This family-run spot is adorably small, but the food has big flavors.
It’s called Sixth Avenue Eats, so clearly it’s on Sixth Avenue. The Space Needle looms. You’re not quite at Seattle Center, but not quite in South Lake Union. On the otherwise deserted corner of Sixth and Thomas, next to the rundown Travelodge, lives this secret lunch wonder.
Open since October, this tiny sandwich shack uses all-local ingredients and piles fries high with meaty, cheesy goodness. The first restaurant from owner Janel Thompson and family, it feels delightfully DIY and super-friendly, with chalkboard menus, white walls with red trim and “SpongeBob SquarePants” playing on the wall-mounted TV.
Thompson thought it would be wise to start small. “We’re not going to have this fabulous location,” she says. “We’re going to put out great food — honest food that we believe in.” She’s Cuban/Jamaican-American, and plans to take the menu more that direction in the future.
Sixth Avenue Eats
230 Sixth Ave. N, Seattle; open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; 206-420-1524 or on Facebook
Meanwhile, Sixth Avenue Eats is worth the trip to nowhere right this minute.
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The menu: Choose from 19 sandwiches, all served on Grand Central Bakery baguettes, with sauces ranging from spicy mayo to blueberry chipotle and marionberry-sage. A half is quite large ($8.95 for beef), and a whole ($15.65 for beef) could feed two.
The three we tried were all a challenge to eat. Grab extra napkins. In the American Dream, juicy brisket melds with melted American cheese and a heap of caramelized onions. Lose the lettuce, and it’s reminiscent of a Philly cheesesteak. (All the sandwiches could lose the lettuce, which gets wilty.) Don’t shy away from the fruity sauces: The Blue Dream is blueberry-chipotle balanced sweetness with a kick, perfect for pork. The Nickle City Special, with buffalo chicken, Gorgonzola, and more onions, was the messiest of them all, but the flavor made it a favorite.
Don’t miss: “Over the top” fries are exactly, amazingly that — the signature pork version has a base of crispy, salty hand-cut fried russet potatoes, piled with Southwest-style pork, cheddar, sour cream and a tangy salsa verde. A large order did not feel large enough.
What to skip: Why would you go to a place with huge, messy sandwiches and piles of fries and order a salad? The one with chicken, kalamata olives, red peppers, clearly house-made croutons and a creamy truffle dressing was tasty, but it just couldn’t live up to the rest.
A tip: The space seats exactly eight. Call ahead or order through GrubHub to-go, but be warned, you might want a knife and fork for your big, drippy sandwich.
Prices: Three half-sandwiches (American Dream, $8.95; Nickle City Special, $6.95; and Blue Dream, $7.50); a chicken salad, $7.75; a large pork fries, $7.45; and two waters, $2.50, came to $41.10 before tax and tip — a ton of food for three, plus leftovers.