The Required: Seattle

The Required: Seattle

A definitive guide to Seattle's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ 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 5000+ 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. 

Cafe Presse

Cafe Presse at 1117 12th avenue in Capitol Hill is the exact kind of simple yet exquisite French food you want when walking the neighborhood, on the verge of entering that dreaded hanger zone, and trying to negotiate on where to eat with an indecisive crew. Your first impression will be that you’ve walked into a corner café in Paris, and indeed, your first order of business should be ordering an espresso. Expect classic dishes like Croque Madam and demi-poulet froid mayonnaise to be executed perfectly. Soon after, you should find your good spirits have been restored, you and your pals are laughing again, and you're fortified to go about the rest of your day. 

Café Presse
Hot Spot
Downtown, Seattle
$$, French, Breakfast, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Coffee Shop, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Bar
4 Recommendations

Pecos Pit BBQ

“Good Barbecue” is a highly subjective and contentious topic. Your opinion on it likely depends on whether or not you were raised eating it, and if you were, what the regional style was. With two locations in Seattle, Pecos enters the North West into the debate. With meats roasted “slow and low” over fragrant wood, the folks at Pecos know their technique. Our experts recommend you order the pork sandwich and have them "spike it," translation: add a juicy hot link on the side. They offer three different heat-levels of BBQ sauce. Our experts say the hot BBQ sauce "will burn your face off!" Yet, all of our sources, to our knowledge, are still in possession of their faces. So we say, hazard the hottest sauce you think you can handle and before you can overthink it, wash it down with a local brew. 

Monsoon

Located at 615 E 19th Avenue, Monsoon marries locally-sourced Northwest ingredients with classic Vietnamese recipes. The results are some of the most heavenly dishes to be found in town. Some of the creations include a chicken clay pot using Mad Hatcher Farm bone-in chicken, and our pros say the grilled squid stuffed with duck is not to be missed. Monsoon has an intimate dining room with a 6-seat bar, but if the weather is nice, you can dine on the veranda rooftop and spy down on 19th Avenue. If the dining room is too crowded, or if you’re not particularly in the mood to put on pants, they make take out and delivery options easy.  

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