Seattle’s robust Middle Eastern dining scene has remained resilient during the pandemic. Whether making the adjustment from sit-down dining experiences to more robust to-go options, or adding additional outside seating, the area’s restaurants serving up muhammara, khoresh, kebabs, and other dishes from the region are doing their best to stay afloat. From fast-food joints to homey mom-and-pop affairs to sophisticated splurges, here are some of the best places open for takeout and delivery, listed from north to south. Since services shift often these days, if you see any changes, or if there’s a place you’d like to see on the list, send us a tip.Read More
Magnificent Middle Eastern Restaurants in Seattle for Takeout and Delivery
Where to find superb hummus, falafel, man’oushe, and more
1. Man’oushe Express
This offshoot of Lake City’s Goodies Mediterranean Market specializes in mana’eesh (the plural of man’oushe), flatbreads topped with cheese, herbs, vegetables, and meats and fired in a blazing hot oven. Available for takeout or delivery via Uber Eats. Diners can also go one floor down to shop Goodies’ impressive selection of Middle Eastern food imports to stock up on pantry items.
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2. Hibiscus Mediterranean & Egyptian Cuisine
This newer Totem Lake restaurant received some attention earlier this year for its takes on Egyptian dishes, including koshari (a street food dish that mixes pasta, rice, stewed tomatoes, and lentils), baladi bread, and other baked goods. It’s currently open for takeout and delivery via Grubhub.
3. Cafe Munir
Owner Rajah Gargour has a shining gem in this Lebanese Ballard destination. Small dishes of warm hummus and ground lentils, koosa, and tahini comprise the bulk of the recent to-go menu, along with other popular items like spicy muhammara. There’s no shortage of vegetarian options, but omnivores should try the delectable lamb meatballs.
4. Aladdin Falafel Corner
Among the U District’s several bargain falafel-and-gyro joints, Aladdin Falafel Corner leads the pack by a nose. (It’s smaller but feels more comfortable than its older sibling down the Ave, Aladdin Gyro-cery.) The food is affordable, filling, and excellent, and is available for takeout and delivery via apps such as Grubhub.
5. Cafe Turko
The long menu of Turkish specialties has made this one of Fremont’s most popular restaurants. The rainbow hummus, beyti with eggplant, and pide are among the more terrific (and portable) dishes, while the breakfasts are a satisfying alternative to standard diner fare. Curbside pickup available via phone preordering.
6. Aviv Hummus Bar
One of Seattle’s most single-minded restaurants, this Capitol Hill spot is dedicated to capturing the art of hummus — the motto here is “It’s more than just a dip, it’s a lifestyle.” The menu features hummus topped with chickpeas (the “classic”), falafel, mushrooms and onions, and spiced ground beef. Available for to-go orders.
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This takeout window on E Olive Way that opened in 2019 is known for its saj bread wraps with fillings like awarma (beef confit) and jibneh (a soft white cheese). Normally a late-night destination for those stumbling out of local bars in the vicinity, it’s now more of a solid takeout lunch spot for Capitol Hill denizens.
8. Petra Mediterranean Bistro
This inviting Belltown restaurant mixes both Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes, with falafel, shawarma, and kebabs served in substantial portions for takeout, limited dine-in, and delivery via Caviar. Packaged sauces, seasonings, coffee, and tea are also available to take home.
9. Eggs and Plants
This popular Belltown lunch spot bakes its own pita and fills it four ways: Egyptian (falafel), Israeli (hummus), Iraqi (fried eggplant), and Moroccan (poached eggs, tomato sauce, fried potatoes). Much of the business has always relied on takeout, but there’s now also delivery through Caviar.
This Capitol Hill restaurant (with a fast-casual offshoot called Mamnoon Street) features dishes influenced by owner Wassef Haroun’s Lebanese upbringing. The pitas baked on-site are among the city’s best, and there’s even now a build-your-own swarmini kit. The flagship restaurant is open for takeout, but recently expanded its outdoor seating and is working on a street closure plaza.
11. The Halal Guys
The Seattle edition of this wildly popular international chain serves up customizable chicken wraps, gyros, and falafel platters, drizzled with white and hot red sauces. This Pioneer Square spot is still open for takeout, but the Halal Guys recently opened a South Lake Union outpost that’s twice as big.
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12. Cherry Street Public House
Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park spinoff of the Cherry Street Coffee chain maintains a coffeehouse vibe but adds a short menu with a Persian theme, reflecting the heritage of owner Ali Ghambari. The specialty is khoresh, a stew that allows diners to mix and match meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Available for takeout.
13. Falafel Salam
Chef and owner Shimi Kahn first introduced diners to his Middle Eastern menu at the Fremont farmers market, showing off local sourcing, great vegan options, and seasonal fermentation. He’s now taken it all to a West Seattle space, serving tender-inside falafel and chicken schwarma bathed in a tzatziki and green chile sauce. Available for takeout with online preorders.
Tucked inside a West Seattle house, diners will find a selection of mezze and kebabs, as well as toprak guvec, a Turkish stew cooked in a clay pot. It also added a weekend brunch with a selection of omelets, Benedicts, and lamb burgers. Available for takeout.
15. Mawadda Cafe
Each made-to-order meal at this Hillman City spot is expertly crafted by chef-owner Rami Al-Jebori, who cheerfully engages with loyal clientele from his post in the kitchen behind the order window. The menu features well-executed Middle Eastern kebobs and shawarma, as well as an terrific tilapia in mango sauce. Available for takeout.