Restaurant-wise, you pride yourself on being ahead of the pack. But with the slew of recent openings, a few smaller gems have slipped through your net. We’ll catch you up.
Have a Slice
Beacon Hill pizzeria Bar del Corso (3057 Beacon Avenue South; 206-395-2069) is an obsession in the making for any wood-fired fan. Chef Jerry Corso builds Neapolitan-style margherita, ortolana, and puttanesca pies on perfectly charred thin crusts and tops them with fresh, local ingredients.
Located in the former Bricco space atop Queen Anne Hill, Sam Crannell’s LloydMartin (1525 Queen Anne Avenue North; 206-420-7602) is a casual spot with a constantly rotating menu. Dishes might include poached shrimp with chorizo and white beans, braised veal with Parmesan risotto, or Dungeness crab deviled eggs.
Where Madison Park Cafe once charmed guests, Cafe Parco (1807 42nd Avenue East; 206-328-4757) stands to do the same with Italian-inspired dishes from chef Celinda Norton (94 Stewart). Settle into the borscht-colored dining room for a carnivorous feast: pan-roasted duck breast with capellini tossed with duck fat, apple-braised quail with pancetta, or Nebbiolo-braised beef cheeks.
The whole family can fit at the wide plank communal table at the new Phinney Market Pub & Eatery (5918 Phinney Avenue; 206-219-9105); there’s also a play area for little ones. Elevated pub grub means hoisin steak skewers and black bean veggie burgers for dinner, zucchini frittatas and Cajun salmon salad sandwiches for weekend brunch. Suds lovers can sip on local brews from Hale’s, Georgetown Brewery, and Ballard brewery Hilliard’s.
Under the Sea
Next time a mean fish and chips craving strikes, head to West Seattle Fish House (9005 35th Avenue Southwest; 206-457-8643), which opened October 10. The teeny mom-and-pop takeout shop dishes out two, three, or five pieces of lightly breaded Pacific cod, snow cod, tilapia, or salmon served over fries.
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