Evening Magazine recently went on a mission to find incredible food at cheap prices. The quest took the crew to Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, where they discovered three popular restaurants dishing up delicious food at prices the budget-conscience can bite into.
When it comes to crepes, it's hard to decide whether to get something savory or sweet. At Seley Crepes, you can get both without busting your lunch budget. The smells may draw you into the mustard-colored cafe on East Olive Way, but it's the smiles that keep the restaurant's loyal customers.
Since 2006, Aissa Diouf has been cooking up giant crepes heaping with fresh ingredients. Each dish is a tribute to her mother, who raised Aissa and her sister in the former French colony of Niger.
"When we were kids, my mother made us crepes for our birthdays," said Aissa. "We enjoyed them and learned how to make them."
Aissa inherited her mother's adventurous side, especially when it comes to recipes.
Among the more surprising items on the menu is the Crepe "Dog," made with Polish sausage. Their most popular dish and house special, La Reine (Queen of Crepes), combines chicken, tomatoes, bacon, Swiss cheese and spinach in a delicious savory crepe.
Savory crepes range in price from $5.75-$6.76, while sweet crepes cost between $4-$5.75.
With the $11 crepe combo, you can also get dessert in the form of a sweet crepe. You'll go nuts over the Just Nutella crepe.
If there's one complaint - and we asked a lot of people to get one - it would be the hours. Saley Crepes close 8pm Tuesday-Friday and 4pm on weekends; they are closed Mondays.
Saley Crepes has become so popular, the cafe can get a little crowded. But Saley Crepes plans to move to a larger space just five blocks away, closer to downtown, in November. They'll still be on East Olive Way, but on the south side of I-5 instead of north of the freeway.
1361 East Olive Way
Seattle, WA (Map)
Sat, Sun: 10am-4pm
Closed on Mondays
As Marination Mobile, they were voted America's Best Food Truck by Good Morning America. Now, with a permanent parking space above the QFC on Broadway, Marination Station is bringing their Hawaiian-Korean fusion fare to Capitol Hill.
During the lunch hour rush, you'll find Portuguese sausage cooking on the grill, the aroma of spicy pork tacos filling the air, and swooning customers lining up for lunch.
Owners Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison recently drummed up some big time attention when their food truck Marination Mobile won contests sponsored by both Good Morning America and Evening Magazine's Best of Western Washington. Their Capitol Hill location is a response to the only complaint they ever really heard from food truck customers.
"We heard from the regulars from the truck that, wow, on a rainy day, it would be nice not to stand in line for a half an hour' or 'It would be nice to come with my family outside the 11-2 working hours," said Kamala.
Now, open until 8 pm, Marination Station serves up kimchi fried rice with a sunny side up fried egg in a takeout box ($5.50), Portugese sausage musubi and the perennial favorites sliders (with your choice of shredded kalua pork or SPAM) and spicy pork tacos ($2.25 each).
Marination Station gets crowded during lunchtime, so be prepared to eat outside.
1414 Harvard Avenue
(upstairs corner of Pike and Broadway, above the QFC)
Seattle, WA 98122
Open every day
Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Folks who know Capitol Hill used to get cheap chicken at the location. Now people come to the old KFC for something else: Rancho Bravo's Mexican food.
Signs? Apparently Rancho Bravo doesn't need any stinkin' signs to draw customers to their budget-priced Mexican homemade food. They're all about the food.
"A lot of our employees come from Mexico, Central America and beyond," said manager Chris Doner. "So they're bringing to this establishment some of their experience from home."
Menu items price out at $5. You can get a freshly rolled tamale at $1.75 apiece, $4 for the pork roasted tortas and Bravo burritos are $4.75 each. A must-try is their taco al pastor, a seasoned pork taco, at around $2.25 each.
If you can't make it to Capitol Hill and you want to try the Rancho Bravo tacos, check out their Wallingford where they have a truck parked permanantly on 45th in the old Winchell's Donuts parking lot.
Rancho Bravo Tacos
1001 East Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98122
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