Our lunch spread from Spice Bridge Food Hall. Credit: Angelica Lai
Taste your way around the globe
Even in this pandemic winter, there’s a way to scratch that family travel itch — and support local businesses at the same time. It's Spice Bridge Food Hall, a sunlit food destination and commercial kitchen in Tukwila that is filled with the smell of fried dough and delicious spices. In search of lunch and a tasty "trip" around the globe, we went to check it out.
Spice Bridge is part of the Food Innovation Network’s Food Business Incubator, a program that helps immigrants and refugees in South King County launch and build food businesses. Eight food vendors rotate through Spice Bridge's four stalls every day (except Monday), creating an incredible multicultural space and experience. It’s inspiring how, despite the pandemic, these women-owned businesses have found a new way to bring joy and comfort to their communities through their homeland cuisines.
Although the food hall is currently open only for takeout, you'll find a few tables outside that can comfortably and safely accommodate families, as well as grassy areas where you can picnic and frolic on a good-weather day. (Tip: You can order online ahead of time, though we noticed the in-person menus had a few more options.)
From hearty Cambodian stews to delightful East African doughnuts, your family is certain to find something new to taste and love. Use the arrows above the images to read about four kid-approved dishes you'll want to try.