After a year spent living in Thailand, married chefs Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart (aka “PK”) missed the flavors of the street food there. So in 2010, they began a regular Monday pop-up restaurant, then called Shophouse, in the old Licorous space. Now, Shophouse is Little Uncle, and Little Uncle has a permanent home in a takeout window on Madison Street.
There, the chefs dole out simple but satisfying Thai lunches and early dinners (the restaurant closes at 7 p.m.). Save time by ordering online, then pick up their pad Thai, limy and fragrant with tamarind ($8.80); or a loose curry perfumed with lemongrass and coconut, with tender pork and jasmine rice ($8.80). The duo doles out perfectly tempered portions, too, so lunch isn’t a productivity death sentence. Win, win.
Lunch and early dinner Tue.–Fri. Capitol Hill, 1509 E Madison St.; 206.329.1503; littleuncleseattle.com