November 2012

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Best New Restaurants in Seattle 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

“Something for everyone” is ideal at small-town diners. In tiny towns with few options, restaurants need to please as many people as possible. But as Seattle blooms into a world-class food town, our restaurants are boldly going in the opposite direction, getting quirkier, more specialized and increasingly more expressive of the passion of the cooks…

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The New Seattle Tastemakers 2012

2012 serves up an emerging all-star team of top chefs and other palate pleasers.

Seattle is home to such an array of delicious food that choosing a place to eat can be more than a little overwhelming. It’s about to become even harder to make a dining decision as we introduce a handful of new talent into our Northwest culinary club. This year’s lineup has a little bit of…

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Our Favorite Dining Trends in 2012

Tapping into six new dining trends we love.

Barbecue Done RightBarbecue has long been branded as a summer food, but we think it tastes just as good on a chilly November evening, with sauce coating your fingers and steam rising from your plate to envelop you in a savory glow. This year, the Southern staple found a home in Seattle, with a quartet…

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Shanik: Coming Soon to South Lake Union

The chef behind Vancouver’s hottest restaurant is poised to open its only US location in Seattle.

The ritual is the same, 365 days a year. Rain or shine, at 4:45 p.m., the faithful, the curious, the famous and even the jaded make their way to a sleepy side street in Vancouver’s tony South Granville neighborhood, hoping to secure a seat at a culinary icon. The doors won’t open until 5:30, but…

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Glass Distillery: Best New Distillery in Seattle 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

When you walk into Glass Distillery (SoDo, 1712 First Ave. S; glassdistillery.com), it’s easy to see that its founder, painter, entrepreneur and philanthropist Ian MacNeil, has connections in the art community; glass art, paintings and stylish recycled wood are here in abundance. But, look farther into the distilling area, and you’ll see he has a…

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Canon: Best New Bar in Seattle 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

While it opened a little more than a year ago, in September 2011, Canon: Whiskey and Bitters Emporium is still fresh on the Seattle cocktail scene. In fact, we’ve spoken with several local cocktail devotees who admit they haven’t yet been. Which is a mistake, because if you revere cocktails made with care, precision and…

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Best New Food Trucks 2012

The best new meals on wheels.

Crisp CreperieRoving; crispseattle.comJust how good can a crêpe be, you ask? Ham and cheese, Nutella and banana: Aren’t they all sort of the same? They’re not, and Crisp Creperie’s delicious, inventive crêpes are proof. Take the roasted turkey version with jalapeño-artichoke spread, roasted peppers and spinach ($10). It’s savory and creamy with a kick, and…

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Bitterroot Barbecue: Best New Restaurant 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

Food snobs will tell you that Seattle simply does not have good bagels, good Indian food (see page 116), a real Jewish deli or good barbecue. If you, like us, want to challenge these assertions, give Ballard’s newcomer Bitterroot a try. Owner Grant Carter, who owns the place with his wife, Hannah, cooks his ribs…

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Blind Pig Bistro: Best New Restaurant 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

You’ve probably never heard of chef Charles Walpole—that is, unless you’ve worked alongside him in a restaurant kitchen. Walpole headed other people’s kitchens for a decade (most recently, Ethan Stowell’s Anchovies & Olives) before striking out with partner Rene Gutierrez to open the Blind Pig in the now-iconic original Sitka & Spruce (and later, Nettletown)…

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Restaurant Marché: Best New Restaurant 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

If you haven’t made a pilgrimage to eat on Bainbridge Island in the last two years, you might not recognize the place. Last year, Hitchcock opened in downtown Winslow, bringing with it a taste of youth and urbanity. Even more noteworthy was the late-spring opening of Restaurant Marché, where former Canlis chef Greg Atkinson expertly…

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Crumble & Flake: Best New Bakery 2012

This year’s batch of Best New Restaurants adds new depth to our lively, layered restaurant scene.

We’ve been to Crumble & Flake four times, but only managed to eat anything once. OK, twice. It’s a common story; chef and owner Neil Robertson’s bakery has been besieged by pastry fiends since it opened its doors in early summer. These fanatics are willing to wait a half hour in lines that can stretch…

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Best Spin-Off Restaurants 2012

Two of our favorite restaurants added sister spots this year.

The first to open was Mezcaleria Oaxaca atop Queen Anne Hill, where tastings of mezcal (like tequila, but smoky) accompany the fantastic Mexican food we’ve come to expect from the people behind Ballard’s La Carta de Oaxaca. An entirely new menu accompanies the mezcal, including a terrific goat meat platter ($13), freshly pressed tortillas ($1),…

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Seattle Celebrates Black History Month

A guide to events happening throughout the city in February

From the Northwest African American Museum to the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle residents have an abundance of opportunities to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in February during Black History Month. The annual celebration began in the United States in 1976. Countries around the world also celebrate the month. Here’s a guide to events…