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Local Writers Share Their Go-To Restaurants of 2018

Classics like Pagliacci Pizza and Japanese restaurant Maneki kept the professionals coming back this year

A pepperoni and sausage pizza sits on a counter at Pagliacci Pizza.
Pagliacci Pizza was a standby restaurant for two local food writers in this year’s survey.
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As is tradition, Eater closes out the year by surveying local food writers on various restaurant-related topics. Readers, please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts in the comments section below.

What were your top Seattle restaurant standbys of 2018?

Providence Cicero, food critic, The Seattle Times:

When I’m not on a review dinner and no one feels like cooking we frequently default to takeout from Pagliacci Pizza. The pizza is consistently excellent and the customer service is even more impressive.

Allecia Vermillion, deputy editor, Seattle Met:

Ummm, do frantic Friday night Pagliacci deliveries and endless work lunches from Evergreens count? I’m fortunate to live close to Reckless Noodle House, and I find anything Brian Clevenger does is reliable in the best possible way. I wish I made it to Bar del Corso enough to qualify it as a standby — it remains so lovely.

Jill Lightner, food writer:

Maneki. Bua 9. Taqueria Los Potrillos. Beach Bakery. Feed Co. Burgers.

Naomi Tomky, food writer:

My standbys haven’t changed much, I am a creature of habit: Cafe Munir, Chiang’s Gourmet, the Wedgwood Broiler.

Chelsea Lin, dining/lifestyle editor, Seattle Magazine:

Wataru is my number one forever and ever, and probably the only place I can drop $200 on dinner and feel like it was worth every penny.

Jackie Varriano, food writer:

Predictably the same as last year. Coyle’s, Brimmer and Heeltap, Preserve and Gather. But I’ve got some new favorites that are inching their way into my rotation; Porkchop and Co., the Abbashack fried chicken night at Addo, Lechoncito at Addo, Tin Box Bakeshop cake at Addo...actually almost anything at Addo, and not a restaurant but I had an ice cream subscription through Sweet Lo’s throughout most of the year that basically sustained me.

Rosin Saez, associate food and drink editor, Seattle Met:

I will never tire of singing Honey Court’s praises. The Chinatown-International District restaurant is great for dim sum lunch with coworkers and life-saving at 3 a.m. when recovering from hours of bad karaoke. It’s seen me at my best, perhaps my worst, and definitely my most gluttonous: Peking duck for one, thanks! Also in my hall of standbys: Little Uncle, Stateside, Cafe Presse, L’Oursin, Pork Chop and Co., the list goes on....

Wedgwood Broiler

8230 35th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98115 206 523 1115 Visit Website

Cafe Munir

2408 Northwest 80th Street, , WA 98117 (206) 472-4150 Visit Website

Preserve and Gather

358 Northwest 85th Street, , WA 98117 (206) 403-1149 Visit Website


1315 East Jefferson Street, , WA 98122 (206) 485-7173 Visit Website


304 6th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

Porkchop and Co.

5451 Leary Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 257-5761 Visit Website

Beach Bakery

7820 Rainier Ave, Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 721-2225 Visit Website


6420 24th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Visit Website

Brimmer and Heeltap

425 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 420-2534 Visit Website

Café Presse

1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (206) 709-7674 Visit Website


2400 Northeast 65th Street, , WA 98115 (206) 525-2073 Visit Website

Pagliacci Pizza

415 East Pike Street, , WA 98122 (206) 726-1717 Visit Website


2070 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 294-3168 Visit Website

Taqueria Los Potrillos

9600 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106 (206) 578-7416

Little Uncle

1523 East Madison Street, , WA 98122 (206) 549-6507 Visit Website

Chiang's Gourmet

7845 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 527-8888 Visit Website

Reckless Noodles

2519 S Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98144 (206) 329-5499 Visit Website


300 East Pike Street, , WA 98122 (206) 557-7273 Visit Website

Feed Co. Burgers

1190 24th Avenue, , WA 98122 (206) 726-6000 Visit Website

Bar del Corso

3057 Beacon Avenue South, , WA 98144 (206) 395-2069 Visit Website