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Here Are the 2022 Eater Awards Winners for Seattle

The best restaurants, bars, and pop-ups of the year

If in 2021 Seattle restaurateurs and chefs showed creativity and resilience while still keeping one cautious foot over the brake pedal, in 2022 they threw caution to the wayside and hurled themselves full force into the hard work of rebuilding a restaurant scene. This included the opening of several big, audacious projects, but also many small, low-key spots from former fine dining chefs leaving a stuffy, sometimes elitist, world behind to cook food that’s truer to themselves and their cultural backgrounds.

Eater Seattle’s 2022 Eater Awards aim to recognize the people who are rebuilding a better restaurant scene in Seattle than the one that existed before the pandemic, in terms of the scene’s offerings for diners and in how it treats employees and engages with local communities. The following restaurants, bars, and pop-ups also reflect the cultural richness of Seattle and the agricultural and ecological bounty of the region around it.

Without further ado, these are the Eater Seattle Award winners for 2022.


Best New Restaurant

The Chicken Supply

Since opening in 2021, this Greenwood restaurant has been stunning Seattle with its super-crispy gluten-free Filipino fried chicken wings, drumsticks, thighs, and 10-inch-long cylinders of breast meat on sticks, which crackle under the teeth with the satisfying, puffy texture of Rice Krispies. Beyond serving some of the best fried chicken in America, with satisfying Filipino sides like tangy marinated vegetables and garlic rice, The Chicken Supply is the restaurant of owners Paolo Campbell and Donald Adams’ dreams. Like many chefs in Seattle, the pair left their demanding jobs at European fine dining institutions during the pandemic to open a more casual restaurant that was truer to their cultural backgrounds and offered a better work-life balance. Perhaps most impressively, Campbell and Adams offer one of the city’s most worthwhile culinary experiences in a $4 drumstick, during a time when rising food costs are making dining out a rare privilege for many Seattle residents.

Two paper boats with a fried chicken thigh, drumstick, wing, and breast meat on a stick, with a rice noodle salad with tomatoes, celery, and cabbage in a separate boat, and takeout containers of garlic rice and collard greens in coconuty milk.
The Filipino fried chicken, pancit salad, braised collard greens, and garlic rice at The Chicken Supply.
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Two men stand next to each other wearing black sweatshirts in front of a wall painted with large, multi-colored leaves.
Donald Adams and Paolo Campbell have been talking about opening a fried chicken restaurant since they were in culinary school ten years ago.
Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle

Best Ocean-to-Table Restaurant

Seabird

In a city packed with restaurants touting their use of local ingredients, to a point where the phrase “local” is starting to lose its significance, Brendan McGill’s new Bainbridge Island restaurant stands second to none in its sourcing of seafood from here, with careful preparations that bring the flavors of the surrounding waters into full bloom. Executive chef Grant Rico (who previously worked at the three-Michelin-starred Single Thread in California) imbues everything on the menu with hints of oceanic umami: The addition of fish fumet (a French stock made of fish bones and heads) elevates an herb cream sauce for the Manila clams to a satisfying, complex broth. A sauce made with crab broth, crab butter, and crab fat concentrates and deepens the sweet, earthy flavor of the Dungeness crab. Even the house-made bread is flavored with seaweed and comes with butter mixed with sugar kelp grown in the nearby Hood Canal.

Disclaimer: Jade Yamazaki Stewart, who curated the 2022 Eater Awards list while he was editor of Eater Seattle, now works for Brendan McGill, owner of Seabird and other restaurants. Stewart left Eater in October 2022; his current employment did not and does not inform Seabird’s inclusion on this list.

A piece of white fish on a white plate in a white broth studded with pieces of almond and garnished with a light purple flower.
The sablefish at Seabird, served in an almond broth with marcona almonds and cherries.
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A dining room of a restaurant with light wood tables, light brown leather chairs, a wooden fan, and a kitchen in the background with a wood-fired oven and chefs prepping food.
The dining room and kitchen at Seabird.
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Best Next-Gen Omakase Restaurant

Takai By Kashiba

This new Bellevue omakase sushi restaurant has been one of the area’s hardest reservations to get because of its backing by the Kashiba family, whose octogenarian patriarch, Shiro Kashiba (of acclaimed Sushi Kashiba), introduced the Seattle area to genuine edomae-style sushi over 50 years ago. But chef Jun Takai — who moved to Seattle from Japan to study with Kashiba in 2000, along with fellow apprentice Daisuke Nakazawa, who went on to open the wildly famous Sushi Nakazawa restaurants on the East Coast — executes a distinct vision for his first restaurant that differs from that of his mentor’s. Takai, for example, is a master of dry-aging fish for his nigiri, a process that brings out more umami and relaxes the fish for a softer bite, sometimes aging toro for two weeks or more until it’s creamy and exploding with the flavor of tuna fat. There are local fish in the constantly changing omakase (including Puget Sound uni and geoduck), but Takai sources fish from around the globe, offering a survey of the world’s best seafood at any given time.

A dark red piece of fish nigiri on a black lacquered surface. Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle
A thin Japanese man with a salt and pepper beard and white chef’s coat and hat, smiles while standing behind his sushi counter. Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle
Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle

Best New Bar

Phocific Standard Time

The Pham family has been one of the most influential forces in Seattle’s dining scene since they opened their first pho shop in the now-famous red boat-shaped building in Little Saigon in the early 1980s. And co-owner Yenvy Pham’s first bar, located up a narrow staircase and behind a curtain from the downtown location of Pho Bac, is just as groundbreaking as any of her other businesses. At Phocific Standard Time, the sweet, grassy flavors of pandan mellow out the smokiness of mezcal and agave bite of tequila in one cocktail, while Vietnamese salted egg and pho fat-washed Japanese whiskey combine with nocino and sherry for a wonderfully savory, aromatic sip in another. Snacks like banh bot loc, the translucent, jiggly Vietnamese tapioca dumplings, round out the menu, and if you’re really hungry, you can always order pho from downstairs, which gets carried up the stairs to the bar in an instant noodle cup.

Bartender pouring a clarified pandan cocktail into a short circular glass that holds a cylindrical ice cube and flower. Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle
A frothy coffee cocktail showed in the foreground with gray-and-black floral wallpaper in the background. Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle
A wide-view interior shot of a lounge decorated with floral accents, a central bar area, and smaller round tables flanking either side of the bar. Suzi Pratt/Eater Seattle

Best Pop-Up

Hamdi

Couple Berk Güldal and Katrina Schult astounded the local dining community with the best Turkish food the city had ever seen when they left their posts at the three-Michelin-starred Single Thread restaurant to start a pop-up in Seattle. Hamdi’s monthly whole-lamb roasts have become one of the city’s most sought-after culinary experiences, and always draw stares from passersby hypnotized by the sight of an entire animal spinning over an open applewood fire, dripping juices into flames below. But Güldal’s sensational execution of the simple kebab — hand-mincing (male-only) lamb meat with a big, traditional Turkish knife, grilling it until medium-rare over charcoal, brightening the rich flavor of the lamb fat with a tangy tomato-onion salad, and wrapping it in lavash — shows his high level of culinary skill and understanding for the cuisine of his native country. The intermittent culinary spectacle just became a Ballard restaurant of the same name that opened to much excitement last month, but Hamdi will continue to do a whole-lamb pop-up at the restaurant every month.

A man cuts pulls pieces of grilled chicken off of a skewer over a charcoal grill under a pop-up tent.
Chef Berk Güldal grills chicken over charcoal at a Hamdi pop-up at Fair Isle Brewing.
Jade Yamazaki Stewart/Eater Seattle
A kebab on top of a piece of flatbread, strewn with sliced tomatoes, onions, and herbs.
The hand-minced lamb kebab will remain the signature dish at Hamdi.
Jade Yamazaki Stewart/Eater Seattle

Hamdi

4012 Leary Way Northwest, , WA 98107 Visit Website

Seabird

133 Winslow Way East, , WA 98110 (206) 201-3789 Visit Website

Takai By Kashiba

180 Bellevue Way Northeast, Bellevue, WA 98004 (425) 502-7259 Visit Website

Phocific Standard Time

1923 7th Avenue, , WA 98101 Visit Website

The Chicken Supply

7410 Greenwood Avenue North, , WA 98103 (206) 257-4460 Visit Website

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