Family-friendly food for less
Tre Calloway orders the works at Capitol Hill’s Sunset Fried Chicken.
PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON
If you’re still feeling the pinch of the holiday season in your wallet, here are some of the best family-friendly places to eat around town that won't break the bank.
With a fleet of food trucks across the city and a restaurant in Ballard, El Camión serves some of the best Mexican street food in town. It offers high-quality tacos and quesadillas, but the enormous burritos offer the most bang for your buck, with $8.50 delivering enough for two hungry diners to share. The additional grilled veggies — smoky peppers, zucchini and more — are worth the extra dollar. The kids’ menu offers bean and cheese burritos and quesadillas for $4.85, still big enough for two kiddos to split. Don’t miss out on the toppings bar, which offers a selection of incredible handmade salsas running from mild to zingy to five-alarm deliciousness. 6416 15th Ave. NW, elcamionseattle.com
Emerald City Fish & Chips is a tiny, charming gem in Rainier Valley serving up a Southern-inspired fish fry with a Northwest twist. Order your choice of fish, coated in perfectly crunchy breading, accompanied by seasoned fries and a zesty housemade slaw. The Alaskan cod is a perennial family favorite; the generously portioned two-piece meal will only set you back $6.25. Bonus for those with dietary restrictions: all fish and chips are gluten-free. 3756 Rainier Ave S., emeraldcityfishandchips.com
Pecos Pit BBQ has provided SoDo with excellent barbeque for almost 30 years, and now has a second location in West Seattle. Sandwiches are the house specialty, with five choices of excellent slow-roasted and smoked meats available in three sizes. The sliders, perfect for little tummies, clock in at only $3 a pop. For vegetarians, smoked spuds with all the toppings or loaded salad bowls make a great alternative. 4400 35th Ave. SW & 2260 1st Ave. S., pecospit.com
Georgetown’s Conscious Eatery offers reasonably priced, generously portioned sandwiches made from high-quality, locally sourced ingredients. The Garden + Goat is a flavor-packed vegetarian delight, with goat cheese, arugula, lemon aioli and local fave Mama Lil’s Peppers, and runs $7. Soups, salads and a killer breakfast selection round out the menu, and kids love the PB&J made with the added crunch of housemade granola. Even better, every time you “make it a meal” (add two sides, drink or cookie), the organization gives a meal to a homeless person. 5620 6th Ave. S., consciouseatery.org
At Capitol Hill’s Sunset Fried Chicken, chef Monica Dimas offers killer fried chicken sandwiches, salads, and sides. The house-specialty O.G. is the way to go: its tangy slaw, crunchy pickles, and mayo on a toasted bun sets you back only $6.84. The fries and fried green tomatoes make excellent sides, but the double-fried hush puppies might be your kids’ new favorite treat. Sunset Fried Chicken is located inside Rachel’s Ginger Beer, so you can accompany your meal with an RGB float for a dining experience your kids won’t soon forget. 1610 12th Ave., sunsetfriedchicken.com
Lake City’s Man’oushe Express serves up a variety of flavorful Middle Eastern foods, but its specialty is mana’eesh: flatbreads topped with cheese, herbs, vegetables or ground meat. The za’atar flatbread is huge, perfectly portable for a bite on the go, and costs $4.50. The gyro plate, accompanied by rice, tzatziki and feta, still only runs $8.95. Kids love the hummus and pita, or the crispy falafel, a steal at $3.95 for five pieces. Man’oushe Express is located in the back of Goodies Mediterranean Market, so follow your meal with a trip through the store and introduce your kids to some fun new ingredients. 13721 Lake City Way NE, manousheexpress.com
Bothell’s Dandy Dogs has been winning fans with its high-quality grilled sausages served on tasty toasted buns. The quarter-pound, all-beef hot dog a mere $4, can be topped with more than 20 different sauces, seasonings, and vegetables. An extra $2 adds a bag of chips and a soda. Look for Dandy, with its outdoor covered seating, in the Cash & Carry parking lot across from Home Depot. 18222 120th Ave. NE, Bothell, dandydogs.biz