Pioneer Square is the hood du jour for critics this week.
The Stranger asks if Rain Shadow Meats Squared can justify a place in Seattle's sandwichiest neighborhood and finds that the answer is not so easy to come by. Sure, there are hits, like the porchetta sandwich ($12) — a crusty baguette stuffed full of fatty roast pork and slathered with a pesto sauce. "This is a sandwich I'd stack against anything the Sandwich District—even the sainted Salumi—has to offer," declares writer Paul Constant. "But not every sandwich here is a knockout," he adds, referring mainly to the ham and cheese and Zuni.
Bar Sajor, Matt Dillon's beautiful new Pioneer Square restaurant, is his most pulled-together effort yet, evidence that, while still a creative renegade, this 2012 winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest is maturing as a chef/restaurateur.
The one downfall of Cicero's review seems to be the service, but nothing some great food can't take your mind off of:
That level of engagement was rare here. Most servers were attentive but aloof. The front-of-the-house staff doesn't yet work as a tight cadre with a common goal of pleasing the customer. Still, I came away from every meal at Bar Sajor not only content, but yearning to return.