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Put a Stick in it: Mapping Seattle's Best Skewered Meat

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From corn dogs to kebabs, the "put a stick in it" method is universal. What is more natural to the human condition than skewering meat and cooking it over an open fire? (Or in a deep fryer, hello 2014!) And honestly, isn't there something freeing about knowing silverware isn't obligatory? So go ahead friend, play with your food, it's already on a stick.
—Tallulah Anderson


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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The happy hour at Ba Bar is very worth knowing about if you’re into things on a stick. Their grilled skewers (shitake mushroom, Carlton Farms pork belly, Painted Hills lemongrass beef, or Draper Valley garlic chicken) are two skewers for $5 bucks, which feels like a pretty great deal when they land on the table. They’re all freakin’ delicious, but the lemongrass beef is usually the winner.
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2. Cafe Munir

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2408 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-4190
Deep in Ballard there lies a mystical restaurant with meat skewers that leave their customers needing more, always more… Lahem Mishwiyeh (beef marinated with tomato, olives and herbs), Kafta Mishwiyeh (ground lamb with spices and bulgar), these are the dishes you’ll never forget. Burned into your taste memory, Café Munir’s meat on a stick is something to behold (and then immediately devour.)
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3. Lola

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2000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-1430
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This is premium meat on a stick people, served with charred onion, lemon, and ouzo. It’s important to note that one order of kebabs is generally not enough food for one person, so you'll want to get a couple. The best possible way to do kebabs at Lola is to go with a few people you really like and share a bunch of them, or go during happy hour (hh tip: don’t miss the spicy smoked oysters with pickled vegetables). Lamb with caramelized garlic is meaty and exactly what you’re hoping for, but the squid with crushed chili and chermoula is definitely a stand out; your vegetarian friends will love the portobello mushroom kebabs.
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4. Mee Sum Pastry

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1533 Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 682-6780
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Mobile meat on a stick at its best, the BBQ Pork at Mee Sum Pastry is delicious, portable, and only one of the many very tempting meat options at Mee Sum Pastry. Meat on a stick was basically invented to avoid silverware, so go pick one of these bad boys up. Or try the bbq pork bun, an equally mobile and porky dish with a little more carb to it. You could probably put a stick in it, if you want to.
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5. Pho Cyclo Cafe

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406 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 329-9256
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There are a million great Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle, and despite this spot being hit or miss, Pho Cyclo always keeps me coming back. Bun Thit Nuong, charbroiled pork with rice noodles, is my go-to when meat on a stick needs a refresh twist, but there are a variety of skewered options from pineapple marinated grilled shrimp to the Bun Cyclo (which is everything you could ever want on a stick – pork, shrimp, meatball, and a shrimp cake!). Something about the combination of cucumber, carrot, and daikon with fresh herbs and shredded lettuce is just so crave-able on a summer day. Another reason Pho Cyclo is a summer favorite? The street facing façade is made of windows that are open when weather allows, making their space feel airy and light despite its busy Broadway location.
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6. Satay

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1711 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-0597
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Satay brought killer Malaysian street food to Wallingford (does anyone else feel like Wallingford is having a moment?) Their satay is definitely worth writing home about, which is good considering they named the whole restaurant after it. The beef is delightfully tangy with honey, chili flake, and a sweet tamarind glaze. Their chicken satay is all about traditional flavors, lemongrass and a three-spice blend, with their delicious peanut sauce for dipping. It’s worth noting that Satay sells their sauce by the jar; so if you love it, grab one on the way out!
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7. Shanik

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500 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 486-6884
No longer must we travel all the way to Canada for Vij’s famous lamb popsicles, just to South Lake Union. Also a member of Eater's iconic meat list, the spice encrusted lamb popsicles with split pea and spinach mash and coconut curry, now that’s a dish worth trying at least once. Too crazy for you? Shanik also has lamb-beef kebobs. Put a skewer in that, big boy!
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8. Unicorn

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1118 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-6492
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What happens when a Hebrew National hot dog meets classic crunchy-yet-rich corn batter? Magic. True American corn dog magic. Only the standard style corn dog comes on a stick, but if you’ve got a vegetarian friend they can get a veggie dog, so we’ll call it even. And if you just happen to be super stoned (let’s be real: you’re eating a corn dog and it’s legal now) they also have deep-fried Snickers bars with coca cola batter and cola syrup.

1. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
The happy hour at Ba Bar is very worth knowing about if you’re into things on a stick. Their grilled skewers (shitake mushroom, Carlton Farms pork belly, Painted Hills lemongrass beef, or Draper Valley garlic chicken) are two skewers for $5 bucks, which feels like a pretty great deal when they land on the table. They’re all freakin’ delicious, but the lemongrass beef is usually the winner.
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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

2. Cafe Munir

2408 NW 80th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Deep in Ballard there lies a mystical restaurant with meat skewers that leave their customers needing more, always more… Lahem Mishwiyeh (beef marinated with tomato, olives and herbs), Kafta Mishwiyeh (ground lamb with spices and bulgar), these are the dishes you’ll never forget. Burned into your taste memory, Café Munir’s meat on a stick is something to behold (and then immediately devour.)
[Photo Credit]
2408 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117

3. Lola

2000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
This is premium meat on a stick people, served with charred onion, lemon, and ouzo. It’s important to note that one order of kebabs is generally not enough food for one person, so you'll want to get a couple. The best possible way to do kebabs at Lola is to go with a few people you really like and share a bunch of them, or go during happy hour (hh tip: don’t miss the spicy smoked oysters with pickled vegetables). Lamb with caramelized garlic is meaty and exactly what you’re hoping for, but the squid with crushed chili and chermoula is definitely a stand out; your vegetarian friends will love the portobello mushroom kebabs.
[Photo Credit]
2000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

4. Mee Sum Pastry

1533 Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101
Mobile meat on a stick at its best, the BBQ Pork at Mee Sum Pastry is delicious, portable, and only one of the many very tempting meat options at Mee Sum Pastry. Meat on a stick was basically invented to avoid silverware, so go pick one of these bad boys up. Or try the bbq pork bun, an equally mobile and porky dish with a little more carb to it. You could probably put a stick in it, if you want to.
[Photo Credit]
1533 Pike Place Market
Seattle, WA 98101

5. Pho Cyclo Cafe

406 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
There are a million great Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle, and despite this spot being hit or miss, Pho Cyclo always keeps me coming back. Bun Thit Nuong, charbroiled pork with rice noodles, is my go-to when meat on a stick needs a refresh twist, but there are a variety of skewered options from pineapple marinated grilled shrimp to the Bun Cyclo (which is everything you could ever want on a stick – pork, shrimp, meatball, and a shrimp cake!). Something about the combination of cucumber, carrot, and daikon with fresh herbs and shredded lettuce is just so crave-able on a summer day. Another reason Pho Cyclo is a summer favorite? The street facing façade is made of windows that are open when weather allows, making their space feel airy and light despite its busy Broadway location.
[Photo Credit]
406 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

6. Satay

1711 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
Satay brought killer Malaysian street food to Wallingford (does anyone else feel like Wallingford is having a moment?) Their satay is definitely worth writing home about, which is good considering they named the whole restaurant after it. The beef is delightfully tangy with honey, chili flake, and a sweet tamarind glaze. Their chicken satay is all about traditional flavors, lemongrass and a three-spice blend, with their delicious peanut sauce for dipping. It’s worth noting that Satay sells their sauce by the jar; so if you love it, grab one on the way out!
[Photo Credit]
1711 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Shanik

500 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
No longer must we travel all the way to Canada for Vij’s famous lamb popsicles, just to South Lake Union. Also a member of Eater's iconic meat list, the spice encrusted lamb popsicles with split pea and spinach mash and coconut curry, now that’s a dish worth trying at least once. Too crazy for you? Shanik also has lamb-beef kebobs. Put a skewer in that, big boy!
[Photo Credit]
500 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

8. Unicorn

1118 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
What happens when a Hebrew National hot dog meets classic crunchy-yet-rich corn batter? Magic. True American corn dog magic. Only the standard style corn dog comes on a stick, but if you’ve got a vegetarian friend they can get a veggie dog, so we’ll call it even. And if you just happen to be super stoned (let’s be real: you’re eating a corn dog and it’s legal now) they also have deep-fried Snickers bars with coca cola batter and cola syrup.
1118 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

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