Two popular and casual places that closed in 2020 are getting new life in the U District. A new take-out and delivery business called Urban Dinner Market has opened at 5201 University Way N, offering menus from seven different restaurants. , including the former Pioneer Square place Meg’s Hamburgers and Tacos de la Noche (a take-out window that took up residence at Capitol Hill’s Bar Sue before it closed). There’s also a mini-market with the not-so-subtle name Yo Stoney, which offers candy, salty snacks, microwave meals, eye drops, and condoms.
Urban Dinner Market operates from a fixed location, and there is a window from which customers can go up and order the menu from any of the restaurants listed. But curbside delivery and pickup options are also available through DoorDash, GrubHub, Chownow, and Uber Eats. Diners can mix and match items for online orders, having a Meg’s burger with Yo Stoney red vines, for example. Owner and restaurateur Lex Petras – known for German brewery Pioneer Square Altstadt – has said that Urban Dinner Market will soon have a downloadable app.
Meg’s Hamburgers had a brief but admirable full-fledged restaurant function on Pioneer Square, paying homage to old-fashioned burgers, while also serving up a pretty solid burger smash and stellar fries. Tacos de la Noche drew fans during its time at Bar Sue for its well-crafted tacos, burritos, tortas and quesadillas. All of these will be available on the Urban Dinner Market menu.
There are also five other restaurants in the mix, including poke supplier Gimme Poke, a do-it-yourself salad bar called Grabbit Rabbit, the seafood-focused PNW Fish Fry (which features clam chowder Ivar), the Vessel sandwich spot and Pete’s, a cheesesteak specialist.