tacos dorados, fried to order and served with tons of beans and rice, sour cream, and guac for $7.25. For the really penny pinching, the “special burrito” is like $2. [Photo Credit]

12. Taqueria El Mezon

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9641 15th Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 15th Ave SW
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When you want taco truck-authentic food but don’t want to stand outside or eat in a tent, go to El Mezon. Every entree is under $10, the sopitos are delightful, and the flautas are always impossibly crispy. Plus, they have a crazy-dank green salsa that is garlicky and creamy that we recommend you pour on everything. Everything.

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1. Best Roasted Corn Stand

9811 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
In the parking lot shared with Taqueria La Fondita #2, the Best Roasted Corn Stand lives up to its name. Here, you’ll find esquites (corn off the cob, served in a paper cup) and elotes (corn on the cob), with your choice of toppings. The classic Mexican combo comes with mayonnaise, cheese, chili powder, and lemon, and a medium cup will run you $4. Shaved ice, shaved mangos with chili, and candy are also for sale, but make sure you bring dolla bills because it’s cash only! [Photo Credit: Vivian N., Yelp]
9811 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

2. Burger Boss

9061 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Technically it’s on the edge of Westwood, but Burger Boss says it’s in White Center, and who are we to argue? Drive on in and order the Dub-C, a two-patty, two-cheese, basic burger with their delicious Boss Sauce for about $5. If you’ve got a few more dollars to spare, their made-to-order milkshakes come in a dozen flavors and they’re happy to share their favorite combos. [Photo Credit]
9061 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106

3. Carniceria El Paisano

White Center, WA
Shopping for meat for a bunch of people? The low prices and wide selection of cuts like beef heart, marinated skirt steak, and ready-to-cook al pastor meat can’t be beat. But if you’re looking to take out, peek inside the big metal drum to find tamales for $1 apiece in three varieties: pork in red sauce (spicy), pork in green sauce (mild), or cheese and jalapeno (so dang delicious). You can also buy tubs of fresh, spicy salsa in three varieties and the best nopales (cactus) salad for around $4. [Photo Credit]

4. El Paisano Rosticeria Y Cocina

9615 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Two doors down from the carniceria is where you’ll find a whole roasted chicken rubbed with ancho chile, sold by the quarter, half, or whole. Pair a whole chicken with their excellent beans and rice to go, and you’ll leave with dinner for 4-6 for under $20. If you’re staying to eat, a platter of three enchiladas plus a quarter chicken will be enough for two meals and run you close to $12. Enjoy the complimentary chips and three salsas (the same ones for sale at the carniceria) and don’t forget to order an enormous, delicious agua fresco. [Photo Credit]
9615 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

5. Hung Long Asian Market

9988 15th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98168
Done laughing? Cool, because this market is where you’ll find plenty of grocery items to make basic Asian dishes, plus packages of sticky rice, steamed buns from a hot case, and more snacky stuff for little money. [Photo Credit]
9988 15th Ave SW
Burien, WA 98168

6. Huong Xua White Center Deli

9629 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
There’s nothing fancy but lots delicious about this little takeout shop. Ready made fresh rolls stuffed with dried Chinese sausage and fairly consistent Banh Mi are super cheap—both under $4—and super flavorful. Roasted pork is sometimes available and often amazing, and the service is lovely. [Photo Credit]
9629 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

7. Mardi Gras Donuts

9828 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Beignets in White Center that rival anything in New Orleans? Done. But you'd better hurry in with cash in hand, because these puffs are served hot and powdered only until 2pm — or they sell out. Made to order, the beignets are the draw, with 3 for $3.25 (already up from the kickoff opening price just a few months ago). Other donuts are lovely, we're sure, but not the draw. [Photo Credit]
9828 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

8. Meander's Kitchen

9809 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
On Tuesdays, biscuits and gravy are only $5 and enough food for two people. Can’t wait to see you next Tuesday? Go the rest of the days of the week and you’ll pick up a plate for $7.75. Or, if you’re going on a really romantic breakfast date (is there any other kind), y’all can split an insanely ginormous portion of country fried steak and eggs for only $11.75. You complete me, CFS. [Photo Credit]
9809 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

9. Queen's Deli

9808 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
Here’s one cuisine you might not have had: Cambodian food. But thanks to the country’s snug abutting of Vietnam and Thailand, it shouldn’t be too hard to imagine that it’s full of flavors your mouth already wants inside of it. If a trip to SE Asia isn’t in the cards, point your GPS toward Queen’s and try a few of these lovely dishes. The beef skewers are around $5/5 skewers, and the Numbanchuk noodle soup is a bright and unforgettable soup that’ll also run you about 5 bones. Don’t miss their desserts, too, with savory and sweet flavors mingling before getting fried for your pleasure. [Photo Credit]
9808 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

10. Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant Inc.

1719 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98106
Crispy, pillowy, flavorful pupusas are the must-get item at one of the few Salvadorean restaurants in the city. Pupusas are $2.60, and the zucchini & cheese, cheese & loroco (flower), and revuelta (beans, chicharrones, and cheese) are the best. Salvadorean-style tamales are $2.75 and best filled with chicken. If those prices are too steep, stop by during happy hour from 2-5pm Mon-Fri for $1.95 for tamales and pupusas. Oh, and don’t miss the dulce de leche Napoleon—it’s by far the standout of the dozens of pastries.[Photo Credit]
1719 SW Roxbury St
Seattle, WA 98106

11. Taqueria La Fondita #2

15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA
Do you hear that sound? It’s the heavens parting and light shafts extending down onto the best taco truck there is. For just a few dollars, these kind folks will hook you up with three tacos, rice, beans, and charred serrano peppers and onions. More in the mood to go straight taco? $6 gets you five amazing tacos. Also noteworthy are the mulitas (especially with carnitas) for $5, enormous tostadas for around $4-5, and the totally addictive (not joking) taquitos rancheros — chicken-stuffed crispy tacos dorados, fried to order and served with tons of beans and rice, sour cream, and guac for $7.25. For the really penny pinching, the “special burrito” is like $2. [Photo Credit]
15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA

12. Taqueria El Mezon

9641 15th Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA 98106
When you want taco truck-authentic food but don’t want to stand outside or eat in a tent, go to El Mezon. Every entree is under $10, the sopitos are delightful, and the flautas are always impossibly crispy. Plus, they have a crazy-dank green salsa that is garlicky and creamy that we recommend you pour on everything. Everything.
9641 15th Avenue Southwest
Seattle, WA 98106

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