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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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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.

Dahlia Lounge

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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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Dick's Drive-In

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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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Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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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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Marination Ma Kai

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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.

Metropolitan Grill

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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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Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

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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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Quinn's Pub

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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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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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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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Skillet Diner

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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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The Swinery

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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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Canlis

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.

Dahlia Lounge

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]

Dick's Drive-In

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]

Ma’ono Fried Chicken & Whisky

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]

Marination Ma Kai

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.

Metropolitan Grill

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]

Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

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]

Quinn's Pub

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]

Roux

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]

Shanik

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]

Skillet Diner

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]

The Swinery

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]

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