Potlatch 19: March 5-7, 2010

Potlatch Restaurant Guide 2010

Edited by the Committee

This is a guide to University District restaurants, dives, eateries, coffee shops, and greasy spoons -- and, incidentally, some bookstores, pharmacies, and ATMs. Most are within a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, but some are listed because we consider them worth a trip. This guide was produced by the Potlatch committee. This time out, we solicited comments from LiveJournal (LJ) and the Vanguard discussion email list.

Even though it’s impossible to do a complete listing of EVERY restaurant, dive, eatery, etc., we’ve attempted same. Feel free to try other places.

“The Ave” is University Way NE.

As always, call ahead.


Potlatch Restaurant Guide 2010
In the Hotel
Restaurants, Coffeeshops, and Others
Worth the Trip
National Chains

In the Hotel

The District

Lower Level of The Deca.
Lounge hours: Mon-Wed: 11:30am-10:00pm; Thu-Fri: 11:30am-midnight; Sat: 5:00pm-midnight; Sun: 5:30pm-10pm.
This is a full service restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are not open for lunch on Saturday or Sunday, however. Accessible. http://www.hoteldeca.com/deca_dining.aspx


To your right as you exit the elevators. Not wheelchair accessible from the lobby. Local chain coffee house. Luke prefers it slightly over Starbuck’s. Limited hours. Another nearby Tully’s: 4700 University Way NE. http://www.tullyscoffeeshops.com/


These are organized by proximity to hotel. The Safeway is a short walk, Trader Joe’s a longer walk. For the QFC and PCC, arrange transportation. The QFC is due north of the hotel. PCC is the furthest, but listed because it’s a locally owned co-op. The Farmers' Market is Saturday morning; it’s just a little further than the Safeway.

University District Farmers' Market

50th and University, in the parking lot.
Saturdays all year, 9am – 2pm.
The U District Farmers Market is Seattle’s oldest and largest, and open year round. Here’s what you will see, according to Kate Schaefer: “Organic vegetables, several different bakers, jams, eccentric vinegars, cheese of the goat and of the cow (and maybe of the sheep and of the llama as well, but I haven’t seen those), raw milk, smoked salmon, earnest young musicians, and that one guy selling African market baskets and hats.” There will also be food vendors selling hot foods made to order. Luke recommends Annie’s Crepes. Accessible. http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/u_district


4732 Brooklyn NE>
Mon-Sun 6:00am-2:00am
It's a Safeway; small, cramped and without quite the same amenities as a big suburban market, but it’s two blocks north of the hotel. Fried chicken and steam table Chinese. The store near University Village (3020 NE 45th St) is really much much better. Accessible. http://www.safeway.com/ifl/grocery/Home

Trader Joe's

4601 Roosevelt Way NE (between 45th and 47th Sts.)
Mon-Sun 9am-9pm.
Economic snack/party supplies (including wine and cheese) and specialty items. Has pre-made sandwiches and salads. Small and cramped compared to most locations of this chain. Accessible. http://www.traderjoes.com/

Sidecar for Pigs Peace

5270B University Way NE
Daily: 10am – 8pm
A vegan market with proceeds going to a pig sanctuary. We haven’t actually shopped there, but this is Seattle’s only Vegan market. http://sidecarforpigspeace.com/main/index.html


6600 Roosevelt Way NE
A good if small iteration of this supermarket chain. Deli department with salads, sandwiches, fried and rotisserie chicken, etc. Accessible. http://www.qfc.com/Pages/default.aspx

PCC (Fremont)

600 N. 34th
Daily: 6am – 12M
PCC Natural Markets is a local equivalent to Whole Foods. Although the selection, quality, and cost are similar to Whole Foods, PCC pays more attention to local sourcing and actively supports small farmers. Accessible. http://www.pccnaturalmarkets.com/


Organized by proximity to hotel. Both offer pharmacy services and sundries including camera/electronics department, candy, pop and snacks.

Bartell Drugs

4344 University Way NE (at 45th St.)
206-632-3513 (Fax: 632-7362; Pharmacy: 632-3514)
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8am-7pm. Sun 9:30am-6pm. Accessible. http://www.bartelldrugs.com/index.jsp

Walgreens Drugs

1205 NE 50th St (between N 12th Ave & N Brooklyn Ave)
Mon-Sun 8am-10pm. Accessible. http://www.walgreens.com/

Restaurants, Coffeeshops, and Others

Between 45th and 50th Sts. along the Ave.

Aladdin Falafel Corner

4541 University Way NE
Open daily 11am-2am.
This University District favorite has taken over the storefront next door and more than doubled its space. Lots of seating now. Middle Eastern restaurant with great falafel and a fave of Stu's. Accessible.

BBQ Chicken

4525 University Way NE.
Tu-We: Noon-Mid; Th-Sa: Noon-2am; Su: 1pm-2am
First Seattle branch of a popular South Korean chain, specializing in fresh chicken dishes including olive oil-fried “Olive Chicken” and Korean food items like Dduk-Bokki. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly and very helpful. Order at the counter and find a table or take out. “It’s not barbecue, it’s BBQ.” Recommended by Stu. Accessible. http://www.bbqchickenusa.com/home.html

The Continental

4549 University Way NE
Mon-Sun 7am-11pm.
Mediterranean/Greek. This is a long-time favorite on the Ave (Stu first ate here in 1984), due to its low prices and good food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Baklava, etc. Accessible.

Costas Restaurant

4559 University Way NE
Seven days a week.
Another District favorite. Great big breakfast, lunch and dinner menus full of American standards with well-executed Greek Mediterranean dishes as well. Around the corner from the hotel, and good for groups. Accessible.

DaVinci Subs

4725 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm, Sat 10:30am-6pm.
Cheap, fast, and friendly sub sandwiches, to eat in or take out. Accessible (ramp to entrance from street)

Citra Frozen Yogurt

4730 University Way NE #105
Mo-Fr 1p-10p; Sa-Su 11a-10p
Just as it says: Frozen yogurt. Plain, soy, and green tea, with toppings for an extra dollar. Accessible. http://www.citrafrozenyogurt.com/

Don Eduardo Family Mexican Restaurant

4524 University Way NE
Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fr-Sat 11am-10pm.
Spacious restaurant serving Mexican standards. Used to be part of the Wizards of the Coast, so the décor is off beat. Accessible.

Fourno's Greek Restaurant & Bar

4733 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm (bar open until 2 am).
“A taste of Greece” proclaims the sign. An Ave bar hangout, Fourno’s serves sturdy Greek bar food and sturdy beer. They have Greek music every third Saturday. Accessible.

Garam Masala

4537B University Way NE
Daily: 11am-11pm
Inexpensive, open late, no ambiance, good food. Accessible. http://www.garamseattle.com/

Hurricane Spud

4510 University Way NE
Daily: 11am-9:30pm
Small storefront with variations on corndogs and potato skins. Accessible.

Jewel of India

4735 University Way NE
Daily lunch buffet 11:30am-3:30pm, dinner menu 3:30pm-10pm.
Jewel of India is supposedly the only place west of Lake Washington to get a masala dosa. Jeliza from LJ says: “good East Indian style, great vegetarian and vegan options, and the onion bhaji is fabulous.” Free Delivery. Accessible. http://www.jewelofindiacuisine.com/


4527 University Way NE (next door to Pizzeria Pagliacci)
Mon-Wed 1pm-9pm, Thurs-Fri 1pm-10pm; Sat. 1pm-7pm
Seattle’s first coffee and sake lounge. “This place has a vibe like none other on the Ave.” Rich red walls and velvety red curtains, Lounjin serves Zoka coffee and aims to please with a large assortment of teas and flavors. The fresh baked goods are provided by Louisa's bakery. Now serving ramen. Free WiFi. Accessible. http://www.lounjin.com/

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies

4518 University Way NE
M-F: 6am-6pm; Sat: 8am-6pm; Sun: 8am-5pm
Walk up window that was once Caffe Appassionato. The smoothies are more distinctive than their coffee. Accessible. http://www.washingtonhawaiian.com/

Memo’s Mexican

4743 University Way NE
If you’re a drunk UW student looking for filling, cheap “Mexican” after bar-closing, this appears to be the place. Accessible. http://memosmexicanfood.com/

Mr. Lu’s

4752 University Way NE
Mo-Sa: 11am-10pm; Sun: 12n-10pm
On site of the late lamented Fairuz, serving up burgers and chicken sandwiches, fish & chips, soups, etc. New young owner eager to please. Free delivery. Accessible.

Oasis Tea Zone

4508 University Way NE
Mo-Sa: 11am-12M; Sun: 11am-11pm
There are numerous bubble tea places on the ave. They all have their partisans on Yelp. Accessible.

Pagliacci Pizza

4529 University Way NE
206-726-1717 (delivery number)
Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12 midnight.
Still the best pizza in the District in this first of the local chain’s branches. Pizza by the slice or pie and salads. Pop & beer on tap. Seating available. Order for delivery 5pm-11pm via phone number above or website. Accessible. http://www.pagliacci.com/index.shtml

Ruzhen Mongolian Grill

4523 University Way NE
Mo-Fr: 11am-9:30pm; Sa-Su: 11:30-9:30
Comfortable space in a former McDonald's (retaining all the atmosphere). Not as fancy as Chang's, but fun, with the usual array of ingredients and sauces to be assembled and brought to the cook at the grill (tip him a buck). Recommended by Stu. Lunch: $7.50 (11a-3:30p); dinner: $8.50. Accessible.

Shinka Tea

4727 University Way NE
Bubble tea, fresh fruit smoothies, hot tea. Accessible. http://www.shinkatea.com/

Sunney's Café & Restaurant

4736 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm.
Korean cuisine in a friendly and attractive space. Korean entrees (Bulgogi, Bibimbob, short ribs, etc.), yakisoba, soups and vegetarian options. Accessible.

SureShot Espresso

4505 University Way NE
Mon-Sun 7am-12Midnight
This hip little coffee joint features coffee from Caffe Vita, vegan pastries, Mexican hot chocolate, and WiFi. There is comfortable seating and a backroom with old fashioned arcade games and pinball. The atmosphere is loud when they're playing indie rock music such as The Shins in the background. Accessible.

Sushi Aoi

4545 University Way NE
Um, that really is all the information we can find. The Yelp reviews run the usual gamut: Some people really love it, some really hate it.

Thai Tom

4543 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11:30am-9pm; Sunday 1-8pm.
Tiny, perhaps even minute, storefront renowned to be cheap, pyrotechnic, possibly the best Thai food in the city, but can be slow, even if you manage to find a seat in the small space. Always a line outside (a Yelp reviewer recommends Sunday midafternoon). Cash only. Not accessible.

What Da Phad!!?

4537 University Way NE
Daily 10am-10pm.
Philbutrin from LJ says: “What Da Phad!!? is all-veggie, with a range of soy meats, it's inexpensive, and the staff is very friendly. It's not fancy, but the food is good. While Tom Thai usually has a crowd waiting outside, when I go to What Da Phad!!?, it's usually just me and maybe a couple other tables of folks. I'd love to see them get more patrons!” SAD NOTE: The door was padlocked on a recent Saturday afternoon. Accessible. http://whatdaphad.com/

Which Wich?

4730 University Way NE #103
Su-Th 11am-8pm; Fr-Sa: 11am-9pm
Fill out a paper bag with your choices, or choose one of their specials. Hand it to the counter person, and the sandwich is delivered to you a few minutes later in the same bag. Accessible. http://www.whichwich.com/

WOW Bubble Tea

4553 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 1pm–12am
Friendly staff and bright, tasteful environment. WOW supposedly stands for "Wonder of Worship," and some testify that "this has the most natural, juciest tasting milk tea in Seattle." Credit cards accepted. Not open on Sundays. Accessible.

Yunnie Bubble Tea

4511 University Way NE
11am-12m Daily
One of the many bubble tea places on the Ave. Between bubble tea, pho, and teriyaki, you need never have a pizza again. Accessible.

Between 45th and 50th Sts. (other streets)

Bilbao Tapas Bar and Restaurant

4500 9th Ave NE (east of the hotel, by the Metro Cinemas)
Sun-Thur 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-1am.
“Authentic Spanish dishes are served up in a warm and intimate atmosphere. Satisfying menu selections, wine list, tapas bar and live entertainment all create a magical experience.” The tapas and paella are supposed to be particularly good. Sounds interesting. Accessible. http://www.bilbaorestaurant.com/

Bombay Grill

4737 Roosevelt Way NE
Humongous lunch buffets at $7.95 (weekday) and $9.95 (weekend) from 11:30am. Jeliza from LJ says, “North Indian, on the fancy side; the tikka masala is excellent.” Accessible. http://www.bombaygrillofseattle.com/

Bratz Gourmet German Food

4759 Brooklyn Ave NE (under Cedars)
Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun: 2pm-6pm
Walk-up (or down, it’s on the lower level down a ramp) window serving bratwurst and schnitzel in rolls. Take out only. Not accessible.

Cedars on Brooklyn

Brooklyn Ave NE and NE 50th St.
Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun Noon-9:00pm.
District favorite, an Indian menu with Middle Eastern dishes as well. Paul Carpentier says, “Many excellent stuffed naan items (spinach & paneer is one of my musts), but I suggest ordering one plain naan as well, for all the sauce and chutney left on your plate when you're done with your entree.” Not accessible (stairs) http://www.cedarsseattle.com/

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Under Cedars, entrance off alley on 50th.
Tues-Sun 10am-10pm
From their website: “Full Tilt Ice Cream features artisan ice cream, pinball, vintage video games, local beer, live music and art exhibits. Our flavors change weekly, and depend on what is growing locally, customer requests, and the whims of master ice cream maker and owner, Justin Cline. We always have a couple vegan offerings made with coconut milk, as well as our own Rat City Rootbeer, cane sugar sodas.” Very small, three stools. The Mexican Chocolate ice cream Luke sampled was decent. Not Accessible. http://fulltilticecream.com/

Mamma Melina Ristorante

4759 Roosevelt Way NE (by the Seven Gables film theatre & Cinema Books)
Sun-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
This family-run Italian spot has a special charm and its coterie of fans. Accessible. http://www.mammamelina.com/

Along 45th St.

Lower numbers are west of the hotel.

Araya’s Vegetarian Place

1121 NE 45th St (between 11th & 12th Ave NE)
Mon-Thur 11:30am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm
Vegan Thai, perhaps the first restaurant in the U.S. serving exclusively vegan Thai food. Good reputation. Shelly Rae Clift says “Vegetarian Thai made of Spicy win.” Accessible. http://arayasplace.com/

Ginger Teriyaki

1314 NE 45th St
Mon-Fri 10:30am – 9:00pm; Sat -9:00pm; closed Sun.
Good iteration of Seattle-style teriyaki and some Korean items. Recently renovated interior, very nice. Well-recommended, “very generous in their combos,” says Stu. Accessible.

Mi Charrito Taqueria

1312 NE 45th St
Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat 12am-9pm
Unpretentious storefront with counter service, almost like a taco truck indoors (and I mean that in a good way). Serves up the usual suspects including tortas, menudo and chile verde as well as some interesting house specialties and vegetarian items, and is the “House of the Potato Burrito”! Pretty good, says Stu, who liked the burrito al pastor. Order to go. Accessible.

My Favorite Deli

1301 45th St NE (kitty corner from hotel)
This is so new, they were still putting the new signs on the awnings on Jan. 23rd. This is so new, there was only one review on Yelp! There’s been a new restaurant in this location for every convention Seattle has hosted in the Deca, but it’s basically the same service. Deli sandwiches, chips and sodas. Accessible.

Trabant Chai Lounge

1309 NE 45th St
Trendy hangout for students, musicians, and aspiring writers. Has a very popular open mic every Monday night and shows (typically of the folk variety) every Friday and Saturday evening. Serves a variety of chai and espresso drinks. Voted Best Coffee by CitySearch reader review 2005 and 2007. Accessible.

North of 50th St. (all addresses)

52nd Tofu House

5210 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 7pm-2am
Omnivorous and vegan Korean food featuring Tofu.

A-Pizza Mart

5026 University Way NE
Daily 11am to 3:30am
Pizza to eat-in or take out, salad, appetizers. Delivers to hotel. Bar. Amusing décor. Accessible. http://pizzamartdelivery.com/

Blue Dog Kitchen

5247 University Way NE
Mon-Thurs 8:00am – 7:00pm; Fri 8:00am – 5:00pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am – 4:00pm
This funky, bright, colorful and charming cafe on the north end of the Ave. has an extensive morning menu that hits all the expected buttons: egg dishes, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, all for less than $10. Signature pancakes recommended. Caffe D’arte coffee. Accessible. http://www.bluedogkitchen.com/ Accessible

Cafe Wannabee

5049 Brooklyn Ave NE
Mon-Sat 8am-8pm, Sun 10am-8pm.
Bright and comfy space serves espresso, paninis, pastries, homemade soup, salads and a variety of food for vegans, vegetarians. WiFi. Seattle Gold coffee, extensive tea selection. Accessible. Accessible

Cafe Yeshi

5507 Roosevelt Way NE (between 55th St & 56th St)
Winter hours 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm.
Ethiopian homemade food to dine in or take out. Not accessible (in a converted house)

Caspian Grill Restaurant

5517 University Way NE
Tue-Thurs noon-8pm, Fri noon-9 pm, Sat 12:30-9 pm, Sun 12:30-7 pm.
Authentic Persian cuisine with belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights. Better make reservations on those nights. Accessible. http://www.caspiangrill.com/

Chili’s Deli and Mart

5002 University Way NE
(206) 526-9392
Via The Stranger, with their semirandom bolding left intact: “Situated at the northern end of the Ave and semidisguised as a convenience store, Chili's Deli & Mart is one of the few places in Seattle to get southern Indian cuisine—crepelike dosas and doughnutty vada, all served up in a clean, simple dining area reminiscent of a factory break room. If you've never tried southern Indian food, you must, and you should probably start with the masala dosa, a friendly blend of north and south that's essentially the Big Mac of southern India.” Accessible.

Hawaii BBQ Restaurant

5016 University Way NE
Daily 11am-10pm.
Functional space with filling Hawaiian standards: spam musubi, Kalua pig, fried fish, marinated beef, beef short ribs and chicken with rice and macaroni salad, etc. Better not worry about the cholesterol. Accessible. http://www.hawaii-bbq.com/

Herkimer Coffee

5611 University Way NE
Daily: 7am-6pm
Small farm, house-roasted coffee. Vegan pastries from Mighty O donuts. http://www.herkimercoffee.com/index.html

Jack's Tapas Café (Mainly Chinese)

5211 University Way NE
LUNCH hours: Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm
Mon-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm, Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 11:30am-9:30pm, Sun 12:30pm-9pm.
You have to love the name! In fact, Jack’s is a cool small place with a fascinating Chinese menu with many items available in regular and tasters sizes in its tapas category. Hmm, sesame & scallion layered bread (recommended by Ellen), Sour Napa with Lamb Stir-Fry. Great menu with noodle and chef’s specialties as well as weekly specials. Orders to go available. Rated the best Chinese Restaurant of Seattle outside of the International District by Seattle Magazine April 2007. Accessible. http://www.jackstapas.com/

Johnny’s Mediterranean American Cuisine

5259 University Way NE
Tues-Sun 10am-9pm.
John Khalil has a very welcoming attitude and serves reasonably priced breakfast, lunch and dinner full of eastern Mediterranean specialities as well as some American dishes. Belly-dancing on Friday evenings. Accessible.

Kiku Tempura House

5018 University Way NE
Tempura, udon, yakisoba, teriyaki. Large portions. Accessible.


5241 University Way NE
Weds-Sat 5pm-2am
Small, intimate, live music club. We know nothing else.

Mandarin Chef

5022 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm.
Authentic Hunan/Szechuan/ Mandarin Cuisine and special homemade noodles and dumplings. Very good green onion pancake, wontons in spicy peanut sauce, soups, crispy eggplant in tangy hot glaze, kung pao, Mongolian beef, etc. One of Stu’s favorite little Chinese restaurants, “where I often go for the diverse cheap lunch specials or for takeout. I always get a big friendly greeting.” Lots of seating. Accessible. http://www.mandarinchef.com/

Pam's Kitchen

5000 University Way NE
Tue-Thur and Sun: 5:30-9pm, Fri-Sat: 5:30-10pm
Trinidadian-Caribbean restaurant with a specialty of roti (choice of chicken, beef, lamb & goat), Chicken Pilau and milk-based smoothies. Their version of Indian-Trinidadian street food is a soft, napkin-sized flatbread (roti) filled with potato-chickpea curry and curried beef, lamb, or chicken. Dribble on a few drops of habanero-vinegar sauce, sit back and take note of the huge flavor. Sometimes their excellent jerk chicken is on the specials board — a generous piece of chicken, perfectly cooked, with the jerk-sauce-covered skin crispy and spicy enough to bite; the meat is served with salad and rice that’s both spicy and savory. Small, informal space. Accessible. http://pams-kitchen.com/home/

Philippine Island Cuisine

5020 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am-9pm.
Excellent cheap Filipino cuisine. Order at the steam table counter and seating is available. The favorites include the pork adobo, pork sinigang, pancit, fried lumpia, etc. Another recommendation by Stu. Eileen Gunn adds, “The soup stock is amazing by any ethnic standard, so if you like soup this is a great place. The noodles dishes are tasty and substantial.” CAVEAT: The above comments were for the previous incarnation. This is the same location and cuisine, under new management. Accessible.

Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria

5500 University Way NE
Tues-Sun 12noon-10pm.
All 100% vegan, the “cheese” is a rice-based recipe with no casein, caseinate or any animal product. Pizza, calzones, breadsticks. Dine in or carry out. Accessible. http://www.pizza-pi.net/

Pizza Ragazzi

5201 University Way NE
Daily: 11am-4am
Take-out and delivery pizza, salads, chicken wings. No seating. Order by phone or via website. Minimum delivery order $15! Walk-up window order access only. http://www.pizzaragazzi.com/

Rat and Raven Public House

5260 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-2am.
From their website: “The proprietors of The Rat and Raven are completely independent of any business previously occupying this space and strive to provide a safe and friendly environment for all." But under the ploo sah shawnj clause, it remains an “Irish bar and student hangout, happy hour and drink and menu specials. Irish & Celtic music.” Accessible. http://www.ratandraven.com/

Shawarma King

5004 University Way NE
Sun-Wed 11am-11pm; Thu-Sat 11am-3am
Shawarma, shish kebab, gyros, and falafel, with vegetarian and “family dining” (two or more diners) options. The meat for the beef and chicken shawarmas is made in-house, which requires a week of marination.

Star Life on the Oasis

1405 NE 50th St (adjacent to Grand Illusion Cinema)
Mon-Sat: 9am – 10pm; Sun: 10am – 10pm
Tasty, affordable soups, salads and sandwiches, along with the usual coffeehouse fare. Not accessible.

Tandoor Indian Restaurant

5024 University Way NE
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm. Dinner: Mon-Sun 4:30pm-10pm.
Great lunch buffet in this popular restaurant: M-Sat $6.99, Sun $7.99. Full menu and terrific food. Excellent vegetarian and lamb dishes. Banquet room available, a wonderfully exotic space comfortable for intimate dinners or large parties. A fave of Stu's. Free Delivery. Accessible. http://www.tandoor-india.com/

Taste of Chicago

5259 University Way NE
Mon-Thu: 11am – 1am; Fri-Sat 11am – 3am. Closed Sun.
Chicago style Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, wings, “pizza puff” and more. Accessible. http://www.tasteofchicagowa.com/

Tempero do Brasil

5628 University Way NE
Tues-Sat: 6pm-10pm; Sun: 6pm-9pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm
Brazilian colors, flavors and music. “The cuisine's blend of Brazilian-Indian, Portuguese, and African influences results in exhilarating dining.” Options for vegetarians, too. Accessible. http://www.temperodobrasil.net/

Teriyaki 1st

5201B University Way NE
How many teriyaki places can there be in the U District? This one apparently competes by having LARGE PORTIONS.

Wing Zone

5042 Roosevelt Way
Mon: 4pm–1am; Thurs-Fri: 4pm–2am; Sat: 11am-2am; Sun: Noon–Midnight.
Hot chicken wings and shrimp (25 different flavors), burger and chicken sandwiches and more. For those late night student emergencies. Delivery and pickup only. Cash and credit cards only. Accessible. http://www.wingzone.com/

South of 45th St. along the Ave.

A Burger Place

4234 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 11am-9pm
Order at the counter by the open grill kitchen, specifying type of burger (beef, veggie, salmon and chicken etc.), toppings, type of French fries, and then take open seating in the bright and comfortable dining area unfortunately often dominated by the large telescreen set to CNN. Some good burgers, but nothing inventive. Accessible.

Aladdin Gyro-cery

4139 University Way NE
Sat 9am-3am; all other days, 9am-2am.
Related to Aladdin Falafel Corner. These gyros are big, and the halal lamb & beef meat is grilled after it is shaved off of the cone. Aladdin's no longer permits smoking inside. Vegetarians love the falafel with thick tahini sauce. Seating in back. Credit cards are not accepted. Not accessible (long narrow and crowded aisle difficult for scooters & wheelchairs)


4220 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm.
Attractive space, AppeThai has a very clean and relaxing environment and a good selection of Thai dishes. Lunch specials. Accessible.

Best of Bento

4245 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 11am-9:30pm; Sa-Su 12pm-9pm
Best of Bento offers good fast Japanese and Korean dishes. They have a wide range of combinations with decent pricing and good portions. Accessible.

Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

4133 University Way NE (by NE 42nd)
Open Daily 11:30am-1am.
Popular brew-pub restaurant, Seattle's first microbrewery. Standard brew-pub fare including pizzas, sandwiches, salads, nachos. Great for large groups, but can be noisy. Excellent brewing, recommended by Randy. Accessible. http://www.bigtimebrewery.com/

Burger Hut

4142 University Way NE
Daily 11am-2am.
Order at the counter by the open grill kitchen in the small hole-in-the-wall space, very limited seating. Some good burgers, kabobs, milk- and fruit-shakes. Halal fast food. Accessible.

Cafe on the Ave

4201 University Way NE
Daily 7am-10pm.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner; coffee and tea. Desserts. Wifi. Caffe Vita coffee, an excellent Seattle roaster. Accessible. http://www.cafeontheave.com/

Café Saigon

4311 University Way NE
Banh mi, spring rolls, rice plates, congee. Just opened.

Café Solstice

4116 University Way NE
Mon-Thu 6:30am-11pm; Fri 6:30am-9pm; Sat 7am-9pm; Sun 7am-11pm
Nice large coffeshop towards the south end of the Ave, serving Lighthouse Roasters coffee, roasted in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Good pastries, including some vegan muffins, but it can get loud and crowded.

China First

4237 University Way NE
Daily: 11am-10pm
China First is a very traditional Chinese-American restaurant with familiar dishes. They have extremely affordable pricing along with lunch and dinner specials. A little boring and therefore not anyone’s first choice in the University district for Chinese cuisine. Accessible. http://www.chinafirstseattle.com/

Earl's on the Ave

4333 University Way NE
Daily: 11am-2am.
Typical college dive, “overflowing with undergrad fratboy popped-collar douchebaggery, shrieking drunk chicks, and just plain Ave crazy.” In other words, AVOID.

Finn Maccool’s

4217 University Way NE
Another Irish bar on the Ave, this time with alleged Irish food.

Flowers Bar & Restaurant

4247 University Way NE
Mon-Sun 11am-2am. You might pile your plate high with salads, pasta and veggies at the $7 all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet: daily 10:30am-4pm. However, uneven conditions put it onto a Seattle Post-Intelligencer list of 10 restaurants with the most health code violations in Seattle in 2007. Accessible.


4124 University Way NE
Japanese and Korean, with a great disagreement among the Yelp reviewers.

Mee Sum Pastry

4343 University Way NE
A bud of the popular shop by Pike Place Market, this is an attractive renovated space with a lounge and wi-fi. A big case of Chinese pastries, red bean buns, steam buns, humbows, and more. Bubble tea. Now doing wok specials for under $6: like Mongolian Beef, General Tso’s Chicken, Chow Fun, etc. Accessible.

Nasai Teriyaki 3

4305 1/2 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun 12pm-9pm.
Narrow space with all the usual Seattle teriyaki suspects. Accessible.

New China Express

4232 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10am-1:30am, Sat-Sun 11am-1:30am; closed Sun.
Lots of really cheap lunch combos and good range of Mandarin/Szechuan dishes. No atmosphere but the food’s pretty good. Popular for that late night study break meal. Free delivery (minimum $15). Accessible. http://chinaexpressseattle.com/

Northwest Fish & Chips

4209 University Way NE
Daily 11am-midnight.
Fresh deep-fried fishies in panko-style breading, hushpuppies and fries. A lengthy menu. Order from the counter in this informal restaurant and find a table. Accessible. http://www.northwestfishnchips.com/

Pho Than Brothers

4207 University Way NE
Daily 10am-9pm
The classic menu, low prices, and creampuffs at one of about ten branches of this great local chain expanding since 1996. Great big bowls of Vietnamese beef broth, noodles and meat (as well as, on the side, basil leaves, bean sprouts, lime wedges and chilis). Recommended by all! Fills up fast. Accessible. http://www.thanbrothers.com/

Pho Thy Thy

4129 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; Sat-Sun 11am-9pm
The menu, prices, and creampuffs appear to be clones of Than Brothers. A number 9 at Pho Thy Thy is exactly the same as a number 9 at Than Brothers. Credit cards accepted. Accessible.

Pho Tran

4213 University Way NE
More of the Vietnamese noodle soup, etc. Banh mi sandwiches. Accessible.

Pho Vietnam

4235 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10:30am – 10pm; Sat 11:30am – 9pm; Sun 12noon – 9pm.
In case you can’t get enough of that wonderful rice noodle soup. They’re not only handily alphabetized, but they’re all within a few doors of each other!

Pizza Brava

4222 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat: 11a-6; Sun: closed.
Storefront pizza by the slice and to go. Also has falafel and gyros. Some seating available. Dominated by two colorful pizza and Seattle murals. Nothing great but reminiscent of the hole-in-the-wall pizza by the slice places from New York. Accessible.

Ruby Restaurant

4241 University Way NE
Daily 11am-2am
Interesting menu in a pleasant space. Ancho Chicken Chili sandwich, omelets, rice bowls, etc. Newly remodeled. Recommended by Ellen. Accessible.

Samuria Noodle

4138 University Way NE
“Opening Soon.” Very popular International District ramen restaurant has been “opening soon” in the U District for a long time. Maybe by Potlatch! Everyone has their fingers crossed.

Shalimar Restaurant

4214 University Way NE
Mon-Sat 11am- 9:30pm.
Long-time U District standard for Indian cuisine. “Penny Pincher” specials and a good selection of vegetarian entrees. Recommended. Accessible. http://eatatshalimar.com/

Shultzy's Sausage

4114 University Way NE (by NE 42nd)
Mon-Fri, 9am-2am; Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-Midnight
Since 1988. Comfortable space, very popular with students and others. High quality house-made gourmet hot dogs and sausages, with shoestring potatoes, chili, gumbo, and five German beers on tap. Jeliza from LJ says: “for when you really want to get your meat on, with a German flair. The wursts are fabulous, and my companions were impressed with the beers on tap. Rowdy on game days.” Lighter appetites will be happy with the large selection of veggie burgers and salads. Accessible. http://www.shultzys.com/

Spicy Wok

4135 University Way NE
Mon-Sun 10:30am-9:30pm.
A friendly student favorite for Thai food and wok specialties, udon, teriyaki. Stu had a very good pad woon sen (shrimp with mung-bean noodles) here. WiFi. Accessible.

Thai 65

4214A University Way NE
Seven days a week 11am-10pm. “A Touch of Thai” reads the menu. A large and active restaurant with a long menu with cheap entrees and many combination specials. Many members of the Potlatch 17 committee, including Stu, ate here with much enjoyment. We got an immense hit of garlic as we entered past the open kitchen and what could be better than that? Accessible.

Thai-ger Room

4228 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm. Delivery 5pm-10pm.
A cozy restaurant serving Thai cuisine. Accessible. http://www.thaigerroom.com/

Than Vi

4226 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10am-9:30pm; Sat-Sun 11am-9pm
Small and friendly Vietnamese storefront, with Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup), bahn mi (Vietnamese baguette-like sandwiches), etc. Accessible. http://www.thanhvi.net/

Tokyo Garden Teriyaki

4337 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; Sat-Sun 11am-8pm
Japanese/Korean. Good teriyaki, bulgoki, yakisoba, katsu udon and sushi. Comfortable space, very popular with students and others. Big portions for not much money, but the quality is high. Recommended by Stu. The New York Times says “That corn dog teriyaki is a stunner.” (No, really.) Open Daily. Accessible.

University Teriyaki

4108 University Way NE
> 206-632-5688
Mon-Fri 10:30am – 9:00pm; Sat 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sun 11:00am – 8:00pm
A teriyaki/Korean place. The Korean half of the menu is more recommended.

Yummy Bites

4131 University Way NE
Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-9pm.
Tempura, bento, sushi, burgers (eel steak burger, etc.). Accessible.

South of 45th St. (all addresses)


1319 NE 43rd St (Cross Street: University Way)
Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 12n-8pm, Sun 1pm-8pm.
Lebanese falafel and shawarma purveyor is a long-time favorite of UW students and professors. Modest seating area. Takeaway window. Good stuff, says Stu. Accessible.

Hillside Quickie Vegan Sandwich Shop

4106 Brooklyn Ave NE (University District)
Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm.
The Howell family serves up Tempehstrami Subs, The Tofu Thingee, and Macaroni and Yease to the tune of hip-hop, dance hall and reggae. In addition to their regular vegetarian sandwiches, the sandwich shop also serves delectables such as Seitan Steak & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Crazy Jamaican Burger, and Flaming BBQ Burger (smoked tofu, simmered in natural barbecue sauce, potato salad with raw onions and yellow mustard). The menu includes vegan desserts, pastries, and soy cream. Breakfast is a great way to start your day off, with Quickie’s polenta and vegan bread pudding toast. Specials also are often available, and might include beans and rice and vegetarian fried rice. Accessible. http://www.hillsidequickie.com/

Kai's Bistro & Lounge

1312 NE 43rd St (Off the Ave)
206- 547-2784
Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 4pm-2am. (Kitchen until 1.)
An attractive space. Lunch and dinner Bistro menu and well drinks including happy hour specials. More of a bar than a restaurant. Accessible. http://www.kaisbistro.com/

Little Thai Restaurant

4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Mon-Fri 11am- 10pm, Sat-Sun 12noon-10pm.
Excellent Thai cuisine. Lunch specials. Entrance on side street. Not accessible (downstairs)

Malabar Restaurant

1401 NE 42nd St (corner of 42nd & the Ave.)
Mon-Sat 11am-9:30pm.
Owned by the same people as long-time U District standard Shalimar, Malabar specializes in southern Indian cuisine which makes it a bit different. It is named for the Malabar Coast, the long and narrow south-western shore line of mainland India. Cathy Sullivan says “really good and cheap.” Accessible.

Orange King

1411 NE 42nd St.
Daily 10am-10:30pm
Large, inexpensive burgers, teriyaki, katsu, etc. Across the street from Magus books.

Portage Bay Café

4130 Roosevelt Way NE
Breakfast Mon-Fri: 7:30am-11am; Lunch Mon-Fri: 11am-2:30pm. Brunch Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm
Shelly Rae Clift says “Thee sanctum of breakfasts most delicious.” Accessible. http://www.portagebaycafe.com/

Saigon Deli

4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sun 11:30am-8pm. Closed Saturday.
Vietnamese and Chinese food, coffee. Banh Mi recommended. Free dessert. Accessible.

Samir's Mediterranean Grill

1316 NE 43rd St (between Brooklyn & the Ave)
Mon-Sat 10:30am – 8pm.
Friendly owner and enjoyable Arabic sandwiches and plates, well-executed and cheap. Excellent falafel, shawarma, shish kebab, kafta. Good stuff says Stu. And John D. Berry adds, “Better than average Lebanese sandwich shop. Very friendly. Good deals.” Six tables available for eating in. Not accessible (one step up)

Taco del Mar

1313 NE 42nd St
Mon-Fri 8am-midnight, Sat-Sun 9am-midnight.
Regional Mexicanoid chain with Mission District-style signature burritos. Vegetarians can order a meatless version, with a choice of whole or refried beans. Fish tacos a specialty. Very good and consistent quality. Order at the counter. Seating provided. Stu has been to this branch and others around town and always has a good cheap meal made with tasty quality ingredients. Accessible. http://www.tacodelmar.com/

Ugly Mug Café

1309 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Featuring Caffe Darte coffee and bread from Panzanella Bakery in Mukilteo, WA. Free WIFI. The “half” sandwich is a full sandwich, and the “full” sandwich is really two sandwiches.

Worth the Trip

Here are a few places not in the U District that we think are worth going to. All will require transportation, but those in Wallingford are relatively close.


7314 Greenwood Ave N (Greenwood)
Tues-Thurs & Sun 5-9pm; Fri-Sat 5-10pm.
This vegetarian restaurant is a destination in and of itself, but it is a long cab ride. Carmelita serves a seasonal menu inspired by the foods and flavors of the Mediterranean. “Although it’s hard to remember a time when "vegetarian food" was code for brown rice, beans, and blandly seasoned tofu, Carmelita'a gourmet fare is still a reminder of how far herbivorous cuisine has come: from leek and gruyère tart, to a red onion marmalade, fontina, gruyere, port-soaked currents, and chili oil-topped pizza.” Reservations suggested. Accessible. http://www.carmelita.net/

Ivar's Salmon House

401 NE Northlake Way (Wallingford)
(206) 632-0767
Mon-Thur: 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-10pm; Sun: Brunch: 9:30am - 2pm; Dinner: 3:30 to 9pm.
Tremendous views of Lake Union and downtown. The food is very well prepared, and features Northwest specialties. Pricey. Accessible. http://www.ivars.net/

Kabul Afghan Cuisine

2301 N 45th St (Wallingford)
Sun-Thurs 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm.
Terrific Afghan food, enjoyed by many fans. Reservations are recommended. Accessible. http://www.kabulrestaurant.com/

Mashiko Japanese Restaurant and Fully Sustainable Sushi Bar

4725 California SW (West Seattle, at the Junction)
Mon-Thu 5:33pm–9:30pm; Fri 5:33pm-11pm; Sat 5:03pm-11pm; Sun 5:03pm-9:30pm
Reservations necessary. This is one of Seattle’s best sushi restaurants: fresh, innovative, but very pricey. Hajime, the chef and owner, recently went to sustainable fish. He not only follows the Monterey Bay Aquarium guidelines, but does his own research. He hasn’t sacrificed quality one bit. You should allow three hours or more for the trip. Not Accessible. http://www.sushiwhore.com/home.html


1411 N. 45th St. (Wallingford)
Sun-Thurs: 5-10pm; Fri-Sat: 5-10:30pm; Sat-Sun Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cramped quarters inside a Craftsman bungalow. Tilth is the second restaurant in the country to get full organic certification from Oregon Tilth. Excellent, adventurous food, but very expensive. And reservations necessary. Not accessible (stairs) http://www.tilthrestaurant.com/


The U District doesn’t have nearly the number of bookstores that it did in years past; many have been squeezed out by higher rents. However, five survive that might be worth a look see. (These aren’t the ONLY five bookstores in the UD, they’re the ones we recommend.) Organized by proximity to the hotel.

Twice Sold Tales

4501 University Way NE
CATS, so let that be a warning if you’re allergic. DENSELY PACKED, like all good used bookstores should be. But full of excellent browsing and the serendipitous find. According to Yelp, the owner is very active in the Center for Wooden Boats; consequently, this store has an excellent nautical selection. Not Accessible. http://www.twicesoldtales.info/

The University Bookstore

4326 University Way NE
Not just the textbook source for UW students, also a large general bookstore. Duane Wilkins, the SF expert, keeps a well-stocked SF section. There are also numerous author readings and signings. Seattle is the first city in the country to have two Espresso book printers, and you can see one here. The basement also has good supplies: art supplies, notebooks, pens, etc. Accessible. http://www.bookstore.washington.edu/default.taf

Bulldog News

4208 University Way NE
Daily 8am-9pm
Not a bookstore, but a large and well stocked magazine stand. Another of a vanishing breed, and worthy of a good long browse. Accessible. http://www.bulldognews.com/

Magus Used Books

1408 NE 42nd St.
From the ABE website: “Magus Books is the oldest independent used book storefront in Seattle, having just celebrated 30 years buying and selling used and rare books. We have over 7,000 books on line and over 80,000 in our store. We are a general book store, but have a very large fiction section, plus strong academic areas due to our proximity to the University of Washington.” Great for serendipitous browsing. Not Accessible.

Cinema Books

4753 Roosevelt Way NE
Where the bookstores listed above are south and east of the hotel, Cinema books is north and west. New, used, rare, and collectible books about the cinema. Housed in the same building as Seven Gables Movie Theater, and next door to Mama Melina’s restaurant. WARNING: World’s Worst Website! http://cinemabooks.net/


Fortunately, vegetarians can usually do pretty well at most Asian restaurants, while many other places in health-conscious Seattle may have a selection of interesting non-meat items. These are purely vegetarian restaurants.

Araya’s Vegetarian Thai

Carmelita (Greenwood)

Hillside Quickie Vegan Sandwich Shop

Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria

Veggie Veggie Thai Cuisine

What Da Phad!!?

National Chains

Here is a list of all the national chain restaurants, no matter what they serve. You know what to expect.

Chipotle Grill

4231 University Way NE, 206-547-4644. Daily: 11am-10pm. Accessible.


4301 University Way NE, 206-632-0243. Accessible. http://www.haagen-dazs.com/

Jack in the Box

4749 University Way NE, 206-525-5599. Accessible. http://www.jackinthebox.com/

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

4141 University Way NE, 206-548-9500 (fax: 206-548-9505). Sun-Thu 10:30am-2am, Fri-Sat 10:30am-4am. Not accessible (stairs). http://www.jimmyjohns.com/

Pita Pit

4515 University Way NE, 206-547-7482. Accessible. http://www.pitapitusa.com/home.php

Qdoba Mexican Grill

1200 NE 45th St, 206-547-0803. Accessible. http://www.qdoba.com/

Quiznos Subs

1100 NE 45th St, 206-675-0077. Accessible.

Starbucks Coffee

4555 University Way NE, 206-634-1390; 4147 University Way NE, 206-547-3280. Accessible. http://www.starbucks.com/

Subway Subs

4215 University Way NE, 206-547-0375; 4336 Roosevelt Way NE. Mon-Fri 7am-11pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10:30pm. Accessible.


Here are the places you can insert a plastic card into a machine and get green pieces of paper in return. And if you’re lucky, you’ll even get your card back! Woohoo! All ATMs are accessible.

Key Bank

Directly across Brooklyn from the hotel.


4340 University Way NE


1100 NE 45th St. (West of the hotel)
4326 University Way NE (in U Bookstore)

Bank of America

4701 University Way NE

Chase Bank

4300 Brooklyn Ave NE (due south of the hotel on Brooklyn)