Seattle's Best Indoor Sun-Soaked Eateries

Staff Writer
You won't get caught in a surprise shower inside at these sunny locales

Alexis Steinman

Sun streams in at lunch in Matt's In The Market's historic space.

In Seattle, springtime skies go from grey to blue in seconds, making outdoor dining a risky business, unless you like your sandwiches drenched. Until patio weather arrives, here’s where to soak up the sun indoors.

Matt’s In The Market
With views of the iconic Pike Place Market sign and the Olympics, lunchtime at Matt’s comes with a side of sunshine. Savor salads sourced straight from the market, oozy caramelized onion n’ bacon dip, a cornmeal, catfish sandwich and coffee ice cream cake. At Matt’s, tomato season happens year-round, with tasty Bloody Mary’s served Midwest-style--with a snit of Miller High Life.

Bitterroot
While the front room of Ballard’s Bitterroot reeks of countrified charm, head to the back bar for a secret sunbath.  Roll up your sleeves and dig into pulled pork sandwiches, Buffalo fried chicken livers, and smoked jalapeno mac n’ cheese. A stellar beer list of local brews and a bevy of bourbons ensures you won’t go thirsty. 

Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Capitol Hill now houses the second outpost of Queen Anne’s beloved Mezcaleria Oaxaca.  Housed in a former auto shop, the architects, Graham Baba, installed floor-to-ceiling, garage door-like windows in this happening, Mexican cantina. This guarantees every taco, mole, and margarita come with a hefty side of el sol.  Once the warm weather hits, the rooftop patio will open, bringing the fiesta outside.

Porchlight Coffee
On sunny days, this Capitol Hill café is so bright you gotta wear shades. Inside this tiny, toasty spot, enjoy Herkimer Coffee and Mighty-O donuts. Bring home a souvenir soundtrack; the back of the shop features a well-curated record selection.

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