The Pacific Northwest’s regional cuisine is fresh and healthy, with a generous helping of eco-friendly. Seattle has no shortage of great options, even when it comes to fast food. With these three Seattle favorites, you don’t need to sacrifice quality and flavor when you’re in a hurry.
Dick’s Drive-In is a Seattle icon. Since Dick Spady opened the first location in Wallingford in the early 1950s, Dick’s has served fresh, never-frozen beef burgers, hand-cut fries, and hand-whipped shakes for vintagely low prices. Open every day until 2 am, this spot is popular at all hours. Eat in your car or take a bursting paper bag to the park for a picnic. Just don’t forget to bring cash when you visit one of the six Seattle locations.
You can find Dick’s Drive-In at various locations.
Hot Dog King
The true origins of the infamous Seattle Dog, a hotdog in a bun smothered in cream cheese, have been lost to the sands of time, but the tradition lives on, especially at the local favorite when it comes to hot dogs: the Hot Dog King food cart. With over 35 sauce options and countless toppings, challenge your stomach to a Seattle Dog, or really anything you can imagine. Catch this cart Tuesday-Friday in South Lake Union, or in Pioneer Square on game days.
You can find the Hot Dog King at 400 Westlake Ave N.
Ivar’s Pier 54 Fish Bar
Another classic Seattle favorite since 1938, Ivar’s orignally opened to feed rich chowder to the hungry masses visiting Seattle’s first aquarium. Since then, Ivar’s has spread to more locations in the Seattle area, but at the Seattle waterfront restaurant, you can still grab a cup of steaming clam chowder or a basket of fish ‘n chips to go. With all locally-caught, fresh halibut and salmon, you support Seattle tradition with every bite.