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Caribbean, Latin, Cuban
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Ballard
1.3 miles from Woodland Park Zoo
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Reviewed May 22, 2022

I've been coming here for many years, since they were known as Paseo and were around the corner from home in Fremont. They were just steps away from the old Buckaroo, and I've enjoyed nearly every dish on the menu with a beer there. Now...I live far away, but I stop by for a "fix" anytime I am near. It is addictive, you are warned. Before I get to my most recent meal, I'll add that when you wait in line you're bound to hear someone recommending meals and sandwiches to a first timer. What is unique is that over time I have heard folks raving about their favorites, and that list includes, roast pork, grilled pork, thighs, and anything in red sauce. I concur, any of these would be the menu star in most establishments. But the sides are insane too, the vegan beans and the onions are do not miss! For me the chicken thighs and roast pork are absolutely insane and truly addictive. They are worth making an effort to try on your trip to Seattle. These are fine dining great chef tv show cook book quality dishes. I have not been able to come even close to getting the flavors correct at home. And of those, I believe the roast port sandwich is an iconic. Unique, delicious, greater than the sum of its parts, and you can't make it yourself, not even close. A comment on the Cuban/Caribbean theme - This place is unique and better. Go for the food, not the theme. By all means try the other excellent items on the menu including tofu. It is all excellent. It had been six months or more since my last visit, and my whole body was craving a Caribbean Roast pork sandwich by the time I searched parking. I parked a block away amid the local homes and walked over. Your right on the main street as you walk up to the colorful building with adjacent outdoor covered seating for about twenty. There is a bus stop right there. Read the menu and figure out what you want. I strongly advise against modifications, these are perfectly crafted sandwiches, every time regardless who cooks and assembles them. You order at the window and they'll scream out your name when your order is up. They do take cards, though for a long time they were cash hold outs. I chose to dine in. I was ravenous having fasted for a doctor appointment, and now to feast! The smell of that roast pork and garlicy sauce as you unwrap your messy sandwich. Get a plate if you are worried about messiness, just add a side of onions if you do. If your hands are small be sure to unwrap as you go otherwise the whole thing could just slide apart. Keep your sandwich together so you get everything in every bite to get the best possible scrumptiousness for maximum pleasure. Yum. The Marcina bread is the basis of the whole thing; one of Seattle's great bakeries. This bread is the perfect size, crumb and chew and just soaks of the sauces and juices without being tough nor falling apart. It tastes great too of course. The garlicy sauce is addictive and probably makes shoes edible. The fall apart tender pork with its magical spicing...unbelievably good. The thick cut grilled and roasted onions, I'm not exactly sure what they do, but these are simply awesome, and I get a side almost every visit. Sliced pickled jalapeños are not too spicy and help add a zing to some bites, it's more the pickle-y aspect than the spicy aspect that really ups the flavor. And lastly, the crunch of that romaine lettuce delivered as a full leaf with spine, perfect textural element both for its lubrication and the symphony one hears when chewing this great work of art. When they run out of bread they run out of sandwiches. This happens on nights when they have days significantly busier than forecast. Getting takeout and having a pre-planned nearby spot to enjoy your meal is a great strategy. Bring supplies to get a good hand cleaning in before and after eating. It's worth it! This isn't the Cuban press sandwich you get in Tampa or Miami and it isn't trying to be. It's its own thing. They do make a The Press sandwich which is more of a riff on that. Just go. A place this good for more than 20 years can only be 5 stars. They haven't changed a thing other than name and location and some of the people. Thank goodness.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 18, 2022 via mobile

Un Bien is rightly famous for its splendid flavors. The sandwiches are sizable, on scrumptious chewy bread rolls and the fillings are terrific. This is hearty, filling fare. The service is fast and friendly. Just wish they had a bit more space farther back from...a busy road!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed January 20, 2022 via mobile

Delicious. My mouth is still happy from the Caribbean Roast Sandwich. Other family members loved their tofu sandwich, fish sandwich and West Caribbean bowls. Truly a delight to eat. One note: the sandwiches are juicy so if I were getting takeout that I wasn’t able...to eat immediately I might go for a bowl or a plate - but they do have covered picnic tables with heat lamps so eating right there is an option.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2021

Tasty take out food. Quick service. Sandwiches have plenty of sauce so don't forget the napkins. Enjoyed the large chicken breast sandwiches.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 14, 2021

delicious caribbean food. portions were huge. all outdoor seating with only 2 large tables under covering so be wary on a rainy day.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed November 12, 2020

We have been to Un Bien many times. My other half lives a lot closer to it than I do. It is always a treat when we go there, not because their prices are high, which they aren't, but because I live a lot farther...away from it than she does. Our Go To favorite items are listed below. Pork Loin Sandwich - Deliciously messy. I don't care if all the savory juices drip all over my fingers when I eat this sandwich. Good sandwiches like this one are supposed to be messy. :o) Fire Roasted Corn - These are somewhat seasonal. I am always glad when they are available. They have mastered the perfect blend of spices and sauces with this corn. Salad with pork (or chicken) and caramelized onions - Ample portions with great flavor. We add extra onions that sometimes also find their way into our sandwiches. We end up splitting everything and always leave there full (pre-pandemic), extremely satisfied, and didn't have to spend an inordinate amount of money. We love and highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 18, 2020 via mobile

Flavorful, homemade sandwiches. My favorite is The Press. We like the dishes as well but our favorite is the sandwich. A small eating area. This is perfect takeout but you will use your napkins. Portions of meet are generous which keeps us coming back. Enjoy

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed May 17, 2020

Eating the Caribbean Roast Sandwich was a pleasurable experience indeed. Each bite was flavorful to the end, combining the roasted pork, toasted bread, onions, jalapenos, lettuce, and unique sauce that had a twinge of horseradish sauce. Don't eat this without a lot of napkins though...as its messy and the pork, sauce, and oils find their way off the sandwich and onto the plate. The help is friendly, and the crowd is respectable, keeping recommended distance during the COVID.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020

This one is located in Ballard. it is run by the son of the former owner. The old place had to be sold and is not as good. This place is great. Excellent sandwiches. They do it right. Great service. Good value. Great variety. It...is off the beaten path, but I consider all of Ballard to be off the beaten path, The food here is way better than the place looks. Quick service, Excellent choice.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2019 via mobile

Diamond in the rough. Simple as that. Fantastic food. No messing around. Brilliant place to drop by for a tasty quick bite

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019 via mobile

This little stand by a busy road delivered far over my expectations! My husband and I had the #23 ($14.50) and recommend this place to everyone. The food is Gordon Ramsey quality food at an Applebee’s price range. There’s a cute sitting area which creates...a fun family friendly atmosphere to devour your new found yummy goodness!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

I bought a gift certificate as a gift last time here and a salad with prawns for myself. Their salad is awesome with greens and beets and a light dressing. Their sandwiches are *the bomb* and they have rice and protein choices. Either location has...great service with friendly people working.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 5, 2019

Really excellent Caribbean sandwiches and really good value. Have been here a few times now. Love the slow roasted Pork Shoulder and the pan seared scallops and garlic tapenade.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed July 31, 2019 via mobile

Nicely priced Cuban Restaurant around the corner our Air B&B. Was fast, easy and absolutely delicious- authentic Cuban!!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

Beans are the best! And the slow-roasted pork—whether sandwiched or served on a plate—is so so fine. Caribbean flavors with authenticity. Real food, real taste. Return trips anticipated. And the price is excellent value! Good sized portions. Take away or outdoor dining at communal tables....Maximum comfort food...with pizzazzMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5