5 great bars & restaurants on Jackson St.
Sichuanese Cuisine. The food is spicy and worth the wait. (Image: Jenny Kuglin / Seattle Refined)

5 great bars & restaurants on Jackson St.

Jackson Street is the stretch of road that takes you from the shores of the Puget Sound in Pioneer Square to the Leschi neighborhood near the edge of Lake Washington. There’s a lot of flavor to be had on Jackson, with food ranging from pizza slices to cheap gyros to authentic chow mein.

I’ve written this list in the order you would encounter the restaurants if you started on Jackson in Pioneer Square and just kept going toward Leschi.

Sichuanese Cuisine. Sichuanese Cuisine is hands-down one of my favorite restaurants in all of Seattle for one reason: The food is ridiculously delicious. This isn’t the place you choose to eat if you’re looking for dim lights and a fancy atmosphere. It will also likely be crowded and you’re basically guaranteed to have to wait for a table. But it’s worth it. It is oh-so-worth it. My favorites are the Stir Fried Chinese Pea Vines (just ask for them, they might not be on the menu), Sichuanese Ravioli Soup, Hot Chicken, and Shrimp Chow Mein. Everything is perfectly spicy and salty and sour and I could just go on and on. This is the type of food that makes excellent leftovers, so don’t be afraid to try several dishes. It’s also affordable, with almost everything on the menu costing less than ten bucks.

1048 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
Neighborhood: International District

Cheeky Café. Cheeky Café serves a combination of Asian fusion and comfort food. It may sound strange, but it totally works. It’s a great spot for brunch and earns lots of points from me for serving breakfast foods until 4pm on weekends. So exactly what is Asian fusion and comfort food? Some of the dishes include pancakes with green tea, meatloaf with a fried egg, grilled spam and cheese sandwiches, and macaroni cheese with Korean kim chi. If you’re completely throwing your diet out the window, you can also try their fried PB&J sandwich.

1700 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Central District

Indian Ocean. Eating at Indian Ocean is an amazingly delicious and awesomely colorful experience. The outside of the restaurant is a brilliant blue and the inside is full of bright and interesting rugs and curtains. Serving Somali and Mediterranean food, Indian Ocean packs a serious amount of flavor into every dish. I love their gyro plate. First of all, it’s a HUGE serving for ten dollars and will easily feed two people. It also comes with an amazing spicy green sauce that you should pour on everything. And in case you’re still hungry, you always get a banana with every meal.

2519 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Atlantic

Standard Brewing. Standard Brewing just celebrated its one-year anniversary and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finding success. You can buy growlers to go, or spend some time in the tasting room enjoying the different seasonal beers. The owner, Justin, is usually behind the counter and is always happy to give a recommendation. Standard Brewing is tiny and intimate, with a faux fire and dark wood for ambience. There’s no food menu, but you can munch on bowls of pretzels. It also has a nice porch and it will be an excellent place to sip a ginger beer during happy hour this summer.

2504 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Atlantic

Central Pizza. Central Pizza has an incredibly cozy and inviting neighborhood feel. There are lots of booths and the bar is small, with friendly bartenders. The happy hour includes two dollar beers and giant slices of pizza for $2.50. It’s a great place to hang out and share a pitcher with friends. And, of course, the best part is that it’s some of the best pizza in Seattle. The crust is perfect and there are a lot of interesting varieties every day. I’m partial to a slice of their plain cheese pizza with plenty of red chili flakes.

2901 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
Neighborhood: Leschi

Note: Oh, and by the way, in case you’re a Michael Jackson fan: You’ll find a Starbucks at 2300 Jackson Street in Seattle. 

What’s your favorite spot on Jackson? Let me know in the comments!

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