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Friends of Eater on Top Restaurant Standbys of 2014

As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of food writers, industry types, bloggers, and seasoned diners. Before we flip the switch on 2014, a select group will chime in on a handful of Eater questions ranging from Biggest Dining Surprise to Best New Restaurant.

Kyler Martz's mural outside The Whale Wins.
Kyler Martz's mural outside The Whale Wins.
Whale Wins/Facebook

EOY SmallFirst up, a crucial question: What was their top restaurant standby this year?

Julien Perry, co-founder, One Night Only Project

I used to camp out at Whale Wins a couple times a week for a nice long drinking lunch (I called them "meetings,") but now that they've cut that meal from their roster, I gravitate towards Pizzeria Gabbiano. For dinner, I find myself at Single Shot quite a bit and more recently, Stateside. I'm fortunate that both are in my neighborhood. Outside of those current trends, this year I spent a hell of a lot of time at Mkt., Corretto, The Saint, London Plane, Stoneburner, RockCreek, and E. Smith Mercantile.

Nicole Sprinkle, food editor, Seattle Weekly

Westward, Poppy, Delancey, Stoneburner.

Allison Scheff, food & dining editor, Seattle Magazine

My standbys changed this year because we moved to West Seattle from Mt. Baker. So we find ourselves at Pizzeria 22 often, and it's very good. Although the commute to our old neighborhood favorite, Bar del Corso, is still easy and BDC is still easily one of the best restaurants in the south end. When it's cold outside, Mike's Noodle House is our go-to for congee with preserved egg and pork, along with the wonton soup and ginger beef noodles. And for date-nights (when I'm not reviewing and therefore not eating at new places or for a specific story,) we find ourselves at Bar Cantinetta and La Medusa pretty often.


Taylor Shellfish, Queen Anne. Photo: Suzi Pratt

Leslie Kelly, editor, Zagat Seattle; project manager, Tastemade Seattle

I'm always happy after a meal at Le Pichet, Revel, RockCreek, Terra Plata, Steelhead Diner, Palace Kitchen, Cafe Juanita, Shanik, Serious Pie, and after wolfing down a spaghetti sandwich (not on the menu, ask for it!) at LoPriore Brothers Pasta Bar, a funky lunch counter at Pike Place Market. I've also got a serious addiction to the kale salad at Home Remedy, the super-cheap happy hour at Crow, the Sumo-Kumos at Taylor Shellfish, and the hot meat plate at Salumi. Think there's a 12-step program for that?

Jameson Fink, wine blogger, Wine Without Worry podcast host

Bar del Corso. You don’t even have to eat pizza there to have a great meal. (Though, duh, you should.) Quinn’s does not rest on its laurels menu-­wise. And I will never tire of burritos from Rancho Bravo.

Surly Gourmand, food writer

In addition to my usual obsessions with Le Pichet, Revel, and Ma'Ono, I have recently become addicted to the Crispy Garlic Chicken at Chada Thai.

Allecia Vermillion, food & drink editor, Seattle Met

Ba Bar forever and ever. Chuck's isn't technically a restaurant, but I spend a concerning amount of time there.

Nancy Leson, food writer, KPLU food commentator

Taka Sushi: Hidden in an industrial park just south of PetSmart in Lynnwood, this tiny, family-run sushi bar has been the seafood equivalent of "Cheers" for me and my family for more than a dozen years. Staple & Fancy: the inevitable answer to the question "Where do I take out-of-town guests when I want to show them a good time?" For my money, Ethan [Stowell's] $50 a head "Fancy" menu—a multi-course bonanza, chef’s choice—is the best value in town.