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Family-friendly food for less

Tre Calloway orders the works at Capitol Hill’s Sunset Fried Chicken.


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

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