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A view of a bowl of pozole, with tortillas, lime, and sauces on the side.
White Center restaurant El Paisano Rosticeria y Cocina makes fantastic Mexican fare like tortas, enchiladas, and pozole.
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10 Wonderful Places to Eat in White Center

From pozole to pizza to pupusas, this Seattle neighborhood has it all

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White Center restaurant El Paisano Rosticeria y Cocina makes fantastic Mexican fare like tortas, enchiladas, and pozole.
| Jenise Silva for Eater

Long a working-class neighborhood brimming with diverse restaurants representing the likes of El Salvador and Mexico, White Center is seeing an influx of new residents and restaurateurs. It’s a dicey time, as growth can so quickly turn to gentrification and a squelching of diversity — but for now, the area still boasts a harmonious mix of food options, from Korean fried chicken, pizza, and burgers to pupusas, pozole, and chilaquiles. Here’s a guide to some highlights.

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1. Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant

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1719 SW Roxbury St
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 762-4064
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Long before the neighborhood became a dining draw, the Salvadorean Bakery was the place that had Seattleites making the trek to White Center. Diners can load up trays with excellent Mexican or Salvadorean pastries filled with guava, mango, or molasses, and take them to go, or head into the dining room where pupusas rule — those toothy tortillas stuffed with chicharron, chicken, or cheese and beans.

A blue tray filled with puffy brown pastries and breads.
Salvadorean Bakery has been around since 1996.
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2. Zippy's Giant Burgers

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9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 763-1347
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This fast food spot serves burgers with a side of nostalgia, from the 1960s-era advertising lining the walls to the toys of diners’ youth on display. A classic burger is always a good bet, but Rae’s Hell — a patty with Mama Lil’s hot relish, a hot link, cheddar, and red onion — is a perfect go-to for the more adventurous burger-lover.

A closeup shot of a Zippy’s cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce, and fries on the side.
Cheeseburger with fries.
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3. Proletariat Pizza

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9622 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 432-9765
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Tucked away on the main drag is this pint-sized pizza parlor — a casual, family-friendly gem. The antipasto plate is a great way to start, followed by thin-crust pizza with an array of toppings, from the Classic (Zoe’s pepperoni, mushrooms, and black olives) to the Genoa, with salami, ricotta cheese, and pepperoncini, hold the tomato sauce.

A bird’s eye view of a full pizza pie, with pepperoni slices on one half.
Half-plain, half-pepperoni pizza.
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4. El Paisano Rosticeria y Cocina

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9615 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 763-0368

At this casual restaurant, diners can consume a whole roasted chicken with rice, beans, and tortillas while catching the day’s soccer match on TV. Tortas, sauced-up chile rellenos, enchiladas, pozole teeming with pork, and a host of other classics are other strong options.

A view of a bowl of pozole, with tortillas, lime, and sauces on the side.
Pozole with tortillas.
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5. Beer Star

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9801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 453-3088
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Thanks to the presence of not one but two restaurants inside this expansive beer hall, patrons won’t go hungry while sampling dozens of draft pours. Li’l Woody’s is always good for a big, messy burger, but don’t sleep on the White Center location’s roast beef sandwich with peppercorn horseradish aioli, Southside Pizza’s slices also pair perfectly with many of the suds on tap. 

A row of counters and seats surround a halo-like lamp lighting the inside of Beer Star, with TVs on in the back.
Beer Star is known as a dog-friendly place.
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6. Bok A Bok Fried Chicken

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1521 SW 98th St
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 693-2493
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With a small, bright interior and good-vibe service, Bok a Bok serves up juicy double-fried Korean chicken, flaky biscuits, and creamy kimchi mac and cheese. The spicy chicken sandwich with a four-chili sauce and pickled Serrano chilies is the right choice for those with a real affinity for heat.

A top-down view of a Bok a Bok platter, with fried chicken, coleslaw, and an array of other sides.
Fried chicken with an array of sides.
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7. Taqueria la Fondita

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9811 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 551-0529

With all of the changes taking place in White Center, Taqueria La Fondita is a mainstay that has held down its corner at 100th St and SW 98th St like a champ. This food truck serves the classics: crunchy taquitos rancheros, burritos, chimichangas, and everybody’s favorite deal: three tacos with beans and rice for seven bucks.

A bird’s eye view of a taco platter, with radishes, limes, and a side of pickled vegetables.
Tacos with a side of pickled vegetables.
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8. Good Day Donuts

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9823 15th Ave SW Suite E
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 503-2898
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This spot from chef Erik Jackson (formerly of Vendemmia) is more versatile than the name would suggest. Besides the fantastic selection of cinnamon twists, glazed doughnuts, and apple fritters, there’s the chicken curry sandwich, and a bacon, egg, and cheese served on a banh mi bun from An Xuyen Bakery, good at any time of day.

A view of the interior of Good Day Donuts, with a red counter, a display case, and an ice cream sign to the far right.
This place features Southern-style boiled peanuts.
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9. Dalat Quan

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9988 15th Ave SW suite i
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 403-1620
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Nestled into a strip mall between a beauty shop and a grocery store, Dalat Quan offers excellent Vietnamese comfort food dishes, such as dry hu tieu loaded with rice noodles, pork, and seafood, served with a quail egg perched in a rich broth. Another crowd-pleaser is the tumeric noodle soup, mi quang, packed with pork hock, ribs, and shrimp.

A bowl of soup, with a giant leaf of lettuce sticking out of brown broth, and sauce and salad on the side.
Hu tieu, with noodles, pork, and seafood.
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10. Castillos Supermarkets

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10426 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146
(206) 242-6247
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At the back of this unassuming supermercado, knowledgeable diners will find some of the best Mexican food in the city, particularly as part of the buffet that changes daily. A la carte standbys are also worthwhile, like the chiles rellenos, the tamales de pollo, or the chilaquiles with rice and beans, as well as a giant cup of horchata or tamarindo.

View of a plate filled with fried tortilla strips, rice, and beans against a red background.
Chilaquiles with rice and beans.
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1. Salvadorean Bakery and Restaurant

1719 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98106
A blue tray filled with puffy brown pastries and breads.
Salvadorean Bakery has been around since 1996.
Jenise Silva for Eater

Long before the neighborhood became a dining draw, the Salvadorean Bakery was the place that had Seattleites making the trek to White Center. Diners can load up trays with excellent Mexican or Salvadorean pastries filled with guava, mango, or molasses, and take them to go, or head into the dining room where pupusas rule — those toothy tortillas stuffed with chicharron, chicken, or cheese and beans.

1719 SW Roxbury St
Seattle, WA 98106

2. Zippy's Giant Burgers

9614 14th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
A closeup shot of a Zippy’s cheeseburger with tomato, lettuce, and fries on the side.
Cheeseburger with fries.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

This fast food spot serves burgers with a side of nostalgia, from the 1960s-era advertising lining the walls to the toys of diners’ youth on display. A classic burger is always a good bet, but Rae’s Hell — a patty with Mama Lil’s hot relish, a hot link, cheddar, and red onion — is a perfect go-to for the more adventurous burger-lover.

9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

3. Proletariat Pizza

9622 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
A bird’s eye view of a full pizza pie, with pepperoni slices on one half.
Half-plain, half-pepperoni pizza.
Proletariat Pizza/Facebook

Tucked away on the main drag is this pint-sized pizza parlor — a casual, family-friendly gem. The antipasto plate is a great way to start, followed by thin-crust pizza with an array of toppings, from the Classic (Zoe’s pepperoni, mushrooms, and black olives) to the Genoa, with salami, ricotta cheese, and pepperoncini, hold the tomato sauce.

9622 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

4. El Paisano Rosticeria y Cocina

9615 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
A view of a bowl of pozole, with tortillas, lime, and sauces on the side.
Pozole with tortillas.
Jenise Silva for Eater

At this casual restaurant, diners can consume a whole roasted chicken with rice, beans, and tortillas while catching the day’s soccer match on TV. Tortas, sauced-up chile rellenos, enchiladas, pozole teeming with pork, and a host of other classics are other strong options.

9615 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

5. Beer Star

9801 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
A row of counters and seats surround a halo-like lamp lighting the inside of Beer Star, with TVs on in the back.
Beer Star is known as a dog-friendly place.
Jenise Silva for Eater

Thanks to the presence of not one but two restaurants inside this expansive beer hall, patrons won’t go hungry while sampling dozens of draft pours. Li’l Woody’s is always good for a big, messy burger, but don’t sleep on the White Center location’s roast beef sandwich with peppercorn horseradish aioli, Southside Pizza’s slices also pair perfectly with many of the suds on tap. 

9801 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

6. Bok A Bok Fried Chicken

1521 SW 98th St, Seattle, WA 98106
A top-down view of a Bok a Bok platter, with fried chicken, coleslaw, and an array of other sides.
Fried chicken with an array of sides.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

With a small, bright interior and good-vibe service, Bok a Bok serves up juicy double-fried Korean chicken, flaky biscuits, and creamy kimchi mac and cheese. The spicy chicken sandwich with a four-chili sauce and pickled Serrano chilies is the right choice for those with a real affinity for heat.

1521 SW 98th St
Seattle, WA 98106

7. Taqueria la Fondita

9811 15th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106
A bird’s eye view of a taco platter, with radishes, limes, and a side of pickled vegetables.
Tacos with a side of pickled vegetables.
Jenise Silva for Eater

With all of the changes taking place in White Center, Taqueria La Fondita is a mainstay that has held down its corner at 100th St and SW 98th St like a champ. This food truck serves the classics: crunchy taquitos rancheros, burritos, chimichangas, and everybody’s favorite deal: three tacos with beans and rice for seven bucks.

9811 15th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

8. Good Day Donuts

9823 15th Ave SW Suite E, Seattle, WA 98106
A view of the interior of Good Day Donuts, with a red counter, a display case, and an ice cream sign to the far right.
This place features Southern-style boiled peanuts.
Jenise Silva for Eater

This spot from chef Erik Jackson (formerly of Vendemmia) is more versatile than the name would suggest. Besides the fantastic selection of cinnamon twists, glazed doughnuts, and apple fritters, there’s the chicken curry sandwich, and a bacon, egg, and cheese served on a banh mi bun from An Xuyen Bakery, good at any time of day.

9823 15th Ave SW Suite E
Seattle, WA 98106

9. Dalat Quan

9988 15th Ave SW suite i, Seattle, WA 98106
A bowl of soup, with a giant leaf of lettuce sticking out of brown broth, and sauce and salad on the side.
Hu tieu, with noodles, pork, and seafood.
Jenise Silva for Eater

Nestled into a strip mall between a beauty shop and a grocery store, Dalat Quan offers excellent Vietnamese comfort food dishes, such as dry hu tieu loaded with rice noodles, pork, and seafood, served with a quail egg perched in a rich broth. Another crowd-pleaser is the tumeric noodle soup, mi quang, packed with pork hock, ribs, and shrimp.

9988 15th Ave SW suite i
Seattle, WA 98106

10. Castillos Supermarkets

10426 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98146
View of a plate filled with fried tortilla strips, rice, and beans against a red background.
Chilaquiles with rice and beans.
Jenise Silva for Eater

At the back of this unassuming supermercado, knowledgeable diners will find some of the best Mexican food in the city, particularly as part of the buffet that changes daily. A la carte standbys are also worthwhile, like the chiles rellenos, the tamales de pollo, or the chilaquiles with rice and beans, as well as a giant cup of horchata or tamarindo.

10426 16th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98146

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