Lalaine Ignao and Melissa Lin
July 22, 2017

If you’ve been craving delicious food this week, don’t worry—Bite of Seattle has returned. Voted “Best Food Festival,” this event, which began yesterday and continues all weekend long, features more than 60 restaurants and food vendors, live cooking demonstrations, cook-offs, outdoor beer gardens, and four live music stages. Located at the Seattle Center, the Bite of Seattle showcases a variety of businesses and talent for Seattleites and tourists alike to appreciate. But—what many sometimes forget—a good fraction of these establishments are local, meaning you don’t have to wait once a year for Bite of Seattle to have a taste. This year, take the opportunity to better understand what the greater Seattle area has to offer and make this the first step in experiencing the Emerald City in a new way.

We have compiled our top places to check out at this year’s Bite of Seattle—all of which are local.

“Just a Bite” indicates options for $3.75 or less.

Agave Cocina and Tequilas (GF, V, Vegetarian)

Break the habit of only eating Mexican food exclusively on Tuesdays with Agave Cocina and Tequilas. Using handcrafted, fresh, and natural ingredients, this restaurant offers “the widest variety of specialty entrees, customized to today’s eating habits. Our style of cooking features creative twists on classic fare, passed down from generation to generation.”

Featured Item: Soft Tacos, Nachos & Ceviche

Just a Bite Item: Grilled Stuffed Jalapenos wrapped in bacon

Bai Thong Thai Restaurant

Named after banana leaves, this restaurant began with a simple mission: to give Thai Airways crew members a taste of home and feed them meals like back in Thailand. Today, Bai Thong serves a variety of dishes from soups, salads, noodles, and Thai curries that will have you booking upcoming flights to the Southeast Asian country.

Featured Item: Pad Thai, Crispy Garlic Chicken, and Rice

Just a Bite Item: Crab Wontons

Speciality Food Item: Thai Ice Cream or Lychee Thai Tea

Dumpling Tzar

Thought dumplings only come from Asian cuisines? Think again. Dumpling Tzar says that “dumplings are an unpretentious, beautiful food that carries over through all continents and cultures. Pel Meni come from the Russian Siberian tradition of keeping meat fresh through long, harsh winters.” Pel meni are dumplings with fillings wrapped in thin, unleavened dough.

Featured Item: Classic Dumplings—Beef or Potato

Just a Bite Item: Small order of classic dumplings

Kaleenka

Waiting in a long line at Pike Place isn’t the only way to get piroshky. Kaleenka makes the Russian yeast risen dough with mouth-watering fillings. From an array of choices to choose from, everyone can find the perfect piroshki to obsess over.

Featured Item: Piroshky—Beef & Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Veggie

Just a Bite Item: half size potato & cheese piroshky

Racha Noodle and Thai Cuisine

Racha, which has locations in both Queen Anne and Redmond, is at Bite of Seattle serving up food from Thailand and neighboring nations. Laura R. from Trip Advisor shares, “My favorite dish is the Crying Tiger. It is a spicy steak salad that never fails to please…”

Featured Item: Chicken Satay or Tempura Prawn Combo

Just a Bite Item: Pad Thai Vegetable

Seattle Seafood Co. & Gyros

This restaurant provides a large selection of shrimp and shellfish, along with crab, fish and lobster, Try their panko crusted sea scallops.

Featured Item: Lamb, Chicken & Vegetarian Gyros

Just a Bite Item: Panko Crusted Sea Scallops

Taste of Peru (GF, V, Vegetarian)

Taste of Peru, located in Gig Harbor, offers up Peruvian meals with fresh flavors. Elliot G. from Yelp shares, “This was our first experience with Peruvian food and both of us were very pleased and impressed. Owners are from Lima Peru and the food is authentic and delicious.”

Featured Item: Adobo, Tamales, & Empandas

Just a Bite Item: Adobo

Chebogz Filipino Food Truck

Named after the Filipino slang phrase chibog meaning “to eat,” and a combination of the owner’s parents’ names, this family owned business aims to serve authentic Filipino food with dishes from the famous adobo to the peanut sauce dish kare kare.

Featured Item: Lumpias, Pansit, Adobo & more

Just a Bite Item: Lumpia and Pancit Combo—3 pieces

Chopstix

Dubbed as a modern Asian bistro, Chopstix features dishes such as bacon wrapped dates, ratatouille crostini and Japanese deviled eggs.

Featured Item: Asian Pulled Pork or Peking Duck Taco

Just a Bite Item: Spicy Pork Belly Taco 

Tabassum

We featured this food truck, which was the first to bring Uzbek cuisine to Seattle, back in May. They serve up tasty samsas, puff pastry hand pies that are a staple in Central Asia street food.

Featured Item: Beef or Butternut Squash Samsa

Just a Bite Item: Spanakopita: flaky spinach pie

Big Island Poke

Big island Poke strikes a fine balance between tradition and innovation, giving us mainlanders a glimpse into this Hawaiian staple.

Speciality Food Item: Hawaiian Poke Bowl w/ Ahi Tuna, Hawaiian Seaweed & more

PB Goodness

Believe it or not, the classic peanut butter and jelly can be—and has been—improved. PB Goodness deep-fries this all-time favorite lunch sandwich, giving a simple, but ingenious upgrade to PB&J.

Speciality Food Item: Deep Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Pho Cyclo

Pho Cyclo serves some of the best Vietnamese food in the neighborhood. Choose from Bahn Mi sandwiches, fresh spring rolls great vegetarian broth soup.

Speciality Food Item: Noodle bowl, Bahn Mi Sandwiches, Pork Skewers

Puffleup

Puffleup brings you a taste of egg waffle desserts—one of Hong Kong’s most popular street snacks. This snack, served up with ice cream, fruits, and other toppings, is definitely Instagram worthy.

Specialty Food Item: A variety of Puffle desserts including s’mores, strawberry or banana

Seattle POPS

Inspired by the traditional Mexican paleta, these popsicles consist of local and organic ingredients bursting with flavor. Created from either fruit or cream, Seattle POPS gladly serves all gluten free customers and make their fruity pops 100 percent vegan.

Specialty Food Item: Variety of all-natural frozen Popsicles

Pike Place Nuts

Pike Place Nuts is a staple of its name-sake market. Their nuts are always fresh, warm, and seasoned with simple but flavorful ingredients, making it no wonder why Seattleites return to this local spot year after year.

Artisan Food Item: Assorted flavors of roasted nuts

 

Happy Eating!