Seattle's restaurant scene is showing no signs of slowing down. From true Chicago-style deep dish in Interbay to vegan ice creams in Capitol Hill, the culinary landscape looks as lush as a local farmer's market. Here are the latest and greatest Seattle restaurants to launch, with plenty more coming up.
Must-order The salted caramel ash, beet, strawberry and rose sorbet or any of the three seasonal flavors
Insider tip: If a regular scoop seems like too much – ask for a half scoop. Also, there are pints to go and you can order online to get vegan ice cream shipped direct to you in case a craving strikes when Frankie & Jo’s is closed.
Must-order: Daily soups like the Soupe du Pecheur at lunch, buckwheat pancakes at brunch and anything (from hearty sandwiches to the Farmer’s Breakfast) with Amandine bread all the time.
Insider tip: Dinner will be starting at the end of February and fans of the Naftaly’s vintage Seattle restaurant Le Gourmand will see the same care and attention brought to elaborate yet wholesome food. Look for things like roast leg of lamb and ballotine of Steelhead and smoked salmon. No reservations needed, for now.
Must- order: The Hot Island with housemade sausage, pineapple and jalapeno or the Brussels Snout with candied bacon, Brussels sprouts and a white sauce
Insider tip: Just because Windy City is housed inside Batch 206 Distillery doesn’t mean their Chicago-style pizzas take less time to cook. Things still take around 40 minutes, giving you plenty of time to do a tasting or enjoy a cocktail. Bonus is that Windy City is now selling slices for just $4 for anyone who can’t handle a whole pie.
Must-order: The crispy chicken wings spiked with chiles, the lamb shawarma, the smoked trout and corona bean salad and an order of the housemade caramels
Insider tip: When calling for a reservation ask about the swinging tables — the seats rock back and forth just like a porch swing.
Must-order: Whatever the tacos are for that day (especially the barbacoa), the roasted pumpkin quesadillas, smashed avocado and housemade aguas frescas)
Insider tip: If you’ve got a large party or prefer a more private meal, call and ask about the reservable upstairs lounge.
Must-order: The decadent Hokkaido scallop pho, king crab Waldorf salad, country-fried steak with steamed egg yolk
Insider tip: Avoiding alcohol? No problem, the bar at this swanky spot has an extensive list of creative drinks sans booze.
Must-order: Broccoli casserole dip with Cheetos crust, coconut poached chicken, butter roasted king oyster mushroom “steak,” braised brisket
Insider tip: When making a reservation ask about the availability of the kitchen table for a behind-the-scenes dining experience.
Must-order: Grilled oysters with whitefish caviar, anything with compound butter (seaweed or sea urchin), choucroute with boudin blanc
Insider tip: Unsure what to drink with your luxurious dinner? Give the bartender a favorite base spirit, and he or she will whip up a masterfully balanced cocktail.
Must-order: The grilled kuri squash with burrata, Maui Nui venison pate, fennel braised wild boar shoulder, pommes dauphinoise
Insider tip: The crowds have not thinned at this hugely anticipated spot, so be sure to make a reservation before you go.
Must-order: Small plates like smashed cucumber and feta salad, cauliflower and almonds, grilled yogurt-marinated lamb, harissa-tinged prawns, flatbread and the addictive dukkah and oil dipping sauce for the whole squad
Insider tip: Snag a boozy slushie and a seat on the patio, which is roomier than the dining room.