Avoid the tourists at Pike Place Market and instead enjoy Seattle's fresh catch at Pike Street Fish Fry, a hole-in-the-wall spot in Capitol Hill. Eat fish and chips from newsprint with curried ketchup and a slice of fried lemon (from $7). Pints of Fat Tire are $2 and the fries are free on the third Friday of every month (5–7 p.m.).
E.N.D. wine bar, opened last year and is the accessible alternative to the hard-to-get tables at adjacent Elemental@Gasworks. Elemental's entire menu is available à la carte, and rotating weekly seasonal items like escargot ravioli are priced between $10 and $15. Choose from among 100 wines offered at $15 per half-bottle.
Order a sandwich from Mario Batali’s sister at Salumi. Sandwiches are layered with house-cured culatello, guanciale, and mozzarella made fresh every morning (from $7.50).
Dig into the Indian-inspried thali—a platter of several small dishes—to sample slow food prepared by a James Beard award-winning chef at Poppy. The seven-dish “smali” is $22, and most snacks at the bar, like duck confit steamed buns, cost less than $10.