Mondays are exhausting. A fun weekend, a rough re-entry to the workweek, and the last thing anyone wants to do at the end of it is to think about what to eat for dinner. Certainly spending a great deal of time or money acquiring food is not appealing when all you want to do is shovel it down and watch a football game or even just slip into bed early. Well, worry not, because this list takes the hard decisions out of the equation by rounding up the top places to grab quick, easy, and most of all, cheap eats on a Monday night in Seattle.
5) Hidden in plain sight next door to one of Seattle's best-known Vietnamese restaurants, Vietnam House brings authentic food to a bustling ID strip mall. With none of the glitz, glamour, or cocktail lists of neighboring Tamarind Tree, it also has none of the lines or the prices. What Vietnam House does have is Vietnamese classics like lotus root salad, and claypot fish, along with service that is prompt, helpful, and always sets down the beers with a smile.
4) The décor is seemingly unchanged from the 70's at the Wedgwood Broiler, and the prices are nearly as steady. Sure, it's a little strange (though exceedingly charming) that there are still Cheez-its and sliced salami on your dinner salad. But the salad is free on the side of your $8.25 burger--with a patty made in-house from beef the restaurant grinds itself. Or perhaps you'd rather feast on 11 ounces of prime rib for less than $20. Whatever your choice, the prices, the waitresses, and the look of the place all seem stuck somewhere, 30-plus years ago, in the most adorable of ways.
3) You mostly get what you pay for at U:Don: serve yourself at the counter, find a seat, don't try to find a modicum of décor in the bare, modern space. The exception is the food, where you're getting more than your money's worth--especially nice considering you're probably only handing over a fiver. The show-stopping eponymous noodles are expertly made in-house, offering the deep chew that can come only from a freshly crafted noodle.
2) Monday night is oyster night at the Cajun Crawfish. That means this south-end seafood shack puts its already cheap seafood on the bargain block. $12.99 for a dozen raw oysters is a great way to prep the palate for the onslaught of spicy crawfish, crab, or prawns that will come next. Seafood boils are the specialty here, but the low prices on all kinds of preparations--raw, fried, and boiled with the house boom bang sauce--make it always a worthwhile dinner destination.
1) It's no surprise that some of the best cheap food around is coming out of a convenience store in the U-District. What is far more surprising is that at Chili's Deli & Mart it is freshly made South Indian food that is being churned out. Forget the Doritos and ding-dongs, this place has paratas and goat curries waiting for you. Spicy stews, giant, crêpe-like dosas, and sweet lassi drinks bring a type of Indian food that isn't seen much in the area to this mini-mart façade.