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Twelve Iconic Seattle Meat Dishes to Try Before You Die

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Every now and then, you come across a dish that is the stuff of food legend. It's a dish that makes you wax poetic, speaking of your meal in hushed tones long after it's been fully digested. Here we map twelve of Seattle's iconic meat dishes, those wondrous protein-packed plates that have become something to celebrate.
—Megan Hill

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3313
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Filet Mignon at Canlis: Canlis has been preparing an excellent filet mignon for a long time, and it’s still something to be celebrated. The dainty cut is complemented with Yukon gold potatoes, caramelized onions, and shiitake mushrooms.

2. Dahlia Lounge

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2001 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 682-4142
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Five-Spice Duck at Dahlia Lounge: The generous portions of rotisserie-cooked duck – with crisped skin and tender meat – are legendary in their own right. The five-spice sauce, though, with its blend of zest and sweetness, helps elevate this dish into the stratosphere.
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3. Dick's Drive-In

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111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-5125
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Burgers at Dick’s Drive-In: For little more than your leftover bus money, Dick’s will instantly produce a burger that was already legendary before Macklemore immortalized the chain in his White Walls music video. The classic, no-frills burger with 1/8 pound grilled patty tastes best after a night of drinking.
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4. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1075
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Fried Chicken at Ma’ono: This West Seattle restaurant serves glorious piles of crispy fried chicken that have rightfully earned a place among the best fried chicken establishments in the city. The Mount Vernon-sourced chicken is served Hawaiian style – just greasy enough, with sides of kimchee, rice, and flavor-packed chile sauce.
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5. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
Pork Katsu Sandwich at Marination Ma Kai: A Macrina ciabatta roll cups this delightfully messy breaded pork katsu, topped with coleslaw and thick, complex tonkatsu sauce.

6. Metropolitan Grill

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820 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-3287
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The Prime Porterhouse at Metropolitan Grill: Sourced from Washington State's Double R Ranch, Met Grill's classic porterhouse is packed with flavor and served in one of the most classic dining rooms in the city.
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7. Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

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4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-7440
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Caribbean Roast at Paseo: You might have to wait in line 45 minutes and eat your sandwich on the sidewalk, but Paseo’s best-selling Caribbean Roast is worth the effort. Slow-roasted pork shoulder is made even more magical with the house marinade, aioli, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, and caramelized onion.
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8. Quinn's Pub

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1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7711
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Wild Boar Sloppy Joe at Quinn’s Pub: This twist on a classic sloppy joe is crammed with juicy boar, topped with slender fried onions and sage leaves, and made deliciously messy with a gooey duck egg.
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9. Roux

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4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Fried Rabbit Saddle at Roux: The dish sits unassumingly on the “small plates” section of the menu, but it’s become a fast favorite. Two pieces of lightly breaded rabbit sit atop lemony potato salad for a simple dish that you should probably order two of.
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10. Shanik

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500 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 486-6884
Lamb Popsicle at Shanik: Shanik’s widely-heralded arrival in Seattle has lived up to the hype, especially when it comes to the famous lamb popsicles. Perfectly-cooked lamb is encrusted in a beautiful array of spices, all of which sits atop a mash of split peas and spinach and a coconut curry.
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11. Skillet Diner

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1400 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 420-7297
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Bacon Jam at Skillet Diner: This sweet, smoky, and wonderfully fatty condiment quadruples the deliciousness of any dish it graces, from the Skillet burger to a skillet of mac and cheese.
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12. The Swinery

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3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 932-4211
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Swinery Spectacularrr at The Swinery: Locally-sourced meat features on this enormous sandwich that combines pulled pork, sliced ham, and crispy pork belly on Macrina’s lovely brioche bun.
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1. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Filet Mignon at Canlis: Canlis has been preparing an excellent filet mignon for a long time, and it’s still something to be celebrated. The dainty cut is complemented with Yukon gold potatoes, caramelized onions, and shiitake mushrooms.
2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

2. Dahlia Lounge

2001 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Five-Spice Duck at Dahlia Lounge: The generous portions of rotisserie-cooked duck – with crisped skin and tender meat – are legendary in their own right. The five-spice sauce, though, with its blend of zest and sweetness, helps elevate this dish into the stratosphere.
[Photo Credit]
2001 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

3. Dick's Drive-In

111 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105
Burgers at Dick’s Drive-In: For little more than your leftover bus money, Dick’s will instantly produce a burger that was already legendary before Macklemore immortalized the chain in his White Walls music video. The classic, no-frills burger with 1/8 pound grilled patty tastes best after a night of drinking.
[Photo Credit]
111 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

4437 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Fried Chicken at Ma’ono: This West Seattle restaurant serves glorious piles of crispy fried chicken that have rightfully earned a place among the best fried chicken establishments in the city. The Mount Vernon-sourced chicken is served Hawaiian style – just greasy enough, with sides of kimchee, rice, and flavor-packed chile sauce.
[Photo Credit]
4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98127
Pork Katsu Sandwich at Marination Ma Kai: A Macrina ciabatta roll cups this delightfully messy breaded pork katsu, topped with coleslaw and thick, complex tonkatsu sauce.
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

6. Metropolitan Grill

820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
The Prime Porterhouse at Metropolitan Grill: Sourced from Washington State's Double R Ranch, Met Grill's classic porterhouse is packed with flavor and served in one of the most classic dining rooms in the city.
[Photo Credit]
820 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Caribbean Roast at Paseo: You might have to wait in line 45 minutes and eat your sandwich on the sidewalk, but Paseo’s best-selling Caribbean Roast is worth the effort. Slow-roasted pork shoulder is made even more magical with the house marinade, aioli, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, and caramelized onion.
[Photo Credit]
4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Quinn's Pub

1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
Wild Boar Sloppy Joe at Quinn’s Pub: This twist on a classic sloppy joe is crammed with juicy boar, topped with slender fried onions and sage leaves, and made deliciously messy with a gooey duck egg.
[Photo Credit]
1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Roux

4201 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Fried Rabbit Saddle at Roux: The dish sits unassumingly on the “small plates” section of the menu, but it’s become a fast favorite. Two pieces of lightly breaded rabbit sit atop lemony potato salad for a simple dish that you should probably order two of.
[Photo Credit]
4201 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

10. Shanik

500 Terry Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Lamb Popsicle at Shanik: Shanik’s widely-heralded arrival in Seattle has lived up to the hype, especially when it comes to the famous lamb popsicles. Perfectly-cooked lamb is encrusted in a beautiful array of spices, all of which sits atop a mash of split peas and spinach and a coconut curry.
[Photo Credit]
500 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

11. Skillet Diner

1400 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
Bacon Jam at Skillet Diner: This sweet, smoky, and wonderfully fatty condiment quadruples the deliciousness of any dish it graces, from the Skillet burger to a skillet of mac and cheese.
[Photo Credit]
1400 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

12. The Swinery

3207 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Swinery Spectacularrr at The Swinery: Locally-sourced meat features on this enormous sandwich that combines pulled pork, sliced ham, and crispy pork belly on Macrina’s lovely brioche bun.
[Photo Credit]
3207 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

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