After a morning exploring Pike Place Market, lunch calls for a hearty brisket or porchetta sandwich from recently rebooted Dot’s Butcher and Deli (94 Pike St; dotsbutcher.com). A few blocks east, Scout serves upscale seasonal fare—splurge on the intimate 15-course Chef’s Counter dining experience—at the newly minted Thompson Hotel (*110 Stewart St; thompsonhotels.com). If it’s epic views you’re looking for, head to the rooftop for sibling lounge The Nest, which is quickly becoming one of the city’s most coveted spots to grab a bite.
South Lake Union is home to a host of fresh faces, from new Wagyu steakhouse The Butcher’s Table (2121 Westlake Ave N; thebutcherstable.com) to Vestal (513 Westlake Ave N; vestalseattle.com), with local restaurateur Josh Henderson himself (the force behind Scout and The Nest) at the chef’s counter crafting hearth-fired Pacific Northwest fare.
Always a trendsetter when it comes to the culinary scene, the Capitol Hill neighborhood recently welcomed Upper Bar Ferdinand (1424 11th Ave; barferdinandseattle.com), a wine bar highlighting Japanese seafood. In the last year James Beard Award–winning chef Renee Erickson (page 12) has made her own contribution to the Hill with oyster-focused Bar Melusine (1060 E Union St; barmelusine.com), steak-centric Bateau (1040 E Union St; restaurantbateau.com), and delightful doughnut shop General Porpoise (1020 E Union St; gpdoughnuts.com). For literary buffs, Bar Vacilando (405 15th Ave E; barvacilando.com) is an airy, Steinbeck-inspired space with an eclectic menu. Just a few blocks away, Contadino (602 19th Ave E; contadinoseattle.com) offers fresh pasta, seafood & Neopolitan-style pizza.
Ballard’s Gracia (5313 Ballard Ave NW; graciaseattle.com) is becoming a fast favorite for authentic cuisine from central and southern Mexico, with a rooftop garden in the works for growing Mexican herbs. A few blocks away, newcomer Copine (6460 24th Ave NW; copineseattle.com) serves modern-American dishes with a French flourish, plus a special menu for the 10-seat chef’s table.
Last but certainly not least, Ravenna’s Salare (2404 NE 65th St; salarerestaurant.com) is the work of chef Edouardo Jordan, who blends his Southern upbringing with African, European, and Caribbean flavors. For foodie parents, this restaurant is intentionally family-friendly, with kid’s menu options like duck hash and spring vegetables perfect for the younger palate.
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