Seattle restaurant dining rooms have been reopened for a while now. But for many people, pickup or delivery is still the way to go right now. And it’s easy to do when there are a ton of excellent takeout options available in town. Plus, you don’t need a reservation to eat on your couch. Unless you have some pretty weird roommates.
We’ve highlighted five terrific things we’ve grabbed on the go lately, from sandwiches to luxurious toro nigiri. If you’ve had some great takeout lately that you want to share, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag us on Instagram.
While the beef/lamb gyro at this Columbia City Mediterranean spot is one of the best in Seattle, we’re here today to talk about their chicken pita cheese melt. The combination of shawarma-seasoned chicken, grilled onions, and tomatoes on a griddled pita sounds solid on its own. But add in an absurd amount of American cheese that’s not only gooey but slightly crispy after being on the griddle, and this is a wrap far greater than the sum of its parts. We felt like we time-traveled to this early 2000’s Taco Bell quesadilla ad as we pulled this sandwich out of the wrapper, cheese stretching everywhere like Laffy Taffy.
Ordering pizza for the toppings alone would be a pretty silly thing to do, right? Nobody would peel bell peppers off of a veggie slice to make fajitas. But we would absolutely get a pepperoni pie from takeout pop-up Dantini just to harvest the sweet, caramelized, almost-creamy garlic confit on top. Thankfully, everything else about this pizza is excellent, too - the crust is crackly, chewy, and gets along with globs of fresh mozzarella and abundance of smoky pepperoni cups with crunchy edges. To get this pie, text them at 304-981-1746 on Thursday nights at 7pm sharp to pick up on Sunday at Harry’s Fine Foods on Capitol Hill.
The Fish Box’s excellent fried catfish recently made our guide to Great Fish & Chips In Seattle, but you should also order it in sandwich form - or as they dub it, the “Sammich.” It has the same buttermilk-marinated fish we love, dredged in tasty herbs and spices, only it’s all on a sweet Hawaiian bun instead of alone in a basket. After biking from Mt. Baker to their Central District location to get one, it’s clear that we respond way better to the promise of crispy catfish than a workout instructor yelling at us. Especially when a side order of hush puppies is involved.
Knocking back nigiri like popcorn at a sushi counter is one of those special experiences that’s challenging to recreate at home. But you can come pretty damn close by ordering delivery from Tsukushinbo. It’s one of the greatest spots in town for raw fish, and while they use Uber Eats as an ordering platform, they choose to use their own staff as delivery couriers to carry your precious cargo (a.k.a. lots of terrific sushi). Don’t miss their toro - this fatty tuna is perfectly melty and rich, and it pairs really well with some maki rolls and a side of pan-fried gyoza.
We’ve had many conversations with friends, family, and complete strangers about why spam musubi is one of life’s great creations - they’re sweet, salty, and the perfect handheld snack. With the exception of the ones from 7-Eleven in Hawaii, Kauai Family Restaurant’s spam musubi stand out as some of the best we’ve had because of their perfect spam-to-rice ratio. If you’re not into meat from a can, this Georgetown spot also has a great Filipino sausage version.