Red Mill is not where to go to get a half-pound bison burger with gruyere on an artisan brioche bun with pomme frites. It’s where to go to get a diner-style burger, a paper sack full of the best onion rings in Seattle, and a serious milkshake like s’mores or truffle mint. You’re not coming here for the ambience - you’re coming here to spread out at a picnic table while blissfully unaware of how many calories you’re consuming. This competes on the Lil’ Woody’s level for best casual burger in Seattle.
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Shingletown Saloon is a dive bar, but with string lights, nice people, solid bar snacks, and no sticky floor. It’s a good place for a hang in Ballard.
You know Paseo, but Un Bien is where you want to be. It’s where the old owners work now, and the Caribbean sandwiches in Ballard are the city’s best.
No Bones Beach Club
No Bones Beach Club is a tiki bar in Ballard with excellent vegan takes on beachside food.
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Part wine bar, part bottle shop, part restaurant, Bar Ferdinand is a flexible Cap Hill spot worth knowing about for many situations.
Homegrown South Lake Union
Homegrown is a local sandwich chain that Gwyneth Paltrow wishes she came up with. This one’s in South Lake Union.
Witness is a Southern-style brunch spot in Capitol Hill that makes you feel like you’re in Georgia. That’s a good thing.
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Wallyburger is a Wild West-themed burger spot in Wallingford that isn’t worth your time or money unless you like grease and congealed cheese.
Gracia is a cute, but pricier Mexican spot you should hit up during happy hour. The $4 tacos are very much worth the early dinner.
Despite the cheesy name, Uneeda Burger serves some of our favorite burgers in Fremont.
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