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The 38 Essential Seattle Restaurants, October 2011

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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 Kisaku, Blackboard Bistro and Thai Palms — not because they aren't great spots, but simply because time marches on. Also dropping off the list is Nettletown, in the wake of its surprise shuttering in August.

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 Lecosho, Poppy, Brave Horse Tavern, and Vienthong 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Art of the Table

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1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Bisato

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2400 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

3. Canlis

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2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Dinette

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1514 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Ezell's

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501 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. How to Cook a Wolf

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2208 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Jade Garden

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424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Joule

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1913 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

9. La Carta de Oaxaca

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5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

10. La Bete

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1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. La Medusa

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4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

12. Le Pichet

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1st Ave
Seattle, WA

13. Madison Park Conservatory

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1927 43rd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

14. Maneki

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304 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

15. Mashiko

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4725 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

16. Matt's in the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

17. Mike's Noodle House

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418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

18. Mistral Kitchen

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2020 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

19. Paseo

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4225 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

20. Pike Street Fish Fry

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925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

21. Quinn's

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1001 E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

22. Salumi

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309 3rd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

23. Serious Pie

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316 Virginia St
Seattle, WA 98101

24. Sitka & Spruce

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

25. Spinasse

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1531 14th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

26. Spring Hill

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4437 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

27. Spur

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113 Blanchard St
Seattle, WA 98121

28. Sushi Kappo Tamura

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2968 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

29. Tamarind Tree

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1036 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

30. Walrus & the Carpenter

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4743 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

31. Zippy's Giant Burgers

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9614 14th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98106

32. Vienthong

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2820 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144

33. Lecosho

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89 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

34. Poppy

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622 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102

35. Brave Horse Tavern

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310 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

36. Steelhead Diner

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95 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

37. Delancey

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1415 NW 70th St
Seattle, WA 98117

38. Revel

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403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

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1. Art of the Table

1054 N 39th St, Seattle, WA 98103
1054 N 39th St
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Bisato

2400 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
2400 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

3. Canlis

2576 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
2576 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Dinette

1514 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122
1514 E Olive Way
Seattle, WA 98122

5. Ezell's

501 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
501 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

6. How to Cook a Wolf

2208 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
2208 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

7. Jade Garden

424 7th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
424 7th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

8. Joule

1913 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103
1913 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

9. La Carta de Oaxaca

5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
5431 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

10. La Bete

1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

11. La Medusa

4857 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
4857 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

12. Le Pichet

1st Ave, Seattle, WA
1st Ave
Seattle, WA

13. Madison Park Conservatory

1927 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112