Hidden Gems: Seattle

11 STOPS | 70 MILES | 2 hr 28 min

Maybe because it is such a coffee Mecca, Seattle also happens to be one of the nation’s best breakfast cities. Then, of course, there’s an abundance of Pacific Northwest seafood … and a kaleidoscopic choice of eats at the Pike Place Market … and a passion for magnificent sandwiches … and a radiant Asian population … and … Let’s just say that if you can’t find something you love to eat in Seattle, you aren’t hungry! From the long list of places Roadfood loves — including coffee joints and sit-down restaurants —  here is a handful that will make you very happy.


Ghost Alley Espresso

A tiny, colorful shop tucked under Seattle's Pike Place Market, Ghost Alley Espresso serves some of the best coffee in town.

Must Eats

13 Coins

A rare slice of mid-20th century Americana, Seattle's 13 Coins is open 24/7 for meals that range from sandwiches and burgers to surf 'n' turf.


Little Uncle

Seattle is home to some of the finest Asian eateries in the nation. Among locals, Little Uncle holds the number one spot. Dungeness Crab Fried Rice, anyone?

Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

Paseo Caribbean Restaurant

A raffish sandwich shop specializing in overstuffed torpedoes of pork and more, Paseo is bright and delicious, noisy and fun.


Portage Bay Cafe

Portage Bay Cafe's groceries are organic, local, sustainable. Vegan options abound. Fresh fruit is the market's best. Meals are delicious.


Freshy’s Seafood Market

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** In a former gas station on Mercer Island, Freshy's is a seafood market and picnic-style restaurant that is a brilliant taste of the Pacific Northwest.


Spud Fish and Chips

A humble eat-in-the-rough Seattle area seafood restaurant, Spud serves some of the best fried cod and halibut anywhere, sided by superb French fries.


Noodle Boat Thai Cuisine

The Noodle Boat is a beacon of Thai cuisine in Issaquah, Washington. Specialties include sunny fried trout topped with mango salad and tom kah hot & sour soup.


Moore Coffee

A cute little coffee house specializing in crisp, elegant waffles and beautiful latte art. Moore Coffee is an only-in-Seattle experience!


Biscuit Bitch

Southern-style biscuits and gravy are delivered with irreverent, in-your-face attitude at Biscuit Bitch, an outspoken Seattle treasure.


Ellenos Yogurt

A stand-up stall at Seattle's Pike Place Market, Ellenos Yogurt is a benchmark of fresh, pure dairy goodness, available in magnificent creative flavors.