Known as one of Seattle’s trendiest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill is the perfect place to spend an afternoon eating and drinking. From tiny, authentic tacos, to craft brews and coffee, it’s a microcosm of all that Seattle has to offer. Here’s what to eat in Capitol Hill, Seattle.
For Brunch: NUE
With three, long communal tables surrounded by walls lined with colorfully decorated packing crates, NUE has an eclectic vibe that matches its globe-trotting brunch offerings. From Dutch Pannekoeken, to Puerto Rican Mofongo, to Israeli Shakshuka—why buy a plane ticket when you can have it all in Capitol Hill? NUE: 1519 14th Ave.; 206-257-0312
For Caffeine: Analog Coffee
Recently featured in the unabashedly hipster lifestyle magazine Kinfolk, Seattle’s Analog Coffee is a shining example of the city’s java obsession. The Capitol Hill café serves only locally roasted coffees, and organic milks from Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy in nearby Lynden, WA. We like to think of Analog as an essential part of any morning spent in Capitol Hill Seattle. Analog Coffee: 235 Summit Ave. E.
For Tacos: Tacos Chukis
Like most things beautiful and sacred, Tacos Chukis exists as a little bit of a secret. Tucked away on the second floor of an indoor mini-mall on East Broadway, it’s been quietly churning out exceptional tacos for over ten years. Get a couple of pork adobada tacos with grilled pineapple, and enjoy some of the best flavors of Capitol Hill Seattle. Tacos Chukis: 219 Broadway E. 206-328-4447
For Beer: Optimism Brewing
This sprawling, 16,000 square foot brewery in Capitol Hill is all wood, concrete and steel—minimal design lets the wide array of beers truly shine. While it doesn’t have foodservice, there are always a couple of Seattle’s hottest food trucks sitting outside. Of note: the brewery does not accept cash or tips, so bring your plastic. Optimism Brewing: 115 Broadway; 206-651-5429
For Fusion: Poppy
This Indian, New-American hybrid from chef Jerry Traunfeld in Capitol Hill is known for its inventive thali plates—colorful platters to share, filled with everything from clam and leek chowder to nigella-poppy naan. The patio is dotted with bright orange tables and chairs, giving it a fun, modern flare. Poppy: 622 Broadway E.; 206-324-1108
For Pasta: Spinasse
There are several reliable Italian restaurants in Capitol Hill, but Spinasse is the winner for pasta, if only for the hand-cut Piedmontese egg-noodles, deliciously rich and delicate all at once. Order them with the hearty pork and beef ragu for one of the city’s most indulgent meals. Spinasse: 1531 14th Ave; 206-251-7673