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Readers Vote: 16 of Seattle's Best Cheap Eats

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In the last installment of Fridays Open Threads, readers suggested their favorite low budget eats in Seattle. While happy hours, burgers and pizza slices are never discouraged, this list leans more towards cheap eats you may not have considered to replace your drive-in and walk-up window encounters — and that you may want to keep in your mental vault for the next time you want to dine and not necessarily dash.

Here, in alphabetical order, is a reader-generated map of the 16 best budget bites as determined by Eater readers. If you have a suggestion that's not on this list, leave it in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 663 Bistro

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663 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 667-8760
"Sui Gow noodle soup at 663 Bistro. Great broth and better dumplings IMO than Mike's (Noodle House). About $5.50. Add another buck for your choice of BBQ pork, chicken, duck or side-pork."
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2. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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"Congee with pork belly and Chinese donut and soft-boiled egg at Ba Bar for $8."
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3. Bánh Mì Unwrapped

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4725 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
"Banh Mi Unwrapped seems to be one of the more undiscovered spots that does a great job of providing staple Vietnamese sandwich items (grilled pork banh mi) along with others that provide some added flair (lemongrass fish banh mi), while all being $5 and under to boot."
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4. Café Presse

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1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674
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"Sandwich en baguette with grilled sardine for $6 at Cafe Presse."
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5. Easy Street Records & Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW # 200
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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"The 'Little Richard' at Easy Street Records in West Seattle. Two eggs, 2 bacon, hash browns and toast for $4.25."
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6. Facing East

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1075 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 688-2986
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"Although Facing East has no need for new fans, as throngs of people wait daily for a seat during peak lunch and dinner hours, the value of some of their dishes is hard to beat, for example, their Spiced Pork Stew Over Rice $3.25 (small) $4.95 (large)."
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7. Il Corvo

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217 James St.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 387-3556
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"Probably the best pasta in Seattle. The specials rotate daily, but whatever you order will be the best thing you've eaten for around $7."
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8. Kedai Makan

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1510 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122
"Kedai Makan's Ngow Lam Fan: a filling mix of noodles with stewed beef, five spice, beef ball, peanuts, picked mustard greens and some other yummy things for around $8."
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9. Loretta's Northwesterner

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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649
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"The $13 Tavern Steak with fries or baked potato at Loretta's."
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10. Maneki

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304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-2631
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"The absolute king of 'how the hell is this so cheap' in Seattle is the miso-glazed black cod collar at Maneki. $7.50 for what would be easily twice that at almost any other restaurant."
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11. Maritime Pacific Brewing Co

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1111 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-6181
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"The Lil' Mahi slider combo at Maritime is one my favorite cheap meals for about $8."
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12. Mr. Gyros

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8411 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-7472
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"Mr. Gyros has a lot of plates for under $10. I particularly like the Gyro Plate, which comes with hummus, rice, Greek salad and pita for $8.99. And the lamb gyro is insanely good and only around $5.
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13. The Monkey Bridge

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1723 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-6048
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"The $6 Bahn Mi (not the least expensive but better than any $3) at Monkey Bridge in Ballard. Served with a cup of roasted garlic, cilantro chicken congee. The Vietnamese ham and egg is my fave. What isn't better with a warm egg in it?"
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14. Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe

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1926 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 443-1926
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"The Downtown Duck sandwich at Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe: five-flavor duck breast slices, Sriracha aioli, Asian slaw and ginger-mango vinaigrette on brioche for $8.99"
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15. Piroshky Piroshky

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1908 Pike Pl.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-6068
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"The smoked salmon pate piroshky at Piroshky Piroshky for less than $5."
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16. Shawarma King

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5004 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 529-3223
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"The Chicken Shawarma at Shawarma King. The meat is marinated in Egyptian Spices, grilled as you order, and comes topped with garlic sauce, onions, tomatoes, pickles, parsley and tehini sauce for less than $6."
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1. 663 Bistro

663 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
"Sui Gow noodle soup at 663 Bistro. Great broth and better dumplings IMO than Mike's (Noodle House). About $5.50. Add another buck for your choice of BBQ pork, chicken, duck or side-pork."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
663 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104

2. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
"Congee with pork belly and Chinese donut and soft-boiled egg at Ba Bar for $8."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

3. Bánh Mì Unwrapped

4725 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
"Banh Mi Unwrapped seems to be one of the more undiscovered spots that does a great job of providing staple Vietnamese sandwich items (grilled pork banh mi) along with others that provide some added flair (lemongrass fish banh mi), while all being $5 and under to boot."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
4725 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Café Presse

1117 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122
"Sandwich en baguette with grilled sardine for $6 at Cafe Presse."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Easy Street Records & Cafe

4559 California Ave SW # 200, Seattle, WA 98116
"The 'Little Richard' at Easy Street Records in West Seattle. Two eggs, 2 bacon, hash browns and toast for $4.25."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
4559 California Ave SW # 200
Seattle, WA 98116

6. Facing East

1075 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
"Although Facing East has no need for new fans, as throngs of people wait daily for a seat during peak lunch and dinner hours, the value of some of their dishes is hard to beat, for example, their Spiced Pork Stew Over Rice $3.25 (small) $4.95 (large)."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1075 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

7. Il Corvo

217 James St., Seattle, WA 98104
"Probably the best pasta in Seattle. The specials rotate daily, but whatever you order will be the best thing you've eaten for around $7."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
217 James St.
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Kedai Makan

1510 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
"Kedai Makan's Ngow Lam Fan: a filling mix of noodles with stewed beef, five spice, beef ball, peanuts, picked mustard greens and some other yummy things for around $8."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1510 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
"The $13 Tavern Steak with fries or baked potato at Loretta's."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

10. Maneki

304 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
"The absolute king of 'how the hell is this so cheap' in Seattle is the miso-glazed black cod collar at Maneki. $7.50 for what would be easily twice that at almost any other restaurant."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. Maritime Pacific Brewing Co

1111 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107
"The Lil' Mahi slider combo at Maritime is one my favorite cheap meals for about $8."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1111 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107

12. Mr. Gyros

8411 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103
"Mr. Gyros has a lot of plates for under $10. I particularly like the Gyro Plate, which comes with hummus, rice, Greek salad and pita for $8.99. And the lamb gyro is insanely good and only around $5.
[Photo: Photo Credit]
8411 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103

13. The Monkey Bridge

1723 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
"The $6 Bahn Mi (not the least expensive but better than any $3) at Monkey Bridge in Ballard. Served with a cup of roasted garlic, cilantro chicken congee. The Vietnamese ham and egg is my fave. What isn't better with a warm egg in it?"
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1723 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

14. Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe

1926 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101
"The Downtown Duck sandwich at Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe: five-flavor duck breast slices, Sriracha aioli, Asian slaw and ginger-mango vinaigrette on brioche for $8.99"
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1926 Pike Pl
Seattle, WA 98101

15. Piroshky Piroshky

1908 Pike Pl., Seattle, WA 98101
"The smoked salmon pate piroshky at Piroshky Piroshky for less than $5."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
1908 Pike Pl.
Seattle, WA 98101

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16. Shawarma King

5004 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
"The Chicken Shawarma at Shawarma King. The meat is marinated in Egyptian Spices, grilled as you order, and comes topped with garlic sauce, onions, tomatoes, pickles, parsley and tehini sauce for less than $6."
[Photo: Photo Credit]
5004 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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