At Pike Place Market, stop for beer and oysters on the half-shell—plus a stellar view—at newcomer Tankard & Tun (*1415 First Ave), perched atop its subterranean sibling Pike Brewing. A few blocks south is Café Hitchcock (818 First Ave)—James Beard Award-winning chef Brendan McGill’s new all day cafe has become a fast favorite, serving everything from elevated salads and sandwiches to “wellness lattes” (think matcha and turmeric) and a host of boozy libations. In nearby Little Saigon, Phở Bắc Súp Shop (1240 South Jackson) provides atmosphere and some seriously mouthwatering dishes–its short rib pho is the stuff of legend.
Back in the heart of downtown is Cortina (*621 Union St), the most recent (and largest, with seating for 200+) venture of local restaurateurs Ethan and Angela Stowell. Officially opened this spring, the spot is sleek for its size, with pasta, pizza, seafood, and burgers on offer. Or stop in at 2120 (2120 Sixth Ave), a recent addition to the neighborhood where seasonal fare and handcrafted cocktails are enjoyed in the shadow of the Amazon Spheres.
Curb late-night hunger pangs (10pm-midnight) at Rider (*619 Pine St) in the newly revamped Hotel Theodore, or head to Babirusa (2319 Second Ave S) in nearby Belltown for its rotating six-course tasting menu.
Always a trendsetter when it comes to food and drink, Capitol Hill is home to the city’s most buzzed-about bagel walkup—Westman’s Bagel and Coffee (1509 E Madison St)—see if you can snag one of the coveted stools at the counter to enjoy your bagel and schmear. Also new to the neighborhood is Petite Galette (1424 11th Ave) serving up sweet and savory Breton-style buckwheat crepes in tucked-away Chophouse Row. Just east of Capitol Hill, there’s more French-inspired gastronomy to be found at Petite Galerie (3131 E Madison St) in Madison Valley, where dinner options (think quail-herbed mousse roulade or pan-seared sea scallops) are divided by element–land, sea, earth, and heaven.
In Fremont, the Stowells have also opened Super Bueno (*8003 Stone Way N), a family-friendly Mexican spot with a morning cafe and an afternoon/evening restaurant (not to mention a patio perfect for sipping an Aztec Mocha). A fusion of globally-inspired cuisine from foie gras to gnocchi can be found at Gather Kitchen & Bar (5605 22nd Ave NW) in neighboring Ballard, and just north in Phinney Ridge, Opus Co.’s (7410 Greenwood Ave N) custom wood-fired grill and whole-animal butchery is a meat-lover’s dream (try the Opus feast, a multi-course dinner of family-style dishes).
And in Ravenna, Eduardo Jordan’s second restaurant JuneBaby (2122 NE 65th St) is runaway success, garnering national attention and acclaim (including a James Beard award for Best New Restaurant) for Jordan’s deeply personal celebration of Southern fare spanning fried chicken to okra.
Farther afield, satisfy a sugar craving at Deep Sea Sugar & Salt (6601 Carlton Ave S)—while not a restaurant per se, the recently opened brick-and-mortar cake shop in Georgetown (which also sells out of an Airstream at a market in the neighborhood) defies tradition in the best way, with unique flavor options from London fog to peach bourbon. For a more savory indulgence, take the walk-on water taxi from downtown to West Seattle for a slice of New York-style pie paired with a boozy slushy—don’t skip the Kraken rum plus root beer combo—at Supreme (4521 California Ave SW) pizza bar, the newest spot from restaurateur Mark Fuller.
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