Have you every noticed how closely intertwined food and human life are? Celebrating a birthday? Let’s eat. Attending a funeral? Let’s eat. Meeting an old friend after a long stint apart? …You get the idea. The point is, food is always there for us. Thanks, food.
We’ve rounded up four of the top Seattle eateries to bask in cozy nostalgia. Bon appetit!
Photo: Roaming Hunger
There aren’t many delicacies that surpass pasta in their ability to comfort both belly and soul. Mangia Me (or, ‘Eat Me’) offers all the heart and flavor of traditional of Italian food, on the run. Yup – they’re a food truck. A…pasta…food truck. Go ahead, freak out – we’ll give you a moment.
Associated with Greenlake’s Perche No, Mangia Me focuses not just on the tastiness of their pastas and other Italian dishes, but also on originality and quality. They carefully prepare each ingredient, fresh, every day.
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If you’re looking for all the nostalgia of a small-town 50s malt shop, with a modern twist, Shug’s has you covered. They’ve masterfully carved out their nook in Pike Place Market, with bright, modernized throwback decor and a menu that includes treats for kids of all ages (including the grown up ones). Think: single or double scoops of Lopez Island Creamery small batch ice creams, sundaes, malts, beer, wine, organic coffee, and – get this – ice cream cocktails. Perfect way to up the cozy factor as the weather warms up.
Pike Place Market
1525 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Fair warning: it’s easy to get lost inside this massive (read: 40,000 square foot) bowling alley/pool hall/social space. Garage resides in a flawlessly restored and thoughtfully decorated Plymouth dealership and auto shop from the 1920s. Their menu is the epitome of good ol’ American comfort food – well-prepared burgers and fresh salads, nacho fries, pizza, plenty of shareable plates, and, of course beer, wine and cocktails. With 6 bars, finding a seat is never a problem.
As if that weren’t enough, they give you a way to burn a few of those calories without even leaving the building: just belly up to any one of their 20 bowling lanes or 25 pool tables. How kind!
Seattle, WA 98122
The Wandering Goose is the brainchild of owner Heather Earnhardt, who managed to navigate from her childhood in North Carolina to adulthood in Seattle, with her southern roots firmly in tact. The comfort and kindness of her experience in the South is immediately apparent – in the ambience of the restaurant, in the manner of the staff, and – especially – in the food. The food! It’s compelling in its simplicity and quality. Here, you’ll find Heather’s inspired interpretation of all the downhome favorites. Grits & Grillades (pan seared pork loin, spicy gravy & Boonville grits), the Veggie Plate (pimento mac and cheese, collard greens, Sea Island peas, & a buttermilk biscuit), and the Aunt Annie’s biscuit sandwich (fried chicken, bread & butter pickles, house mustard & Heather’s honey) are some of our favorites. The Oyster Po’ Boy is on our must-try list.
Don’t forget to pay a visit for Fried Chicken Friday – a fried chicken supper they host every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy their ‘Meat & Three’ – 3 pieces of buttermilk fried chicken and 3 hearty sides with house hot sauces and a biscuit – for $25.
Note: Friday is the only night they host dinner at all. The restaurant is typically open from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
403 15th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112
The Wandering Goose is a thirty seat, Southern influenced cafe in the heart of Seattle’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood.