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Downtown's Newest Daytime Options Liven Up Lunch

Try something new in Downtown, Pike Place Market, or Denny Triangle

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Downtown — for the purposes of this map, a district gerrymandered to combine areas typically known as Downtown, Pike Place Market, and Denny Triangle — is a sea of offices filled to the brim with hungry people working the good old nine-to-five, and much of the action shuts down relatively quickly once happy hour passes. A plethora of potential daytime customers means that there the restaurants here have a particular focus on satisfying business lunches.

If you're hunting for an exciting new place to pass your lunch break, Eater's got your back with the top lunch joints opened or significantly changed within the last year or so. This list doesn't include classic standbys — everyone knows by now where to get fresh piroshky or stand in line for handmade pasta — but rather speaks to the diner seeking the latest and greatest in these ever-changing times.

Note: Map points are ordered geographically and are not ranked by preference. What's your favorite new lunch lounge in the Downtown area? Show it some love in the comments, send an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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The Butcher's Table

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A Beecher's Handmade Cheese sibling restaurant with a butcher shop onsite, The Butcher's Table focuses on coveted Wagyu beef raised in the U.S. For lunch, a raw bar and a couple of veggie options like a roasted beet sandwich round out a meaty menu, including Beecher's cheesesteak, steak tartare, and cauliflower fried rice with Wagyu sausage.

Skillet Regrade

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The local diner chain's latest outpost has the modern American comfort fare you expect — fried chicken sammy, Skillet burger with bacon jam, and all-day breakfast — with the addition of a "happy lunch menu" with altered portion sizes for some lunch favorites.

Mamnoon Street

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The Capitol Hill favorite for hummus and fattoush opened a Denny Triangle street food station in early 2016. To the great delight of patrons, the Middle Eastern menu here drips with shwarma and falafel, the kinds of satisfying foods that you can scarf quickly or grab and go. If you only get one thing? Harra frites. Trust.

Mr. West Cafe Bar

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One part coffee house, a splash of drool-worthy wine selection, a pinch of avocado toast, and a sprinkling of mid-century modern give you Mr. West, Olive Way’s favorite new daytime haunt. The coffee is good, the vino is curated, and the food delicious—plus, the menu includes a “lush lunch” option with ½ pints and pours available.

Anchorhead Coffee Co

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This well known coffee wholesaler opened its first brick-and-mortar recently, where you can pair your drink with pastries from Salmon Berry Goods baked in-house, or even a "quaffle," baked to order, constructed of croissant dough that's coiled like a cinnamon roll, smashed on the waffle iron, and served with maple syrup. There are more savory options, too, if breakfast mash-ups aren't your jam.

Scout PNW at The Thompson Seattle

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The Thompson’s whimsically-woodsy restaurant, Scout, serves food from morning till night, offering well-executed local fare, communal seating opportunities, and a killer cocktail list. Lunch options range from grilled asparagus to a crispy chicken sandwich and even a a dry-aged beef strip loin.

Cycene (pronounced "kitchen") is a source for Southern-inspired sandwiches, luscious grits topped with shrimp or other meaty additions, and sweet tea. The food is made by a true Southerner and the front of house channels that signature hospitality—and even sells Texas’ favorite Shiner Bock to thirsty patrons. Just be aware the shop is currently closed Wednesdays.

Dot's Butcher and Deli

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Praise the sandwich gods: This much loved Fremont sandwich shop has reopened in Pike Place Market and is slingin’ the best meatballs, porchetta, and cheesesteaks downtown. And don't miss the pasta salad, made with noodles from another lunchtime staple in Seattle, Il Corvo.

Pokéworks

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The Pokéworks chain is a build-your-own dream for anyone who loves the Chipotle model but can't stomach another burrito (or who shied away from the latter's health scares yet somehow isn't fazed by the prospect of marinated raw fish). Opt for a pre-set menu item or assemble a bowl, burrito, or salad with different types of protein, sauces, vegetables, and crunch.

Poke Alice

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A recent gem in Seattle's poke crown, Poke Alice prices could be the lowest in town and the fish is impossibly fresh. The best news? Owner Alice has been known to give away free miso soup.

Bookstore Bar & Cafe

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Bookstore Bar isn't new, but chef Eric Rivera and his menu are. Rivera is balancing the demand for familiarity at a hotel restaurant with his creative and seasonal impulses, which means even dishes that stay put, like the popular burger or a poke bowl, may be slightly altered — improved, even — each visit.

Zaccagni's

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Formerly known for slingin’ the best eggplant parm subs in Pike Place Market, Zaccagni’s has reopened around the corner in the Marion Court on 3rd Ave, and it may be better than ever. It's still serving up five-star sandwiches on hearty Le Panier bread, and it also boasts a fair amount of vegetarian and gluten-free options (plus a pile of meat-slathered fries) for business district diners.

Luigi's Italian Eatery

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Luigi is a real person, and he's the star of the show at Luigi’s Italian Eatery, where you feel like you're dining in his home. The food is great, the wine plentiful, but the owner is the real key that keeps people coming back. The option to name your price for a chef-planned, coursed meal is a sublime touch.

The Butcher's Table

A Beecher's Handmade Cheese sibling restaurant with a butcher shop onsite, The Butcher's Table focuses on coveted Wagyu beef raised in the U.S. For lunch, a raw bar and a couple of veggie options like a roasted beet sandwich round out a meaty menu, including Beecher's cheesesteak, steak tartare, and cauliflower fried rice with Wagyu sausage.

Skillet Regrade

The local diner chain's latest outpost has the modern American comfort fare you expect — fried chicken sammy, Skillet burger with bacon jam, and all-day breakfast — with the addition of a "happy lunch menu" with altered portion sizes for some lunch favorites.

Mamnoon Street

The Capitol Hill favorite for hummus and fattoush opened a Denny Triangle street food station in early 2016. To the great delight of patrons, the Middle Eastern menu here drips with shwarma and falafel, the kinds of satisfying foods that you can scarf quickly or grab and go. If you only get one thing? Harra frites. Trust.

Mr. West Cafe Bar

One part coffee house, a splash of drool-worthy wine selection, a pinch of avocado toast, and a sprinkling of mid-century modern give you Mr. West, Olive Way’s favorite new daytime haunt. The coffee is good, the vino is curated, and the food delicious—plus, the menu includes a “lush lunch” option with ½ pints and pours available.

Anchorhead Coffee Co

This well known coffee wholesaler opened its first brick-and-mortar recently, where you can pair your drink with pastries from Salmon Berry Goods baked in-house, or even a "quaffle," baked to order, constructed of croissant dough that's coiled like a cinnamon roll, smashed on the waffle iron, and served with maple syrup. There are more savory options, too, if breakfast mash-ups aren't your jam.

Scout PNW at The Thompson Seattle

The Thompson’s whimsically-woodsy restaurant, Scout, serves food from morning till night, offering well-executed local fare, communal seating opportunities, and a killer cocktail list. Lunch options range from grilled asparagus to a crispy chicken sandwich and even a a dry-aged beef strip loin.

Cycene

Cycene (pronounced "kitchen") is a source for Southern-inspired sandwiches, luscious grits topped with shrimp or other meaty additions, and sweet tea. The food is made by a true Southerner and the front of house channels that signature hospitality—and even sells Texas’ favorite Shiner Bock to thirsty patrons. Just be aware the shop is currently closed Wednesdays.

Dot's Butcher and Deli

Praise the sandwich gods: This much loved Fremont sandwich shop has reopened in Pike Place Market and is slingin’ the best meatballs, porchetta, and cheesesteaks downtown. And don't miss the pasta salad, made with noodles from another lunchtime staple in Seattle, Il Corvo.

Pokéworks

The Pokéworks chain is a build-your-own dream for anyone who loves the Chipotle model but can't stomach another burrito (or who shied away from the latter's health scares yet somehow isn't fazed by the prospect of marinated raw fish). Opt for a pre-set menu item or assemble a bowl, burrito, or salad with different types of protein, sauces, vegetables, and crunch.

Poke Alice

A recent gem in Seattle's poke crown, Poke Alice prices could be the lowest in town and the fish is impossibly fresh. The best news? Owner Alice has been known to give away free miso soup.

Bookstore Bar & Cafe

Bookstore Bar isn't new, but chef Eric Rivera and his menu are. Rivera is balancing the demand for familiarity at a hotel restaurant with his creative and seasonal impulses, which means even dishes that stay put, like the popular burger or a poke bowl, may be slightly altered — improved, even — each visit.

Zaccagni's

Formerly known for slingin’ the best eggplant parm subs in Pike Place Market, Zaccagni’s has reopened around the corner in the Marion Court on 3rd Ave, and it may be better than ever. It's still serving up five-star sandwiches on hearty Le Panier bread, and it also boasts a fair amount of vegetarian and gluten-free options (plus a pile of meat-slathered fries) for business district diners.

Luigi's Italian Eatery

Luigi is a real person, and he's the star of the show at Luigi’s Italian Eatery, where you feel like you're dining in his home. The food is great, the wine plentiful, but the owner is the real key that keeps people coming back. The option to name your price for a chef-planned, coursed meal is a sublime touch.

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