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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.

1. Easy Street Records & Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW, #200
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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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]

2. Heartland Cafe

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4210 SW Admiral Way
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 922-3313
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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]

3. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
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]

4. Prost - West Seattle

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3407 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 420-7174
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]

5. Sonic Boom Records

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2209 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-2666
Record Store Day hours: 10 a.m.—10 p.m.
[Photo: Sonic Boom]

6. The Monkey Bridge

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1723 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-6048
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]

7. Señor Moose Cafe

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5242 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-5568
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]

8. Skillet Diner

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2034 NW 56th St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 922-7981
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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]

9. Everyday Music

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1520 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 568-3321
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Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m.—11 p.m.
[Photo: Wendy S/.Yelp]

10. Plum Bistro

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1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 838-5333
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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]

11. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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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]

12. The Wandering Goose

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403 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-9938
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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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1. Easy Street Records & Cafe

4559 California Ave SW, #200, Seattle, WA 98116
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]
4559 California Ave SW, #200
Seattle, WA 98116

2. Heartland Cafe

4210 SW Admiral Way, Seattle, WA 98116
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]
4210 SW Admiral Way
Seattle, WA 98116

3. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98127
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]
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

4. Prost - West Seattle

3407 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
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]
3407 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Sonic Boom Records

2209 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Record Store Day hours: 10 a.m.—10 p.m.
[Photo: Sonic Boom]
2209 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

6. The Monkey Bridge

1723 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
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]
1723 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

7. Señor Moose Cafe

5242 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
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]
5242 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

8. Skillet Diner

2034 NW 56th St, Seattle, WA 98107
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]
2034 NW 56th St
Seattle, WA 98107

9. Everyday Music

1520 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Record Store Day hours: 9 a.m.—11 p.m.
[Photo: Wendy S/.Yelp]
1520 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Plum Bistro

1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
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]
1429 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
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]
1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. The Wandering Goose

403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
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]
403 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

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