The Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle is well known for its culinary prowess. While other corners of town boast wonderful collections of restaurants, and rightfully so in most cases, no other part of Seattle matches the eclecticism of the Wallingford food scene. In the space, a few square miles you can truly find something for everyone; every taste preference, dietary restriction, or hope for adventure can find its equal in Wallingford. If you’re hunting for apartments in Seattle and access to top-notch eats is a major priority, then a Wallingford apartment at Smith and Burns has your name written all over it. Here are a few of our favorite spots to grab a bite or a tasty treat:
Three semi-recent additions to the Wallingford neighborhood that are generating some buzz…
Having only opened less than two months ago in the same storefront that used to house the neighborhood’s beloved erotic bakery, the 45th Stop N Shop & Poke Bar already has more favorable yelp reviews than some of the veteran neighborhood stops. We know what you’re thinking: “Really? A poke bar in a convenience store?” Yes, it’s not too good to be true. The hype is real. Tucked in the back of the shop, behind shelves of typical quick-mart items, is a poke and sushi counter that has already been hailed one of the best in the city by the Seattle times.
Born out of the ashes of it’s predecessor Sutra, a beloved vegan/vegetarian establishment that was forced to shutter when it’s building was sold, Harvest Beat is committed to the same vision; wholesome plant-based fare and fostering a sense of community through outreach and giving back to the neighbors. Because their menu is seasonally based they serve a prix-fixe menu to reduce waste and to curate an upscale culinary experience for vegans and vegetarians, which can be hard to find.
New to Wallingford, but not entirely brand new to Seattle, Pam’s Kitchen first garnered some buzz a few years ago when her traditional Trinidadian cuisine was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diner’s, Drive-in’s, and Dive’s. Funny, because Pam’s Kitchen transcends all three of those labels by offering fantastic Caribbean food in a comfortable casual setting. Pam’s original U-district location opened around ten years ago following the success of her booth at the weekly farmer’s market. Her amazing story continues at the new Wallingford location where, if you haven’t before, you can get a true sense of the kind of wonderful food found in Trinidad.
Now, three neighborhood staples that keep the locals coming back for more.
A quick internet search of Kate’s Pub will reveal that it widely hailed as the best Happy Hour in all of Seattle. With half-off all food and beer and wells at $3 from 4-8pm, 7 days a week, you’re sure to become a regular after your first visit. With portraits of famous Kates lining the walls, this cozy spot offers the typical pub decor. There’s a pool table, darts, weekly karaoke, a cast of clever characters manning the bar, and pub style food that’s typical in its menu listings but atypical in its extraordinary quality. Trust us; one stop in and this decades old Wallingford classic is sure to become your most cherished spot.
One of the most well-reviewed eateries in the area, and often cited as one of best in all of Seattle, Musashi’s offers traditional sushi and Japanese fare in an old-school sushi bar setting. Most frequenters of Musashi’s come for its value, consistency, and efficiency. Because this restaurant is so insanely popular, the staff have mastered the art of a speedy, yet well-attended turnover rate. If you’re in the mood for traditional sushi that’s sure to satisfy without breaking the bank
How could we possibly do a Wallingford food blog and fail to mention Dick’s Drive-in!? Not only is Dick’s a Seattle classic, it’s literally a part of neighborhood history. The very first Dick’s drive-in opened in 1953 on 45th avenue, right where the Wallingford location still stands. Offering classically crafted burgers, fries, and shakes, Dick’s is sure to become one of your weekly guilty pleasures. One bite of a Dick’s Deluxe will transport you back into the 50’s.
Now, three unique spots that help give Wallingford it’s special character.
Established in 2009, The Fainting Goat represents the combination of a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream (gelato) with an artisanal care and approach. Sure, a quick internet search for ice cream in Wallingford will likely bring you to Molly Moon’s. But remember, the biggest ain’t always the best, and this cannot be more true in the case of the Fainting Goat. All of their Gelato is handcrafted daily for maximum freshness and quality and they offer outrageous, and hard to find, flavors like Honey Rose, Turkish Hazelnut, and Toasted Almond. If you’re after a frozen treat in Wallingford, skip the lines at Molly Moon’s and go for the healthier, more carefully crafted Fainting Goat.
Another Triple-D entry for Guy Fieri, and a neighborhood classic, the Bizzarro Italian Cafe was established in 1986. Since then, it has come to perfectly embody all of the kookiness and eccentricity that is Wallingford. In its early days, the Bizzarro gained notoriety for their first waitress who would burst into extemporaneous operatic improvisations about the guests, the food, and the restaurant as a whole. These days you may not be treated to the same theatrics, but you will get some seasonal upscale Italian eats, combined with a uniquely characteristic decor.
If you’re new to Seattle, you may not have heard of Ethan Stowell. But if you’re not, then you know Stowell is one of Seattle’s premier restaurateurs and you probably know that his new restaurant, MKT, in the tangletown section of Wallingford is probably worth a visit. And you’re right! A simple, straightforward take on Modern American cuisine, with a focus on Northwest fare, makes MKT a go-to if you’re after a bit of a fancier meal.
We’ve covered a few of Wallingford’s hotspots; from the new to the old, the expensive to the cheap, the refined to the casual. And we’re barely scratching the surface! The truth is that there’s so much that this corner of town has to offer and we want you to be able to experience it all for yourself. If you’re after an apartment in Seattle, and amazing food is high on your list of priorities, then a Wallingford apartment at Smith and Burns will certainly hit the spot. We’ve got a number of different floor plans to suit any lifestyle, but more than that, we’ve got the Wallingford neighborhood as our backyard.