October 4

Nine Drinking & Dining Hot Spots

This buzzy corridor is home to some of Amazon’s newest buildings, including the architectural feat that is The Spheres. But did you know you can find French macarons, fresh-made pasta dishes, exciting cocktail creations, and plenty of all-day dining here, too? This mini guide will fill you in on all you can eat and drink at The Regrade.

The Regrade gets its name from the Denny Regrade, a major engineering project in the early 1900s that covered approximately 27 city blocks extending from Pine Street to Cedar Street and from Second to Fifth Avenues. This project changed the landscape of much of Seattle, essentially leveling the city’s topography to make for easier transit.

Almost a century since the last Denny regrading project, Seattle, and the South Lake Union neighborhood, have taken shape. Today, The Regrade is the site of major pieces of Amazon’s global headquarters, but there is plenty for the public to see and do. Amenities such as a dog park, free bananas from The Community Banana Stand, and an abundance of public arcades offering easy access to ground-level retail and restaurants can all be found at the Regrade. You don’t have to be an Amazonian to get the most out of this new neighborhood. Check out these unique restaurants and some eat and drink choices.


Cuisine: Hawaiian-Korean fusion

Eat this: Korean cheesesteak (Kalbi beef with grilled onions, kimchi and jalapenos, melted cheese and mayo on a Macrina demi-baguette)

Drink that: Stoup Citra IPA

Happy Hour? Yes! Monday–Friday, 2–5pm. What to order? Draft beer ($4.50), mini katsu sandwich ($3.50)

Breakfast? No

Hours: Monday–Saturday, 11am­–9pm; Sunday, 11am–8pm


Mamnoon Street

Cuisine: Middle Eastern street foods

Eat this: Za’atar Mana’eesh (a flatbread with za’atar, tomato, olive, labneh, parsley, mint)

Drink that: Mamnoon Mule (Kummel, ginger beer, lime, curry powder )

Happy Hour? Yes! Daily, 3–6pm. What to order? Rotating cocktail ($7), falafel and an almaza ($9)

Breakfast? No

Hours: Monday–Saturday, 11am­–9pm; Sunday, 11am–8pm



Cuisine: Juices, salads, and warm bowls

Eat this: Mujadara (green lentils and brown rice, pickled turnips, Ellenos yogurt, cilantro, aleppo-spiced pepitas

Drink that: Refresh (carrot, ginger, orange, coconut water, orange blossom)

Happy Hour? No

Breakfast? Yes! Turkish iced coffee, yogurt, and more

Hours:  Monday–Friday, 8am­–6pm; Sunday, 11am–6pm


Great State Burger

Cuisine: Grass-fed beef burgers

Eat this: Single with grilled onions

Drink that: Malty chocolate shake

Happy Hour? No

Breakfast? No

Hours: Daily, 11am–9pm

Skillet Regrade

Cuisine: New American

Eat this: Fried chicken sammy (fennel seed crust, pickled and charred jalapeño aioli, kale, potato roll)

Drink that: Hey Girl Heeeyyyyy (vodka, St. Germain, Aperol, Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice, lime)

Happy Hour? Yes! Daily, 3–7pm. What to order? Tall Boy Du Jour ($2), Cheddar Bacon Hush Puppies ($3)

Breakfast? Yes! Try the Chub (bacon jam, bacon, brie, American cheese, one egg your way, greens, tomato, jalapeño aioli, tallow brioche roll)


Cinque Terre Ristorante

Cuisine: Modern Italian

Eat this: Bucatini al polpo (octopus sugo)

Drink that: South Lake Union (Bell Acres Gin, muddled cucumber, mint fresh lime,


Happy Hour? Yes! Monday–Friday, 3:00–6:30pm and 9–11pm; Saturday, noon–6:30pm and 9–11pm; all day Sunday. What to order? Vatiano wine bottle ($18); happy hour pizza ($10)

Breakfast: No

Hours: Monday–Friday, 11am­–11pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon­–11pm



Cuisine: Northwest with Latin influences

Eat this: Draper Valley Chicken with almond mole negro, rosti, and frisee

Drink that: Arsonist (Copperworks New Barrel, yellow chartreuse, house-charred pinapple liquer)

Happy Hour: Yes! In the bar, Monday–Friday, 4–6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 4pm to close. What to order? Punch (prices vary by bowl size), grilled octopus ($12)

Breakfast? Yes! Brunch items like pork belly migas and chicken and waffles are served on weekends.
Hours: (Lunch) Monday–Friday, 11am­­–3pm; (Dinner) Saturday–Thursday, 4­–10pm, Friday, 4–11pm); (Brunch) Saturday and Sunday, 11am­–3pm


Kiki Ramen

Cuisine: Japanese

Eat this: Shio ramen (rich chicken broth seasoned with sea salt and topped with chasu, marinated egg, pickled mustard greens, bamboo shoots, shiitake mushrooms, green onions, and curly noodles)

Drink that: Cucumber Ricky (Hendrick’s Gin, cucumber sake, lime, soda)

Happy Hour? Yes! Daily, 4­–6pm. What to order? Cap Ace Sake ($1 off), okonomiyaki ($7)

Breakfast? No

Hours: Monday–Saturday, 11am­–9pm; Sunday, 11am–8pm

*Bonus Spot*

Lady Yum

Cuisine: French macarons

Eat this: Normal flavors like chocolate and lemon are quite tasty, but do try more creative endeavors like raspberry chardonnay, unicorn, and shindig.

Drink that: A glass of champagne

Happy Hour? No

Breakfast? You can eat cookies for breakfast, right?

Hours: Daily, 10am–7pm

Story by Ethan Chung and Photographs by Daniel Berman.

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