An eclectic and carefully balanced mix of Chinese restaurant, American diner, and late night hangout, Rickshaw Restaurant & Lounge has spent four decades at the top of the Seattle dining and nightlife scene. Not even a devastating fire could threaten its reign; after the blaze tore through the eatery in 2012, leaving more than 20 employees out of work, loyal regulars joined together to raise funds for the displaced—a testament to Rickshaw’s beloved place in the neighborhood. As one regular told The Seattle Times, “It’s a home away from home.”
Ever since Rickshaw literally rose from the ashes, owner Ginger Luke has reprised her role at the head of house and reinstated everything her loyal customers love—Chinese and Thai food for dinner (think mu shu pork, Mongolian beef, and sweet-and-sour chicken), pancakes and omelets for breakfast, pull tabs, karaoke and other late night entertainment until 2 a.m. every single night. And because the spot is open late seven days a week, Ginger has made sure to include plenty of daily specials into the lineup, including drink deals and some unusual events, such as tarot card readers and hand-writing analysts.