With one glaring exception , bike rides are healthy, outdoorsy things to do with kids in Seattle on autumnal weekends. The best and brightest


Where to Eat With Kids Near the Burke-Gilman Trail

With one glaring exception, bike rides are healthy, outdoorsy things to do with kids in Seattle on autumnal weekends. The best and brightest of the city's bike paths, of course, is the Burke-Gilman Trail, winding from Ballard to Bothell before it turns into the Sammamish River Trail near the Eastside. While for the novice, navigating more than 25 miles by bike is not advised with kids-in-tow, a bike trip of any distance will require sustenance. Here's where the whole familia can eat well along the way.

Golden Gardens to Fremont: Paseo

Paseo's Pepto-Bismol pink shack on Seaview Avenue near Golden Gardens serves the same menu as its original Fremont outpost. The Ballard locale is within spitting distance to the trail. You could order a round of Smokin' Thighs or Tofu Delight sandwiches, or happily default to the Caribbean Roast. What's arguably Seattle's most famous marriage of meat and bun, the pork roast is fall-off-the-bone goodness that cannot be overhyped. Kids or adults opting for less mess will do well with the seasoned grilled chicken, fish, or tofu over rice. Paseo is cash only, so bike riding diners should stuff some bills in their britches before pedaling.

Fremont to Wallingford: The Essential Baking Company

In a brick building that's housed bakeries for decades, Essential Baking Company's Wallingford location on 34th Street just before the Burke hits Gasworks Park is tried-and-true. Simple sandwiches are dressed up enough to be memorable. Case in point is the ham and Pecorino, with a zippy Russian dressing replacing mayo and rosemary bread adding another layer of savoriness. There's also an uber-healthy raw kale salad with chick peas and tahini and an arugula salad cut with chunks of toasty bread, feta, and olives. Kids can order straightforward turkey, grilled cheese, or pb&j sandwiches.

Wallingford to the University District: Tokyo Sweets

For for those seeking a somewhat authentic dining experience, the polished restaurants peppered between shops at University Village can do more harm than good. Nonetheless, the outdoor mall was built close to the trail and, besides Metropolitan Market, it's one of the last stops before riding on strips of the Burke that bend farther away from retail and restaurant clusters. At Tokyo Sweets next to Boom Noodle, weary kids can gnaw on sweet or savory crepes wrapped up like mondo ice cream cones. Picky palates will probably still inhale the mushroom and Swiss crepe with spinach and tomatoes tucked inside. If not, the King Kong with bananas and Nutella should do the trick.

The University District to Lake Forest Park: El Oso

A meal at El Oso, a Mexican joint in the Third Place Commons mini food court across Bothell Way from the trail, will quickly replace calories burned with copious amount of melted cheese. Tacos and burritos can be filled with a range of proteins, including carne asada or garlicky chicken. Fried plantains and empanadas move El Oso's menu beyond a glorified version of Chipotle, and the wooden tables filling the eating area next to Third Place Books sit close to a well-loved play space. There's also a large farmers market in the parking lot with food vendors that's open Sundays until October 21st.

Lake Forest Park Onward: Bastyr Dining Commons

While it's popular for cyclists to ride from Seattle to Redhook in Woodinville, families looking to eat something besides underwhelming bar food should try the Bastyr Dining Commons inside Kenmore's St. Edward State Park. Situated about two miles off of the Burke, Bastyr serves students and anyone else affordable vegetarian and vegan fare in what has to one healthiest cafeterias known to man. There's a colorful salad bar with some ingredients grown on site and plenty of food that's good for kids and good tasting, including breakfast sweets and scrambles and entrees like sweet potato stuffed burritos.

Follow Voracious on Twitter and Facebook. Follow me at @hellobillups.

comments powered by Disqus

Friends to Follow