April 2013


The Seattle Food Establishment: Second Annual List

The 50 most powerful players in Seattle's food scene, plus one to watch.

Who is shaping the way we eat now? The Seattle food scene’s movers and shakers may not be who you think they are. For the second installment of the our Food Establishment list, we tracked down the newest ventures, expansions and innovations by chefs, entrepreneurs, corporate honchos and behind-the-scenes players to rank the top 50—plus…


Best Restaurants in Seattle 2013

The definitive guide to the best Seattle restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

What do vanilla French toast, wood-fired ovens, duck confit salad and the Pike Place fish-throwing guys have in common? They all make eating in Seattle these days a special treat. To help you navigate all this bounty, our team dined day and night in the name of crafting a one-stop, round-the-clock resource for adventurous eaters….


Mountains Yet to Climb: Embracing Diversity Among Hikers

Considering the impact of Jim Whittaker’s Everest ascent, how far have we come?

I remember the excitement of 50 years ago, when Seattle hosted a Space Age world’s fair visited by astronauts, and President John F. Kennedy boosted the budding Apollo program with the pledge to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. But we had our own high-flying heroes back then. They…


Where Seattle Chefs Eat

The experts tell us where they go when they feel like dining out.

Babe Shepherdowner of Red Mill What’s your favorite drink and your favorite place to drink it?A Manhattan. My rule: “You should never have more than one.” The biggest (12 ounces!) and the best in the city? Canlis. Best place for dinner?Cantinetta. A wonderful Italian spot, and the owner [Randy Quarry] is the consummate bartender. A…


Readers’ Choice 2013: Best Restaurants in Seattle

The results of our annual poll in which Seattle mag readers vote for the best Seattle restaurants.

Best neighborhood restaurant Daniel’s BroilerLeschi Best Eastside restaurantSeastar Restaurant and Raw BarBellevue Best splurge restaurantCanlisQueen Anne Best cheap eatsDick’s Drive-InMultiple locations Best bakeryBakery NouveauWest Seattle Best brunchToulouse PetitQueen Anne Best independent coffee shopCitizenSouth Lake Union Best viewRay’s BoathouseBallard Best place for outdoor diningSix SevenDowntown/Waterfront Best restaurant for a dateCanlisQueen Anne Best place to dine aloneOddfellows Cafe + BarCapitol Hill Best restaurant for kidsRed…


Remembering the Victims of the Green River Killer

Is Seattle ready for a memorial to the Green River murder victims—the majority of them prostitutes?

The Seattle area is filled with difficult landmarks for Jenny Graham, who now lives in Spokane with her husband and two children. “I’ll drive by the corner where Gary Ridgway picked my sister up,” Graham says of her frequent trips to the Seattle area. “I’ll drive by where they found my sister’s body. These are…


Cool Ideas for Decorating Baby’s Room

Designer Leah Steen delivers a cliché-free nursery.

Just as interior designer Leah Steen was winding up her job of freshening up Amanda Carr’s downtown condo, she got a call. “I said, ‘What’s up?’” Steen recalls. “And Amanda said: ‘Well, I have a new project for you: a nursery.’ She told me she was pregnant. It was all very surprising.” The tricky part…


Helping Haitian Families One Blanket at a Time

Queen Anne’s Katlin Jackson knits together a strategy for keeping Haitian families together.

One does not take a trip to Haiti lightly, especially when the itinerary includes volunteering for 10 days at an orphanage. But all the bracing in the world could not prepare 28-year-old Katlin Jackson for the impact of her 2011 trip—an intensely complicated and emotional experience that moved her beyond outraged intention to direct action….


Find a Creative Spark at the Aviary

A new microshop in Ballard offers fun and functional gifts.

“What is creativity and how does it work?” That’s the question Ken Mitchell, a former marketing and product development guy for Fisher-Price Toys, likes to explore in his new microshop, The Aviary, which opened in the former Blackbird Candy Shoppe last November. Mitchell stocks the tiny angular space with notebooks and pens, Lomography cameras—analog cameras…

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