The Best Places to Eat When You Have Jury Duty

By: 
A.J. Rathbun
The delicious pasta at Il Corvo

I’m patriotic as the next person, so I believe (though I may hem and haw somewhat when the summons arrives) that taking part in the judicial process is a part of being a good American citizen. However, I don’t believe you should have to chew through a bad lunch because you’re in the midst of your duty -- especially because jury duty tends to involve a nice long lunch break. With that, here are a few suggestions for satisfying lunchtime treats the next time you’re summoned to a downtown Seattle court.

1. Il Corvo (217 James Street, Monday-Friday 11a.m. to 3p.m.):  I admit that I might start volunteering for jury duty solely so I can have more lunches at Il Corvo. Really close to the King County Courthouse, and not far from municipal court, this restaurant is renowned for its homemade pasta with good reason: each bite is perfectly made and cooked, and the sauces, veggies and meat add to the pasta, rather than overwhelm it. A recent example was the shell-shaped Lumache pasta, with dragoncello (Italian for tarragon), parsley, capers and yellow heirloom tomatoes. It’s yummy enough to make you forget you might be sitting in the jury box soon. I also love Il Corvo’s basic tomato sauce with a little parmesan on any pasta, and the vino alla spina is delicious and reasonably priced.

2. Bakemen’s (2nd Avenue and Cherry Street, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.): It’s a little farther from the King County Courthouse--though really only a few blocks--but lunching at this underground sandwich heaven is worth it. Not only does it have what some think is the best turkey sandwich anywhere (though I also like the egg salad, which is rich and creamy and full of flavor), but the owner’s joyful teasing and cajoling of customers (usually cajoling you into buying more tasty food), is better than most lawyers' closing statements.

3. Piroshki on 3rd (710 3rd Avenue, Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.): It could be that after being sequestered all morning long, the last thing you want to do is eat inside--especially if it’s a sunny day outside. In that situation, I suggest picking up a piroshki (or two – I certainly won’t judge) and taking it back to sit outside by the fountains in front of the Seattle City Council building on 4th Avenue and Cherry Street. My piroshki pick is the spinach, egg and cheese, which helps with making clear decisions, but I hear the salmon and cream cheese is worthy as well.

4. Juno (700 3rd Avenue, Monday –Friday , 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.): As it resides in the Artic hotel, Juno has a bit more of an upscale sheen than some of the others on this list, which may be nice after a morning of hearing trial statements. And the risotto croquettes with red onion jam, frisee, sea salt and olive oil are pretty dreamy, and help to momentarily take your mind away from any serious matters at hand.

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