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Your guide to the 4 top spots in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood

Your guide to the 4 top spots in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood
Redwing Cafe | Photo: Mari M./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 20, 2020.

Spending time in Rainier Beach? Get to know this Seattle neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a food truck to a Cajun restaurant.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Rainier Beach, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. Redwing Cafe

photo: gen v./yelp

Topping the list is breakfast and brunch and vegetarian spot Redwing Cafe, which offers sandwiches and more. Located at 9272 57th Ave. South (between South Waters and South Rainier avenues), it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 203 reviews on Yelp. 

On the menu, you'll find biscuits and gravy, quiches, frittatas, avocado toast, grilled cheese and more. There's also plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. 

2. Drae's Lake Route

Photo: sherly t./Yelp

Next up is breakfast and brunch and Southern spot Drae's Lake Route, offering chicken wings and more, situated at 9261 57th Ave. South (between South Waters and South Rainier avenues). With 4.5 stars out of 141 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite. 

Here, you'll find chicken wings in flavors like mango habanero, chipotle barbecue, lemon pepper, garlic ginger and more. Choose from sides like mac and cheese, sweet potato fries and onion rings. 

3. Jude's Old Town

Photo: marie b./Yelp

Cocktail bar and Cajun/Creole spot Jude's Old Town, which offers burgers and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 9252 57th Ave. South (between South Waters and South Rainier avenues), 4.5 stars out of 111 reviews.

Jude's Old Town offers food with a Southern twist, with menu items such as Cajun prawns, jerk chicken, gumbo and more. There's also a lineup of craft beer, wine and cocktails that you can order to-go.

4. Fish Basket

photo: monica b./yelp

Food truck Fish Basket is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 88 Yelp reviews. Head over to 9447 Rainier Ave. South (between South 56th and South 54th avenues) to see for yourself. 

The food truck offers a variety of fish tacos, burgers and fish and chips, with such seafood options as halibut, salmon, cod, catfish and prawns. 


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