Lunch options in South Lake Union are pretty good (blame all that Amazon money), if dominated by sandwiches.
If you're looking for something different, just-opened Kigo Kitchen has the hookup.
Fast, healthy, and damn tasty, the process is simple:
1) Pick your protein — we recommend grilled pepper-rubbed steak or glazed tofu
2) Pick your starch — rice, noodles, or fresh baby greens if you're going Paleo
3) Pick a sauce — Seattle-style teriyaki and peanut hoisin are just two of the options
Then watch as the wok artisans sear it to perfection and place it in front of you.
Throw in a pile of vegetables — either the traditional Kigo mix of Napa cabbage, snow peas, bell peppers, carrots, celery and onions, or your own concoction — and you've got a lunch to be reckoned with for under nine bucks.
The bowls are seriously filling but won't weigh you down. They're nutritionally balanced to give you the ideal fuel to get to closing time.
There are also chef-recommended combinations if you're not feeling creative. The Kigo Ono with pineapple tamarind sauce on braised pork shoulder over brown rice is great.
And oh yes, they've got plenty of hot sauce.
Price: 2 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Spiced pork; glazed tofu; fire sauce
Nearby: Brave Horse Tavern; Prost; Clever Bottle