Mala & Satay has the best banh mi sandwiches in the neighborhood. It’s a very quick counter situation where you can also order things like spicy Szechuan peppercorn pho or vermicelli bowls topped with chicken satays and vegetables. The space is pretty laid-back even at peak lunch hours, so there’s plenty of room to spread out with your warm sandwich or soup.
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For a quick lunch in South Lake Union, try Mamnoon Street. It’s a counter-service version of the original with a similar Middle Eastern menu.
100 Pound Clam
The seafood at 100 Pound Clam in South Lake is great. Just know you’ll be eating it next to a screaming two-year-old and a dad wearing Sperry’s.
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Deru Market is part farm-to-table restaurant, part classy deli in Kirkland, and you need their cake.
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is a downtown staple in Pike Place Market with great mac and cheese and panini.
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.
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Pho Bac Sup Shop
Pho Bac Sup Shop is a Vietnamese spot in the International District serving some seriously great pho and bar snacks.
Sizzle & Crunch
Sizzle & Crunch is a fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant that serves banh mi sandwiches, rice bowls, and salads.
Saigon Deli is a Vietnamese spot in the International District that makes great banh mi sandwiches.
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