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Where to Eat (and Drink) on Record Store Day

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This Saturday is Record Store Day, the day when you go out to buy those $1 gems or new albums that drop specifically on the annual holiday. Cherish new finds by sitting down with friends at a nearby restaurant and unwrapping your sonic treasures. Or have a little snack to store up energy for the hours of stack searching ahead.

Eater has a map of restaurants around Easy Street in West Seattle, Sonic Boom in Ballard, and Everyday Music in Capitol Hill where you can go to dine, drink, and dish about your new discs and tapes.
—Jake Uitti

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Easy Street Records & Cafe

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Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Easy Street makes it, well, easy for you to eat with their in-store café where you can opt for omelets (like the Woody Gutherie or Hank Williams,) New Wave O’s Rancheros, the Dolly Parton (pancake) stack, and many more breakfast favorites. For lunch, choose from a slew of salads, sandwiches, and burgers. The cafe is open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

[Photo: Easy Street/Facebook]

Heartland Cafe

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Heartland Café offers biscuits and gravy for the rich-toothed and field roast omelets or even, yes, oatmeal for the health-conscious. Heartland’s menu includes copious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a welcome home for happy hour lovers from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

[Photo: Heartland Cafe/Facebook]

Marination Ma Kai

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Try breakfast sliders in the morning, Kalbi beef or miso ginger chicken tacos for lunch, or kimchi fried rice for dinner, all while reclining on Adirondack chairs with a beautiful view of the water. The restaurant made famous by its food truck offers friendly service and a place to have a beer (starting at 9 a.m. on weekends.) Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

[Photo: Marination/Facebook]

Prost - West Seattle

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Prost! in West Seattle is a best bet for late-night record shoppers. Sip a cold German beer, er, bier, while you wait for your order of a bavarian brezel (translation: pretzel,) landjaeger mit brot (German smoked sausage with rye bread,) or gurken salat (cucumber salad tossed in a fresh dill and chive dressing). Also, an array of pilsners and wheat beers. Open 1 p.m.–2 a.m.

[Photo: Prost! Facebook]

Sonic Boom Records

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Record Store Day hours: 10 a.m.—10 p.m.

[Photo: Sonic Boom]

The Monkey Bridge

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Monkey Bridge Vietnamese Cuisine is one of the best-kept secrets in the burgeoning Ballard neighborhood. With flavors that pop on your palate, this corner shop offers giant bowls of pho, along with their delicate clay pot peppercorn pork or tofu platters and melt-in-your mouth spring rolls. Open 10:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

[Photo: Michael J./Yelp]

Señor Moose Cafe

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For the love of maiz, try the Esquites at this quaint Mexican restaurant. Servers bring you the plate–perfect for a breakfast starter–with the epazote with cream just beginning to melt atop corn sliced off the cob. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

[Photo: Senor Moose/Facebook]

Skillet Diner

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With its big, bright windows and comfy decor, this Josh Henderson spot brings you the best in the classy-yet-classic Americana fare. With its now-famous chicken and waffle plate, Skillet has a great number of options: a kale caesar salad, cheddar and American grilled cheese sandwich, and veggie burger made with seasonal veggies, farro, local mushrooms, and parmesan. Don’t let all the plaid shirts distract you, everyone’s welcome! Open 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

[Photo: S. Pratt]

Everyday Music

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Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m.—11 p.m.

[Photo: Wendy S/.Yelp]

Plum Bistro

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Now for a restaurant that specializes in all things vegetarian. Plum is known for its Mac and Yease, a melty vegan option that you can devour on your own, or share a few forkfuls with friends. Additionally there's a pesto crepe with ricotta, pear and arugula for lunch, and cardamom and grapefruit grilled tofu. While the entrees aren’t cheap, the meals are fabulous and won’t leave you feeling heavy as you carry home bags of new tunes. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

[Photo: Plum/Facebook]

Spinasse

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This one’s just for the dinner crowd–and get there early or make a reservation–but Spinasse on 14th Ave. has quite possibly the best pasta dish in Seattle. The restaurant’s Tajarin Al Ragu O Burro E Salvia (or, fine hand cut egg pasta with ragu or butter and sage) is worth the trip from any Seattle neighborhood—or any U.S. neighborhood, for that matter. The pasta, which you can watch being made in the kitchen from a counter seat, will make your eyes look toward the heavens and your tongue lay in your mouth like a satisfied lover. Open 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

[Photo: Spinasse/Facebook]

The Wandering Goose

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Okay, let’s get back to basics: brunch and biscuits. The Wandering Goose offers some of the best biscuit dishes in town: generously topped with fried chicken, or adorned with peanut butter and banana. This 15th Ave. spot is the perfect place to prepare for a long shopping day. Plus, TWG has giant, super-moist pieces of birthday-style cake and tasty espresso. Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

[Photo: The Wandering Goose/Facebook]

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Easy Street Records & Cafe

Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Easy Street makes it, well, easy for you to eat with their in-store café where you can opt for omelets (like the Woody Gutherie or Hank Williams,) New Wave O’s Rancheros, the Dolly Parton (pancake) stack, and many more breakfast favorites. For lunch, choose from a slew of salads, sandwiches, and burgers. The cafe is open from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

[Photo: Easy Street/Facebook]

Heartland Cafe

Heartland Café offers biscuits and gravy for the rich-toothed and field roast omelets or even, yes, oatmeal for the health-conscious. Heartland’s menu includes copious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a welcome home for happy hour lovers from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Open 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

[Photo: Heartland Cafe/Facebook]

Marination Ma Kai

Try breakfast sliders in the morning, Kalbi beef or miso ginger chicken tacos for lunch, or kimchi fried rice for dinner, all while reclining on Adirondack chairs with a beautiful view of the water. The restaurant made famous by its food truck offers friendly service and a place to have a beer (starting at 9 a.m. on weekends.) Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

[Photo: Marination/Facebook]

Prost - West Seattle

Prost! in West Seattle is a best bet for late-night record shoppers. Sip a cold German beer, er, bier, while you wait for your order of a bavarian brezel (translation: pretzel,) landjaeger mit brot (German smoked sausage with rye bread,) or gurken salat (cucumber salad tossed in a fresh dill and chive dressing). Also, an array of pilsners and wheat beers. Open 1 p.m.–2 a.m.

[Photo: Prost! Facebook]

Sonic Boom Records

Record Store Day hours: 10 a.m.—10 p.m.

[Photo: Sonic Boom]

The Monkey Bridge

Monkey Bridge Vietnamese Cuisine is one of the best-kept secrets in the burgeoning Ballard neighborhood. With flavors that pop on your palate, this corner shop offers giant bowls of pho, along with their delicate clay pot peppercorn pork or tofu platters and melt-in-your mouth spring rolls. Open 10:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

[Photo: Michael J./Yelp]

Señor Moose Cafe

For the love of maiz, try the Esquites at this quaint Mexican restaurant. Servers bring you the plate–perfect for a breakfast starter–with the epazote with cream just beginning to melt atop corn sliced off the cob. Open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

[Photo: Senor Moose/Facebook]

Skillet Diner

With its big, bright windows and comfy decor, this Josh Henderson spot brings you the best in the classy-yet-classic Americana fare. With its now-famous chicken and waffle plate, Skillet has a great number of options: a kale caesar salad, cheddar and American grilled cheese sandwich, and veggie burger made with seasonal veggies, farro, local mushrooms, and parmesan. Don’t let all the plaid shirts distract you, everyone’s welcome! Open 8 a.m.–11 p.m.

[Photo: S. Pratt]

Everyday Music

Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m.—11 p.m.

[Photo: Wendy S/.Yelp]

Plum Bistro

Now for a restaurant that specializes in all things vegetarian. Plum is known for its Mac and Yease, a melty vegan option that you can devour on your own, or share a few forkfuls with friends. Additionally there's a pesto crepe with ricotta, pear and arugula for lunch, and cardamom and grapefruit grilled tofu. While the entrees aren’t cheap, the meals are fabulous and won’t leave you feeling heavy as you carry home bags of new tunes. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

[Photo: Plum/Facebook]

Spinasse

This one’s just for the dinner crowd–and get there early or make a reservation–but Spinasse on 14th Ave. has quite possibly the best pasta dish in Seattle. The restaurant’s Tajarin Al Ragu O Burro E Salvia (or, fine hand cut egg pasta with ragu or butter and sage) is worth the trip from any Seattle neighborhood—or any U.S. neighborhood, for that matter. The pasta, which you can watch being made in the kitchen from a counter seat, will make your eyes look toward the heavens and your tongue lay in your mouth like a satisfied lover. Open 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

[Photo: Spinasse/Facebook]

The Wandering Goose

Okay, let’s get back to basics: brunch and biscuits. The Wandering Goose offers some of the best biscuit dishes in town: generously topped with fried chicken, or adorned with peanut butter and banana. This 15th Ave. spot is the perfect place to prepare for a long shopping day. Plus, TWG has giant, super-moist pieces of birthday-style cake and tasty espresso. Open 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

[Photo: The Wandering Goose/Facebook]

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