It might be time to let out your belt a notch.
Seattle Restaurant Week started yesterday, which means that you have nine days left to eat at some of the city's best for just $28.
With over 100 restaurants participating, the sheer number of options can be debilitating (like looking at a menu at The Cheesecake Factory). Have no fear, friends, we've whittled down the list to nine memorable, must-have meals.
Pro tip: Keep your eyes peeled for something special halfway down this list.
Tom Douglas's downtown noodle bar in Assembly Hall opened this year to rave reviews. Choice picks include the chili char squid and the kimchi hot pot.
2121 6th Avenue, Downtown (206-448-8426)
2. El Gaucho
$28 is a serious bargain for dinner at this well-heeled steakhouse. We recommend the "insane truffle soup" and the tenderloin medallions.
2505 1st Ave, Belltown (206-728-1337)
3. Ray's Boathouse
This Ballard institution recently got a super-sweet remodel. Go for the Boat House crab cake and the grilled Columbia River sturgeon.
6049 Seaview Ave NW, Ballard (206-789-3770)
West Seattle chicken and whiskey diner is, of course, serving wings breaded and fried in rice flour and served with pineapple salsa. Try the Kahlua pork lettuce wraps too.
4437 California Ave SW, West Seattle (206-935-1075)
5. Le Zinc
Newly-opened Cap Hill French bistro is one of the season's happiest surprises. For Restaurant Week, try the crispy pork belly with blinis and the roast chicken with 40 clove garlic sauce.
1449 E. Pine St, Capitol Hill (206-257-4151)
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Meeru Dhalwala brought the Vij's empire down from Vancouver and we're better for it. How do lamb and beef kebabs with Bengali curry sound? The answer is good. They sound very good.
500 Terry Avenue N, Belltown (206-486-6884)
Maria Hines's newest restaurant has become our go-to spot for casual Italian. Sample the antipasti misti and the spaghetti with Skagit River Ranch hot pepper sugo.
709 N 35th St, Fremont (206-547-9707)
8. Art Of The Table
Because the menu at Dustin Ronspies' much-loved New American eatery changes nightly, they're not announcing any dishes before they're served. But you know they'll be damn good.
1054 N 39th St, Wallingford (206-282-0942)
9. The Commons
This new Eastside hotspot is worth braving traffic for. Their Restaurant Week menu includes maple-braised pork belly and their legendary Woodinville Whiskey BBQ burger.
14481 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville (425-892-7012)