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The 38 Essential Seattle Restaurants, January 2012

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It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck (with one arguable exception). Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

This time around, the 38 bids a fond farewell to Joule and Sushi Kappo Tamura — not because they aren't great spots, but simply because time marches on. Also dropping off the list is Paseo, since they are currently on break.

That's the bad news. The good: A lineup of new arrivals based on nominations, kitchen shuffles and other assorted intel. Eater would like to welcome Il Corvo, Traveler's Thali House, and Elemental@Gasworks to the list. All of these changes are reflected in random order here.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to nominate it for inclusion? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or hit up the tipline.

For more Eater 38 guides updated today across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Elemental

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3309 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Il Corvo

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1501 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Travelers Thali House

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2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

4. Mistral Kitchen

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2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

5. Pike Street Fish Fry

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925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Quinn's Pub

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1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Revel

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403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Armandino's Salumi

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309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Serious Pie

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316 Virginia St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Sitka & Spruce

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

13. Spur Gastropub

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113 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121

14. Tamarind Tree

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1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

15. The Walrus and the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

16. Zippy's Giant Burgers

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9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

17. Viengthong

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2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144

18. Lecosho

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89 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

19. Poppy

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622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

20. Brave Horse Tavern

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310 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

21. Steelhead Diner

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95 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

22. Art of the Table

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1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103

23. Bisato

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2400 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

24. Le Pichet

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1st Ave
Seattle, WA

25. Canlis Restaurant

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

26. Dinette

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1514 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

27. Ezell's Famous Chicken

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501 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

28. How To Cook A Wolf

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2208 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

29. Jade Garden

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424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

30. La Bête

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1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

31. La Carta De Oaxaca

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5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

32. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

33. Madison Park Conservatory

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1927 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

34. Mashiko Japanese Restaurant

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4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

35. Matt's In the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

36. Mike's Noodle House

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418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

37. Maneki Japanese Restaurant

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304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

38. Delancey

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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

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1. Elemental

3309 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
3309 Wallingford Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Il Corvo

1501 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101
1501 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

3. Travelers Thali House

2524 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
2524 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

4. Mistral Kitchen

2020 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

5. Pike Street Fish Fry

925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Quinn's Pub

1001 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122
1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

7. Revel

403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Armandino's Salumi

309 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

9. Serious Pie

316 Virginia St, Seattle, WA 98101
316 Virginia St
Seattle, WA 98101

10. Sitka & Spruce

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Spinasse

1531 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122