Bite Me: A Foodie Guide to the Bite of Seattle

Since its inaugural installment in 1982, the Bite of Seattle has moved from Greenlake to the Seattle Center and grown exponentially in both popularity and the diversity of food offered. If you’re looking for some of Seattle’s most awesome grub all in one place, look no farther than the Bite of Seattle, running this year from July 17th to the 19th (that’s next weekend!). Check out our handy-dandy Bite Guide for help planning your day. After all, you only have one stomach, and there’s a lot of food at the Bite.

"International Fountain at Seattle Center," by Bradley Gordan. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"International Fountain at Seattle Center," by Bradley Gordan. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Alley Eats

Don’t miss The Alley! Although there is a $10 admission fee, the consensus seems to be that it’s worth the dough. And, proceeds benefit Food Lifeline, a local org that provides 88,000 meals every day to hungry people in Western Washington. In our opinion, it’ll be $10 well-spent. It runs from 11:00am-7:00pm on each day the Bite runs.

Alley Highlights


Skillet – Many Seattleites swear by their chicken waffles. Try the mini version at The Ally on Saturday.

“Burger: Skillet Diner, Seattle,” by Alejandro De La Cruz. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

“Burger: Skillet Diner, Seattle,” by Alejandro De La Cruz. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Din Tai Fung – This raved-about dumpling spot is serving up veggie & pork Wonton with spicy sauce as their featured item at The Bite. Saturday at the Alley.

"Splendid," by Robert S. Donovan. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

"Splendid," by Robert S. Donovan. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Savory Selections

Ezell’s Express – Ezell’s is known for bringing awesome Southern-style fried chicken to Seattle. They’ll be serving their Chicken Strip Combo, wingettes, fries and mini rolls during the festival.

"mmm... 247/365," by Anna. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"mmm... 247/365," by Anna. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Chopstix Chopstix is a popular Asian-fusion food truck you might encounter in the SLU area near Amazon, or at a big event. Their pork sliders come highly rated. Try that and the Peking Duck Taco at the Bite.

Taste of Peru – Taste of Peru is another highly rated restaurant in Seattle. The featured items this year are chicken or pork adobos, as well as tamales, salchipapas and empanadas. And Mango Pineapple Lemonade!

Big Boys Filipino Food Truck – Another much-loved Seattle food truck, you probably shouldn’t miss Big Boys at The Bite. Featured items are the Pan de Sal sandwiches and Chicken Adobo Tacos. If they’re serving garlic cheese fries, you should get those too.

Libations

Brews

Check out the beer gardens sprinkled throughout the festival. You’ll be able to find several awesome local beers there, including Ninkasi Lux Lager.

"Beer tasting at Elysian Brewery," by Narisa Spaulding. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"Beer tasting at Elysian Brewery," by Narisa Spaulding. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Cocktails

The beer gardens will also be slinging cocktails by Heritage Distilling Company. Signature cocktails include a vodka and sparkling grapefruit drink called  “The Pink Elephant” (so named for the famous car washes around Seattle) and a bourbon, ginger ale and bitters libation called “The Underground” (named after the underground tunnels in Seattle).

Treat Yourself!

Biringer Farm Shortcake – It’s a summertime/ Bite classic! Gather round for the much-photographed Strawberry/Raspberry Shortcake. They’re also offering brownies and scones.

"Strawberry Shortcake," by Jason Burrows. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"Strawberry Shortcake," by Jason Burrows. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Street Treats – What do you get when you slap amazing and unique ice cream flavors between homemade cookies? Dessert perfection!

"IMG_5007," by Jenn Mau. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

"IMG_5007," by Jenn Mau. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Hula Girl Shaved Ice – If you’re looking for something sweet, but slightly more light (and colorful), try Hula Girl Shaved Ice. I don’t know what the Tiger Blood flavor is, but it sounds awesome.

"Hawaiian Shaved Ice," by Steven Depolo. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

"Hawaiian Shaved Ice," by Steven Depolo. Licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

Novelties and Culinary Curiosities

New Orleans Cookery – Chicken is good, but why not be a little more adventurous? New Orleans Cookery offers Alligator on a Stick, along with other ‘nawlins classics like Louisiana Crabcakes, Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffe and Jambalaya.

"Andi and her alligator," by Joe Szilaygi. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

"Andi and her alligator," by Joe Szilaygi. Licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Peanut Butter Goodness – PBG offers deep-fried, well….everything. If you’re not afraid of a little fat, stop by for some Deep-Fried Pickles, Deep-Fried Cheesecake, Deep-Fried Brownies, Deep Fried Cinnamon Rolls or their name-sake…Deep Fried PB&J sandwiches.

Deanos Grill – Get ready for some epic grease – Deanos Grill will be serving up Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheese Burgers and bacon waffles.

What are you looking forward to eating at the bite? Or better yet, tell us what you did eat after the festival. Pics or it didn’t happen!

-Maggie Tarnawa, TWIF Blog Manager and aspiring Foodie