Seattle Weekly's restaurant critic Hanna Raskin wanders down to Rainier Valley this week to sample Ezell Stephens' Heaven Sent fried chicken. Stephens lost the rights to the eponymous chain he founded, Ezell's Famous Chicken, in a legal settlement with his business partners. Raskin recruited friends to blind taste the two fried chickens, and all six chose Heaven Sent, which Raskin unstintingly praises as "excellent."
Meanwhile, Seattle Times' restaurant reviewer Providence Cicero travels to Kirkland to review "pretentiously lowercase" bin on the lake. Under chef Dylan Giordan, who worked for decades at Serafina prior to moving to bin in January, the menu has "a seasonal focus and an Italian sensibility." Cicero enjoys the comfortable seating and the quiet atmosphere and awards the restaurant three starts concluding: "it's a good choice for Eastsiders looking to splurge or to impress someone special, and a great venue for the grape-loving bon vivant."