University of Washington
From Philip Ballinger, Director of Admissions, and the Students of University of Washington:
1218 NE Campus Parkway
A fabulously scrumptious, sit-down, waiter-served, no tips restaurant run by Housing and Food Services at the UW, Cultivate is on the ground floor of ‘Elm” -- one of our residence halls. This place is hard to get into sometimes it is so popular (with good cause). The award-winning Chef is Amy Belknap, and here is her inspiration for the restaurant: “I want Cultivate to be a place where people can come and learn something about their food sources and maybe try something they haven’t tried before. It should be special and drive that memory home.” And she is not kidding….for lunch or dinner try the cubano mojo roasted pork, with smoked ham and swiss cheese on a pressed french bread with yellow mustard, pickles, or the black-eyed pea and quinoa cakes with green tomato relish, crème fraiche, and simple green salad. For dessert try the affogato vanilla gelato with hot espresso pour-over.
A Burger Place
4234 University Way NE
This is the restaurant where you will get the closest to a good "backyard" grilled burger. It is great because you get to pick from a list of ingredients to customize your "perfect" burger -- fried eggs, avocado, barbecued onions, swiss cheese. To top it all off they have a large flat screen that is always playing sports. And they always tune in for the Huskies when they're playing.
4139 University Way NE
A very cool, Middle-Eastern atmosphere right on the Avenue and the food is delicious! Lentil soup, falafel, spanakopita, kabobs. We are huge fans of Aladdin's gyro combo meal -- a jumbo lamb and beef gyro, fries, and a drink for only $7!
1414 NE 42nd Street
Made- to-order artisanal pizza from classic cheese to the Sienna -- mozzarella, parmesan, garlic, fresh rosemary, red onion, mushrooms. It's close to campus and a fixed price no matter how many toppings you choose. Or try the MOD pizza salad -- choose your greens and any toppings all on a warm asiago crust. Lots of variety so you never get tired of it, the service is also fast so you can eat within an hour break.
4002 University Way NE
The quick and friendly service makes this Thai restaurant a favorite. Try the best Pad Kee Mao ever tasted or opt for the Panang Curry, garlic chicken or Pad Ka Pow or Tom Yum Noodle soup.
4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Healthy Thai cuisine with vegetarian, seafood and chicken dishes prepared with vegetable broth and the freshest ingredients -- from mixed vegetable with tofu soup and green papaya salad to crab wontons and ginger fish. The Panang Curry is mindblowing.
1411 NE 42nd St
A burger and teriyaki restaurant, Orange King has a variety of options -- from double bacon cheeseburgers to Japanese yakisoba noodles stir-fried with beef and vegetables. The prices are reasonable, the portions are plentiful, and the food is delicious.
Pho Than Brothers
4207 University Way NE
On a nice, cold, rainy, Seattle day, grabbing a quick bite at Pho Than Brothers is going to be your best bet. Pho -- rice noodle soup made with chicken, meatballs, beef, tofu, or veggies -- and cream puffs are the specialties here. For $6 you are able to eat a bowl a pho that will warm your soul.
4214 University Way NE
Shalimar offers fine Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The extensive menu includes appetizers such as samosas and aloo tikka; chutneys; vegetable dishes like aloo gobi, fresh cauliflower and potatoes simmered in a blend of spices, and bengan ki bhaji, a popular vegetarian entrée made with fresh eggplant, slowly cooked in a vegetable style curry sauce; tandoori specialties like tikka masala or butter chicken; traditional bread; meat and fish specialties including madras curry, tiger prawns and creamed spinach and basil masal, as well as pastas and sandwiches. It's a little pricier but still within a college student’s budget on occasion.
4759 Brooklyn Ave NE
This is a great German restaurant -- think bratwurst, schnitzel, spaetzle, currywurst!, and a decent German beer selection. Great food served fast. Try the mushroom hunter snitzel.
4141 University Way NE
Whenever I'm looking for a hearty, healthy meal fast, I go to Jimmy John's. They have amazing wheat bread and so many different varieties of sandwiches to choose from --8" Subs, Plain Slims and Giant Club Sandwiches. Try the Beach Club -- fresh baked turkey breast, provolone cheese, avocado spread, sliced cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! They also deliver, which is a huge plus! My friends and I have gotten sandwiches delivered to libraries on campus when we are really busy studying.
4114 University Way NE
A great college sports bar atmosphere and the perfect place to stop in for a hamburger, hot dog, sausage or cheese steak. Try one of the creative local specialties made with Husky pride, like the SARKburger and fries -- not to be missed.
Voula's Offshore Café
658 NE Northlake Way
Near the waterfront, Voula's is a favorite place to meet up with a few friends before class or on the weekend and have a huge breakfast. Pancakes, eggs, sandwiches, and shakes! Try the Chinese Pancake with ham and egg inside or the Oddinator, an omelette with smoked pork, mushrooms, green onions and Swiss cheese, topped with BBQ sauce. This place will fill you up for the next week with great diner food. It was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. too!
It wouldn't be Seattle without its own category for coffee shops. Here are some of those on-campus:
17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street
The inside is so cool, it feels like you are almost sitting inside a tree, and there's always really soothing music, so it's a nice place to sit and study or just hang out before going back to class.
Henry Art Gallery 15th Ave NE & 41st Street
It's the only place in the University District that serves Stumptown coffee. Enough said. But there are also sandwiches, salads and more...
Located in the cozy basement of the Art Building, Parnassus has a very cool vibe and laid-back ambiance that provides a different studying experience from most cafes. Calm and quiet, the cafe serves coffee and snacks to students reading or catching up with friends. Parnassus serves exclusively organic, shade-grown, Fair Trade certified coffees from Fidalgo Bay Coffee Roasters.
William H. Foege Building
Not only can you enjoy a chicken panini and iced coffee, but, with views of Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut, you can watch all the boaters and rowers pass by. The menu is fantastic -- in addition to the shade-grown espresso, there are salads, soups, yogurt parfaits, and sandwiches made with Essential Baking Company organic breads. The food tastes great, and there are many tables to sit at to eat, study or meet with friends or professors.
And off-campus but in the University District:
4214 University Way NE
Seattle's oldest espresso bar, this is a hidden gem. Perfect for people who like local and organic and want to avoid the Starbucks down the block. And don't forget the Skydottir Epic Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Café on the Ave.
4201 University Way NE
Great coffees and teas -- and a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner. Grab a Hot BBQ sandwich or the Roasted Veggie, snack on a hummus plate or nachos, or choose a burger or Fresh Basil Pasta.
4116 University Way NE
A university coffeehouse where you can be social or tune out and study, in the perfect cafe atmosphere: cozy and with very skilled baristas! The menu features salads, sandwiches, smoothies, dips and snacks, and superfood shakes, as well as beer and there's wi-fi!