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The takeout window at Jeepney, showing a bus painted on the side, along with a menu
Jeepney (an offshoot of Capitol Hill’s Knee High Stocking Company) serves Filipino specialties.
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15 Solid Takeout Windows and Curbside Pickup Options in Seattle

They’re convenient, low-contact, and provide great meals

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Jeepney (an offshoot of Capitol Hill’s Knee High Stocking Company) serves Filipino specialties.
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During the pandemic, there can never be enough contactless options at restaurants — but takeout windows are often an overlooked amenity. Some restaurants have always had this hole-in-the-wall model, while others have converted to window operations because of COVID. Here are some great ones operating around town, along with a few other curbside pickup options that stress minimal contact, listed from north to south. If you notice any changes to services or have suggestions for additions to consider, send us a tip.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Local officials recommend that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, should wear masks inside restaurants when not eating or drinking. Many bars and restaurants in Seattle (but not all) are also now requiring customers to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for indoor dining; for the latest restrictions, check restaurant websites or official social media pages. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Coyle's Bakeshop

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From bread to scones, croissants, and cakes, diners can preorder sweet treats for pick-up at this bakery’s new window in Greenwood. The shop also sells bake-at-home options for those who could use a few shortcuts (including a sourdough starter).

Deru Market

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This Kirkland spot has an easy online ordering system and an extremely organized curbside pick-up operation. From to-go weekend brunch options like pancakes with seasonal fruit compote to sandwiches on focaccia and wood-fired pizzas, there are great offerings available all day. And don’t forget dessert — their excellent cakes are also available by the slice to go.

Mean Sandwich

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This Ballard counter has a contact-less pickup window, offering inspired options such as the shop’s eponymous sandwich (corned beef, pickled red cabbage, yellow mustard, and maple syrup), oyster po’ boys, and the vegetarian-friendly Midnight at the Oasis, with falafel, hummus, harissa beets, and Persian pickles.

Hello Robin

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Capitol Hill’s popular bakeshop has a new location in the U District, serving up 14 cookie flavors, available at its takeout window. All of the treats are the same as those in the original location (such as Brown Butter Snickerdoodle), and there are some seasonal offerings that rotate into the mix, such as Pumpkin Chocolate Chip made with fall spices, pumpkin puree, and semi-sweet chips.

The Independent Pizzeria

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This pizzeria near the shores of Lake Washington serves over a dozen different pies alongside an impressive wine list. Made to order, pizzas come out hot, with that perfect black-spotted crust, full of toppings, and a crisp bottom that holds up on the drive home. Order for curbside pickup online or by phone.

B~side Foods

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Analog Coffee’s younger sibling just around the corner is churning out excellent breakfast and lunch to-go. Much of the menu centers on the great fermented items, and there’s a great breakfast sandwich with fluffy eggs folded onto an English muffin, tangy daikon pickles, charred onion aioli, and either country ham or roasted mushrooms.

Carmelo’s Tacos

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This walk-up window inside the Hillcrest Market (with a newer Central District outpost) serves a wonderful array of tacos on thick and fluffy tortillas. Its vegan mushroom taco impresses with its garlic and guajillo chile seasoning, and the spicy mix of steak, chorizo, and potato on the Campechano is a winner as well.

Located in a walk-up window near Montana Bar, this spot serves terrific Middle Eastern street food, such as saj wraps, flatbreads loaded with fried eggplant, labneh, or lamb, homemade dips, and desserts such as madlouqa, a creamy orange semolina pudding. It also sells a selection of pantry staples, including pomegranate molasses, Arabic coffee, olives, za’atar, and tahini.

Jeepney

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The owners of neighboring cocktail destination Knee High Stocking Co. run this Filipino takeout window, which pays homage to buses in the Philippines with its graffiti backsplash. It serves up staples such as adobo, lumpia, and sisig, alongside desserts such as an ube bread pudding. Plus, it offers single-serve to-go cocktails.

The takeout window at Jeepney, showing a bus painted on the side, along with a menu
Jeepney’s window is on E Olive Way on Capitol Hill.
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Mezcaleria Oaxaca

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No need for directions to this window on Capitol Hill, as there’s a literal arrow pointing to it. A descendent of the ever-popular La Carta de Oaxaca family (but under different ownership now), this taco spot dishes up al pastor, tinga, and carne asada varieties so good, it might convince one to stay and visit Mezcaleria’s open rooftop patio.

Pick-Quick Drive In

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This old-school fast food joint in SoDo nails no-frills burgers, whether the basic with just a patty, ketchup, mustard, and pickles, or the deluxe with American cheese, onion, iceberg lettuce and fat slices of tomato. There are also over a dozen milkshake and malt flavors to choose from, including an enticing Almond Roca variety, and perfectly swirled soft-serve cones.

Emerald City Fish & Chips

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While known for excellent Southern-style fish and chips fried-to-order, this takeout spot has many menu gems including crab puppies and oyster po boys. The homemade spicy tartar sauce is the ultimate french fry condiment and those who swing by on a Monday or Tuesday can get a cup of great seafood gumbo on the side. Staff will walk out orders to the car upon request.

Columbia City Bakery

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Diners can grab breakfast, a sweet treat, or pantry staples at the window at this Columbia City standard. It’s now serving up a selection of the bakery’s iconic loaves, including green olive bread as well as breakfast pastries. Order via the website in advance, and throw a batch of frozen pie dough in the basket for easy at-home baking endeavors.

KBM Commissary Kitchen

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This commissary kitchen is easy to drive by on the busy stretch of Delridge Way in West Seattle, but diners shouldn’t miss it. Rotating vendors include hot, made-to order donuts from 9th & Hennepin Organic Donuts, Chicago-style pizza from West of Chicago Pizza Company, and northern Mexican street food from T’Juana Tacos.

Umami Kushi

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This purveyor of okazu pan (savory, filled Japanese buns) sells its goods at local cafes, but diners can pick up some snacks directly from the source at the Rainier Beach production kitchen and order in advance. Beef curry pans are a fan favorite, but the smoked salmon in a rich potato cream sauce shouldn’t be missed. Bonus: on Saturdays, diners can pick up hot beignets.

Coyle's Bakeshop

From bread to scones, croissants, and cakes, diners can preorder sweet treats for pick-up at this bakery’s new window in Greenwood. The shop also sells bake-at-home options for those who could use a few shortcuts (including a sourdough starter).

Deru Market

This Kirkland spot has an easy online ordering system and an extremely organized curbside pick-up operation. From to-go weekend brunch options like pancakes with seasonal fruit compote to sandwiches on focaccia and wood-fired pizzas, there are great offerings available all day. And don’t forget dessert — their excellent cakes are also available by the slice to go.

Mean Sandwich

This Ballard counter has a contact-less pickup window, offering inspired options such as the shop’s eponymous sandwich (corned beef, pickled red cabbage, yellow mustard, and maple syrup), oyster po’ boys, and the vegetarian-friendly Midnight at the Oasis, with falafel, hummus, harissa beets, and Persian pickles.

Hello Robin

Capitol Hill’s popular bakeshop has a new location in the U District, serving up 14 cookie flavors, available at its takeout window. All of the treats are the same as those in the original location (such as Brown Butter Snickerdoodle), and there are some seasonal offerings that rotate into the mix, such as Pumpkin Chocolate Chip made with fall spices, pumpkin puree, and semi-sweet chips.

The Independent Pizzeria

This pizzeria near the shores of Lake Washington serves over a dozen different pies alongside an impressive wine list. Made to order, pizzas come out hot, with that perfect black-spotted crust, full of toppings, and a crisp bottom that holds up on the drive home. Order for curbside pickup online or by phone.

B~side Foods

Analog Coffee’s younger sibling just around the corner is churning out excellent breakfast and lunch to-go. Much of the menu centers on the great fermented items, and there’s a great breakfast sandwich with fluffy eggs folded onto an English muffin, tangy daikon pickles, charred onion aioli, and either country ham or roasted mushrooms.

Carmelo’s Tacos

This walk-up window inside the Hillcrest Market (with a newer Central District outpost) serves a wonderful array of tacos on thick and fluffy tortillas. Its vegan mushroom taco impresses with its garlic and guajillo chile seasoning, and the spicy mix of steak, chorizo, and potato on the Campechano is a winner as well.

Yalla

Located in a walk-up window near Montana Bar, this spot serves terrific Middle Eastern street food, such as saj wraps, flatbreads loaded with fried eggplant, labneh, or lamb, homemade dips, and desserts such as madlouqa, a creamy orange semolina pudding. It also sells a selection of pantry staples, including pomegranate molasses, Arabic coffee, olives, za’atar, and tahini.

Jeepney

The owners of neighboring cocktail destination Knee High Stocking Co. run this Filipino takeout window, which pays homage to buses in the Philippines with its graffiti backsplash. It serves up staples such as adobo, lumpia, and sisig, alongside desserts such as an ube bread pudding. Plus, it offers single-serve to-go cocktails.

The takeout window at Jeepney, showing a bus painted on the side, along with a menu
Jeepney’s window is on E Olive Way on Capitol Hill.
Jeepney/Instagram

Mezcaleria Oaxaca

No need for directions to this window on Capitol Hill, as there’s a literal arrow pointing to it. A descendent of the ever-popular La Carta de Oaxaca family (but under different ownership now), this taco spot dishes up al pastor, tinga, and carne asada varieties so good, it might convince one to stay and visit Mezcaleria’s open rooftop patio.

Pick-Quick Drive In

This old-school fast food joint in SoDo nails no-frills burgers, whether the basic with just a patty, ketchup, mustard, and pickles, or the deluxe with American cheese, onion, iceberg lettuce and fat slices of tomato. There are also over a dozen milkshake and malt flavors to choose from, including an enticing Almond Roca variety, and perfectly swirled soft-serve cones.

Emerald City Fish & Chips

While known for excellent Southern-style fish and chips fried-to-order, this takeout spot has many menu gems including crab puppies and oyster po boys. The homemade spicy tartar sauce is the ultimate french fry condiment and those who swing by on a Monday or Tuesday can get a cup of great seafood gumbo on the side. Staff will walk out orders to the car upon request.

Columbia City Bakery

Diners can grab breakfast, a sweet treat, or pantry staples at the window at this Columbia City standard. It’s now serving up a selection of the bakery’s iconic loaves, including green olive bread as well as breakfast pastries. Order via the website in advance, and throw a batch of frozen pie dough in the basket for easy at-home baking endeavors.

KBM Commissary Kitchen

This commissary kitchen is easy to drive by on the busy stretch of Delridge Way in West Seattle, but diners shouldn’t miss it. Rotating vendors include hot, made-to order donuts from 9th & Hennepin Organic Donuts, Chicago-style pizza from West of Chicago Pizza Company, and northern Mexican street food from T’Juana Tacos.

Umami Kushi

This purveyor of okazu pan (savory, filled Japanese buns) sells its goods at local cafes, but diners can pick up some snacks directly from the source at the Rainier Beach production kitchen and order in advance. Beef curry pans are a fan favorite, but the smoked salmon in a rich potato cream sauce shouldn’t be missed. Bonus: on Saturdays, diners can pick up hot beignets.

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