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12 After-Hour Seattle Chef Hangouts

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Detailed evidence of where chefs like to eat and drink when they're off the clock seems to be all the rage these days, with apps like ChefsFeed and the totally not cryptic book, Where Chefs Eat. Like a hunter on safari, a quick informal poll of some of Seattle's favorite hardworking chefs reveals some very unsurprising facts: they like good unfussy food, prepared simply and quickly without a lot of pomp and circumstance. And cocktails. They like their cocktails.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the spots you're most likely to find some of your favorite chefs when they're left to their own devices after punching out.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bastille Café & Bar

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5307 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 453-5014
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Robin Leventhal, Local 360: "After work I love to grab a late night snack at Bastille. I especially love (chef) Jason Stoneburner's falafel and lamb sausage banh mi."

2. Big Mario's Pizza

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1009 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 922-3875
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Brendan McGill, Hitchcock: "If I'm going out after work in Seattle, it's either: Quinn's for their burger, dark ale and/or a bourbon; Caffe Presse for tartare and frites; Green Leaf in Belltown for duck and cabbage salad, mung bean pancakes, 33 beer; Big Mario's for pizza and whiskey, and shitty beer, obviously; and Pike Street Fish Fry for a fried oyster sandwich and a Rainier."

3. Bitterroot BBQ

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5239 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 588-1577
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Sam Crannell, LloydMartin: "I love the burger at Bitterroot BBQ."

4. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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Jason Franey, Canlis: "Canon is my favorite late night spot. Andrew Cross is doing innovative pub food and Jamie Boudreau's cocktails are unprecedented."

5. Canon

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928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 552-9755
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Brandon Kirksey, Rione XIII: "I like to go to Canon and have a High West on the rocks with ginger ale. Their ginger ale is really good."

6. Café Presse

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1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674
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Kim Mahar, pastry chef, RN74: "Quinn's for sour beer and the best burger in town and Cafe Presse for the best fries and best steak tartare."

7. Delancey

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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 838-1960
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Renee Erickson, Whale Wins/Walrus & the Carpenter: "Generally I end up at Essex or Delancey if I get out of work early enough. I love the cocktails and, of course, the pizza. This time of year, (chef) Brandon (Pettit) is making my favorite treviso radicchio salad."

8. Green Leaf

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2800 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-3318
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Charles Walpole, Blind Pig: "I go to Green Leaf in Belltown for duck congee, Tiger beer and a shot of Jameson."

9. Green Leaf

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2800 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-3318
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Eli Dahlin, Walrus & the Carpenter: "I usually eat at the Belltown Green Leaf if I go out after service. I've never been there and not bumped into another cook. My favorites are the Vietnamese pancake and the green papaya salad."

10. Quinn's Pub

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1001 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 325-7711
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Jason Stratton, Spinasse: "I often end up at Quinn's for a burger and a beer. It's a midway point to home and I have several dear friends I love to see. The bartenders at Oddfellows see me at least once a week. They generally start making my Negroni without asking. I like to hang out and read for an hour before heading home. It's a beautiful space to zone out and decompress."

11. Sea Garden

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509 7th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-2100

Jason Stoneburner, Bastille: "Sea Garden in the ID is my go-to late night spot. I always order the salt and pepper squid, green onion ginger noodle and a Kirin Ichiban beer."

12. Showa

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701 N 36th St. Ste. 200
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 388-3913

Dana Tough, Spur/Coterie Room/Tavern Law: "The pork and clam broth ramen at Showa."

13. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 251-7673
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Aleks Dimitrijevic, La Bete: "When, and if, I do go out to eat on those rare occasions, I go to the bar at Spinasse for some snacks if I feel like treating myself to a really good meal. I have always liked that place and the people who work there. The food is always solid and reminds me more of what I grew up eating. I also go to Big Marios Pizza for a slice on the way home from work; Lil' Woody's for the mexican burger (add avocado and bacon for a solid snack); taquitos or tamales at Rancho Bravo; and Quinns for a burger, salad, and a good cold beer or whiskey to wash it down."

14. Uneeda Burger

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4302 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2600
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Maria Hines, Tilth/Golden Beetle/Agrodolce: "I like Uneeda for the Sonoran Burger. I love the spice of the jalapeños after a long night in the kitchen."

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1. Bastille Café & Bar

5307 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Robin Leventhal, Local 360: "After work I love to grab a late night snack at Bastille. I especially love (chef) Jason Stoneburner's falafel and lamb sausage banh mi."

5307 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107

2. Big Mario's Pizza

1009 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

Brendan McGill, Hitchcock: "If I'm going out after work in Seattle, it's either: Quinn's for their burger, dark ale and/or a bourbon; Caffe Presse for tartare and frites; Green Leaf in Belltown for duck and cabbage salad, mung bean pancakes, 33 beer; Big Mario's for pizza and whiskey, and shitty beer, obviously; and Pike Street Fish Fry for a fried oyster sandwich and a Rainier."

1009 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

3. Bitterroot BBQ

5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Sam Crannell, LloydMartin: "I love the burger at Bitterroot BBQ."

5239 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Canon

928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Jason Franey, Canlis: "Canon is my favorite late night spot. Andrew Cross is doing innovative pub food and Jamie Boudreau's cocktails are unprecedented."

928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Canon

928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Brandon Kirksey, Rione XIII: "I like to go to Canon and have a High West on the rocks with ginger ale. Their ginger ale is really good."

928 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Café Presse

1117 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

Kim Mahar, pastry chef, RN74: "Quinn's for sour beer and the best burger in town and Cafe Presse for the best fries and best steak tartare."

1117 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Delancey

1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117

Renee Erickson, Whale Wins/Walrus & the Carpenter: "Generally I end up at Essex or Delancey if I get out of work early enough. I love the cocktails and, of course, the pizza. This time of year, (chef) Brandon (Pettit) is making my favorite treviso radicchio salad."

1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

8. Green Leaf

2800 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Charles Walpole, Blind Pig: "I go to Green Leaf in Belltown for duck congee, Tiger beer and a shot of Jameson."

2800 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

9. Green Leaf

2800 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Eli Dahlin, Walrus & the Carpenter: "I usually eat at the Belltown Green Leaf if I go out after service. I've never been there and not bumped into another cook. My favorites are the Vietnamese pancake and the green papaya salad."

2800 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Quinn's Pub

1001 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

Jason Stratton, Spinasse: "I often end up at Quinn's for a burger and a beer. It's a midway point to home and I have several dear friends I love to see. The bartenders at Oddfellows see me at least once a week. They generally start making my Negroni without asking. I like to hang out and read for an hour before heading home. It's a beautiful space to zone out and decompress."

1001 E Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Sea Garden

509 7th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98104

Jason Stoneburner, Bastille: "Sea Garden in the ID is my go-to late night spot. I always order the salt and pepper squid, green onion ginger noodle and a Kirin Ichiban beer."

509 7th Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Showa

701 N 36th St. Ste. 200, Seattle, WA 98103

Dana Tough, Spur/Coterie Room/Tavern Law: "The pork and clam broth ramen at Showa."

701 N 36th St. Ste. 200
Seattle, WA 98103

13. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Aleks Dimitrijevic, La Bete: "When, and if, I do go out to eat on those rare occasions, I go to the bar at Spinasse for some snacks if I feel like treating myself to a really good meal. I have always liked that place and the people who work there. The food is always solid and reminds me more of what I grew up eating. I also go to Big Marios Pizza for a slice on the way home from work; Lil' Woody's for the mexican burger (add avocado and bacon for a solid snack); taquitos or tamales at Rancho Bravo; and Quinns for a burger, salad, and a good cold beer or whiskey to wash it down."

1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

14. Uneeda Burger

4302 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103

Maria Hines, Tilth/Golden Beetle/Agrodolce: "I like Uneeda for the Sonoran Burger. I love the spice of the jalapeños after a long night in the kitchen."

4302 Fremont Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103

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