Dining:Seattle chefs reveal their favorite lunch spots


Whether your quest is for fancy fare or for the fairly basic, this list takes some of the work out of finding a good lunch spot.

Jim Drohman, chef/owner | Le Pichet (lepichetseattle.com)
“Formal sit-down lunches at Barolo [Belltown, baroloseattle.com] for Italian hanger steak. ... They’re not surprised when you ask for a wine list on a Wednesday afternoon. Also, Il Terrazzo Carmine [Pioneer Square, ilterrazzocarmine.com], a great business lunch place and one of the few places where casual Seattle still does a formal lunch. You need to make reservations even for weekday lunch.”

Shaun McCrain, chef | Book Bindery (bookbinderyrestaurant.com)
“Serious Pie [downtown, tomdouglas.com], especially clam and house pancetta pizza.”

Danielle Custer, culinary operator | Monte Cristo Gourmet Grilled Cheese & Mobile Melts (mobilemontecristo.com)
“Best recent bite/new craving is Gourmet Dog Japon at Second and Pike [downtown]. I didn’t quite know what the fuss was until I tried their numbers one, three and seven hot dogs. Loved them all, but if I had to recommend one to start, it would be the Matsuri with seaweed.”

Donna Moodie, owner | Marjorie Restaurant (marjorierestaurant.com)
“Pad Thai at Little Uncle [Capitol Hill, littleuncleseattle.com]; Matt’s in the Market [Pike Place Market, mattsinthemarket.com].”

Gordon Wishard, owner/chef | La Medusa (lamedusarestaurant.com)
“Always Le Pichet [downtown, lepichetseattle.com]. It has been around for so long, but remains excellent. I can spend several hours there on a day off enjoying a late lunch. It always feels as though I am on vacation. Most recently, The Wandering Goose [Capitol Hill, thewanderinggoose.com] has also become a favorite. The biscuit sandwiches are wonderful.”

Tom Douglas, owner | Tom Douglas Restaurants (tomdouglas.com)
“Szechuan Noodle Bowl [Chinatown–I.D.] for pork and chai dumpling with spicy sauce and green onion pancake. The Pink Door [Pike Place Market, thepinkdoor.net] for lunch dates.”

Tam Nguyen, owner | Tamarind Tree (tamarindtreerestaurant.com)
“Djan’s in Wallingford [djans.com], right on 45th Avenue. Their Pad Thai is so flavorful, just like the one that I had in Bangkok, and their lunch combo, the Thursday choice, is my favorite!”