In a beautiful Christmas miracle, Siiri took the holiday week off and I talked her into meeting me for lunch while she was running errands. (It wasn’t that hard. We’re both pretty easy….ahem.) I rolled down the hill from my office and we converged at the delicious Little Uncle in Pioneer Square.
Their Pioneer Square location is part of a club of fabulous lunch-only places in downtown. We each order something warm and a bit spicy. The whole menu looks absolutely delicious and is everything your ketchup-based phad thai wants to be when it grows up. The cozy, subterranean space is ideal for lunch dates, platonic or romantic, but would also suit a solo diner with a book. It is the sort of place I was always hoping to find when I was traveling. You order at the counter before taking a seat with your Thai vocabulary card and engaging in all the catch-up. Champagne feels appropriately indulgent for the holiday week. Drinking at lunch is so delightfully subversive. Everything is insanely good and everything you want an impromptu lunch with your bestie to be: filling, celebratory, easy, and joyful.
Little Uncle is open for lunch weekdays in Pioneer Square. Their Capitol Hill walk-up stand has a smaller menu but expanded hours.