Food & Drink

Where to Pick Up Food for a Picnic in Seattle for Summer 2022

Charcuterie, Fried Chicken, and More
July 19, 2022
Pack up a "monger box" full of meat, cheese, bread, and wine from Bottlehouse for a ready-made picnic. (Bottlehouse)
We're well into the dog days of summer, and it's prime time for al fresco hangouts with friends. Not coincidentally, July is also National Picnic Month. We've got you covered with plenty of provisions perfect for a moveable feast, from fried chicken to charcuterie to cheese. All that's left for you to do is pack up your wicker basket and gingham blanket and scout out a location. For ideas for where to picnic, check out this guide to the best parks and beaches in Seattle. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

Bành Town Add to a List
When it comes to picnic-friendly meals, it's hard to rival bánh mì. This Greenwood spot carries them stuffed with fillings ranging from the traditional (grilled pork, tofu) to the unconventional (corned beef, French chicken). Don't sleep on the honeydew boba.

Bottlehouse Add to a List
This Madrona wine bar and shop offers small, medium, and large "monger boxes" with a selection of meats and cheeses curated by their in-house cheesemonger team. Each box comes with a fresh baguette, house-made crackers, seasonal compote, herb-roasted almonds, dried fruit, Castelvetrano olives, and garden-fresh herbs.

The Chicken Supply Add to a List
Chef Paolo Campbell's "dream restaurant" channels the beloved fast-food chain Jollibee with its Filipino-inspired fried chicken. The menu offers crispy battered poultry (thighs, drumsticks, skewers, and wings), as well as beans and rice, marinated vegetables, house-made pickles, coconut collard greens, cold pancit, crispy potatoes, garlic rice, and butter mochi.
Phinney Ridge

Cone & Steiner
This eclectic artisan neighborhood market has a nicely curated selection of prepared offerings. You can pre-order deli offerings, snacks, and other items for delivery or pickup from the Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill locations.
Pioneer Square, Capitol Hill

DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine
We'd be remiss not to mention this Pike Place deli, a comprehensive emporium of incredible cheese, olives, prosciutto, charcuterie, artisan breads, and other perfect things to round out your outdoor smorgasbord. You can even snag all the contents of a charcuterie board in a convenient cone for portable snacking.

Drink Books Add to a List
If your idea of a perfect picnic involves lounging in the sun with a Thermos of cold natural wine and a captivating page-turner, we've got some good news for you: Co-owners Kim Kent and Emily Schikura's pop-up bookshop Drink Books offers evocative, hand-curated book and wine pairings in Phinney Ridge. Better yet, the business is offering picnic party packs for pickup on Fridays through the summer—choose from "Just the Wine Party" (two curated bottles of wine), "Wine + Book Party" (a two-pack of wine and a book), "Wine + Pastry Party" (a two-pack of wine and pastries for two to three people from Sophie Bay Biscuits), and "The Whole Party" (two bottles of wine matched with the weekend's weather, a book, and dessert for two to three from Sophie Bay Biscuits). Pre-order by noon on the previous Wednesday for a package with pastries or by noon on the previous Thursday for packages with books and/or wine only).
Phinney Ridge

Ezell’s Chicken
Fried chicken is a time-honored picnic classic, and you can't do better than the certified Oprah favorite's chicken dinner combos. Don't forget the sweet potato pie.
Various locations

Frelard Tamales Add to a List
The beloved walk-up spot has plenty of handmade, husk-wrapped delights, ideal for a portable repast.
Green Lake

Joyce's Market And Cafe
On your way to Madison Park Beach, stopping by to piece together a platter of snacks from this specialty neighborhood market/bistro/cheese bar is a must.
Central District

Lil Red Takeout and Catering Add to a List
This local gem earned a spot on a list of the top 20 Black-owned barbecue spots in the nation, compiled by James Beard Award-winning author and barbecue expert Adrian Miller in his book Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue(Considering that Miller sampled barbecue at over 200 restaurants across the country to research his book, this is no faint praise.) The restaurant is run by husband-and-wife team Erasto “Red” Jackson, who specializes in soul food and a style of barbecue that incorporates influences from Texas, Memphis, and Kansas City, and Lelieth Jackson, who is of Jamaican descent and the mastermind behind the restaurant's Jamaican dishes. Fans love the ribs, the mac and cheese, the jerk chicken, the brisket, the rum cake, and the banana pudding. 
Columbia City

L'Oursin Add to a List
The charming French bistro's marché area has a wide selection of cheeses, meats, specialty foods, natural wines, and other treats for a Francophile feast.
Central District

Local Tide Add to a List
Lobster and crab rolls have been on the rise, and this Northwest-inspired spot in Fremont has earned significant acclaim for its Dungeness crab roll, loaded with hand-cracked crab, mayo, chives, and lemon and available exclusively on weekends. They've also got fried Dover sole sandwiches, manila clam chowder, salmon BLTs, rockfish rice bowls, and other seafood-centric specials.

The London Plane
Matt Dillon's Pioneer Square restaurant has a small shop where you can buy sundries like flowers, loaves of their sourdough bread, housemade preserved foods, bottles of wine, and other specialty foods.
Pioneer Square

LTD Edition Sushi Add to a List
This restaurant specializes in omakase boxes of edomae-style sushi, perfect for toting along to Cal Anderson or Volunteer Park for an impromptu meal.
Capitol Hill

Mainstay Provisions Add to a List
Assemble your own spread with pre-made salads, focaccias, pizza, rotisserie chicken, and other options from this all-day cafe and specialty market.

Miri's at Golden Gardens Add to a List
If you're planning on laying out your blanket at one of Seattle's favorite beaches, do yourself or your group a solid and pop by Miri Plowman and Gabe Skoda's concession stand. They've got picnic platters with cheese, nuts, and dried fruit; kebabs; Full Tilt ice cream bars; poffertjes (mini Dutch pancakes); and other options.

On the hunt for affordable sushi? Look no further than this favorite beloved for its high-quality rolls, chirashi bowls, and bento boxes. If you're at the C-ID location, try Kobe Terrace for a peaceful picnic locale, and if you're at Wallingford, head to Fremont Peak Park or Gas Works for stunning views.
Chinatown-International District, Wallingford

Oddfellows Cafe + Bar Add to a List
Linda Derschang's airy, Elliott Bay Book Company-adjacent cafe makes a cured meat and cheese plate perfect for snacking on in a sunbeam or shadebeam. Their baguette sandwiches are also perfect for pretending you're basking by the Seine. Grab a chocolate chip cookie or one of their housemade Rice Krispy treats for dessert.
Capitol Hill

The cured meats, including salamis, prosciuttos, coppa, pancetta, prosciutto, soppressata, tongue, and cured lamb, and hot and cold sandwiches at this world-famous shop are picnic-perfect.
Pioneer Square

Slab Sandwiches and Pie
Lark's severely underrated casual lunch spot is one of Seattle's best-kept secrets, and you can get a daily rotating selection of sandwiches and toasty things here. The salted chocolate chip cookies made by Lark co-owner JM Enos are seriously good.
Capitol Hill

Taku Add to a List
Pick up some twice-fried karaage chicken with sides like furikake fries, Japanese-style mac salad, and cucumber salad at Top Chef star Shota Nakajima's Capitol Hill bar. You can even throw all caution to the wind and order a "Fuck It! Bucket" (three pounds of nuggets with furikake fries).
Capitol Hill

Zylberschtein's Add to a List
Stop at this Jewish deli and bakery for a selection of bagels, cream cheese, cookies, rugelach, whitefish salad, and DIY sandwich kits.

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