There's a welcome influx of cool new venues in the oldest part of the city, joining some old-fashioned classics. It's a winning culinary combo!
Friendly espresso spot in Pioneer Square, this chill space draws a mix of regulars, tourists and sports fans looking to get their coffee fix. No prob if you wanna hang and use the free WiFi.
No soup for you! Some customers joke that this place is run by a staff that's a lot like the Soup Nazi. Not so. The classic sandwiches are worth lining up for.
Love the coffee drinks at this Euro-style spot, and that adore goes double for the gelato. Grab a seat in the courtyard for some prime people watching.
Sure, there are lines. So what? No matter what you order when you get inside, it's going to be worth the wait. All-time faves include the meatball sandwich, the daily pasta, the incredibly satisfying soups and the hot meat plate with a little bit of everything. Help yourself to a glass of wine on the table and pay for it on the way out. During the holiday season, do not miss the rum cake!
Yes, the place is slam-packed at lunch. But be patient. Stand in line and you'll be rewarded with the best damn pasta in Seattle, made by hand -- and now, also in an antique pasta cranking machine -- by chef Mike Easton. The labor of love is served with assertively seasoned sauces that rotate from week to week, season to season. There are usually three specials on the board. Get one of each. I'm dead serious. Otherwise, you're going to be stricken with a case of entree envy while looking at your neighbor's plate. Also, the pickled celery on top of the plate of prosciutto? Brilliant!
The case is filled with the beautifully butchered meat customers clamor for at the original Melrose location, but this sizzling hot spot also offers a wide variety of sandwiches and entrees to go or to enjoy at the handful of tables. Score!