Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is located in north central Seattle, approximately four miles from the downtown core. Known for its suburban feel, its 45th Street activities are largely what the neighborhood offers for entertainment and eating. But don’t let that stop you from visiting. After trying one of the restaurant below, you can enjoy a quick retreat to nearby Green Lake.
So, what are our favorite Wallingford eateries?
Djan’s Thai Restaurant is housed in a historical 1930s Wallingford house, much like many boutiques and restaurants along 45th. Their innovative, though traditionally-rooted menu offers Thai creations with tantalizing flavors.
A Seattle favorite: Dick’s Drive In has had a cult-like following since they opened their first location. By 1954, when the first location opened (this very location), locals were delighted – even as other burger chains opened around the city, people have flocked to “Dick’s”.
We love baked goods – and Cube’s Baking Company offers a scrumptious array. Try their brownies, scones, puff pastries, mini cakes or conchas. Have an event coming up? They make custom cakes too! Their specialty? That’s right! “Cube” cakes.
Interested in boutique, Japanese cuisine? Yoroshiku illuminates Japanese food’s gastro-esque opportunities with their unique array of vegetable and seafood dishes. Though the weather’s been nice, they offer year-round ramen, both traditional and the often-overlooked tsukemen, which is a dipping style noodle dish served cold.
Fresh, local, and organic gelato can be found at Fainting Goat. Established in 2009, Fainting Goat is a small shop serving daily-handcrafted gelato. The organic milk used in their base is locally sourced in Lynden, Washington, as is the seasonal fruits.
If you’re craving a different sort of sweet treat, try Trophy Cupcakes, which is located in the Wallingford Center. They change their menu daily so check out their website for “today’s” assortment, but the gist is beautifully crafted, colorful, confetti-esque cupcakes.
Molly Moons – and I’m just starting to realize how many dessert places this list has on it – is a local ice creamery, serving unique and esoteric flavors. But don’t let that stop you! They have Original Strawberry alongside their Black Sesame and Hibiscus Tea Sorbet.
Another local favorite, Ramen Man, which is often referred to as the “unlimited eggs” ramen house. Dishing up traditional Japanese Ramen with a flavorful, chicken broth base, they’re both well-reviewed “delicious”!
Tilth is a new-American restaurant specializing in plates that utilize certified-organic or wild ingredients. As part of the Maria Hones Restaurants, Tilth made the New York Times as one of the best new restaurants in the country for their 2008 selection.
Seattle Pops is a people-centric “pops” stand with tons of flavors and options for all. Their fruit flavors are 100% vegan and their creamy pops are milk-based, while all their pops are totally gluten free. Their colorfulness is natural as they use the least amount of ingredients possible and bursting with flavor. They offer both traditional flavors and unique flavors.
If you’re looking for “good ‘ol American burgers, shakes & fries,” try Wally Burger. They serve hand-formed patties made from 100% locally pastured, grass-fed beef, topped with house made sauces and gluten-free buns.
The last on our list is known for “gathering goodness.” Or you can refer to them as Harvest Beat, a locally sourced eatery that specializes in farm-to-table eating. Their menu changes seasonally and often with limited ingredients, so check out their website t make a reservation!
Wallingford has a ton of food-places to offer – all you must do is walk down the strip and you’re tantalized with options! What are your favorite places to go?
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