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13 Funky And Unique Seattle Restaurants Not To Miss

I will always call Seattle home despite my thirst to travel and explore other places.  Seattle has just the right amount of funk and culture that contribute to its amazing food.  These Unique Seattle Restaurants will not only thrill your taste but they have also been chosen to get you into some of Seattle’s best neighborhoods for the most unique places to eat in Seattle.

Beth’s Cafe

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7311 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Cook manager Alex Larson checks the orders to make sure they’re right while wearing a dress for Halloween during the graveyard shift at Beth’s Cafe. If you’re looking for cool restaurants in Seattle this is your spot.

Beths Cafe holds a secret spot in our hearts as it was one of the one the first places August and I hung out after a late night of one too many drinks in the city. If you’re into a great late night or early morning meal this is your place!

Beth’s Cafe opened in 1954 and remains largely unchanged.  It’s an absolute Seattle late-night staple and perhaps one of the greatest “greasy spoons.”  The Travel Channel picked Beth’s Cafe as the best place in the country to “pig out.”

The walls are decorated in patron created art from napkin drawings to dirty Seattle quotes.  The most famous dish, 12-egg omelette, was featured on the February 11, 2009 episode of Man Vs. Food.  This 24 hour joint keeps Seattle locals fed day and night.

If your lucky you’ll score the booth with the “I lost my virginity at Beth’s” napkin artwork.

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If you think you’d be interested in embarking on a culinary tasting adventure of Pike Place Market with a local chef guide where you stop at 9 different artisanal vendors; learning about local production and tasting your way through the flavors of the Northwest.  Check this out

Biscuit Bitch

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1909 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Biscuit Bitch serves up some amazing biscuit themed dishes.  My favorite the “Gritty Scrambled Cheesy Bitch” with biscuit and gravy, covered in cheese, scrambled eggs and garlic grits. 

Or perhaps the “Canadian Bitch” with biscuit, maple peanut butter, and bacon.  Expect a line as this place is slamming right now. When it comes to fun Seattle restaurants this checks all the boxes.

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Daily Dozen Doughnut

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daily dozen donuts

93 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

Daily Dozen Doughnut is a must stop for us anytime were in Seattle. This popular donut spot located in the heart of the Pike Place Market churns out hot and fresh doughnuts. 

A visit to the Pike Place Market is a must for any visit to Seattle so treat yourself to a bag of hot doughnuts.  They’re doughnuts and they’re delicious.  Simple as that.

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Dick’s Drive-In

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111 N.E. 45th St Seattle, WA 98105

Another one of our absolute favs after enjoying a night out (or anytime of the day) in Seattle is the iconic Dicks! Don’t be scared of the long lines and seemingly drunk crowd late at night into early morning because Dicks serves up some mean burgers and fries!

The first Dick’s opened in 1954 in Seattle’s iconic Wallingford district.  Famous for their hand cut fries, stellar shakes, and mouth watering burgers, Dick’s is not to be missed.

Unlike most fast food diners, Dick’s has offered employee benefits such as a matched 401(k), 100% employer-paid medical insurance, and a $22,000 college tuition scholarship after six months of work.  Needless to say, this was a popular place to work in high school.

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Seattle Food Crawls is an exciting culinary tour through this vibrant city. Discover hidden gems and long-standing institutions of Seattle.

Each crawl is the complete recipe for a great night out, the perfect tourist day, a new way to experience your own city, or simply food porn and great stories to enjoy from home.

Eat your way through Pike Place, hit the hottest spots in West Seattle, and eat like a hipster in Capitol Hill. Put on your walking shoes and your stretchy pants, and dig into the Emerald City one dish at a time

Dim Sum At Harbour City Restaurant

Dim Sum At Harbour City Restaurant
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707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

If you haven’t had the pleasure of eating Dim Sum you are in for a real treat. August introduced me to Dim Sum in China town and I was a bit overwhelmed at first but after experiencing a couple of his favorites I was 100% in!

Dim Sum is a Chinese cuisine of small bite-sized portions of steam cooked deliciousness.  The international district of Seattle is home to some amazing restaurants but Harbour City is a local favorite.

Pike Place Chowder

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pike place chowder restaurant

1530 Post Alley, Seattle, WA 98101

A trip to Seattle wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Pike Place Market and a delicious bowl of Chowder from Pike Place Chowder.

After your belly is nice and full with hot bowl of chowder we’d recommend taking a 1 hour underground tour of Seattle. Why not explore Seattle from a different angle and go below Pioneer Square.

You’ll take a walk through three underground passageways originally constructed in the 1890’s and learn about Seattle’s forgotten history.  Learn more about the Seattle underground tour here.

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Thai Tom

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4543 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Every time we visit Seattle Thai Toms is one of our top 5 stops for places to eat while visiting the city. This tiny little restaurant located in the University District is sure to bring tears to your eyes, tears of joy of course.  Or tears of spicy goodness if you so choose. 

Once you get through the long wait you will be rewarded with authentic Thai classics presented in a hole-in-the-wall style restaurant.

The restaurant is buzzing with activity as the meals are prepared in an open kitchen for everyone to see.  Pots and pans flying, knives chopping, it really is quite a site.  Thai Tom ranks top 3 of my all-time favorite restaurants.

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The Pink Door

1919 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101

Located alongside the infamous Pike’s Place Market sits another Pacific Northwest favorite restaurant, The Pink door. The white table cloth dining room with burlesque-ish style is hip and mysterious.

As you walk through the unmarked pink door don’t forget to look up because you just might catch a trapeze artist precariously dangling above you.

What makes this best restaurant in Seattle even better is the stunning patio deck that has unbeatable views over downtown Seattle. The Pink Door is one of the most unique places to eat in Seattle and is consistently ranked top 10 places to eat in Seattle.

The Pink Door coupled with the amazing live talent makes it our top pick for the most unique restaurant in Seattle.


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5000 University Way NE suite d, Seattle, WA 98105

If you’re ever in the University District on a Saturday, stop by Morsel for an unforgettable biscuit experience! Their biscuits are delectably crunchy outside and delightfully flaky inside. The U-District farmers market is right next door – so why not make a day of it?They provide a small selection of delicious sandwiches and other delectable biscuit creations.

For the perfect combination of savory and sweet, I can’t help but recommend the “Fast Break” egg sammy. The smoky bacon alongside a delightful tomato jam will have you asking for seconds!

The Laudable’s biscuits and gravy are truly remarkable, especially because they offer two different varieties of gravies – pork sausage and mushroom.

When you dine in, the atmosphere is reminiscent of a vintage school cafeteria with touches of industrial design. The perfect combination for a unique dining experience!

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Seattle Fish Company

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4435 California Ave SW Seattle, WA 98116

Seattle Fish Company sits in one of my favorite Seattle neighborhoods, Alki Beach.  Seattle Fish Company serves up fish ‘n’ chips, shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, and a terrific cioppino.

In addition, they will serve up any of the fish offered fresh and whole from Ma’ono Fish Market next door. After a full belly cruise the Alki beach for a perfect evening sunset.

Damn The Weather

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116 First Ave S Seattle, WA 98105

Housed in the charming Pioneer Square area of Seattle this 100 year old brick building ads to the charm of Damn The Weather.  A great place to dodge the drizzle and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and a delicious meal.  For an appetizer the curried chickpeas are terrific.

The Whale Wins Larder and Cafe

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The Whale Wins Larder and Cafe

The Whale Wins is the creation of James Beard Award winning chef Renee Erickson and partners Jeremy Price and Chad Dale. These are the folks behind Ballard’s acclaimed The Walrus and the Carpenter another one of Seattle’s famous restaurants.

Drawing inspiration from the cuisine of some of Renee Erickson’s favorite places in southern Europe and England, The Whale Wins’ wood-fired, vegetable focused menu created with the very best foods from local beaches, gardens and farms prepared simply and served casually in a lively, light filled, cottage-like space.

Annapurna Cafe

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1833 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122

Mo’ momos please. Indulge in 6 mouthwatering momos for just $12, accompanied by savory sauces! For a unique and delicious drinking experience, sample the Hot Night in Kathmandu made with their signature saffron-infused vodka.

After traveling to Nepal and falling in love with some of their traditional dishes we were delighted to find this unique restaurant that serves up some delicious food.

A couple of our favorites were Momo’s (of course), vegetable Kofta (paneer vegetable balls in a cashew sauce), the Annapurna Curry with goat (a spicy and comforting curry) and a delicous side of garlic naan.

Wrapping Up Unique Restaurants In Seattle

Whether you’re looking for an upscale dining experience or a casual restaurant, Seattle is home to some of the most unique restaurants around. You’ll find everything from seafood spots to vegan eateries, dim sum joints to fine dining establishments. Explore the diverse culinary scene of Seattle and experience something truly special.

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