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The best kid-friendly BBQ in Seattle

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There may not be scientific proof, but like magic, BBQ tastes even better in the summer. Visit your old faithful haunts for a slab or ribs this month, or dig in at a new favorite. These are our picks for some Seattle-area BBQ spots you’ll like as much as your kids do.


Drunky’s Two Shoes BBQ

4105 Leary Way NW
9655 16th Ave SW

This exuberantly decorated restaurant now has two locations, the original on the industrial side of Fremont and a newer, larger location in White Center. After dinner, let the kids feed goats and chickens and take a mechanical horse ride. Tip: Kids might be tempted to order the hot links, but be forewarned: these links may be too fiery for budding palates. The chicken may be a better bet.


Big Chickie

5520 Rainier Ave S

We’re not talking ribs in sauce, but rather authentic, Peruvian-style charcoal rotisserie chicken. The Hillman City spot in a gorgeously converted former service station serves its pollo and sides (fresh corn salad, black beans and yellow rice) cafeteria line-style. Order extra corn muffins and grab a seat on the patio.


Jack’s BBQ

3924 Airport Way S

Tucked into the industrial area south of Sodo, this restaurant by BBQ master Jack Timmons is as unfussy (and fun) as you can get. Brisket is required eating here, plus buttermilk hushpuppies, Frito pie and banana pudding.

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