Restaurants

Top Choice Breakfast in U District

Portage Bay Cafe

Hugely popular brunch spot and for good reason. Aside from the usual suspects (eggs, bacon, pancakes), there’s a help-yourself breakfast bar loaded with fresh fruit, cream, syrup, nuts and the like (all local, of co…
Vegan in U District

Chaco Canyon Café

Possibly Seattle's most ethical restaurant, Chaco Canyon (there are now three outposts) serves vegan food from a revolving cache of partner farms (all in Washington state). It's also big on raw food. If you’re a fir…
Mexican in U District

Agua Verde Café

On the shores of Portage Bay at the southern base of University Ave, Agua Verde Café is a little gem that overlooks the bay and serves fat tacos full of lemony cod, catfish or portobello mushrooms, plus other Mexica…
Cafe in U District

Cafe Solstice

This coffee shop on 'the Ave' is large. It needs to be in order to accommodate the armies of laptop campers who seemingly descend here to churn out their own inferior versions of War and Peace. There's a nice wooden…
German in U District

Schultzy’s Bar & Grill

There are really only two words you need to know about Schultzy's – beer and sausages. The most obvious common denominator between the two is 'German' and it's true, there are good German beers and bratwurst here; b…
Thai in U District

Thai Tom

About as wide as a train carriage with permanently steamed-up windows, an open-kitchen lunch counter, and flames leaping up from beneath the constantly busy pans on the stoves, Thai Tom feels like some backstreet Ba…
Italian in U District

Ristorante Doria

Doria applies the U District stencil of non-budget-breaking, plentiful, salt-of-the-earth food to Italian cuisine. There is nothing nouveau about the food or service. Instead, the owner, who is from Milan, regularly…
Cafe in U District

Flowers

Popular with a certain type of hip, vegetarian under- or post-grad, Flowers serves vegetarian-biased food (including plenty of sandwiches) in a funky space known for its mirrored ceiling. There's usually a vegan lun…
Cafe in U District

Morsel

A diminutive cafe that specializes in biscuits (the US kind) – and they’re not morsels! Choices include the classic (with gravy), or a formidable leaning tower of bacon, egg and cheese. Enjoy them while making frien…
Indian in U District

Cedars Restaurant

Seattle isn't exactly London or Mumbai when it comes to Indian restaurants, but there's some relief for curry lovers at Cedars, a family run 'Indian' with a few eastern Mediterranean cameos (falafel and gyros mainly…