Why we love it: Chef Ethan Stowell's ambitious fish shack hits the mark with this simple dish done in high style and served in a fun, casual space in Ballard. It's next door to Staple & Fancy.
The details: The fish — cod, salmon, rockfish, oysters or East Coast clams — is seasoned before its dredged in flour and beer-battered, which builds those layers of flavor fancy chefs are all about. The housemade tartar is heavy on the chopped pickles, a smooth move that keeps things sharp.
Know this: If you're in the mood for the ultimate seafood experience, start with a King crab and Dungeness cocktail or throw in a bowl of the stellar smoked salmon chowder. The lobster roll here is pretty amazing too: the sweet chunks of meat are very lightly dressed.