Mondays are tough enough as it is - you don’t need to end yours face-to-face with a “Closed” sign, scrambling for a back-up plan as your blind date (or worse, your parents) ask repeatedly why you didn’t check the operating hours before showing up. It’s sad but true that many great restaurants are closed on Monday nights, but that doesn’t mean you need to settle for a bad meal. Instead, use this guide to some of our favorite open-on-Monday spots.
Nirmal’s is a modern spot with a lot of bricks, a pretty tiled bar, and some great upscale Indian food. We’re fans of the beef curry and the tandoori spice-rubbed grilled paneer, as well as the excellent pakoras and samosas with mint chutney. A round or two of some of the best mules in the city won’t hurt, either.
The noodle bar at Trove is a win-win for the beginning of your week: It’s not only delicious, but also a pretty quick meal. Go with a small group of people who are just as frustrated about the fact that tomorrow’s only Tuesday as you are, and banish all memory of hitting the snooze button eight times this morning as you eat kimchi pork dumplings, rice cakes with lamb and kale, and spicy peanut pad thai.
If you’re looking for something quick, Mean Sandwich is a good move. It’s an old-school-seeming deli operation with some new-school sandwiches going on - for instance, the chicken cutlet sandwich with provolone and buffalo mayo, and the namesake “Mean Sandwich” with homemade corned beef, mustard, mint, and maple syrup. If things weren’t ideal at work today, add the fried potato “skins and ins” with buffalo mayo on the side for dipping. And if sh*t really hit the fan, feel free to eat on the floor in the backyard playhouse.
Plaza Garibaldi is where to go if you want to eat Mexican food and drink like it’s Saturday. You’ll find frozen margaritas in comically large goblets with cactus-shaped stems, taco shells that come in Seahawks colors, and shredded yellow cheddar on pretty much everything. This place is a lot of fun, and sometimes that’s just what you need on a Monday. Bring a group, order a combo plate full of chimichangas or verde enchiladas or pollo asado, and pretend you don’t have to get up early tomorrow.
You don’t need the stress of trying to get a table at The Walrus And The Carpenter this early in the week. Head to Taylor Shellfish instead for oysters and a cocktail at the bar. Or a shrimp po’boy with french fries at a corner table.
Jalapeno hushpuppies, smoked brisket, pulled pork, cornbread, and a bowl of mac and cheese topped with hot links and bacon sounds like a solid way to kick off the week, so go get all those things from Bitterroot. This is one of our favorite Seattle BBQ spots. Their sauce in particular is excellent - put it on everything.
Some restaurants work for any situation, and Stateside is one of them. We’d be just as happy here on a Monday night as on a Friday. Stateside serves quality Vietnamese fusion food, like bun cha with homemade sausage, fried chicken with a spicy ginger sauce, and crispy duck fresh rolls we could easily eat a dozen of. As a bonus, the decor and atmosphere almost fool you into thinking you’re on vacation.
You worked from home today, and forgot to mute yourself on that conference call before having a conversation with your significant other. You’re still going to have to face Tuesday, but first, heal yourself over dinner at Bramling Cross - an upscale gastropub that looks like an elegant campus library. While the awesome cheeseburger with dill-seasoned fries and pickle aioli can’t negate the fact that a room full of people just heard your inside-joke nicknames for each other, it will distract you for at least a few minutes.
Cascina Spinasse is one of the most upscale Italian restaurant experiences you can have in this city, so when you need to have a special occasion meal on a Monday night, keep it in mind. Plus, it’s a lot easier to get a short-notice table or spot at the big marble bar here when it’s not the weekend. The pastas, like fresh tajarin with ragu or cavatelli with braised beef, taste like they could be from Italy. Surprise a date with this one - they’ll forget about that on-hiatus argument you’re definitely going to lose.
Four of our favorite pizza spots are closed on Mondays. Luckily, we also like Windy City Pie, a Chicago-style pizzeria inside a whiskey distillery that feels like a secret society - and is very much open for business. Windy City’s caramelized-crusted deep dish pies (add candied bacon at all times) take a little longer to bake than regular pies, but you had a long day, so just relax for a second. And pregame your pizza with the garlic butter brioche.
Witness makes some delicious chicken and waffles. And pimento cheese poutine. And hushpuppies with honey butter. Pairing some fried pickles with a cocktail for Happy Hour is also a very good idea. Plus, Junebaby is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, so Witness is really cornering the fancy-Southern-food market early in the week.
If it’s only Monday physically, but spiritually it’s Saturday night, you might be inclined to go with a date or your parents to Bateau. It’s a steakhouse with a personality - the juxtaposition of raw cow torsos with fancy china is certainly striking - but it’s all business when it comes to food. You’ll find excellent steaks, fries cooked in beef fat, and an off-the-menu burger so perfect, time becomes irrelevant.