The Required: Seattle

The Required: Seattle

A definitive guide to Seattle's tried and trues, as chosen by over 4000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

May 2, 2019
The Required: Seattle

The Required: Seattle

A definitive guide to Seattle's tried and trues, as chosen by over 4000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

May 2, 2019

Hello, Seattle. Welcome to The Required club.

If you're not following along at home, this is our experts' version of a "best list." Our Required guides are comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 4000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more–no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip—or just to be sure you've checked all the best boxes on your home turf. 

Beecher's

Located at 1600 Pike Place, devotees of artisanal cheese must make a pilgrimage to Beecher’s Cheese Shop and Café. On any given day you’re sure to encounter a crowd of onlookers with their faces pressed against Beecher’s window, witnessing the nearly hypnotic motions of cheese making in action: pouring, stirring, pulling. After you’ve had your sneak peek, you can join the line forming around the block to taste test different cheeses inside. Tourists, locals, and experts alike wait in the brisk Seattle weather for grilled cheese sandwiches, cups of mac and cheese, and tomato bisque soup (topped with cheese, of course!). Our experts aren’t messing around: they buy Beecher's cheese by the wheel for their restaurants. When dining in the Seattle area, you are bound to find a salad topped with shavings of Beecher's “Flagsheep” cheese or a burger topped with "New Woman, No Cry" Jamaican Jerk Spiced cheese. 

The Walrus and The Carpenter

Seattle and oysters fit together like a shucker’s hand into a chainmail glove. That's why The Walrus & The Carpenter at 4743 Ballard is a quintessential Seattle eatery. Chef Renee Erickson (winner of 2016 James Beard Award, Best Chef: Northwest) has created an inviting, neighborhood vibe where you can walk in, grab a seat at the bar or a high top, and slurp down ultra-fresh Pacific Northwest oysters. If you're not a shellfish kinda person, TW&TC has other offerings that our experts swear by. Among their favorites are the chicken liver mousse, steak tartare, seasonal veggie offerings, and house-baked bread.

JuneBaby

Located at  2122 NE 65th Street, JuneBaby won a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in 2018. Without question, the fried chicken is a must-eat. But you’ll also encounter delicacies rarely found outside of the home kitchen, like Momma Jordan’s oxtails with mustard greens and peanut yam soup, both of which speak to the biographical nature of Chef Eduardo Jordan’s menu. His "encyclopedia" chronicles the beginnings of black-eyed peas, okra, and rice, and it also informs diners of the African Diaspora, Gullah Geechee, and The Middle Passage. There are no reservations unless you have a large group, so head to the restaurant and get on the waitlist for this thoughtful exploration of Southern food and culture.  

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