Seattle is home to a lot of restaurants, and among them are hidden gems some Seattleites just aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for a weekly feature dubbed Dining Confidential.
Chef/proprietor John Howie has acquired great esteem for his restaurants John Howie Steak, Sport, SeaStar, and Wildwood Spirits Co, and much anticipation for his latest project, Beardslee Public House, scheduled to open in Bothell in July. He was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in the category of "Outstanding Restaurateur" in 2013, and has also received local accolades aplenty for his work from readers of Seattle magazine and 425. To top it all off, he’s a major philanthropist: he was awarded the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Award for Neighborhoods and Communities in 2013, and has won the Taste of the NFL’s "Kick Hunger Challenge" the last three years straight by raising the most money in the country for the hungry.
Howie is all about helping the little guy, so we thought he’d be an ideal choice to help promote quality restaurants we’re missing. Below find his picks for three restaurants to visit during the soon-to-start Seattle Restaurant Week, from Green Lake to Bothell:
Kisaku: One of Seattle's best kept omakase sushi secrets. (Green Lake)
Lynn's Bistro: A classic French experience with Asian influences. Chef Owner MyLinh Tran trained under Dominique Place, a longtime favorite Seattle chef. (Kirkland)
Amaro Bistro: A hearty Tuscan menu, brought to you by the folks behind Il Bistro at the Market. (Bothell)
Seattle Restaurant Week runs April 12-16 and 19-23 with more than 165 eateries serving three-course dinners for $30. Many restaurants also offer two-course lunches for half the price.