Want to fall in love with Seattle? Here's how to do it, according to two very respectable chefs.

February 14, 2019


Want to fall in love with Seattle? Here's how to do it, according to two very respectable chefs.

February 14, 2019
By Cassandra Landry | illustration iStock/beastfromeast

Ah, Seattle. Land of incredible seafood, occasional crushing grayness, and artfully-honed ~Spheres~ side-eye. Also: intense natural beauty and enough caffeine to keep our hearts fluttering forever. Hungry? Here's where to go and who to see. 


Melissa: It’s rare that you love going to the place where you work, but I'm gonna say Bar del Corso. I’ll go there on my day off, even if I worked through the day. It’s that good. Having lived in Florence for six years, I've just got this affinity for pizza. When I first interviewed, [Chef Jerry Corso] was like, "Come back, sit at the bar, order some food. If you like it, maybe you’ll stay." I ordered a Margherita, and I cried, it was so good.

The other spot is Kamonegi, which is run by Chef Mutsuko Soma, who does hand-cut soba noodles and tempura–my favorite is fried eggplant with this mushroom and dashi broth; the duck soba is her signature. When I just want to treat myself, I take myself to her chef’s table and order my favorite things, have some sake, and hang out with her.

Jeffrey: Our never fail is Stateside, which is a modern Vietnamese restaurant. Eric Johnson, the chef there, is really well-traveled, and all the flavors are amazing. Bright, spicy, lots of herbs, lots of fish sauce. He makes these crispy duck rolls that are bonkers.

Chef Eduardo Jordan is killing it out here, and I think Salare is one of the best meals in the city. I feel like the word fusion is like the other F-word in our industry right now, but I don’t think it should be. I think all great food is some kind of fusion. Eduardo worked in great Italian and French restaurants, but he’s also a Southern guy who brings an Afro-Carribean lens to it as well. The way that he mixes flavors is really interesting there and it stands out from other French or Italian menus. It’s different.

Hot Spot
Ravenna, Seattle
$$$, Full Bar, Reservations, Modern, New American
6 Recommendations
Hot Spot
Pike/Pine, Seattle
$$, Full Bar, Vietnamese, Modern, Reservations
3 Recommendations

The Essential

Melissa: Maneki is the oldest Japanese restaurant in Seattle. It’s a tiny place, it’s still exactly the same from when I was a kid. Whenever I come home from being abroad, this is the first restaurant I come to. Order the miso black cod collar, and miso oyster Rockefeller. Those two things with rice, and I’m good. It's timeless.

Jeffrey: My favorite restaurant in Seattle is called Kedai Makan. It’s billed as a Malaysian restaurant, but you’ll see all these other Southeast Asian influences in there. They have these incredible frog legs that come with a killer peanut sambal. It’s probably the only restaurant in Seattle that is New York City-level busy every night of the week. It’s madness, but it’s worth it. It's just so fun.


Jeffrey: The one essential blow-your-paycheck fine dining restaurant we have in Seattle proper is Canlis. The food is amazing, but where they really excel is the service. It’s valet only, and when you walk out of the restaurant, your car is already sitting there with the door open and the engine running for you. The food they are doing is really inventive and modern and delicious.

Melissa: I mean, Canlis. It’s the obvious answer. They’ve been there for so long, so they’ve clearly got something great. Their head sommelier is a good friend; the way he takes care of you…the experience of that alone makes it worth going there. It’s very special.

Hot Spot
East Queen Anne, Seattle
$$$$, Full Bar, Reservations, American, Modern
4 Recommendations
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