Best Lunch in Seattle

Best Lunch in Seattle

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Best bets for mid-day meals.

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    Head directly to the infant outpost of the Marination archipelago at the water taxi terminal in West Seattle to gorge on Marination classics, such as spicy-sweet Kahlúa pork sliders ($2.50 each), kimchi quesadillas ($6) and the stupendous, etc.
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    The rapture-inducing, ever-evolving pastas from chef/owner Mike Easton at his new Pionoeer Square Il Corvo keep us coming back to taste what's next on the menu. Case in point: Tagliatelle with ragu Bolognese (shown, every dish is $10 or less).
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    This Pike Place Market stalwart is like old brass—gorgeously burnished by years of use and careful maintenance.
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    At this chic Middle Eastern eatery, come lunchtime, gorgeous flatbread sandwiches (shown) called mana’eesh are filled with lamb or aromatic za’atar (spice mixture) and cheese, and riddled with spices and green herbs ($7–$9).
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    The tsukemen (dipping ramen), with cold, lightly chewy noodles and the luscious, smoky tonkotsu broth, stuns ($10). You’ve likely never had ramen this good (see review here).
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    To eat: seasonal curries with tiny eggplants ($8–$10), steamed buns stuffed with beef cheeks ($3.30 each) and an essential noodleless pad thai with Seattle-made tofu (shown, $8.80).
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    Meet a friend for a long lunch in this Fremont spot, and don’t forget the wine. The wood-oven-roasted trout with walnut-lemon sauce (shown, $16) is lovely.
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    Favorites include the rice bowl topped with albacore, fennel kimchi and greens (shown, $13) or the house-made, tea-scented noodles with duck and pickled raisins ($15).
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