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Top Spots to Eat and Drink Along the Burke-Gilman Trail

From Caribbean sandwiches to craft beers, there’s a lot to explore along Seattle’s preeminent pathway for cyclists, runners, skaters, and others seeking to enjoy the scenery

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PIM Coffee and Bikes is a convenient spot on Leary Way to get vehicle service, in addition to drinks and snacks.
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Those looking to stretch out their legs this summer and enjoy the warm weather may want to get on a bike (or put on rollerblades or running shoes) and hit the Burke-Gilman Trail. The paved, 27-mile-long path stretches from Golden Gardens Park in Seattle to Bothell on the north edge of Lake Washington, and there are plenty of worthwhile stops to keep one satiated along the way. Here are some of the top options, listed from west to east, mainly located within a block of the trail.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Un Bien

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6226 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 420-7545
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One of two locations in Ballard, Un Bien’s Shilshole shop sits along the Burke-Gilman Trail’s western terminus. A convenient trail-side bite, the Caribbean sandwiches here are smothered in aioli and packed with banana peppers, pickled jalapenos, garlic tapenade, and caramelized onions on toasted baguettes. Don’t forget about the fire-roasted corn coated in parmesan, paprika, and lime or a side of fluffy jasmine rice and vegetarian black beans.

2. Big Mario's Pizza

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4350 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 466-2595
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Headed east out of Ballard and across Leary Way, bikers have quick access to this popular local mini-chain, which dishes up New York-style pizza, served by the slice and in whole pie form. Known for its divey vibe, Big Mario’s menu is divided equally between meat pies (featuring the Mai Tai with pineapple and Italian ham) and veggie, like the Pear Gorgonzola. For those getting a slice to go, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. next door is not a bad place to camp out for a beer.

3. PIM Coffee and Bikes

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4013 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-2097
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Located near the Ballard/Fremont border, this shop-cafe hybrid offers skilled hands for a variety of bike repairs and fuel for the ride. Cyclists can swing by for an annual tune up, and browse bike parts and accessories while waiting, from festive pedals to functional bags and helmets. There’s also a convenient drive thru window for tea and coffee (made with Ravenna-based Seven beans), as well as pastries, sandwiches, bagels, and other snacks.

4. Cafe Turko

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750 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 284-9954
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One of Fremont’s most popular restaurants, the menu here features terrific mezzes, pita sandwiches, kebabs, and falafel. Located a few blocks from Fremont Brewing (another favorite for those traversing the Burke-Gilman Trail), Café Turko’s rainbow hummus, beyti with eggplant, and pide get consistently high marks. Open for takeout, most of the aforementioned items work well for a lakeside picnic nearby.

5. The Whale Wins

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-9425
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A block from the Burke-Gilman Trail, this mainstay from renowned chef Renee Erickson draws inspiration from southern Europe and England. The larder and cafe plates wood-fired bites daily from its counter, leaning heavily on local vegetables, fish, and pickled treats. The fried duck egg and toast is a brunch standout, and hungry diners should eye the salt roasted half chicken carrot hummus, labneh and medjool date relish for dinner.

6. Pablo y Pablo

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1605 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 973-3505
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Just north of Gas Works Park, the kitchen here uses local masa to create the base for its tacos. They’re then served up with crispy fish, carnitas, braised chicken, and charred broccoli and topped with cojita, cilantro, habanero salsa, and chipotle aioli. A pit stop here should also include an order of queso fundido and shrimp ceviche, both of which pair well with an ice-cold Negra Modelo.

7. Agua Verde Cafe

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1303 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 545-8570
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Along the banks of Portage Bay, the restaurant has a much-sought out covered patio and elevated back deck, which provides expansive views of nearby waters, boats, kayaks, and paddle boarders, as well as the University Bridge. Diners can order tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from the restaurant’s bright orange food truck and pick-up potent margaritas from the walk-up bar.

8. Mr. West

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2685 NE University Village St
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 900-9378
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A sister restaurant to the downtown location and Madrona’s Bottlehouse, this all-day café is easily accessible from the Burke-Gilman. There’s a little bit of everything on the menu, with drinks including coconut cream lattes and cardamom tonics, and snacks such as curried avocado toast and a tuna melt with gouda and Mama Lil’s peppers. Open for takeout, as well as limited onsite seating, including a patio.

9. Burke-Gilman Brewing Company

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3626 NE 45th St STE 102
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 268-0220
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The Burke-Gilman Trail runs directly behind this craft brewery, which made its debut in 2018 as Laurelhurst’s first. Known for its IPAs (including its award-winning imperial hazy), the brewery also offers a stellar rotating lineup of European beers, including a crisp, malty altbier, a Czech dark lager, and an imperial stout cask-conditioned with oak and vanilla. The brewery has loaner bike locks for forgetful folks, and cyclists get a buck off their first beer on Sundays.

10. Cairn Brewing

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7204 NE 175th St bldg a
Kenmore, WA 98028
(425) 949-5295
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Those looking for a cold one on the north end should seek out this spot along Kenmore’s Brewery Row, a short jaunt from the trail with plenty of bike parking. The brewery is family- and pup-friendly, and it also doubled the size of its beer garden during COVID, so there’s plenty of room to stretch out with a farmhouse saison or Northwest IPA under the massive shade trees.

1. Un Bien

6226 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

One of two locations in Ballard, Un Bien’s Shilshole shop sits along the Burke-Gilman Trail’s western terminus. A convenient trail-side bite, the Caribbean sandwiches here are smothered in aioli and packed with banana peppers, pickled jalapenos, garlic tapenade, and caramelized onions on toasted baguettes. Don’t forget about the fire-roasted corn coated in parmesan, paprika, and lime or a side of fluffy jasmine rice and vegetarian black beans.

6226 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Big Mario's Pizza

4350 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Headed east out of Ballard and across Leary Way, bikers have quick access to this popular local mini-chain, which dishes up New York-style pizza, served by the slice and in whole pie form. Known for its divey vibe, Big Mario’s menu is divided equally between meat pies (featuring the Mai Tai with pineapple and Italian ham) and veggie, like the Pear Gorgonzola. For those getting a slice to go, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. next door is not a bad place to camp out for a beer.

4350 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

3. PIM Coffee and Bikes

4013 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Located near the Ballard/Fremont border, this shop-cafe hybrid offers skilled hands for a variety of bike repairs and fuel for the ride. Cyclists can swing by for an annual tune up, and browse bike parts and accessories while waiting, from festive pedals to functional bags and helmets. There’s also a convenient drive thru window for tea and coffee (made with Ravenna-based Seven beans), as well as pastries, sandwiches, bagels, and other snacks.

4013 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Cafe Turko

750 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

One of Fremont’s most popular restaurants, the menu here features terrific mezzes, pita sandwiches, kebabs, and falafel. Located a few blocks from Fremont Brewing (another favorite for those traversing the Burke-Gilman Trail), Café Turko’s rainbow hummus, beyti with eggplant, and pide get consistently high marks. Open for takeout, most of the aforementioned items work well for a lakeside picnic nearby.

750 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

5. The Whale Wins

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

A block from the Burke-Gilman Trail, this mainstay from renowned chef Renee Erickson draws inspiration from southern Europe and England. The larder and cafe plates wood-fired bites daily from its counter, leaning heavily on local vegetables, fish, and pickled treats. The fried duck egg and toast is a brunch standout, and hungry diners should eye the salt roasted half chicken carrot hummus, labneh and medjool date relish for dinner.

3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Pablo y Pablo

1605 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Just north of Gas Works Park, the kitchen here uses local masa to create the base for its tacos. They’re then served up with crispy fish, carnitas, braised chicken, and charred broccoli and topped with cojita, cilantro, habanero salsa, and chipotle aioli. A pit stop here should also include an order of queso fundido and shrimp ceviche, both of which pair well with an ice-cold Negra Modelo.

1605 N 34th St
Seattle, WA 98103

7. Agua Verde Cafe

1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105

Along the banks of Portage Bay, the restaurant has a much-sought out covered patio and elevated back deck, which provides expansive views of nearby waters, boats, kayaks, and paddle boarders, as well as the University Bridge. Diners can order tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from the restaurant’s bright orange food truck and pick-up potent margaritas from the walk-up bar.

1303 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105

8. Mr. West

2685 NE University Village St, Seattle, WA 98105

A sister restaurant to the downtown location and Madrona’s Bottlehouse, this all-day café is easily accessible from the Burke-Gilman. There’s a little bit of everything on the menu, with drinks including coconut cream lattes and cardamom tonics, and snacks such as curried avocado toast and a tuna melt with gouda and Mama Lil’s peppers. Open for takeout, as well as limited onsite seating, including a patio.

2685 NE University Village St
Seattle, WA 98105

9. Burke-Gilman Brewing Company

3626 NE 45th St STE 102, Seattle, WA 98105

The Burke-Gilman Trail runs directly behind this craft brewery, which made its debut in 2018 as Laurelhurst’s first. Known for its IPAs (including its award-winning imperial hazy), the brewery also offers a stellar rotating lineup of European beers, including a crisp, malty altbier, a Czech dark lager, and an imperial stout cask-conditioned with oak and vanilla. The brewery has loaner bike locks for forgetful folks, and cyclists get a buck off their first beer on Sundays.

3626 NE 45th St STE 102
Seattle, WA 98105

10. Cairn Brewing

7204 NE 175th St bldg a, Kenmore, WA 98028

Those looking for a cold one on the north end should seek out this spot along Kenmore’s Brewery Row, a short jaunt from the trail with plenty of bike parking. The brewery is family- and pup-friendly, and it also doubled the size of its beer garden during COVID, so there’s plenty of room to stretch out with a farmhouse saison or Northwest IPA under the massive shade trees.

7204 NE 175th St bldg a
Kenmore, WA 98028

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