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The 38 Essential Seattle Restaurants, July 2011

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Introducing 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 (i.e. no Herbfarm, Metropolitan Grill and their ilk). Every couple of months, we'll update the list with pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game.

And so, without further ado (and in no particular order), we present the Seattle Eater 38.

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 in the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Delancey

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NW 70th St, St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. Art of the Table

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1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Paseo

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4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Blackboard Bistro

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3247 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Spur Gastropub

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Blanchard St, St
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. How to Cook a Wolf

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2208 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

8. La Carta de Oaxaca

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5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

9. Spinasse

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14th Ave, Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Mashiko

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California Ave SW, SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11. Dinette

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Olive Way, Way
Seattle, WA 98122

12. Ezell's Famous Chicken

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501 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Joule

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1913 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

14. Kisaku

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2101 N 55th St
Seattle, WA 98103

15. La Bete

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Bellevue Ave, Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

16. La Medusa

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Rainier Ave S, e S
Seattle, WA 98118

17. Nettletown

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Eastlake Ave E, e E
Seattle, WA 98102

18. Le Pichet

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1st Ave, Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

19. Madison Park Conservatory

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1927 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

20. Matt's in the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

21. Mike's Noodle House

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418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

22. Mistral Kitchen

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Westlake Ave, Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

23. Pike Street Fish Fry

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925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

24. Quinn's Pub

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1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

25. Revel

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N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

26. Salumi

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309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

27. Thai Palms

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Martin Luther King Jr Way S, y S
Seattle, WA 98118

28. Jade Garden

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424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

29. Serious Pie

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Virginia St, St
Seattle, WA 98101

30. Sitka & Spruce

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

31. Spring Hill

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California Ave SW, SW
Seattle, WA 98116

32. Tamarind Tree

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1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

33. Walrus & the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

34. Zippy's Giant Burgers

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14th Ave SW, SW
Seattle, WA 98106

35. Maneki

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6th Ave S, S
Seattle, WA 98104

36. Sushi Kappo Tamura

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Eastlake Ave E, e E
Seattle, WA 98102

37. Steelhead Diner

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95 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

38. Bisato

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2400 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

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1. Delancey

NW 70th St, St, Seattle, WA 98117

NW 70th St, St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. Art of the Table

1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103

1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Paseo

4225 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Blackboard Bistro

3247 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

3247 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Spur Gastropub

Blanchard St, St, Seattle, WA 98121

Blanchard St, St
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. How to Cook a Wolf

2208 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

2208 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

8. La Carta de Oaxaca

5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

9. Spinasse

14th Ave, Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

14th Ave, Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

10. Mashiko

California Ave SW, SW, Seattle, WA 98116

California Ave SW, SW
Seattle, WA 98116

11. Dinette

Olive Way, Way, Seattle, WA 98122