Seattle's restaurant scene is showing no signs of slowing down. From a Ballard hot spot churning out freshly made tortillas to a Jersey-style pizza shop in Capitol Hill, the culinary landscape looks as lush as a farmer's market smack in the middle of summer. Here are the latest and greatest to launch, with plenty more coming up.
Must-Order: Most dishes come with a cocktail pairing, and both food and drinks change frequently. Keep an eye out for the kabocha squash with smoked einkorn and the yellowtail with grapefruit, avocado and horseradish.
Insider Tip: If things are looking packed, stick around for the late-night menu (beginning at 10 PM Sunday–Thursday and 11 PM Friday and Saturday), which features a knockout $10 Gruyère-topped burger made with housemade beef ground; it's served with fries.
Must-Order: It's safe to munch on anything wrapped in one of Gracia’s fresh, handmade tortillas. Get them as tostadas topped with shrimp or crab, as tacos with crunchy beer-battered fish or barbacoa, or use them as spoons to scoop up molten queso fundido.
Insider Tip: Head to Gracia’s bar to sip cocktails and watch just about any soccer match playing.
Must-Order: If sushi isn’t your game, you shouldn't miss the crab ramen with Asian truffle broth. It’s incredibly decadent, and on Sunday and Monday nights, it’s half-off during happy hour.
Insider Tip: Grab a seat at the sushi bar and interact with the chefs, asking about personal specialties. They’re always coming up with terrific textures and flavor combinations that might never make the menu.
Must-Order: Don't miss the hot salami as a square pie with thick, chewy crust and perfectly browned edges. Also keep an eye on whatever cocktails they've got on tap.
Insider Tip: Dino’s is strictly 21 and over, but you can now order online for pickup if you’ve got kids in tow.
Must-Order: The only menu item that makes the jump from lunch to dinner — the Saint Helens burger topped with addictive secret XO sauce, American cheese and a side of salt and vinegar jojo’s — is a go-to.
Insider Tip: If you’re feeling chilly on the patio and can’t squeeze closer to the fire pit, ask staff for a blanket to snuggle.
Must-Order: Go for breakfast or brunch and get your hands on the huge cinnamon roll and the nicely spicy carne asada skillet.
Insider Tip: There are no reservations at Meet the Moon, so arrive early or be prepared to walk around nearby Lake Washington before your table is ready.
Must-Order: Keep things simple with a classic wood-fired margherita pizza. Spice it up with a side of wild boar meatballs.
Insider Tip: There is nothing off limits at Pizzeria 88, so even if you don't see it on the menu, go ahead and ask. They'll make just about anything.
Must-Order: The crispy roast duck leg with baby kale and pear chutney is a winner. Don't miss the warm pecan chocolate chip cookies served with a side of bourbon, either.
Insider Tip: Go Monday nights for half-price wines by the bottle and massive charcuterie boards.
Must-Order: Keep it simple with a cheeseburger and crinkle-cut fries, but ask for extra housemade pickles.
Insider Tip: You can (and should) add malt powder to your milkshake for just 50 cents more.