Where Seattle Chefs Dine Out

In the midst of a restaurant renaissance, we tap Seattle's culinary rock stars for the best food and drinks in the city
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Late-night bar food queen Monica Dimas with her favorite: Yum Yum chicken, photographed at Chungee’s on Capitol HIll

We are in the midst of a restaurant renaissance, led by what is perhaps the most talented and diverse crop of chefs Seattle has ever seen. Whether born and bred in the Pacific Northwest or transplanted from bigger (and flashier) cities, these visionaries are fueling a food scene that is, in a word, unique—where dive-bar tacos and high-end omakase are given equal gravitas, where plant-based menus are beginning to rival those at our best steak houses, and where pop-ups pull international flavors onto the city’s plate. And so, who better to tap for the best food and drinks in the city than these culinary rock stars, who continue to influence the way we eat while pushing Seattle into the national spotlight? Michelin, it might be time for that visit.

Monica Dimas (pictured above) 
Chef and owner of Milkwood & Co., a group of casual food spots inside bars (Neon Taco, Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches, Tortas Condesa)
milkwoodcompany.com

Where is your favorite place to shop for groceries? Big John’s PFI (SoDo, 1001 Sixth Ave. S; 206.682.2022; bigjohnspfi.com) for dry goods—the best selection of dry goods and cheese. PCC (multiple locations; pccnaturalmarkets.com) for produce, because they have the best-quality produce. There isn’t a local (Capitol Hill) grocer that has either of those. Central Co-op (Capitol Hill, 1600 E Madison; 206.329.1545; centralcoop.coop) comes close for dry goods and wine.

Where is your favorite place to drink after a shift? Chungee’s [Drink ’n Eat] (Capitol Hill, 1830 12th Ave.; 206.323.1673). They have that silly Yum Yum chicken that I like, it’s on my way home, and Kevin, the bartender, is the best. Or Bait Shop (Capitol Hill, 606 Broadway E; 206.420.8742; baitshopseattle.com)—one of the few places that has food available later, and they have solid tequilas.

Where is your favorite place to eat noodles? Szechuan Noodle Bowl (Chinatown/International District, 420 Eighth Ave. S; 206.623.4198). Handmade noodles and the best green onion pancake in the city. I’m sad this place wasn’t one of my go-to places sooner. At Ba Bar (Capitol Hill, 550 12th Ave.; 206.328.2030; babarseattle.com), I substitute the egg noodles for the rice noodles in the pho ga and I’m in heaven.

Where is your favorite place to take your parents? Stateside (Capitol Hill, 300 E Pike St.; 206.557.7273; statesideseattle.com). My mom likes the fresh ingredients, depth of flavor and a menu that is easy to understand. My mom doesn’t drink much, and they make good mocktails.

Where is your favorite place to get dessert? Single Shot (Capitol Hill, 611 Summit Ave. E; 206.420.2238; singleshotseattle.com). Best cremeux in the city (when they have it).


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Ethan and Angela Stowell’s date night pick? Shiro Kashiba’s Sushi Kashiba, in Pike Place Market

Ethan Stowell
Owner of Italian/Northwest-inspired Ethan Stowell Restaurants (Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Staple and Fancy, Anchovies and Olives, Bramling Cross, Ballard Pizza Company and many more)

Where is your favorite place to order delivery or takeout? Pestle Rock (Ballard, 2305 NW Market St.; 206.466.6671; pestlerock.com), so good.

Where is your favorite place to take your kids? [His own restaurant] Frelard Pizza Company (Fremont, 4010 Leary Way NW; 206.946.9966; ballardpizzacompany.com/bpc-frelard), because of the kid pit.

Where is your favorite place to go on a date? Sushi Kashiba (downtown, 86 Pine St., No. 1; 206.441.8844; sushikashiba.com). It’s our favorite restaurant, and we’ve got kids, so we don’t get to go out super often.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten all year? Omakase at Kashiba, probably the uni cone.

What dining trend are you currently really into?  Which do you wish would disappear? Call me dated, but I still like sharing small plates. [I don’t appreciate] food costing an arm and a leg, but that’s the nature of the city we live in.
 
Are there any restaurants expected to open that you’re really excited about? All of them, I love checking out new spots.

What do you think of the current state of the restaurant industry in Seattle? I think it’s great. We have tons of diversity and some really solid restaurants in Seattle. The only thing that gives me concern is the cost of living and doing business here. Everyone talks about how crazy expensive San Francisco has gotten and nobody in the middle class can afford to live there anymore. And how much of a shame it is. And we’re modeling our city exactly after SF, but we’re expecting a different result? What’s the definition of insanity again?


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Heartwood Provisions chef Varin Keokitvon (holding a jackfruit), at C&T market in White Center, his favorite spot for food shopping

Varin Keokitvon
Chef at New American restaurant Heartwood Provisions, where each dish has a recommended drink pairing Downtown, 1103 First Ave.; 206.582.3505; heartwoodsea.com

Where is your favorite place to shop for groceries? C&T (White Center, 9841 16th Ave. SW; 206.764.1889) in White Center for a great selection of exotic fruits, Met Market (West Seattle, 2320 42nd Ave. SW; 206.937.0551; metropolitan-market.com) or the West Seattle farmers’ market.

Where is your favorite place to drink after a shift? Our cooks have become fond of The Diller Room (downtown, 1224 First Ave.; 206.467.4042; dillerroom.com), so I make it over for special occasions.

Where is your favorite place to get dessert? Husky Deli (West Seattle, 4721 California Ave. SW; 206.937.2810; huskydeli.com) for coconut ice cream.

Where is the best global food in town? Maybe the South End, or White Center for beef tongue tacos at La Fondita truck (White Center, 9811 15th Ave. SW; 206.551.0529).

Are there any restaurants expected to open that you’re really excited about? New Luck Toy [Mark Fuller’s new dive bar/Chinese restaurant] (West Seattle, 5905 California Ave. SW) in West Seattle.

Where would you like to be (professionally) in five years? Cooking something over wood fire somewhere!

Shota Nakajima
Chef and owner of Kaiseki-style Japanese Resaurant Naka
Capitol Hill, 1449 E Pine St.; 206.294.5230, nakaseattle.com

Where is your favorite place to order delivery or takeout? It’s a food truck in Bellevue, but Taqueria Guadalajara (Bellevue, located in the parking lot of the Hungry Bear Market/76 gas station, 2421 148th Ave. NE) has been my favorite taco joint for years!

Where is your favorite place to eat noodles? Hokkaido Santouka Ramen (Bellevue, 103 Bellevue Way NE; 425.462.0141; santouka-usa.com). Their flavor and smell is just like the ones they have in Japan.

Where is your favorite place to take your parents? Noble Court (Bellevue, 1644 140th Ave. NE; 425.641.6011; thenoblecourt.com). It’s been the dim sum place my family’s been going to since I was in elementary school.

What do you think of the current state of the restaurant industry in Seattle? With more people coming into the city with a bigger perspective of what is out there in different parts of the world, I hope different things will be appreciated.


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Vendemmia chef/owner Brian Clevenger at his guilty pleasure: Menchie’s fro-yo  

Brian Clevenger
Chef and owner of Italian-inspired American restaurants Vendemmia (vendemmiaseattle.com) and Raccolto (raccoltoseattle.com), and East Anchor Seafood (eastanchorseafood.com) with partner Kayley Turkheimer

Where is your favorite place to dine in your own neighborhood? Ma‘ono (West Seattle, 4437 California Ave. SW; 206.935.1075; maono.springhillnorthwest.com).

Where is your favorite place to get dessert? Menchie’s (multiple locations; menchies.com). I know, I know.…

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten all year? The s’mores dessert at Goldfinch Tavern (downtown, 99 Union St.; 206.749.7070; goldfinchtavern.com). May have been last year. But that good!

What is your favorite hole-in-the-wall? Roxbury Lanes (White Center, 2823 SW Roxbury St.; 206.935.7400; roxburylanesbowl.com) for the chicken wings.

Alex Barkley
Chef of seafood restaurant Manolin
Fremont, 3621 Stone Way N; 206.294.3331; manolinseattle.com

Where is your favorite place to order delivery or takeout? 45th Stop N Shop [for the poke] (Wallingford, 2323 N 45th St.; 206.708.1882).

Where is your favorite place to take your parents? Vif [Wine/Coffee] (Fremont, 4401 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7357; vifseattle.com) for coffee and an awesome breakfast.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten all year? Grilled octopus, spicy potatoes and mustard greens at Hartwood in Tulum (Mexico’s Caribbean coast).

What do you think of the current state of the restaurant industry in Seattle? Very exciting. I think Seattle is really hitting its stride with so many new restaurants, and so many open-minded diners. That being said, there are a lot of new laws going into effect soon that will really hurt small restaurants. It is scary for all of us, and if nothing changes, people will be losing jobs, and more restaurants will go out of business. I am also hoping our industry will represent the diversity of our city more accurately.  


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Edouardo Jordan’s favorite hole-in-the-wall find: Breakfast Club in Lake City

Edouardo Jordan
Chef and owner of internationally influenced Salare restaurant. Ravenna, 2404 NE 65th St.; 206.556.2192; salarerestaurant.com and Southern restaurant JuneBaby opening in 2017, also in Ravenna

Where is your favorite place to grab a slice of pizza? Delancey (Ballard, 1415 NW 70th St.; 206.838.1960; delanceyseattle.com), because Brandon is a rock star and passionate about what he is doing. 

Where is your favorite place to take your kids? Salare. He loves Daddy’s food.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten all year? Pho bo at Pho Bac (multiple locations; thephobac.com). The tendon and beef, brisket, meatballs, tripe...so comforting.

What is your favorite hole-in-the-wall? Breakfast Club (Lake City, 12306 Lake City Way NE; 206.361.2582) in Lake City. My getaway for breakfast and my happy zone.

What do you think of the current state of the restaurant industry in Seattle? We need more quality restaurants, and not simply more restaurants. That’s what’s going to make this city a hot food town. I’m always worried about the number of restaurants that open in the city, and nearly all of them are doing the same thing or same concept from the same chef/owners.


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Rachel Yang and husband Seif Chirchi at their date night spot, RockCreek seafood spot in Fremont

Rachel Yang
Chef and co-owner of Korean/Northwest fusion hot spots Joule, Revel, Trove and Revelry (in Portland)
with co-owner and husband Seif Chirchi, relayrestaurantgroup.com

Where is your favorite place to grab a slice of pizza? Pagliacci (multiple locations; pagliacci.com). Kids love them, everyone loves them!

Where is your favorite place to dine in your own neighborhood? The Fat Hen (Ballard, 1418 NW 70th St.; 206.782.5422; thefathenseattle.com). Perfect place to start the morning.

Where is your favorite place to order delivery or takeout? [Her own restaurant] Revel. Can’t beat take-out short rib rice bowl, which comes with all sauces.

Where is your favorite place to go on a date? RockCreek [Seafood & Spirits] (Fremont, 4300 Fremont Ave. N; 206.557.7532; rockcreekseattle.com).

Where would you like to be in five years? We only have a one-year plan. We always find that we learn so much every year, that we have so much knowledge to grow much further than we expect every year.

Brady Williams
Executive Chef at Seattle institution, Canlis
Queen Anne, 2576 Aurora Ave. N, 206.283.3313; canlis.com

Where is your favorite place to grab a slice of pizza? I’ll go to Big Mario’s (multiple locations; bigmariosnypizza.com) in Lower Queen Anne or Delancey (Ballard, 1415 NW 70th St.; 206.838.1960; delanceyseattle.com). Typically, it’s after a shift, since it’s just down the hill from our restaurant. If I go, I’ll have a slice of cheese and a cocktail, then call it a night.

Where is your favorite place to drink after a shift? The Streamline Tavern (Queen Anne, 174 Roy St.; 206.931.9883) is my go-to. It’s the right speed and vibe for a nightcap, and a place where I can just order a whiskey-ginger and not think too hard about what I’m having. If I’m going nicer, I’ll go down to Rob Roy  (Belltown, 2332 Second Ave.; 206.956.8423; robroyseattle.com) and have a tiki drink or something.

Where is your favorite place to eat noodles? Il Corvo (Pioneer Square, 217 James St.; 206.538.0999; ilcorvopasta.com). It’s the best pasta, and one of my favorite restaurants in town. And Mike and Victoria are so kind and hospitable. The lunch they do at the new pasta studio (Pioneer Square, 240 Second Ave. S; 206.209.0329; ilcorvopasta.com/the-studio) is killer, too.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten all year? The best meal I’ve had in Seattle was the omakase at Wataru (Ravenna, 2400 NE 65th St.; 206.525.2073; wataruseattle.com). Kotaro-san is a master of his craft, and it was a beautiful, thoughtful meal. His rice is as on point as I’ve had.

Are there any restaurants expected to open that you’re really excited about? Mean Sandwich (Ballard, 1510 NW Leary Way; meansandwich.com). Kevin and Alex are awesome and amazingly talented people that just moved here from New York. They had a killer restaurant just across the river in Jersey City called Thirty Acres, and now they are here and doing a sandwich joint in a cool space with a backyard in Ballard. It’s a huge gain for Seattle.


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Miles James shopping at Pike Place Market, where he recently relocated the beloved Dot’s Butcher and Deli

Miles James
Chef and owner of Dot’s Butcher and Deli
Pike Place Market, 94 Pike St.; 206.682.2828; dotsbutcher.com

Where is your favorite place to shop for groceries? It sounds cliché, but Pike Place Market (downtown, 85 Pike St.; 206.682.7453; pikeplacemarket.org). When I was younger, I didn’t appreciate it the way I do today—you can get anything you want, the best quality of whatever you’re looking for and support local business all at once.

Where is your favorite place to take your kids? Mora ice cream (Bainbridge Island, Madrone Lane N; 206.855.1112; moraicecream.com) on Bainbridge. They have great stuff, and taking your kid out for ice cream is about as good as it gets.

Where is the best global food in town? Little Uncle (Capitol Hill, 1523 E Madison St., No. 101; 206.549.6507; littleuncleseattle.com). In a city with 10,000 Thai places, it’s just always a little different and better. Also Wiley and P.K. are amazing people.

What dining trend are you currently really into? Which do you wish would disappear? I’m glad that people are hyperlocal, concerned with where their food is coming from, how they are affecting their environment and how animals are treated—I hope that never changes. I’m tired of seeing “scratch/handmade” and “hand-torn” on descriptions of items that every place should just be doing anyway. If you’ve got crème fraîche in the dish, you don’t need to tell me you made it—I’m going to assume you did. There isn’t any other way to pick herbs than with your hands.

Where would you like to be in five years? Maybe flipping eggs at a diner—really good eggs—and it’ll be named after my daughter.

Jack Timmons
Chef and owner of Jack’s BBQ
Georgetown, 3924 Airport Way S; 206.467.4038; jacksbbq.com

Where is your favorite place to grab a slice of pizza? Olympic Pizza [and Spaghetti House III] with a drink at Harry’s Bar (Capitol Hill, 516 15th Ave. E; 206.329.4500; olympiapizza3.com). Harry is an awesome host, I love their cocktails, and their pizza has been me and my wife’s favorite for 20 years.

Where is your favorite place to grab a healthy snack? Jucivana (Squire Park, 110 Boren Ave. S; 206.922.2296; jucivanaseattle.com) on the way to work. Gotta be careful though. Kale? Celery? Don’t want it to taste like Thanksgiving stuffing!

Where is your favorite place to go on a date? Loulay [Kitchen & Bar] (downtown, 600 Union St.; 206.402.4588; thechefinthehat.com/loulay-kitchen-seattle) for lunch because it’s downtown, classy, they have booths, a terrace, giant windows overlooking the busy city, and Thierry Rautureau is still the best French chef that ever existed in Seattle. I still can’t believe Rover’s is gone.

Where is your favorite place to get dessert? Cake at the Wandering Goose (Capitol Hill, 403 15th Ave. E; 206.323.9938; thewanderinggoose.com). My god, those cakes are yummy—and huge! I buy one every now and then for my staff at the restaurant when we have a special occasion or birthday. Feeds about 50 people.

What dining trend are you currently really into? Which do you wish would disappear? I love all the Southern things happening. Biscuits everywhere! Fried chicken everywhere. If someone would get going on a really good chicken-fried steak, I’d be very happy.

I wish we still had fine dining in Seattle like Rover’s. What the hell happened? Is fine dining dead? I mean gastropubs are great, but I want my lady putting on her fancy sexy dress every now and then, and I don’t want to have to go to the friggin’ opera to make that happen!


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Wataru sushi chef Kotaro Kumita’s favorite restaurant? Salare in Ravenna. He’s eating Duck Hash (peperonata, griddled potatoes, duck egg and tarragon)

Kotaro Kumita
Chef and owner of Wataru sushi restaurant
Ravenna, 2400 NE 65th St.; 206.525.2073; wataruseattle.com

Where is your favorite place to dine in your own neighborhood? Salare (Ravenna, 2404 NE 65th St.; 206.556.2192; salarerestaurant.com). Just great food.

Where is your favorite place to order delivery or takeout? Pop Pop Thai Street Food (Northgate, 13242 Aurora Ave. N, No. 104; 206.695.2858; poppopthaistreetfood.com) for traditional Thai food.

Where is your favorite place to eat noodles? Ramen Man (Wallingford, 1616 N 45th St.; 206.258.2959). True ramen!

What do you think of the current state of the restaurant industry in Seattle? I think it is getting better and better.


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The Wandering Goose’s Heather Earnhardt and her family at Randy’s Restaurant, their favorite neighborhood spot near the Museum of Flight

Heather Earnhardt
Chef and owner of The Wandering Goose, a Southern restaurant known for its baked goods.
Capitol Hill, 403 15th Ave. E; 206.323.9938; thewanderinggoose.com

Where is your favorite place to dine in your own neighborhood? I have five kids, so for breakfast sometimes I take them to Randy’s Restaurant (Tukwila, 10016 E Marginal Way S; 206.763.9333; randys-restaurant.net), which they love. We sit in a huge, old, duct-taped booth, and the kids admire the ancient decor. We live in Columbia City, so for dinner it’s usually Sam Choy’s [Poke to the Max] (Hillman City, 5300 Rainier Ave. S; 206.310.1979; samchoyspoke.com) poke place. But my teenage son works there, so he makes me go when he isn’t working. I guess I’m embarrassing?

Where is your favorite place to grab a healthy snack? I don’t really eat that healthy, but if I want to pretend I do, I go to PCC (multiple locations, pccnaturalmarkets.com) in Columbia City. Or I’ll eat a cup of collard greens or veggie hash from The Goose in the car on my way home from work.

Where is your favorite place to take your kids? You’re going to laugh, but we take the kids in Renton to Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse (Renton, 225 SW Seventh St.; 425.227.6881; jimmymacsroadhouse.com)! They get bowls of peanuts and can throw their shells on the floor, which they think is pretty cool coming from being raised by a Southern mama that never lets them throw food on the floor.

Where is your favorite place to go on a date and why? My husband and I try to go out every Tuesday for a date night. Most times we end up at Maneki (Chinatown–International District, 304 Sixth Ave. S; 206.622.2631; manekirestaurant.com) in the ID or at Ma‘ono (West Seattle, 4437 California Ave. SW; 206.935.1075; maono.springhillnorthwest.com) in West Seattle.

What is the best global food in town? Hoang Lan (New Holly, 7119 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S; 206.722.3876) for the best bowl of pho. They are known for their bun bo hue with the blood cake and pork knuckle that my husband loves. I eat the pho.

Where would you like to be in five years? I like to think I might like to take a bit of a breather, but I will always be cooking or baking something. I tell my husband, for the future I want a simple cookie/cake cart I can push around. I will make whatever cookies I want in the morning along with one big f*cking layer cake and take [the cart] out whenever I feel like it.


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Brothers and restaurateurs Dustin (left, of Art of the Table) and Derek Ronspies (Le Petit Cochon) at Dustin’s Fremont restaurant 

Dustin Ronspies
Chef and owner of American cuisine restaurant Art of the Table (AOTT), best known for its hyper seasonal tasting menus  
Fremont, 1054 N 39th St.; 206.282.0942; artofthetable.net

Where is your favorite place to dine in your own neighborhood? Cafe Munir (Ballard, 2408 NW 80th St.; 206.783.4190) in north Ballard. Delicious Lebanese food, highly underrated, great whiskey selection.

Where is your favorite place to drink after a shift? Pre-baby: Oliver’s Twist (Phinney Ridge, 6822 Greenwood Ave. N; 206.706.6673; oliverstwistseattle.com). Been going there for years! Great cocktails, gin-gin mules, Sazeracs. Post-baby: my whiskey cabinet.

Where is your favorite place to take your parents? They end up at AOTT or Le Petit Cochon (Fremont, 701 N 36th St., No. 200; 206.829.8943; gettinpiggy.com) mostly.

Where is your favorite place to go on a date? The counter at Altura (Capitol Hill, 617 Broadway E; 206.402.6749; alturarestaurant.com). The ultimate date spot. Great food/tasting menu with lovely wine pairings.

Are there any restaurants expected to open that you’re really excited about? L’Oursin (slated to have opened in November of this year; Central District, 1315 E Jefferson St.; loursinseattle.com) by my friend and former employee JJ Proville, one of my favorite people in the industry. French seafood? Bring it on!

Where would you like to be in five years? Retired!

Derek Ronspies
Chef and owner of American restaurant Le Petit Cochon, known for its nose-to-tail cuisine  
Fremont, 701 N 36th St., No. 200; 206.829.8943; gettinpiggy.com

Where is your favorite place to dine in your own neighborhood? Art of the Table (Fremont, 1054 N 39th St.; 206.282.0942; artofthetable.net) [his brother’s restaurant]. I’m not biased—it’s f*cking good.

Where is your favorite place to go on a date? Ocho (Ballard, 2325 NW Market St.; 206.784.0699) is nice. Small, intimate, and great plates and cocktails, with friendly service.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten all year? The “Big Ass Beef Rib” at Campfire BBQ (Queen Anne, 706 Taylor Ave. N; 206.818.5141; campfireforyou.com).

Where is the best global food in town? Chiang’s Gourmet (Maple Leaf, 7845 Lake City Way NE; 206.527.8888): five-star chicken, spicy cumin lamb, a noodle dish, sautéed beans, beef tendon and a large Tsingtao beer.


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MBAR’s Jason Stratton knocks back a Corn ’n’ Oil at his favorite post-shift bar, Rumba on Capitol Hill

Jason Stratton
Executive chef at MBar, the new rooftop restaurant from Mamnoon owners
South Lake Union, 400 Fairview Ave. N; 206.457.8287; mbarseattle.com

Where is your favorite place to shop for groceries? I like Uwajimaya (Chinatown/International District, 600 Fifth Ave. S; 206.624.6248; uwajimaya.com) for all kinds of fishy, funky and savory items.

Where is your favorite place to drink after a shift? Rumba (First Hill, 1112 Pike St.; 206.583.7177; rumbaonpike.com) is my go-to spot for a perfectly swizzled swizzle or a Corn ’n’ Oil.

Where is your favorite place to order delivery or takeout? I love Long Provincial (downtown, 1901 Second Ave.; 206.443.6266; longprovincial.com) for late-night cinnamon pork balls.

Where is your favorite place to take your parents? I always loved bringing my mom to the Palace Kitchen (Belltown, 2030 Fifth Ave.; 206.448.2001; palacekitchen.com) for a giant burger and crème de menthe and soda.

Where is your favorite place to get dessert? I am not a huge sweets guy, but I love the canelé from Crumble & Flake [Patisserie] (Capitol Hill, 1500 E Olive Way; 206.329.1804; crumbleandflake.com).

Where would you like to be in five years? I’m really loving being back in the kitchen after the time I’ve spent away. I love cooking with my team and seeing them grow up, challenge themselves and eventually spread their wings.


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Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart—the masterminds of Little Uncle—with their kids at the family-friendly fave, Bar del Corso on Beacon Hill

Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank
Chefs and owners of Thai restaurant Little Uncle
Capitol Hill, 1523 E Madison St., No. 101; 206.549.6507; littleuncleseattle.com

Where is your favorite place to shop for groceries? We go to Mekong Rainier (Mount Baker, 3400 Rainier Ave. S; 206.723.9641) a few times a week to get our Thai supplies, and they have everything we need. Our food would not be the same without being able to hit up [that shop] on the way to work or on the way home. If we have a couple surreal hours to kill, we go walk the aisles at DK Market (Renton, 720 Lind Ave. SW; 425.277.5055) in Renton. There’s such a variety that we never know what we’re going to leave with. Just leave the shopping list at home, and you will come out with the most disparate set of groceries possible.

Where is your favorite place to eat noodles? Mike’s Noodle House (Chinatown/International District, 418 Maynard Ave. S; 206.389.7099) is, hands down, our go-to noodle spot. A bowl of noodles and a plate of liver and tripe and we are good to go. Watching the staff work and control the crowd is an inspiration. We wish we could corral our customers like Mike’s Noodles!

Where is your favorite place to take your kids? Bar del Corso (Beacon Hill, 3057 Beacon Ave. S; 206.395.2069; bardelcorso.com). Everything is good, and they also have pizza. Dick’s (multiple locations; ddir.com) works, too.

Where is your favorite place to get dessert? We go to Bitter/Raw (First Hill, 952 E Seneca St. (located inside Lark); 206.323.5275; larkseattle.com/bitter-raw) to get a nightcap and dessert. It’s quiet, desserts are great, and Wiley likes amaro after a long eating spree.

What is your favorite hole-in-the-wall? The Original Bakery (West Seattle, 9253 45th Ave. SW; 206.938.5088; theoriginal- bakery.com) in Fauntleroy has the best doughnuts in the city. It may be nostalgic for Wiley as he went there on his way to day care in Highline. However, we have had third-party confirmation that these are really good doughnuts. Plain and cinnamon twists are worth getting.

Where is the best global food in town? Kind of a big question…George’s [Sausage and] Deli (First Hill, 907 Madison St.; 206.622.1491), liverwurst sandwich.

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