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3 Places to Try in Seattle This Weekend

Chinese comfort food in Capitol Hill, birria in Burien, and brick-oven pizza at Pike Place’s Post Alley

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Dan Dan noodles in a bowl at Lionhead, with chopsticks to the left.
Dan Dan noodles at Lionhead.
Courtesy of Lionhead

Every Friday, you probably ask the same question: “Where should I eat and drink?” Welcome to your weekend planner, where Eater Seattle editors recommend brunch, dinner, booze, and everything in between, whether they’re trendy and new, or old, reliable standbys. Got a suggestion? Drop us a line.

December 20, 2019

For Chinese comfort food with kick: Lionhead. This longtime Sichuan-influenced spot on East Broadway recently underwent an ownership change when James Beard Award-winning founder Jerry Traunfeld retired this year. But it hasn’t missed a step. In addition to some of the older standbys (the Dan Dan noodles and Yu XIang eggplant fries are always crowd-pleasers), there are some new congee dishes on the menu, good comfort food for a rainy Seattle weekend. Also note that the restaurant will also be open on Christmas Day, with a special menu that includes chongqing Dungeness crab and prawn and scallop rose dumplings. — Gabe Guarente

For wonderful birria in Burien (with generous proportions): Birrieria Tijuana. Since opening over the summer, this unassuming spot tucked inside a Mexican supermarket in Burien has gotten some buzz for serving up excellent quesabirria, a hot new trend that’s taken off across other US cities, via Tijuana. Here, the stewed meat served comes in several forms (including a massive, mozzarella-smothered quesadilla), best dipped in consomme — but it’s also great on its own, with rice and beans on the side. Don’t forget to order the perfectly sugary horchata to wash it all down. — Gabe Guarente

For a pizza pit stop while finishing up holiday shopping near Pike Place: the Alibi Room. Though it’s been around for awhile, it’s easy to overlook this cozy, low-lit den near the famous gum wall in Post Alley. But the brick-oven pies have always been on point (sausage and basil is a personal favorite), and the stiff cocktails should take the edge off some of the last-minute holiday stress. While you’re at it, say a fond farewell to the iconic First and Pike News, which is closing up shop after 40 years December 31. — Gabe Guarente

December 13, 2019

For wonderful pasta in the heart of Pike Place Market: Pasta Casalinga. This restaurant’s tiny menu can fill a pretty big appetite. In addition to the signature lasagna, dishes range from venison rigatoni ragu to mixed seafood spaghetti to pesto ziti with cayenne. The menu changes pretty regularly, so you rarely have to order the same thing twice (even though you may want to). — Maggy Lehmicke

For fantastic South Indian food in grab-n-go digs: Dakshin. This strip-mall joint in Kirkland is easily one of the most underrated Indian restaurants in the Seattle area. In addition to the popular dosas (try the Mysore masala), the gobi manchurian and goat curry are a couple of personal favorites. There are also numerous vegetarian options as well as a popular weekend brunch special. — Maggy Lehmicke

For a great Mexican food happy hour in Greenwood: Tacos and Beer. It doesn’t get much more straightforward than the name of this fun, lively spot up in Greenwood near Crown Hill Park. At happy hour (served until 6 p.m. every day), the tacos are a $1.50 and the margaritas run about $6-7, with portions on the generous side. Don’t forget about the chicken flautas, either, or the campechana (a flavorful seafood cocktail, with shrimp and octopus). — Gabe Guarente

December 6, 2019

For inventive Northwest fare and fantastic eggnog: Brimmer and Heeltap. A long-time favorite of mine, Brimmer and Heeltap’s stylish space in Woodland Park is complemented by its creative menu, with current items ranging from hibiscus tacos and its famous bread to duck Bolognese. The restaurant also recently released its annual batch of its popular boozy eggnog recently, which will be featured prominently on the menu all month long. — Maggy Lehmicke

For comforting pasta dishes in Columbia City: La Medusa. This Sicilian spot on Rainier Ave S has been around a long time, but continues to be a neighborhood favorite. A chalkboard displays the dishes of the day, and it’s hard to go wrong with the pastas, which change seasonally. Right now, there’s a rigatoni with lamb sausage and a campanelle dish with black trumpet mushrooms worth a try. — Gabe Guarente

For shareable Chinese food with homemade noodles and dumplings in Maple Leaf: Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon. There are always leftovers after Judy Fu’s — not just because of the portion sizes, but also because I have too many favorites. It’s worth a trip to north Seattle for the dumplings, sautéed string beans, smoked duck and chow mein with homemade noodles, all of which are wonderful. — Maggy Lehmicke

November 15, 2019

For fluffy fry breads and comforting rice bowls in the U District: Off the Rez Cafe. Co-owners Mark McConnell and Cecilia Rikard haven’t lost a step with this permanent offshoot of the extremely popular Native American food truck, serving up tacos on fry bread (I preferred the comforting beef chili version), along with braised bison rice bowls inside the Burke Museum at the University of Washington. It makes for a good trip, too, if you’re hosting people from out of town over the next week. — Gabe Guarente

For “Firefly”-themed drinks in Ballard: The Gerald. Okay, so I’m a big nerd and a sucker for a cocktail gimmick, so when the Gerald recently announced a menu with drinks such as “If You Die Can I Have Your Share” and “We Live In a Spaceship Dear,” my eyes lit up. Luckily, the bar itself is worth a visit — extremely laid back, with plenty of solid bar snacks, such as kimchi pancakes and pork belly banh mi sliders. But, still, I’m all about the Shiny, with mezcal, wondermint, and cedar and pink peppercorn bitters. — Gabe Guarente

For terrific Mexican food served out of a bus on Rainier Ave S: Taqueria El Asadero. This low-key spot between Mount Baker and Columbia City may not look like much, but it serves some of the best tacos and burritos in the city. It’s hard to go wrong with any order, but I’m a fan of the monster Burrito Macho (smothered in cheese) and the carnitas torta. There are also some great tripe, tongue, and beef cheek tacos on the menu, and some benches covered by an awning for those who don’t mind the cold. — Gabe Guarente

November 15, 2019

For wonderful pasta paired with snacks on wheels: Carrello. This new low-key Italian restaurant in Capitol Hill — a more affordable offshoot from the owners of the upscale Altura across the street — focuses on thoughtfully crafted small pasta dishes, as well as small bites that travel through the dining room on carts (diners tick off their orders on a small sheet). The Dungeness crab ravioli with rock shrimp comes with a wonderful broth base, the anchovies with parmesan make a delightful appetizer or mid-meal snack, and don’t miss the panna cotta for dessert. — Gabe Guarente

For delightful Korean fusion food in Queen Anne: Paju. Well, now that the Seattle Times just gave this place in Queen Anne a rave, the secret is out. That means wait times may be a little lengthy now for this small, modern Korean restaurant on Mercer Street that delivers a variety of shareable plates. But patience is rewarded. The modern takes on Korean food (no kimchi here) include a satisfyingly smoky fried rice dish with squid ink and quail egg, and a crispy pancake with some strong okonomiyaki flavors. — Gabe Guarente

For fried catfish and soul food that leaves an impression: the Comfort Zone. This unassuming Columbia City spot resides in a jazz club on Rainier Ave S, and during the day, it looks more like a vacant banquet hall than a restaurant. But customers are greeted like part of the family, and the food lives up to the name — simple, lovingly-made dishes such as catfish, shrimp po boys, and oxtails with rice. The sides are pretty stellar as well, especially the collard greens with turkey, which could be a meal unto itself. — Gabe Guarente

November 8, 2019

For ridiculously adorable macarons with Asian flavors in White Center: Macadons. Those with a sweet tooth may want to check out this small shop nestled next to Crawfish House (and around the corner from Popeyes) in White Center. An array of colorful macarons, featuring Asian flavors such as taro and durian, as well as cereal-based ones (Fruity Pebbles), are available to mix and match. There’s also an option to customize these treats with decorations or, say, the faces of your beloved pet. — Gabe Guarente

For satisfying happy hour tacos and margaritas in Capitol Hill: Fogon Cocina Mexicana. This family-run restaurant has been serving up underrated tortas, tamales, and tacos for the past seven years on the Pike/Pine corridor. Considering all the changes in the neighborhood, it’s admirable that Fogon still keeps prices fairly low, especially at happy hour where you can get potent margaritas for $8, along with pollo asado tacos and tostadas de tinga for $6 (it runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m until close). — Gabe Guarente

For a waffle bar and a strong cup of coffee in Columbia City: Empire Espresso. One of south Seattle’s most well-regarded coffee shops recently opened an upstairs seating area, so there’s more room to spread out than there was before. There are customized waffle options (including vegan), and on the menu now is drip coffee (besides just French press and aeropress), always from a carefully curated roaster. A nice place for a quiet weekend brunch if you’re in the neighborhood. — Gabe Guarente

November 1, 2019

For a satisfying brunch with New Mexico flavors: Bang Bang Kitchen. This cozy spot tucked into a corner of Othello (not too far from the light rail stop) delivers excellent New Mexico-inspired cuisine, especially when it comes to brunch fare. The breakfast burritos are wonderfully plump, the huevos rancheros with red and green hatch chile deliver a kick, and the bloody marys come topped with tiny tacos. For those looking for something sweeter, don’t miss the cornbread pancakes. — Gabe Guarente

For a comforting bowl of pumpkin soup: Marmite. This acclaimed French restaurant in Capitol Hill sometimes flies under the radar, considering the overwhelming options in the neighborhood. But it delivers approachable, rustic dishes, including a seasonal pumpkin soup that should get you in the mood for Thanksgiving season. Of course, Marmite’s signature roasted chicken is the main event, so save room. — Gabe Guarente

For a sushi happy hour in Belltown with generous portions and sake pours: Wann. It seems it’s been all about sushi news this week, with Bamboo Sushi and San Kai opening. But let’s not forget about the under-the-radar mainstays, like this laid back spot on Second Avenue, which has a wide variety of solid rolls, small plates, and sake carafes for $6 during a late-night happy hour, best sampled after a Belltown bar crawl. — Gabe Guarente

October 25, 2019

For decadent fried rice and seafood in Fremont: Kin Len Thai Night Bites. This new restaurant near the Lenin statue is on the cocktail heatmap, but don’t sleep on the snacks. The menu includes a variety of excellent shareable dishes, including shrimp cakes, whole red snapper with fish sauce, and banana blossom fries. But my favorite may be the hand-pulled beef fried rice with chili paste, made with just the right touch of sweetness. — Gabe Guarente

For beefy shoyu with soba noodles on Capitol Hill: Ooink. This spot (on Eater’s elite ramen guide) added a seasonal new offering recently: shoyu with soba in a beef broth, which I enjoyed for lunch. It’s a perfectly comforting dish for any brisk fall day, and a little lighter than some of the richer dishes available at Ooink. Noodle thickness is also customizable. — Gabe Guarente

For a chill place to watch college football or hoops in Georgetown: Star Brass Works Lounge. This low-key tavern and brewpub has a nice, relaxed vibe away from the more bro-y dens around town to watch sports, whether it’s the Huskies, Cougs (taking on Oregon Saturday), or the just-started NBA season. A couple of big TVs with good sightlines usually play the major games, and you can get a burger and Rainier at happy hour for $6. — Gabe Guarente

October 18, 2019

For soothing bowls of ramen in Capitol Hill: Ramen Danbo. Gross weather usually inspires me to seek out steaming bowls of ramen, and this outpost of the Japan-based chain on East Pine Street hits the spot. The menu focuses on bowls of rich tonkotsu broth, but you can customize your order based on preferences for noodle firmness, broth thickness, and spice levels, along with toppings. Ramen Danbo also makes a vegan option with some depth to it. — Gabe Guarente

For some of downtown’s best food right now: Outlier. Chef Anthony Sinsay has remade Outlier, in downtown’s Hotel Monaco, into a remarkable restaurant. There’s a lot of very mediocre food downtown, but Sinsay’s cooking delighfully diverges from that pattern. He brings his Filipino heritage to the table, with Northwest ingredients incorporated in the ever-chagning menu. Standouts right now include chicken insal skewers, grilled oysters with yuzu-shiso butter, whole fish crudo, and roasted cauliflower with pandan yogurt and preserved lemon. The cocktails, too, are well executed, making for an all-around excellent experience. — Megan Hill

For underrated Mexican food and a whole lot of tequila: Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Drink your liquid sunshine at Capitol Hill’s underrated Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar. For some reason, while other restaurants are packed on this busy end of Capitol Hill, Añejo is much quieter. That makes it great for groups, though, and you’ll be rewarded with expertly layered flavors in dishes like borrego, a slow-baked, chile-marinated lamb shank. Don’t miss the tacos, either, or the queso dip. And of course, there’s a long list of tequila and mezcal for cocktails or sipping straight. — Megan Hill

October 11, 2019

The bar at Currant Bistro
For a great weekend happy hour, try Currant Bistro.
Currant Bistro/Official

For a great happy hour, even on weekends: Currant Bistro. Bright, modern Currant Bistro, on the ground floor of Belltown’s newish Sound Hotel, knows its way around a happy hour. Served every day for a generous four hours (3 to 7 p.m.), there are discounts on drinks and dishes. Don’t miss rock star bar manager Cristina Buenaventura’s cocktail of the week, or the kitchen’s outstanding dips, flatbreads, and charcuterie plate. They’re not on the happy hour menu, but chef de cuisine Leif Thornquist is doing incredible things with his soups — be sure to order a bowl. And, if you find the cocktails to your liking, Buenaventura hosts classes each month. — Megan Hill

For soothing fall flavors, with organic ingredients: Tilth. James Beard-award winning chef Maria HIines has scaled back things in recent years, focusing her efforts solely on this laid-back Wallingford restaurant, which has been delivering excellent certified organic food back before it was a major thing. The fall dinner menu has plenty of comforting dishes, including a delightful roasted cauliflower and apple soup with currants and Arctic char with buckwheat and celeriac puree. Don’t sleep on the desserts either, especially the ganache cake made with Theo chocolate. — Gabe Guarente

For satisfying, healthy vegan fare: Broadfork Cafe. Where the U District’s beloved Chaco Canyon Cafe once stood is now Broadfork, and which does a great job filling Chaco Canyon’s big shoes. Local producers feature heavily on the healthy but satisfying vegan menu of soups, grain bowls, sandwiches, salads, juices, and smoothies. I’m not usually one to fleefully eat a pile of vegetables, but Broadfork’s tempeh peanut bowl, which involves a very good peanut sauce, really did it for me. — Megan Hill

September 20, 2019

The central counter at Art of the Table, which overlooks the kitchen
Art of the Table serves seasonal food with great cocktails.
Morgen Schuler for Eater

For excellent Hawaiian plates with Thai flair: Buddha Bruddah. This fast casual restaurant on Rainier Ave S is a permanent outpost of the popular Hawaiian-Thai fusion food truck — and is an underrated south Seattle spot. Some favorites include the kalua pork, loco moco, and the grilled guava chicken, all served with a satisfying mac salad. Thai flavors also dominate the menu, with larb gai a particularly note worthy dish for its chili kick balanced well with lemongrass. Get a Thai iced tea to wash it all down. — Gabe Guarente

For a multi-course ode to Northwest ingredients: Art of the Table. Now that Art of the Table occupies a larger space on Stone Way, there’s greater opportunity to score a spot here. Maybe you’re leaning toward a multi-course extravaganza, or perhaps you’ll cozy up to the bar in the lounge, called Under the Table, for clever cocktails or a glass of wine and access to the a la carte menu, which makes the experience a little less expensive. Chef Dustin Ronspies is an artist, no matter how you experience his food, though the best way to watch him and his team at work is to sit at the restaurant’s central counter. — Megan Hill

For solid dumplings served hot while grocery shopping: District H. Last week, we reported on the opening of South Lake Union’s fancy version of H Mart, District H. One of the main attractions that should be emphasized, though, is a pretty fantastic steam station right smack in the middle of the store, serving up significant, doughnut-shaped dumplings (kimchi, beef, and vegetable with glass noodles). Even though the spot just opened, the made-to-order snacks are already stellar. Pick up some Korean boy band socks while you’re there. — Gabe Guarente

September 13, 2019

Avocado toast on a white plate.
Brunch is served all day at Bounty Kitchen’s two locations.
Suzi Pratt for Eater

For an underrated neighborhood pizza spot in South Seattle: Mioposto. This pizzeria, which has grown to four locations in the Seattle area, has an outpost on a quiet, leafy corner in Mount Baker with an outdoor patio for those who want to make the most of what’s left of summer. The thin-crust pizzas are excellent (I’m partial to the spicy Pepperoni Puntura, which has a hint of honey), the salads are surprisingly substantial, and the cocktails, such as the smoked orange margaritas, leave an impression. Live a little and order a side of that wood-fired bread, too. — Gabe Guarente

For healthy, homey brunch in Denny Triangle: Bounty Kitchen. Served all day, every day, Bounty Kitchen’s brunch is as delightful as ever. The farm-to-table brunch favorite for its healthy take on comfort food recently expanded to Denny Triangle, imbuing a new glass, concrete, and steel space with some of the same charm as its turn-of-the-century original home on Queen Anne. The restaurant’s brunch ranges from breakfast sandwiches to scrambles to juices, and it’s great no matter which spot you choose to patronize. — Megan Hill

For a place where beer aficionados can celebrate wet hop season: Cloudburst Brewing. This laid-back Belltown brewery is among the first in the city to have the seasonal wet hop beers on tap (here’s a quick primer on what they are and why many beer drinkers love them), and right now patrons can find the double IPA Green Means Go, brewed with wet centennial hops from CLS Farms in the Yakima Valley. For those who want something a little darker, there’s currently an oatmeal stout cheekily called Pumpkin Beer Still Sucks brewed with … pumpkin and spices. Oh, the irony. — Gabe Guarente

September 6, 2019

A view of a hand holding chocolate chip cookies split in half from Lowrider Baking Company.
Lowride Baking Company in the Central District
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For very good cookies and over-the-top cookie cake: Lowrider Baking Company. What began as a farmers market pop-up favorite, Lowrider Baking Company now consists of cookie shops in Georgetown and the Central District. Owner Emily Allport makes the most of both small spaces, selling stand-outs like salted toffee pecan, brown butter triple chocolate chunk, and s’mores. Look out for the seasonal creations and stuffed cookies, and if you’re really looking for something indulgent, buy a giant slice of cookie cake, which consists of four layers of frosting and icing and cookie. It’s fantastically over the top, which might be just what you need this weekend. — Megan Hill

For a serious beer drinker’s spot with plenty of chill: Teku Tavern. This low-key South Lake Union taproom and bottle shop boasts a rotating selection of fantastic beers, mainly from local producers (although there are usually some choice out-of-state brews as well). If the list seems overwhelming, don’t sweat it — the staff is friendly and willing to help patrons navigate the hoppy options. Pro tip: You can ask for pours between the small four-ounce tasting size and the largest ones that are officially listed on the board; the 10-ouncers served in glasses that look like fine wine stemware usually hit the spot. — Gabe Guarente

For satisfying small bites on date night: List. On the surface, this small Belltown spot on First Avenue seems a little sceney, with the minimalist modern decor and the slickly-dressed wait staff. But the food has a lot of depth, even in its simplicity. Here, you’ll find mostly small, shareable plates, leaning toward Italian, between $10-$20. Among my favorites are the clams in white wine broth, the meatballs, and the gnocchi with black truffle cream. Don’t sleep on the cocktails to set the mood, including an X-rated Tini, with passionfruit, mango, and blood-orange vodka. — Gabe Guarente

August 30, 2019

For zodiac-themed cocktails and bar snacks: East Trading Company. I-Miun Liu, who owns Oasis Tea Zone and the soon-to-shutter Dynasty Room, has a hit on his hands with East Trading Company. The former home of Sun Liquor on Capitol Hill pours 12 original cocktails named for Chinese zodiac characters. They’re paired with well executed bar snacks like fried chicken wings, dried tofu salad, crispy chili shrimp, and popcorn chicken. You can score discounts, mostly on the food, at the twice-daily happy hour, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to close—even on weekends. — Megan Hill

For old school video games and pinball not far from Pax action: Jupiter Lounge. This artsy, geek-friendly Belltown bar on Second Avenue is about a fifteen minute walk from the Convention Center, where the majority of PAX West events are going down this weekend. To get in the gaming mood, Jupiter has plenty of activities in its low-lit backroom (including Mario Kart and a slew of vintage pinball machines), along with skillfully-crafted cocktails and a decent draft list. Bring your change. — Gabe Guarente

For wood-fired pizza in an eco-friendly space: Humble Pie. Tucked off of Rainier Avenue, this delightful little spot is a bit of a hidden gem. It sports outdoor seating and an enticing selection of wood-fired pizza using local and organic ingredients like Beecher’s Cheese, Uli’s Sausage, and Washington apples. The pizzeria, constructed of two shipping containers and built following LEED standards, also grows some of its ingredients, draws power from solar panels, and raises chickens on-site. There’s also a small but well-developed draft list of local beer, and cornhole while you wait for your food. — Megan Hill

August 23, 2019

For playful brunch with Korean flavors: Watson’s Counter. You’ll know you’re at Watson’s Counter because there’s probably a line of folks waiting for a table in this small Ballard restaurant. Go early for the all-day brunch menu of chicken wings with gochujang, Korean poutine with braised short ribs or mushrooms, and cereal-topped French toast. And don’t sleep on the inventive coffee drinks, which you can flavor with honey and lavender or orange and rosemary. — Megan Hill

For hearty Kenyan food in Columbia City: Safari Restaurant. This unassuming south Seattle spot serves up generous portions of seafood, meat, and vegetable dishes from Kenya, with some Indian influences as well. The fried tilapia is great, cooked to crispy, lemony perfection and served whole, with a tangy hot sauce on the side (I’d also recommend an order of the curry-flavored rice). While the dining room can get a little stuffy in the summer, ask nicely and owner Jane Kagira can bring over your food at the Flying Lion brewery next door as you sip some beers and chill out with a board game or two. — Gabe Guarente

For British ales while watching Liverpool host Arsenal: The George and Dragon Pub. Did you know football season has started already? Well, the English Premier League is already in its third week, and there’s a big clash between Liverpool and Arsenal Saturday morning, bright and early at 9:30 a.m. The George and Dragon in Fremont always has games on the telly (you should be able to catch other action, besides the EPL), plus a good selection of drafts and British pub food, including bangers and mash. Just be sure to get there early, if you want to actually sit down. The most popular matches draw crowds. — Gabe Guarente

August 16, 2019

For of-the-moment Japanese food and cocktails: Adana. Even on a weeknight, Capitol Hill’s Adana is packed with diners — many of them regulars. They come again and again for the ever-changing multi-course menus that are affordably priced and impeccably crafted. Opt for the omakase, or chef’s choice, and you’ll be treated to an even more fanciful meal featuring whatever ingredients owner Shota Nakajima and his team can get their hands on. The cocktails at this Eater 38 spot are a must, too, and right now there are a handful of bright and lively summer creations on tap. — Megan Hill

For rum drinks and Caribbean food with plenty of kick: Jerk Shack. This Belltown spot may sound like a bad George Costanza comeback (“The jerk shack called ...”), but the food has serious bite, and the portions are generous. I’m a fan of the namesake jerk chicken, with spices that sneak up on you, along with the satisfyingly crunchy soft shell crab sandwich. The dishes here are best washed down with one of the many rum cocktails on the menu, including the Caribbean Goddess, made with brandy and pineapple rum. — Gabe Guarente

For a dish President Obama once enjoyed with Anthony Bourdain in Vietnam: Wicked Chopstix. This Rainier Valley restaurant turns out a fantastic bun cha, a multifaceted dish of smoky grilled pork submerged in a sweetened fish sauce, plus vermicelli, vegetables, herbs, and fried eggrolls, all of which can be corralled into a lettuce wrap or mixed together for a customizable bowl of soup. Here, it’s named “Obama Noodle,” after the dish former President Barack Obama shared in Hanoi with Anthony Bourdain on an episode of Parts Unknown. — Megan Hill

August 9, 2019

For excellent beers at a growing brewery in Ballard: Stoup Brewing. Especially popular on sunny days for its large patio, Stoup Brewing is worth a visit rain or shine. Over the past five years, Stoup has amassed numerous awards and accolades and built its taproom into an inviting neighborhood staple. The brewery pours an impressive range of beers, with 21 on tap of some 80 in rotation. Plus, a recent expansion into the building next door gives Stoup’s beer masterminds additional capacity to dabble in more off-beat concoctions. — Megan Hill

For sustainable sushi in West Seattle: Mashiko. As we’ve reported, the renowned sushi chef Hajime Sato is leaving his West Seattle restaurant this month — in fact, this is his last weekend behind the counter. But even without Sato, this place that prides itself on sustainable seafood (meaning fish that hasn’t been overharvested) is in good hands with chefs Mariah Kmitta and Brandon Wicks taking over. There are several types of omakase meals to try, but I was partial to the umi on a recent visit, which featured a wonderful scallop seasoned with moshio salt and seared black cod nigiri. — Gabe Guarente

For an homage to a top Seattle chef’s humble beginning: Bistro Shirlee. These days, restaurateur Renee Erickson is a powerhouse, but she had to start somewhere. Her origin as chef and owner of Boat Street Cafe — and the invaluable help of her mom, Shirlee — are on display at the remade Saint Helens Cafe. Here, a straightforward bistro menu doesn’t get too fussy, but includes well-executed dishes like a burrata tartine with hazelnut dukkah, chicken liver mousse, the Boat Street pork chop, and the Shirlee burger. That patio is also a fantastic place to park it with a glass of rose on a sunny day. — Megan Hill

August 2, 2019

For solid burgers in Mount Baker while watching the Blue Angels fly: Heyday. In case you haven’t heard the roars overhead, the Blue Angels have been practicing for Seafair weekend. And one of the spots to catch the show is at the Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint, near one of the best burger spots in the city (it has made our recommended list before). Consider the Smoky Lamb patty with bacon, or try the Saigon, with a meaty mix of beef, pork, and shrimp. — Gabe Guarente

For satisfying Latin American food and killer cocktails in Maple Leaf: Mojito. This bright, lively restaurant nestled into the often-overlooked Maple Leaf neighborhood serves a variety of Cuban, Colombian, and Venezuelan dishes, including arepas and steak grilled in a garlicky green sauce topped with a fried egg. Don’t sleep on the drinks, either: The Million Dollar Mojito comes with a Cartavio Selecto rum floater. — Gabe Guarente

For a good excuse to go to Magnolia and enjoy beer: Dirty Couch Brewing. While usually a quiet neighborhood, Magnolia will be hopping this weekend, with Summerfest bringing live music, food vendors, and a parade. Over on West Fort Street, there’s this recently-opened taproom, which focuses on sour beers. Even those who normally wouldn’t go for sours will likely find something that will please the palate, including fan favorites such as Inflection Bourbon Cherry and Irregularity Blackberry Sour Blonde. — Gabe Guarente

July 26, 2019

For well-done bar snacks and cocktails in a historic building: Good Bar. Pioneer Square’s Good Bar has been quietly slinging excellent cocktails and unfussy bar snacks for almost five years. The menu and drink list are reasons enough to go, with options like gin-marinated olives, salt-roasted fingerling potatoes, crispy cheese curds, and a darn good sloppy Joe. Try cocktails like the Not Into Yoga, a tropical concoction of rum, cashew feni, coconut cream, and pineapple, or the Japanese Commercial Bank #2, with shochu, lychee liqueur, yuzu, shiso tincture, and orange oil—an homage to the building’s history. The gorgeous interior is icing on the cake, modern touches that don’t cover up original details like the bank vault doors behind the bar, plasterwork, and columns. All told, Good Bar doesn’t get the credit it deserves. — Megan Hill

For a fond farewell to a Capitol Hill favorite: Poppy. In case you haven’t heard, Capitol Hill neighborhood mainstay Poppy is closing down on August 4, and now might be the best time to stop by and say goodbye. It would be a shame to miss out on one more chance to enjoy the restaurant’s signature thalis, as well as other globally-influenced dishes, such as the dosa with beet sesame and smoky eggplant raita. Since it’s a going away party, might as well consider dessert: the chocolate walnut baklava with coffee custard sauce is calling. — Gabe Guarente

For satisfying Senegalese comfort food on the Southside: La Teranga. This tiny, no-frills restaurant tucked snugly on Columbia City’s main drag delivers fantastic plates of seafood, lamb, and vegetables covered in rich, tangy broths. I’m a fan of the signature thiebou djeun, fish cooked in a tomato stew, served with jasmine rice, cassava, cabbage, and eggplant, best washed down with a sweet glass of bissap juice, made from Senegalese sorrel. Be sure to order a side of sweet potato fries, too, because the dipping sauce is killer. — Gabe Guarente

July 19, 2019

Hill City/Official

For a good taproom on the Southside that’s family friendly: Hill City Tap House and Bottle Shop. This cozy beer specialist in Hillman City has an extensive list of local IPAs, pale ales, pilsners, and stouts that rotate seasonally (I’d recommend the Head Full of Dynomite hazy IPA for summer-friendly hops). And there’s no need to leave the kids at home: a playroom in the back has toys, games, and plenty of other distractions. As for food, there’s a fridge with some snacks, but the best bet is to go to Emma’s BBQ next door or across the street to Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max for some grub to bring back to the benches on Hill City’s front patio. — Gabe Guarente

For perfectly greasy pizza to help endure Capitol Hill Block Party madness: Dino’s Tomato Pie. There’s no doubt Capitol Hill is going to be even more crowded than usual this weekend, as the Block Party descends. While we have five strong recommendations for those looking to refuel for the concert, let’s also not forget about this longtime neighborhood favorite, which honors the legacy of low-key New Jersey pizza joints through greasy slices that will burn the roof of your mouth and cocktails generous with booze. It’s also a little bit away from the main fray, so hopefully there will be room to cozy up at the bar. — Gabe Guarente

For eating burgers and parsnip latkes on vintage couches near Seattle Center: Solo Bar and Eatery. The area around the Space Needle is a little barren, aside from some tourist spots. However, this overlooked gem on Roy Street (from the owners of St. John’s on Capitol Hill) delivers with food and atmosphere. Vintage furniture gives the place a shaggy French cabaret vibe, while the Painted Hills beef burgers and surprisingly satisfying shareable snacks (including parsnip latkes and lamb meatballs) encourage return visits. With Bite of Seattle going on this weekend, this might be a good spot to keep the food fest energy going. — Gabe Guarente

July 12, 2019

For perfect tacos in Othello: Taco Street. This sensational family-run Mexican spot near the Othello station serves soft tacos Northern Chihuahua-style, naked with a choice of meat, plus burritos, tortas, and breakfast burritos. The tamales hide on a large menu, but they’re fantastic, too — and you can pre-order a whole bunch to stock your freezer at home. There’s a large selection of sauces and salsas, plus toppings like cilantro and pickled red onions at a self-service station for endless customization. Don’t leave without trying the housemade frescas, which change daily, and horchata, the perfect antidote to the food’s hot kick. — Megan Hill

For French bistro vibes to celebrate Bastille Day: L’Oursin. This lively Central District spot pops up on our recently updated wine bar guide, but don’t sleep on the food. From the duck and pork pate to the raw scallops with morels, L’Oursin mixes in traditional French bistro fare with Pacific Northwest flavors in an atmosphere low on pretention. On Sunday, the restaurant will celebrate Bastille Day with grilled oysters, magnum bottles of wine, and cocktails from French spirit purveyor Maison Ferrand. Vive la France, indeed. — Gabe Guarente

For vegetarian food that’s going strong after nearly 30 years: Cafe Flora. In a city constantly introducing new restaurants, it feels unique to encounter one of the old guard still going strong after several decades. Cafe Flora’s high-end vegetarian cuisine in Madison Valley fits that category — just look at the lines that stretch out the door on the weekends. Whether you opt for dinner or brunch, you’ll be treated to a creative meat-free meal with options like squash blossom pizza, summer panzanella, and asparagus risotto. Don’t miss the cocktails, which are equally appealing. — Megan Hill

July 5, 2019

For breakfast baguettes while watching the USWNT take on the Netherlands in France: Cafe Presse. The huge Women’s World Cup Final between the defending champion U.S. squad and the Dutch challengers takes place in Lyon, France on Sunday, which means it’s on bright and early on the West Coast: 8 a.m. If you can roll out of bed in time, pretend you’re right there in Lyon cheering on Megan Rapinoe and company by grabbing a buttered baguette or eggs with ham and gruyere. Cafe Presse has been proudly showing the games all tournament long with no cover or reservations required. — Gabe Guarente

For a solid poke bar experience while strolling through Belltown: FOB. Though the poke craze may be slowing down a bit in Seattle, there are still plenty of great grab-and-go places around town. And FOB Poke Bar (located on Blanchard Street, next to The Crocodile) is one of the more underrated spots, in my opinion. With plenty of customizable options — including a green tea-flavored rice mix — it makes a good introduction for out-of-towners who may be trying Seattle poke for the first time, while still providing enough surprises for locals. Pro tip: mix some of the sauces for richer flavors, such as the spicy mayo with the house blend. — Gabe Guarente

For dive bar burgers on a sunny patio: Twilight Exit. This classic dive has long been a go-to for Central District residents. The business is still doing great things in its dimly lit space on Cherry Street, with a nice selection of beer on tap, burgers, and snacks like chicken wings and tater tots. You can’t go wrong with that patio on a sunny day, either. — Megan Hill

June 28, 2019

For a colorful confection to celebrate Pride: Cupcake Royale. This weekend is your last chance in 2019 to enjoy Cupcake Royale’s playful creation The Gay, with sugar rainbows and vanilla buttercream, as the treat is only available during Pride Month (proceeds from sales go to an LGBTQ nonprofit called Outright Action International). It even comes in ice cream form, and the location on Pine Street is near the Pride Parade route, for those who need a refreshment during the festivities. Regardless, it’s hard to go wrong ordering desserts at this longtime bakeshop chain any time of the year. — Gabe Guarente

For outdoor dining with the best view in town: Marination Ma Kai. The Marination family of restaurants and food trucks just marked its tenth anniversary, and the food is as reliable as ever. The best place to take it all in is Marination Ma Kai in West Seattle, where you might spot an otter or seal while gazing at the skyline. Tropical cocktails, spam sliders, bulgogi beef tacos—what’s not to like? — Megan Hill

For dependable Thai food on a charming patio: Little Uncle. Little Uncle’s Thai food business has taken a few different forms over the years, from a walk-up window to sit-down restaurant on Capitol Hill, with a chapter in Pioneer Square, too. What’s remained the same is the menu, which tireless owners Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart execute well, from khao soi gai to khao mun gai to crab fried rice. Their small restaurant has a darling patio, perfect for downing a spicy dish or two with a cocktail or beer. — Megan Hill

June 21, 2019

For underrated Asian food and cocktails: Reckless Noodles. The Central District’s Asian noodle house is bustling. It’s an excellent addition to the neighborhood, with bold flavors wielded expertly in dishes like roast duck crispy rolls with sambal hoisin, papaya salad (get the pork belly version), caramelized pork fresh rolls with Hanoi fish sauce, curry vermicelli bowl, and noodles from the wok. Nothing about this place feels particularly reckless, just plain dialed in — ditto the original cocktails. — Megan Hill

For a post-Solstice Parade burrito: Pecado Bueno. Fremont is where the action is on Saturday, with the annual Solstice Parade traveling toward Gasworks Park (starting at 1 p.m.). Eater Seattle has some recommendations for great food around the neighborhood, but if you need something a little more chill, it might be best to double back along Fremont Avenue North and hit this solid Mexican food chain. Pecado Bueno serves up solid burritos and tostadas, and its $3.75 house margaritas are perfect for keeping the Solstice revelry going around the outdoor patio fire pits. — Gabe Guarente

For brunch food to get over an Australia-sized hangover: Kangaroo and Kiwi. This longtime Ballard dive housed inside an old library has the Aussie theme down pat, with banners, license plates, and other decor from Down Under adorning the walls. While sports fans pack the bar on weekend nights and during big games, many may overlook its comfort food-driven brunch, which includes Australian meat pies with a side of “brekky spuds” and a spicy avocado toast served on a pub roll. Leave the lame “Crocodile Dundee” accents at home, though. — Gabe Guarente

June 14, 2019

For a dad-friendly option in the Market: Radiator Whiskey. Eater Seattle listed a few last-minute Father’s Day restaurant choices earlier this week, but this is another one that you can put on the list, in case the folks are coming from out of town and insist on doing the tourist thing around Pike Place Market. Featuring plenty of dishes for meat lovers (such as fried pork shank and smoked chicken), as well as a comprehensive list of scotch and bourbons, Radiator Whiskey is a good place to raise a glass to dad and get buzzed with the family. — Gabe Guarente

For beer and beer cocktails in a breezy spot: Perihelion Brewery. Beacon Hill’s beer destination is quietly doing a bang-up job as a third place for the community. All ages mix well, with plenty of open windows this time of year, plus a wrap-around patio with fire pits and people-watching. Happy hour is a big draw, especially, thanks to discounted bites like fries with bone marrow aioli and chicken wings. There are also impressive beer cocktails here, including a darn tasty white sangria that goes down a little too easily. — Megan Hill

For unpretentious, modern takes on Thai dishes: Kin Dee Thai. This Central District restaurant almost always looks empty, but rest assured it’s an optical illusion created by the sunken dining room that hides slightly under street level. Inside, find a bright space with a friendly staff and an open kitchen where cooks fire deconstructed takes on classic Thai street food. Top picks include the Thai sausage, crab cakes, Kao Soi Gai, and surely what must be the most deeply flavorful curries this side of the Pacific. — Megan Hill

June 7, 2019

For New York-style pizza to pair with wine: Nine Pies. This SoDo spot — from the owners of West Seattle’s popular Pizzeria 22 — opened up in the neighborhood last spring, and has already garnered a loyal following. I’m partial to the Trafeli pie with meatballs and Mama’s Lil’s Peppers, but you also can’t go wrong with the Corsa, with roasted chicken, pesto, artichoke hearts, and herbed ricotta. Those looking for something beyond takeout can head there for a sitdown meal and enjoy a drink at the neighboring Nine Hats Wines tasting room afterwards. There are plenty of comfy chairs and couches. — Gabe Guarente

Pizza and wine at nine pies.
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For watching the Women’s World Cup with a boozy brunch: Buckley’s Queen Anne. Time to catch World Cup fever once again, especially when the U.S. actually has a chance to win the whole thing. This weekend is the first slate of games for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. And while Team USA isn’t playing until Tuesday, there are several cool matchups for those who don’t mind getting up early on the weekend (England plays Scotland on Sunday at 9am). Buckley’s in Queen Anne has plenty of TVs to catch the action, with solid breakfast scrambles and chilaquiles, along with brunch cocktails that have kick, like the Morning Buzz (rumchata, Kaluha, and Street Bean cold brew). You can also head to the Buckley’s in Belltown if this spot’s too busy. — Gabe Guarente

For waffles and cool latte art near Pike Place Market: Moore Coffee. This small family-run coffee shop on Second Avenue in Belltown, a couple of blocks from the Market, makes pretty killer lattes, complete with cartoons faces and animals drawn in foam. When I first moved to Seattle, this was my go-to spot for a mid-afternoon caffeine break, which would often include one of Moore’s light, Instagram-worthy waffle dishes (usually brie and berries). Pro tip: Moore can get a little crowded on the weekends, but there’s another location right around the corner on Stewart Street in case you’re in a rush. — Gabe Guarente

May 31, 2019

For inspired snacks and original cocktails: The Gerald. It’s easy to find a great cocktail on busy Ballard Avenue, but mid-century-themed bar The Gerald may just be the best. Since owner Wes Yoo took over the business last summer, he’s dialed things in to an impressive degree. The Gerald has the biggest back bar in Ballard, with more than 500 bottles lining the shelves, and Yoo’s team skillfully wields ingredients like aloe, condensed milk, shiso, and black pepper in an impressive and ever-changing cocktail list. Yoo has also updated the food menu, bringing in big flavors with dishes like the open-faced pork belly banh mi sliders, beer-battered cheese curds with honey sriracha, and a panchetta jam and brie grilled cheese sandwich. He’s looking to add some flavors from his youth in Korea, potentially in the form of fried chicken wings and a Korean-Philly cheesesteak, two options that will further enhance the already excellent menu. — Megan Hill

For a savory pie to celebrate the Champions League final: Premier Meat Pies. This stand located in Seattle Center’s armory (and at Pier 54) serves up classic British pies, such as shepherd’s pie and an Irish stew pie made with Guiness (of course). Since the big Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham is Saturday morning, most of the other soccer hooligans are no doubt packed into bars to catch the game, so hopefully this fast-casual spot will be a mellower option if you want to feel British without getting elbowed in the head. Still, expect plenty of screaming. — Gabe Guarente

For salmon tacos and people watching: Cyclops. Located right near the Ace Hotel on First Avenue in Belltown, this longtime Seattle staple features velvet artwork on the walls, a good list of seasonal drafts, and surprisingly solid bar food, including blackened salmon tacos that have just the right amount of kick. If the weather holds up this weekend, it might be best to grab a seat outside and watch the Belltown denizens stroll by. As Vanishing Seattle has written in the past, this is where neighborhood characters come to hang. — Gabe Guarente

May 24, 2019

For tropical vibes during your Seattle staycation: Island Soul. If you can’t make it out to the beach this weekend, this longtime Columbia City spot serving up Caribbean and Louisiana soul food dishes might be the next best thing. It’s hard to go wrong with a jerk chicken, oxtail, and goat curry combo bowl, but I tend to gravitate toward the gumbo, which has plenty of kick and doesn’t skimp on the prawns. Meanwhile, the rum-heavy cocktail list — including some colorful mojitos and daiquiris, with the right balance of sweet and boozy— should get the summer started off right. — Gabe Guarente

For an excuse to take a ferry and eat a lot of meat: The Ruby Brink. Vashon Island’s delightful new restaurant is still a bit of a work in progress. But it’s very much worth making the trip across the water for a taste of chef Rustle Biehn and butcher Lauren Garaventa’s hard work. The two made a name for themselves with their popular Meat and Noodle pop-up, which has morphed into the restaurant. The signature bone broth soup, named after the pop-up, is satisfying, even on a hot day. If that’s not your jam, plenty of other options abound: beef jerky made with soy, garlic, and mirin; bacon jam toast (opt in on the soft egg additon); Vashon lamb merguez sausage on a challah roll with yogurt sauce; and oyster mushroom polenta. — Megan Hill

For a glass of wine on a charming patio: Bottlehouse. Seattle has no shortage of great outdoor dining spaces to help you make the most of the nice weather, but don’t overlook Bottlehouse in Madrona, where you can drink inside a darling 1905 Craftsman house that catches plenty of cross breezes, or situate yourself on the small side patio. The wine selection combines pours and bottles from local producers and small operations, and it all pairs well with a cheese and charcuterie board, mac and cheese, or brie and compote sandwich. — Megan Hill

May 17, 2019

For sake flights and fantastic Japanese snacks in Fremont: Hannyatou. The newly-opened sister bar to Kamonegi that focuses on sake has a cozy, neighborhood feel to it, with a backyard patio (that opens soon) and friendly staff. Get the sake flights, which are organized into three sections, depending on whether you’re just getting an introduction to the Japanese rice wine or are feeling a little more adventurous (the tamagawa “heart of oak” is a tokubestu junmai described as having toasted rice, yogurt, and porridge flavors). Don’t sleep on the food, though. Small bites such as the chicken liver mousse with cocoa powder are surprisingly satisfying. — Gabe Guarente

For burgers and shakes that will make you feel like summer is here: Coastline. In a city with lots of great burger options, it may be easy to overlook this chill spot located in West Seattle, right across the street from Ma’ono (there’s a location in Kirkland as well). But that would be disservice to the flavorful patties on house-made buns, which pair well with the just-thick-enough vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate shakes. There are still a few weeks left until summer, but this should give you a nice head start. — Gabe Guarente

For a good spot to watch hoops and lament the absence of the Sonics: Rookies. This sports bar located in Columbia City has 14 flatscreen TVs strategically placed for maximum convenience, along with an extensive menu of brews and solid bar bites (such as the Irish nachos, topped with beer cheese and shredded corned beef). Not a bad choice for NBA fans looking to see Damian Lillard and the Blazers — the NBA’s lone Pacific Northwest team (*sniff*) — try to climb out of a 0-2 hole to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals this weekend. Pour one out for the Sonics, though. — Gabe Guarente

May 10, 2019

For an approachable wine education and farm-to-table fare: Bar Ferdinand. Tucked in the back of Capitol Hill’s maze-like Chophouse Row building is this gem of a wine bar. Servers can expertly guide you to the best orange wine to try right now, or help you sample the wares of a quirky terroir in some undiscovered corner of the world. Add to that Matt Dillon’s farm-to-table food sensibilities — with plates that balance rusticity and polish and charred in the open fireplace — and you have the makings of an ideal dinner or prelude to more dining elsewhere. — Megan Hill

For patio beers and fantastic sandwiches: Standard Brewing. Don’t let the neighborhood’s copious construction stop you. Standard Brewing has consistently produced some of the city’s best beers over the past six years, and this weekend’s weather forecast is an excellent excuse to hang out on the brewery’s patio and knock back a few. Be sure to check out the menu of well-constructed sandwiches, of the cold and hot variety, plus specials of the moment like rarebit toast topped with melted beer cheese. — Megan Hill

For a low-key date night in Belltown: Black Bottle. This under-the-radar spot specializes in wines and inventive cocktails (like the Ballard Dad, with tumeric cinnamon scotch, ginger beer, and Rainy Day Bitters). The atmosphere is intimate, but not intimidating — perfect for longtime couples that need a night out on the town, or even if you’ve swiped right and are just getting to know someone. In addition to the drinks, the bites are pretty stellar, too, especially the braised oxtail with malbec demi-glaze and the brie, leek, and olive flatbread, with portions made for sharing. Be careful: You may want more for yourself. — Gabe Guarente

May 3, 2019

For that Churchill Downs vibe on Capitol Hill: Bottleneck Lounge. If you can’t make it down to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby this year (Saturday, with coverage starting at 2pm), checking out the most exciting two minutes in sports at Bottleneck may be the next best thing. The cozy, longtime neighborhood favorite is hosting its 13th annual Run for the Roses Kentucky Party, complete with Maker’s Mark mint juleps, burgers from Two Doors Down (among Eater Seattle’s best pattys), and fashion contests. There’s also no cover charge, so get don your most ridiculously large floppy hat and put a sawbuck on Plus Que Parfait for us. — Gabe Guarente

For a family-friendly place on Cinco de Mayo: El Sombrero. Look, we have a taco map and a margarita map, so there are a lot of Mexican food and drink bases covered. But on Sunday, you may want to just have a nice spot to take the kids for brunch, where you can be as noisy as you want, and this family-owned spot in Columbia City right on Rainier Avenue doesn’t disappoint. The service is lightning-fast and friendly, they have sturdy high chairs and crayons, and the portions are generous. I’m partial to the comforting arroz con pollo, but the enchiladas are solid, too. And, yes, maybe order a Coronita — a margarita with a mini bottle of beer in it to — to take the edge off. — Gabe Guarente

For flaming fried Greek cheese in Ballard: Plaka Estiatorio. Truly excellent Hellenic fare is few and far between in the city, but there are still some spots that do it right. This lively taverna located on a quiet Ballard corner specializes in many classic Greek dishes, including oven-baked spring lamb, but the smaller plates really shine, especially the flaming-hot saganaki (fried kefalograviera cheese). Just don’t go overboard and start breaking dishes in delight. — Gabe Guarente

APRIL 26, 2019

For Avengers-themed drinks in a geek-friendly environment: AFK Tavern. For eight years, this bar in Everett (named after a gamer acronym that means “Away From Keyboard”) has been catering to everyone’s inner nerd with pride. Those who want to play board games can camp out at a booth for hours without being bothered to order extra rounds. And the menu revolves around the hot comic books, movies, and pop culture topics of the moment. In this case, drinks such as the “Mr. Stark … I Don’t Feel So Good” with Rogue Dead Guy Single Malt Whiskey and orange cream bitters should be just what’s needed to prepare for battle against Thanos. — Gabe Guarente

For a Ballard beer hall that will make you feel like Thor: Skål Beer Hall. It’s no spoiler to say that the God of Thunder will play a big role in the new “Avengers: Endgame” movie. Why not follow his lifestyle lead? This spacious, 2,500 square-foot bar — which just opened up a few weeks ago — features pelts and axes hanging from the walls, Nordic beers, mead, and meats such as venison. Raise a glass of Odin Black Black Currant Farmhouse (smooth, with acidity) to Asgard and Earth’s mightiest heroes. — Gabe Guarente

For comic book-themed burgers in the Southend: Bent Burgers. You can smell the grilly goodness before you even walk through the front door. Bent Burgers’ owner Dave Bent has gone all in on his theme, plastering the walls, tables, and bathroom with comic book art. There are masks of Iron Man and Captain America on the wall. Even the menu sports the theme, with burgers named after various superheroes and villains. All that aside, the grub here is good, whether you opt for a classic cheeseburger or skew toward something more decadent, like the Lone Ranger, topped with cheese, bacon, onion rings, and barbecue sauce. There’s also a kid’s menu, a variety of wings, draft beer, milkshakes, and all-day breakfast sandwiches, if a burger isn’t calling your name. — Megan Hill

APRIL 19, 2019

For elegant Sicilian and Southern Italian dishes in Fremont: Agrodolce. has been a mainstay in Fremont since Maria Hines opened it in 2013. But the James Beard Award-winning chef sold the restaurant to her executive chef and protege, Thomas Litrenta, last month. Litrenta has been at the helm here for more than a year, so he’s already put his own spin on things. The focus remains on Sicilian and Southern Italian specialties, with flour milled in the restaurant’s basement for the array of handmade pastas. Litrenta shows off his Italian heritage with dishes like marsala-glazed carrots, Coffee Flour pappardelle, and black pepper bucatini carbonara, all delivered in a congenial atmosphere. — Megan Hill

For a hangover-curing weekend meal: Feed Co. Burgers. Over the past few years, restaurateur Scott Staples has trimmed his restaurant portfolio, but one mainstay is the Central District’s Feed Co. Burgers. A sibling to Fremont’s tasty Uneeda Burger, Feed Co. serves five well-conceived burgers alongside classics like fries, milkshakes, and ice cream floats. The seasonal veggie tempura, which sends the likes of winter squash and green beans into the deep fryer, is a must-try. Weekend brunch is hangover curing, with hearty dishes like steak and eggs, loco moco, and biscuits and gravy. — Megan Hill

For an egg hunt without bumping into the Easter brunchers: Linda’s Tavern. This Capitol Hill dive bar with a heavy “Twin Peaks”-meets-country western-vibe has been a staple in the neighborhood for 25 years, but I think it’s still underrated for its breakfast scrambles. While others try to brave the lines at fancier sit-down restaurants this weekend, Linda’s is a good place to chill, order a Smokin’ Mary (a bloody mary with mezcal), get eggs with poblano peppers and have brunch spill over into night. Oh, and the jukebox is pretty killer, too. — Gabe Guarente

APRIL 12, 2019

Suzi Pratt for Eater

For perhaps the best burger in town: Bateau. It’s a well-known secret at this point that Renee Erickson’s Capitol Hill steakhouse serves one hell of an off-menu burger. Bateau is also a tough reservation to score, but if you go early and sit at the bar, you’ll have access to the same menu and great service as the rest of the dining room. These burgers aren’t over-dressed with condiments and toppings. Instead, the huge grass-fed patty shines alongside aioli and caramelized onions, held together by a challah-style bun. — Megan Hill

For flights of poutine while watching pucks fly: The Angry Beaver. Ever since it opened in 2012, this bar in Greenwood has been known as one of the best places to watch hockey in Seattle. Owner Tim Pipes — a Toronto native — has created a menu full of decadent Canadian specialties, such as peameal sandwiches (corn meal-wrapped bacon) and flights of poutine, plus twelve rotating drafts to wash it all down. With the NHL playoffs in full force this weekend — and locals getting primed for Seattle’s new pro team in 2021 — this is the place to be for puckheads. — Gabe Guarente

For crab benedicts near the Market: Bacco Cafe. With its prime location near Pike Place Market, this small, lively bistro — which specializes in breakfast food and flavorful juices made to order — can get a little crowded during sunnier spring days, with seating outside. But since we’re likely in for a cloudy weekend, the lines shouldn’t be too bad around brunch time — and the wait is worth it. The Dungeness crab benedict and omelettes are delicately prepared, and the pineapple, orange and pear juice should give a nice boost for those taking a Market stroll. — Gabe Guarente

APRIL 5, 2019

 Pestle Rock
Pestle Rock
Suzi Pratt

For delightfully messy Thai food and Tom Yum soup-flavored cosmos: Pestle Rock. Lively Ballard restaurant Pestle Rock has reliably served an array of dishes from Thailand’s Isan region. Bold, bright dishes use local produce and protein when possible, and the result is plates perfect for sharing with a date or a group of friends. Be prepared to get a bit messy: most of the food here is meant to be eaten with your hands. Roll up your sleeves for dishes like the grilled Thai sausage, fried pork ribs with sweet chili sauce, fried chicken wings, wild boar collar, and egg noodles with pork belly. Don’t overlook the cocktails, including the rotating “monsoon” option that draws influences from around the world, and the Tom Yum soup-flavored cosmopolitan. — Megan Hill

For refined Northwest flavors in Belltown without fussiness: Local 360. As the name suggests, this Belltown restaurant sources its ingredients from farms around the area, with a constantly rotating menu that currently features Newaukum Valley leeks and braised rabbit leg. Having lived in the neighborhood, this was always a great spot for a last-minute brunch or dinner, because it’s a little less busy than the tourist traps near the Market, the food is simple but satisfying, and the wait staff is friendly. If you can hold out until Sunday night, Local 360 has a Restaurant Week menu featuring its tender braised beef with Saskatoon compote. — Gabe Guarente

For quick, flavorful Middle Eastern fare after drunken karaoke in Capitol Hill: Yalla. A few weeks ago, a new window serving up Middle Eastern wraps and small bites opened up in the space formerly occupied by Tortas Condesas in Capitol Hill, right across the street from karaoke and Tiki spot, Hula Hula. The muhammara wrap with spiced beef and the kishk with yogurt-fermented bulgur, served with saj bread, both have a satisfying kick, which should be a good capper for a blurry night of warbling “Love Shack” to a Mai Tai-soaked crowd. — Gabe Guarente

March 29, 2019


For an Italian-themed brunch and jugs of mimosas in Capitol Hill: Artusi. This restaurant’s addition of brunch feels massively overdue. The excellent apertivo bar and sibling to pasta destination Spinasse recently added the weekend meal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And it certainly lives up to high expectations, especially considering the steal of a deal involving two entrees and a cocktail pitcher for $30. What could be better than Italian-inspired brunch dishes like Benedicto (a braised pork trotter and foccacia Benedict), Alaska spot prawn scramble with bruschetta, and an omelette with nduja sausage ragu, parmigiano, paired with a jug of mimosa?

For boozy slushies and New York-style pizza: Supreme. Whether you belly up to the bar at the West Seattle original or slide into a booth at the new University District location, Supreme will certainly leave you satisfied. Delightfully divey, everything here is well executed, from the very boozy frozen cocktails to the floppy, foldable New York-style pizzas. Go with classic combinations or opt for outlandish with the Ono, a nod to Ma’Ono’s Hawaiian-style specialty: fried chicken, kimchi, and American cheese.

For Asian flavors and eggs while watching the game: Super Six. Set in a former auto garage, this Columbia City restaurant from the Marination team serves up a mix of Asian and American comfort food. A chill brunch of eggs with kalua pork — not to mention bottomless mimosas — may hit the spot for those looking to escape the madness of downtown. Fans can also still keep an eye on the Mariners or the Elite 8 games at the bar without dealing with too much sports bro-dom.

Linda's Tavern

707 East Pine Street, , WA 98122 (206) 325-1220 Visit Website

Pestle Rock

2305 Northwest Market Street, , WA 98107 (206) 466-6671 Visit Website

El Sombrero

4868 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 725-1418 Visit Website

Hula Hula

1501 East Olive Way, , WA 98122 (206) 284-5003 Visit Website

The Ruby Brink

17526 Vashon Highway Southwest, , WA 98070 (206) 408-7795 Visit Website


4444 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (206) 946-6827


1535 14th Avenue, , WA 98122 (206) 251-7673 Visit Website

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill

3820 South Ferdinand Street, , WA 98118 (206) 722-0301 Visit Website


615 19th Avenue E, Seattle, WA 98112 206 325 2111 Visit Website

Super Six

3714 South Hudson Street, , WA 98118 (206) 420-1201 Visit Website

Island Soul

4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 329-1202 Visit Website


4529 University Ave. NE, Seattle,

Bent Burgers

5100 S Dawson Street, Seattle, WA 98118 (206) 760-0291


7850 Southwest Capitol Highway, , OR 97219 (503) 206-4007 Visit Website

The BottleNeck Lounge

2328 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112 (206) 323-1098 Visit Website

Skal Beer Hall

5429 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 Visit Website

Pasta Casalinga

93 Pike Street, , WA 98101 (206) 445-2987 Visit Website


86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 443-5443 Visit Website

AFK Tavern

1510 41st Street, Everett, WA 98201

The Angry Beaver

8412 Greenwood Avenue North, , WA 98103 (206) 782-6044 Visit Website


709 North 35th Street, , WA 98103 (206) 547-9707 Visit Website


1060 North 39th Street, , WA 98103 (206) 294-4104 Visit Website

Local 360

2234 1st Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 441-9360 Visit Website

Plaka Estiatorio

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