Nirmal’s is a modern spot with a lot of bricks, a pretty tiled bar, and some great upscale Indian food. We’re fans of the beef curry and the tandoori spice-rubbed grilled paneer, as well as the excellent pakoras and samosas with mint chutney. A round or two of some of the best mules in the city won’t hurt, either.
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Cow Chip Cookies
Cow Chip Cookies is a bakery in Pioneer Square with an iconic chocolate chip cookie you’ll find at the State Fair.
Elm Coffee Roasters
Elm Coffee Roasters is a Pioneer Square espresso bar that serves great coffee and makes their own nut milks.
Dead Line is a Pioneer Square bar with good South American small plates and quality cocktails.
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Rupee Bar is a restaurant and cocktail bar in Ballard that serves excellent Sri Lankan and Indian small plates.
Lassi & Spice
Lassi & Spice is an Indian cafe in South Lake Union that specializes in made-to-order lassi.
Spice Waala is an Indian counter-service spot on Capitol Hill that serves roti wraps and fried snacks.
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Damn the Weather
Damn The Weather is a bar, but one with excellent food. It's usually crowded, but worth the wait if you're looking for a hang in Pioneer Square.
Don’t overlook Kastoori Grill just because it’s next to the Pike Place madness - it’s one of the best Indian spots downtown.
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