The Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is home to some of the most eclectic and iconic landmarks in all of Seattle. The troll, the statue of Lenin, the rocket ship, the “waiting for the interurban” commuter statues in all of their decorated splendor and much more. I don’t know alot about the history of the neighborhood but it is safe to say it probably centered around fishing, boat-building, and probably was home to many of the working class of Seattle.
In addition to the iconic landmarks, the Fremont neighborhood has become home to some pretty hip shopping and has become a destination of sorts for coffee, pubs, and if you count Frelard (the connector between Fremont and Ballard), add breweries, and of course lots of great dining options.
Paseo is just such a great place to eat.
Located on Fremont Ave. North, at the edge of that little retail stretch that also has a Caffe Vita, Uneeda Burger, The Book Larder (a very cool cookbook bookstore), and a bunch of other spots, it features some of the very best Caribbean dishes anywhere in Seattle. Fish, chicken, and lots of pork. Dirty rice, grilled veg, corn on the cobb, and other side dishes round up a straightforward and mouth watering menu.
The specialty? Their roast pork sandwich. It is consistently rated one of the top sandwiches in all of Seattle (Seattle Mag, Seattle Met, Seattlest, Seattle Times, you get the point), has been featured in some of the great food magazines, and according to Esquire, one of the great sandwiches ANYWHERE in the US. The sandwich itself is made with humble ingredients. Slowly roasted succulent pork, an aioli sauce of sorts, romaine lettuce (cilantro too?), mounds of grilled onions, and jammed into a baguette provided locally by Macrina Bakery (also one of my most favorites). This sandwich is an absolute mess but is so delicious and unique that it is worth standing in line a 1/2 to full block long to grab one. Call ahead and pick up if that is your thing, and frankly you probably should as there is virtually no seating. One more thing, they have another spot down across from Ray’s Boathouse in Ballard off of Seaview Drive near the main entrance to Golden Gardens. Awesome.
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