April 2014

Best New Restaurants 2014

Best Restaurants, Plus 6 Hot New Openings

From this Issue

!--paging_filter--pWashington wine is coming of age in a big way, with a tally of a href=""more than 750 wineries/a, top scorers in the national media, and exciting educational winemaking programs in Seattle and Walla

!--paging_filter--pFor the last couple of years, our annual survey of the food landscape in Seattle has ranked the individuals and organizations that make this a delicious city for eating and drinking. This year, in honor of recent break-out stars Macklemore and the Seahawks, our Food Establishment list focuses on Seattle’s impact beyond the city.

!--paging_filter--pspan style="color: #ff6600;"[pioneer square as dining destination] /spanbrstrongBest of the trend: Little Uncle/strongbrThere’s a bit of a speakeasy feel to the new Little Uncle, which is tucked below street level in an old brick building on Yesler in Pioneer Square (88 Yesler Way; 206.223.8529; a href="http://www.littleuncleseattle

!--paging_filter--pstrongPasta Bolognese at Il Corvo /strongbrIf you could only order one thing at a href=""Il Corvo/a, we’d suggest green garlic pesto—a gorgeous spring memory from last year.

!--paging_filter--pDebra Baxter is renowned for creating work that contrasts spiky crystals against smooth stone, stunning beauty against repulsive physical reality. Her new show,em All I Ever Wanted/em, features alabaster, crystal and mineral sculptures, as well as cast metal pieces, including a twisted human neck made of aluminum and a female pelvis in bronze.

!--paging_filter--pThe fact may have slipped many 12th Man minds, but Seattle also has a baseball team. The M’s kick off the season against the Angels at Safeco Field (a href="" target="_blank"

!--paging_filter--pThe deliciously challenging process of selecting Seattle’s best restaurants and dishes is as much about defining a href="" target="_blank"how we eat now/a—nose-to-tail dining, teeny tiny restaurants, open flame co

!--paging_filter--p“We’re from the future. Don’t worry, you’ll be here soon enough.” That’s what North Capitol Hill’s Ted McDonald, 49, tells mystified onlookers as he rides around town on his new passion, the Solowheel.

!--paging_filter--pIt is likely the measure of any good cop: being in the right place at the right time. For Dave Reichert, former sheriff, now representative ofnbsp; Washington’s redrawn 8th Congressional District and the state’s highest-profile Republican, this uncanny positioning has also held true for his political career.

!--paging_filter--pCall it the lament of the poet laureate: having people come up to you and confess, “Poetry makes me feel dumb.” Elizabeth Austen, Washington’s newly crowned poet laureate (the third in state history), says that over the course of her many years as a poetry writer, promoter and teacher, she can’t count the times she’s heard this refrain.

!--paging_filter--pFinding the right fit is a challenge for many women, but even more so for those who identify as plus size. Despite the demand, the supply of fashionable, well-made and, most importantly, well-fitted clothing in sizes 14 and up is hard to come by. Enter wedding gown designer Olga Szwed, of Bellevue’s La Belle Rêve, whose newest endeavor, Poppy Bloom, aims to fill that void.

!--paging_filter--pIn her previous work, Seattle playwright Stephanie Timm has written about a teenage girl who devolves into an ape (emOn the Nature of Dust/em), and a “grim (fairy)tale” about human trafficking (emSweet Nothing/em). In her new, world-premiere play, emTails of Wasps/em, she addresses the age-old story of a politician brought down by a sexual scandal.

!--paging_filter--pstrongWHERE: /strongTieton, Washington, located in sunny Yakima Valley. strongWHY: /strongFor the TIETON OPEN HOUSE (4/26, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Free. Mighty Tieton Warehouse;a href="" target="_blank" strongWHAT: /strongTieton is a tiny town with big plans.

Two years ago, when a third stadium was being pushed hard by Chris Hansen, who wanted to bring the Sonics back home, one of the best comments I heard was from longtime local sports journalist Art Thiel.

!--paging_filter--pThe pottery cups, bowls and mugs made by Acme, Washington–based artist Cary Lane for her business, The Bowl Maker (a href="" target="_blank", are delightful, feel-good pieces of functional art.

!--paging_filter--pOn April 22, King County residents will vote on Proposition 1, a measure to preserve current bus service and fund needed road maintenance projects with a $60 annual vehicle license fee and a sales tax increase of 1 cent per $10 spent in the county. Prop.

!--paging_filter--pThe ice cream sandwich is a deceptively simple dessert that all too often devolves into a messy and unsatisfying disaster.

!--paging_filter--pNestled into the first floor of the Expo apartments (the new condo where the QFC used to be) directly across the street from Seattle Center, Triumph Bar (114 Republican St.; 206.420.1791; a href="" target="_blank" has a Northwest modern décor that balances rough wood tables (wood reclaimed from

!--paging_filter--pUnclaimed storage space in a house is like an inkblot test: Fitness buffs see a place for the elliptical, fashion plates see a huge closet, oenophiles see a wine cellar.

!--paging_filter--pRenowned Russian poet Anna Akhmatova once said, “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” This sentiment is echoed by most who have visited, or even dreamed of visiting, the boot-shaped country, famous for its wine, food, art, poetry and liqueurs.

!--paging_filter--pOn New Year’s Eve, growing fears that antigay violence is on the rise on Capitol Hill reached a peak as firefighters extinguished the last of the flames from an apparent arson attack at the popular Neighbours nightclub, packed with more than 700 revelers at the time.

!--paging_filter--pConsider the toothpick: A sliver of wood used to liberate stubborn foodstuffs from between one’s teeth. It’s been pretty much the same design since Neanderthal times, but the current Northwest mania for all things artisanal has raised this common object to lofty status.

pem2 egg yolksbr2/3 cup reserved fat drippings (warmed to a liquid, if needed)br1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegarbr1 teaspoon black pepper/em/p

!--paging_filter--pChef Jason Wilson grew up in a family of butchers, and as a kid in Minnesota, he relished the fatty, gnarly bit on the end of a roast.

!--paging_filter--pA little more than a year ago, my son, Gus, returned from 10 years in the desert. He went off to college in Albuquerque, worked for computer game companies there and in Austin, but finally, like a coho salmon, found his way home./p

!--paging_filter--pJoey Veltkamp is known for making art that highlights the beauty of comfort—such as his drawings of striped blankets, paintings of bears with rainbows and his sweet ceramic ghosts. In his new show, emThis Is Not a Protest.

!--paging_filter--pIn this month's cover story, on newsstands now and live online on April 17, our crack dining critic team presents their editors picks for the best dining experiences in the city. But we always know our readers have a thing or two to say, too.