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The coolest bars and restaurants in town

It's time for a new edition (easy there, Bobby Brown) of the Thrillist 47, giving you the best new and new-ish places to eat and drink. Some had to go (why'd you turn the Coterie Room into an event space McCracken & Tough? Why?!), while other hot spots could not be denied (Hey McCraken & Tough, the Old Sage is pretty sweet!). Have a look at the list (organized by hood, this isn't a ranking) and make the most of your next night out.

BALLARD

1) Bitterroot BBQ
5239 Ballard Ave NW; 206.920.4196
A custom smoker doles out serious "Q" cuts of pork belly, baby backs, and pulled pork, which go onto custom pretzel buns from Tall Grass Bakery. 
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2) The Walrus and the Carpenter
4743 Ballard Ave NW; 206.395.9227
From the French-foodtrix behind the Boat Street Cafe, this big-time (but not very big) oyster bar is dominated by heaping baskets of shellfish, and a totally open kitchen, who claims to not care who his GF is forking.
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3) Staple & Fancy Mercantile
4739 Ballard Ave NW; 206.789.1200
S&F gets its name -- not to mention the inspiration for its "Staple" a la carte eats and "Fancy" chef's tasting menus -- from the original hand-painted signage they found behind a plaster wall in this renovated machine/mercantile shop.
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4) Ray's Boathouse
6049 Seaview Ave NW; 206.789.3770
After a four-month hiatus, this waterfront seafoodery came back with a swanked out vengeance, and a new shared plate-heavy menu.
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5) Anchor’s Down
2016 NW Market St; 206.789.1396
If it's not in the right location, opening a nautical- & pirate-themed bar can seem pretty... sorryboutthis... arrrrrrr-bitrary, but since it’s in a 'hood with a working waterfront, is helmed by the lady behind Po Dogs, Auto Battery, Grim's, etc., and pouring pioneering cocktails, Anchors Down is actually a logical place for drinks to go bottoms-up.
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6) Ballard Annex Oyster House
5410 Ballard Ave NW; 206.783.5410
The crew behind Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen and The Matador smoothly took over the old Thaiku and turned it into a gleaming custom woodwork-heavy spot dominated by a raw bar inhabited by living crabs they’re cooking whole, or turning into crab-based and other sweet seafood dishes.
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7) Percy’s Seattle 
5233 Ballard Ave; 206.420.3750
A stunning apothecary-style spot from dudes who's past credits include places like King's Hardware, Rudy's, and The Ace Hotel, Percy's is serving up a sophisticated selection of eats (Confit Chicken leg w/ slow-roasted carrots) and drinks that, as the parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme infused gin-based Garfunkel demonstrates, are practically works of... waitforit... Art.
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8) Barnacle
4743 Ballard Ave NW; 206.706.3379
Opened by the lady behind The Whale Wins and next-door's The Walrus and the Carpenter, this petite (less than 800sqft), copper-bar'd boozer is pouring simple, unfussy cocktails, and serving a handful of sweet seafood-based snacks.
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9) Stoneburner
5214 Ballard Ave; 206.695.2051
Naming a restaurant after yourself can be a risky move in famously humble Seattle, but Bastille's executive chef Jason Stoneburner has totally pulled it off by opening a Ballard Ave spot where his last name also describes what the restaurant's all about: almost everything's literally cooked on stone hearths... though hopefully he's a little less literal about burning things.
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10) Le Zinc
1449 E Pine St; 206.257.4151
When it comes to food, the hardest thing for Americans to say (besides "No, I do not want fourths", obviously) is pretty much anything French, but that's exactly what the dudes behind Maximilien are serving, with the help of some decidedly not-French local ingredients, at Le Zinc.
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11) Witness 
410 Broadway E; 206.329.0248
The best place for a witness is obviously hiding out in Amish country with Harrison Ford, but the best place for a bar called Witness is apparently the former Five Fish Bistro space on Cap Hill, 'cause that's where a Knee High Stocking Co. bartender is serving enough corn to suffocate a man, some seriously delicious Southern eats, and a slew of creative craft cocktails.
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12) Von Trapp's
912 12th Ave; 206.325.5409
The crew behind Bastille stormed Cap Hill with this massive, 420-seat beer hall fitted with two bars, five indoor bocce courts, and a mess of housemade sausage. 
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13) The Old Sage 
1410 12th Ave; 206.557.7430
The latest spot from the team behind some of Seattle's sweetest eat/drink spots (Spur Gastropub, Tavern Law) is essentially a casual take on an old-school drinking club, but they’re pairing a huge range of smoky, Scotch-based cocktails with hugely attractive meat/ seafood dishes that’re prepared almost exclusively via smoking.
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14) Bait Shop
606 Broadway E; 206.420.8742 Opened by the lady behind Linda's, King's, Oddfellows, etc., this North Broadway boozer's presumably called Bait Shop because you'll end up hooked on its tropical drinks! Or just, you know, because of the nautical motif or whatever. 
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15) Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium
928 12th Ave; 206.552.9755
Despite its vintage-artillery-style logo, this place's name references canonical standards of good taste, which it displays via lavish, Prohibition-era touches and seriously elevated cocktails.
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16) Altura Restaurant
617 Broadway E; 206.402.6749
Helmed by a husband & wife team who legit met while crushing Deluxes at the nearby Dick's, Altura slings next-level Boot-food sourced mostly from Pike Place Market.
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17) Terra Plata
1501 Melrose Ave; 206.325.1501 James Beard winner Tamara Murphy's aggressively farm-to-table eatery is smack in Melrose Market, which is also an exchange where Andrew Shue futures contracts are trading at... well, look at that: they're free.
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18) Rumba
1112 Pike St; 206.583.7177
Inspired by '50s-era Cuban drinking rooms, Rumba's decadence flies in the face of the Revolution, and it must be destroyed the second spot named for a dance opened by the dude behind nearby Tango.
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19) The Wandering Goose
403 15th Ave E; 206.323.9938
Serving a biscuit-heavy line-up of Southern eats, this narrow, 30-seat cafe is separated from the neighboring Rione XIII only by a vintage leaded glass "demising-wall" that looks totally killer. 
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20) Artusi
1535 14th Ave; 206.251.7673
Spinasse's boozier little brother preps badass imbibables, plus lighter Italian fare inspired by famed, 19th c., Pellegrino Artusi-penned cookbook Science in the Kitchen.
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21) Bar Cotto
1546 15th Ave; 206.838.8081
Right next to one of Ethan Stowell's other excellent eat spots (Anchovies & Olives), this salumeria'll ply you with prosciutto, mortadella, Parma, and other porcine products that're H.A.M. to pass up.
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22) Auto Battery
1009 E Union St; 206.322.2886
Located in a former (wait for it!) auto battery shop, this garage-door-fronted hybrid coffee shop/sports bar's got everything you need to enjoy the game, including tubular-shaped meat from next door Po Dogs.
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23) Poquitos
1000 E Pike St; 206.453.4216
This extravagantly appointed, 122-seat comida-ry has a massive, flame-heated, covered deck, an intricately tile-art'd interior, and made-to-order tortilla and guac stations.
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BELLTOWN

24) The Upstairs
2209 2nd Ave; 206.441.4013
Sneakily located in the pseudo-residential space that once housed art co-op/kinda illegal drinking establishment the McLeod Residence, The Upstairs is accessed via a street-side stairway that's marked only by extremely subtle signs, which you won't be giving off after a few of their craft 'tails.
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25) TanakaSan
2121 6th Ave; 206.812.8412
Tucked inside super-chef Tom Douglas’ sprawling Assembly Hall (along w/ a deli, coffee shop, etc.), this sweet Asian-American resto is helm'd by Eric Tanaka, a longtime Douglas compatriot, who's cooking stuff inspired by his childhood in LA.
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26) Local 360
2234 1st Ave; 206.441.9360
Even sourcing most of their consumables from within 360 miles of Seattle, they still manage to turn out malted buttermilk pancakes for breakfast, plates of pork belly slathered in beans for dinner, plus snacks from PB&J Bon Bons to crispy pig ear.
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DOWNTOWN

27) Radiator Whiskey
94 Pike St, Ste 30; 206.467.4268
As Ian and Max learned after messing with Anthony Michael for the entirety of Weird Science, it's not always a good idea to cross the Hall, but that hasn't stopped the guy behind Matt's in the Market from doing literally just that with this seriously sweet boozer specializing in barrel-aged cocktails and down-home vittles.
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28) Cha:n
86 Pine St ; 206.443.5443
Using Western techniques is either a good way to get your university in trouble for giving Shaq a car/Penny Hardaway a house/that white dude no one knows a tractor, or a sweet way to prepare classic Korean eats, as evidenced by the courtyard-adjacent Cha:n.
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PIONEER SQUARE

29) Tinello
314 2nd Ave S; 206.467.4541
For years, going to Pioneer Square meant going to some trashy nightclub, or to... um, jail, but now, going to Pioneer Square might as well mean some sweet daytime eats from the guy behind the former Rialto Pasta Bar in Fremont.
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30) Rain Shadow Meats
404 Occidental Ave S; 206.467.4854
After killing it from behind a counter at Melrose Market, the former Discount Tire jockey/ Boat Street sous chef-turned-butcher behind Rain Shadow Meats opened a second location he's calling Rain Shadow Meats Squared, which is a wholly inaccurate description since it's, like, cubed the size, and the selection is to the, like, um... why are algebraic expressions so hard?!?!
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31) Il Corvo
217 James St; 206.538.0999
The guy behind this beloved former Pike Street Hill Climb pop-up tops his meticulously handmade pastas with everything from spicy coppa to wild boar.
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32) E Smith Mercantile Back Bar
208 1st Ave S; 206.641.7250
Shopping 'til you drop is A) probably not a real thing, and B) nonetheless pretty much every dude's worst nightmare... unless said shopping takes place in a badass haberdashery like E. Smith Mercantile, and said drop is the result of one too many craft cocktails made with rare and unusual liquors in the tiny 14-seat boozer they opened in back.
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EASTLAKE

33) Blind Pig Bistro
2238 Eastlake Ave E; 206.329.2744
Opened in the same charmingly strange strip mall space that used to house Nettletown, and before that Sitka & Spruce, this... um, spruced 20-seater serves a constantly rotating menu of delicious-but-affordable small plates. 
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34) Blind Pig at Eastlake Teriyaki
2236 Eastlake Ave E; 206.329.2744
The crew at Eastlake's badass Blind Pig Bistro clearly aren't... um, blind to sweet business opportunities, so when the former Eastlake Teriyaki space opened up, they turned the neighboring storefront into a sweet daytime sandwich establishment but kept the same old freakin' Teriyaki sign!
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WALLINGFORD/FREMONT

35) Rock Creek
4300 Fremont Ave N; 206.557.7532
Opened by a former Toulouse chef in a cavernous, Uneeda Burger-adjacent space, this fish-slinger's serving a selection of seriously next-level ocean-going eats that rotates depending on what's fresh (guess that means Doug E.'s always on the menu!) like half Dungeness w/ garlic, chili, etc., and creative mezcal, sake, or aquavit oyster shooters.
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36) Agrodolce
709 N 35th St; 206.547.9707
If she spelled her name differently, you might think James Beard winner Maria Hines had 57 restaurants, but Fremont's Agrodolce -- a Southern-Italian follow-up to Tilth and Golden Beetle -- is actually only her third.
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37) The Whale Wins
3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.9425
Not just a succinct paraphrase of the Cliffs Notes on Moby Dick, The Whale Wins is actually an airy, L-shaped 50-seater from the chef-lady behind The Walrus & the Carpenter and Boat Street Cafe that boasts French country eats cooked almost exclusively in a massive wood-fired oven.
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38) Joule
3506 Stone Way N; 206.632.1913
This Korean steakhouse sports a “Beef of the Day” offering that ranges from short rib steak w/ kalbi & grilled kimchi, to a tartare w/ spicy cod roe & Asian pear.
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39) Westward 
2501 N Northlake Way; 206.552.8215
If there's one thing you can expect from the Skillet crew's charmingly quirky Westward, it's the beautiful... uh, Southward(!) facing views over Lake Union? Nah, it's that the nautically themed spot's serving badass eats (fresh oysters, an Oregon lamb burger), and craft cocktails. 
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40) Revel and Quoin
403 N 36th St; 206.547.2040
Quoin's an industrially appointed, 20-seat drinkery specializing in infused syrup/bitters-heavy 'tails and flavored Korean sojus. Revel's a casual 40-seat box serving street food-inspired Asian/French small plates. Perhaps the city's best twofer.
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41) Pinky's Kitchen
210 NE 45th St; 206.867.5209
This not-so-mobile food operation started by serving badass sandwiches, but morphed into one of The Town's sweetest BBQ joints by building a smokehouse in the parking lot across the street.
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MADISON PARK

42) Madison Park Conservatory
1927 43rd Ave E; 206.324.9701
Boasting a seasonally driven menu of whatever-style-of-food-they-feel-like-making, this Mediterranean-ish eatery rolls out a constantly innovating array of bites.
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43) Bar Cantinetta 
2811 E Madison St; 206.329.1501
Opened by the crew behind Wallingford's Cantinetta and Bellevue's Mercato Stellina Pizzeria, this compact Madison Valley-boozer is pouring a shton of wines to go with an equally shton amount of playfully simple boot-food like pork bellly, risotto w/ fennel sausage, etc.
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SODO/WEST SEATTLE

44) Gastropod
3201 1st AVE South Suite 104; 206.403.1228
Since the most epic way to enjoy beer is probably illegal in the continental United States, you should probably just hit this experimental 20-seat brewpub from the guys behind Epic Ales, who spent two years creating a menu of locally sourced/personally foraged eats that competing tasting rooms would probably love to make illegal.
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45) Brass Tacks
6105 13th Ave S; 206.397.3821
Getting down to Brass Tacks means... taking Hwy 99 or 4th Ave S down to Marginal Way and trying to stay out of lanes that force you to get on the freeway until you get to Airport Way, and finding this highly-curated, hand-built drink establishment from the dude behind next-door Ground Control.
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46) Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whiskey
4437 California Ave SW; P206.935.1075
Responding to the high demand for his previously only-available-on-Monday fried chicken, accolade-heavy chef Mark Fuller turned his entire restaurant into a destination for that sweet breaded poultry, and totally normal stuff like SPAM sushi.
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TANGLETOWN

47) Mkt.
2208 N 55th St; 206.812.1580
The smallest Ethan Stowell establishment yet (just under 30 seats!) is slinging barrel-aged cocktails and locally sourced eats like fried quail, and a grilled lamb tongue that’s so good you'll probably want to slip the chef some of yours.
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1. Westward 2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103

Opened by the crew behind Skillet, is a nautically themed eat/drink spot serving Northwest takes on Mediterranean eats in a slightly rustic space built around a wood-burning oven and boasting stunning views of Lake Union and downtown from its patio and beach. Oh, and there's also a 150ft dock provides that should provide ample parking for your yacht.

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2. Rock Creek 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

A cavernous seafoodery helm'd by a former Toulouse chef who's serving a rotating selection of seriously sweet ocean-going eats (highlighted by Dungeness crab w/ garlic, chili, basil, tomalley aoli & hot sauce; Fijan Wahoo on a terrifically yellow pool of lemon escarole; etc.), plus a solid selection of cocktails, and inventive raw bar offerings like Mezcal oyster shooters.

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3. Bar Cantinetta 2811 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Bar Cantinetta is a hybrid of already existing Italian joints in Seatown, but it's relatively more delicious and innovative. Their tapas plates, as well as extensive wine list, are jaw-dropping in comparison to the canned sauce/rigatoni you were going to make yourself at home.

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4. Percy's Seattle 5233 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

A stunning apothecary-style spot from dudes who's past credits include places like King's Hardware, Rudy's, and The Ace Hotel, Percy's is serving up a sophisticated selection of eats (Confit Chicken leg w/ slow-roasted carrots, wilted pea vines & sweet corn purée), and drinks that, as the parsley-sage-rosemary-&-thyme infused gin-based Garfunkel demonstrates, are practically works of... waitforit... Art.

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5. Ballard Annex Oyster House 5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The crew behind Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen and The Matador have taken over the old Thaiku and turned it into the Ballard Annex Oyster House, where they're serving scratch-made chowders, fresh crab, and a shton of oysters either on the half shell or as shooters.

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6. E. Smith Mercantile Back Bar 208 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This gift shop is now boasting a stellar Back Bar (hence the name) with serious libations and only 14 seats. Grab yours while you can!

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7. Assembly Hall 2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Tom Douglas's complex is a trifecta of deliciousness: a modern Asian restaurant (TanakaSan), a gourmet market & deli (Home Remedy), and a fresh-juice and coffee purveyor (Assembly Hall Juice & Coffee).

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8. Le Zinc 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

A new French eatery from the guys behind Pike Place's Maximilien, this bistro serves up beautiful takes on classic fare, like moules feu de camp and french fries with foie.

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9. Radiator Whiskey 94 Pike St, Ste 30, Seattle, WA 98101

Radiator Whiskey is a brewpub in Downtown that's dishing out barrel-aged, gravity-poured cocktails as well as American classics that may or may not include Fritos.

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10. Anchors Down 2016 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

Plopped within a working waterfront, this nautical-themed bar is the place for craft cocktails and drinks to go bottoms-up.

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11. Barnacle 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Opened by the lady behind The Whale Wins and next-door's The Walrus and the Carpenter, the 800sqft boozer is pouring an unfussy selection of old-fashioned cocktails (like... um, Old Fashions) from behind a 13ft copper-bar stocked with a highly curated selection of wines, digestifs, aperitifs, liqueurs, etc. On the food side, this mostly kitchen-less spot, is doing not-hot small plates like escabeche-style mussels, shaved pork leg, and stocks some of the boss' Boat Street Cafe jarred goods.

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12. Tinello 314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Opened by the guy behind the former Rialto Pasta Bar in Fremont, the sparsely industrial Tinello (along with places like Rain Shadow Meats, Il Corvo, etc.) is bringing sweet, peasant-style eats from Italy to Pioneer Square.

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13. Stoneburner 5214 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Opened by the crew behind Bastille, Poquitos, Macleod’s Scottish Pub, and Von Trapp’s, Stoneburner's a 3500sqft resto helm'd by chef Jason Stoneburner, who is literally burning... err, cooking most of his menu (rustic pizzas, pasta, charcuterie, etc.) on stone hearths in a Ballard space rife with reclaimed touches, like wood from a decommissioned Italian embassy in Buenos Aires; a classic turn-of-the-century pressed tin ceiling from an old schoolhouse; and factory windows made w/ hammered glass. Oh, and thanks to cocktails from Bastille's Erik Carlson, it's also a sweet place to get, if not hammered, then at least slightly tipsy by the glass.

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14. Blind Pig at Eastlake Teriyaki 2236 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

A modern-American restaurant serving up fresh, local cuisine (and awesome sandos) in partner with Eastlake Teriyaki.

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15. Rain Shadow Meats Squared 404 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Rain Shadow Meats Squared is the second installment of the Seattle butchery and restaurant Rain Shadow Meats. Stop in for a meal made from locally-sourced ingredients, or pick up a cut of meat to prepare yourself.

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16. Gastropod 3201 1st AVE South Suite 104, Seattle, WA 98134

An Epic Ales 20-seat brewpub serving up craft beers, beer cocktails, and a weekly rotating seasonal menu.

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17. The Old Sage 1410 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

A sweet seafoodery where they'll smoke your underwater eats all the way up to your table, then pair them with delicious Scotch-based cocktails.

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18. Witness 410 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Opened in the old Five Fish Bistro space by a former Knee High Stocking Co. bartender, this Capitol Hill boozer uses decorative touches (frosted class windows, booths built with 102yr-old church pews, etc.) to evoke an old-timey church, and serves up a menu stuffed with Southern classics ranging from buttermilk waffles & fried chicken w/ Bourbon maple gravy, to vivid green Mint Juleps.

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19. mkt 2208 n. 55th st, seattle, WA 98103

Ethan Stowell's place, at which they're serving up barrel-aged cocktails and mains like fried quail and a grilled lamb tongue.

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20. Bitterroot BBQ 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This spot uses a custom smoker to dole out serious "Q" like smoked pork belly, baby back ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches on custom pretzel buns from Tall Grass Bakery, while in back there's a bar pouring American whiskeys, bourbon, and craft brews.

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21. Local 360 2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 981212

Local 360 sources most things from within 360mi of the city, and Matt's in the Market gets almost everything from the stalls in Pike Place Market downstairs.

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22. The Walrus and the Carpenter 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This chic oyster bar neither serves walrus nor houses carpenters (that we know of) but it does dish out mounds of delicious shellfish in a comfortable atmosphere.

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23. Staple & Fancy Mercantile 4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

This place's name says it all. Chef Ethan Stowell offers à la carte "Staple" choices, as well as a multi-course "Fancy" chef's tasting menu. Either way, you can't go wrong (as long as you like Italian food).

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24. Ray's Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

After a four-month hiatus, this waterfront seafoodery is back with a swanked new dining room bathed in red light, lower-slung furniture, and a new shared plate-heavy menu, and it's about time since everybody loves Raymon... er, Ray's.

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25. Von Trapp's 912 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

German resto Von Trapp's three core principles are bocce, brats, and beer. Hit the court and finish off with a hearty chicken wiener schnitzel.

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26. Bait Shop 606 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Capitol Hill's Bait Shop is as direct as they come: sidle up for a fish sandwich, fish & chips, or a fried chicken sandwich with a cold brew.

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27. Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium 928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Canon Whiskey and Bitters Emporium boasts an astounding collection of wine and spirits (a 94-page menu!), and they hold the title for having the largest selection of American whiskey in the world.

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28. Altura Restaurant 617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102

Altura Restaurant is an Italian spot with a weekly-changing menu meant to capitalize on the freshest ingredients sourced from organic, independent farms around the Northwest, under the guiding hand of Chef Nathan Lockwood. An insane list of regional wine from Italy is also sure to impress.

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29. Terra Plata 1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Terra Plata is the Captain Planet of organic eateries, highlighting choices from air, land, and sea. They've also got a rooftop garden.

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30. Rumba 1112 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

If you like rum and anything Tiki-related, hit Rumba and enjoy a selection of over 250 different kinds of rum, and a small but deliciously packed menu.

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31. The Wandering Goose 403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

The Wandering Goose is a sparsely decorated but warmly furnished Southern comfort food restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. With natural sunlight illumination and fried chicken Friday, you'll feel at home. Which, of course, will make it hard to leave.

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32. Artusi 1535 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Artusi is an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar serving traditional cuisine from the homeland with a menu that progresses through history, including some original creations. A great, diverse cocktail selection coupled with its plentiful meals, this eatery indeed wants to teach you the art of eating well.

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33. Bar Cotto 1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

If Ethan Stowell wants to open a salumeria, you'd probably better go, because he's already pretty much mastered everything else. And now he's sharing those fine sliced meats in a washed-wood-heavy 30-seater adjacent to Anchovies & Olives in Cap Hill.

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34. Auto Battery 1009 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

From the crew behind next-door Po Dogs, and located in a former (wait for it!) auto battery shop, this garage-door-fronted hybrid coffee shop/sports bar's decked with stuff the previous owners left behind (motor-oil signage, an antique battery tester, etc.).

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35. Poquitos 1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

This 122-seat comida-ry from the dudes behind Ballard's hyper-successful French spot Bastille was inspired by a vintage neon "Poquitos" sign they salvaged five years ago, and is rife with south-of-the-border dishes.

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36. The Upstairs 2209 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

A cocktail bar / speakeasy seemingly borne out of a tasteful PBS period piece, The Upstairs serves classic American cocktails and many unconventional variations, bourbon and nearly everything in-between. Even beer in this mood-lighted spot feels sophisticated.

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37. Cha:n 86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Cha:n's a Korean restaurant downtown serving up traditional and modern cuisine alongside a lengthy Asian-inspired cocktail and wine list.

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38. Il Corvo 217 James St, Seattle, WA 98104

Lunchtime is your only chance to score some of the sweet handmade pastas at Pioneer Square's Il Corvo, where the menu changes daily, but you can expect stuff along the lines of tagliatelle with wild boar ragu.

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39. Blind Pig Bistro 2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

Blind Pig is a smaller establishment, but despite its size the bistro still manages to whip up an impressive array of American fare. If you're with a larger group, or you're just a person who likes drawing everyone's attention, you can even speak with the server and order the entire menu.

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40. Agrodolce 709 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103

This Southern Italian restaurant, the third establishment opened by Iron Chef winner Maria Hines, offers a menu of organic Sicilian fare that includes handmade pasta and some of the finest and ecologically responsible ingredients in the region. The small bar at Agrodolce turns out some high-octane cocktails, and there's also an impressive wine list as well.

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41. The Whale Wins 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

The huge wood-fired oven at The Whale Wins cooks up a variety of traditional French dishes, ranging from Filet Mignon and Roasted Pork Shoulder to Roasted Clams and Chicken Liver Mousse. Organic, locally-sourced ingredients are used whenever possible, and the restaurant likes to encourage family-style sharing between dinner guests.

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42. Joule 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Joule is the brainchild of married Iron Chef cooking duo Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi. Similar to Revel, their more recently-opened establishment, Joule's menu features Korean-inspired dishes with an emphasis on beef. The cocktails, beer and wine list are also nothing to sneeze at, in case you're the kind of person who sneezes at food or drinks.

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43. Revel and Quoin 403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

This combination restaurant and bar is run by the husband-wife cooking team of Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both of whom were contestants on Iron Chef America. If that wasn't enough to reel you in, the married couple combines Amercan and Korean cuisine to create a menu of fusion dishes unique to the restaurant. There's also a selection of signature cocktails that you can sample before/during your meal.

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44. Pinky's Kitchen 210 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

Proving sliders are more than just a vehicle from which to dispense hilarious, pithy quips about Jerry O'Connell and that fat bearded dude traveling to a parallel universe where penicillin had not been invented, are the two dudes (one behind Rancho Bravo, the other the former owner of Bizzarro Italian) behind the slider-heavy, BBQ-inspired menu at Pinky's Kitchen, their dispenser of "pig 'n chips", which is also a short-lived spin-off in which Ponch and John compete over chubby women.

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45. Madison Park Conservatory 1927 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

The goal at Madison Park Conservatory is to offer a warm, community-style atmosphere in which customers can enjoy its menu of new American cuisine. This is amplified by the fine selection of wines and cocktails available, because, as we all know, alcohol brings everyone closer together. It's scientific fact.

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46. Brass Tacks 6031 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108

Located in what used to be a big and tall clothing store, Brass Tacks dishes out a bevy of gourmet menu items and a selection of signature handmade cocktails. There's outdoor seating and free wifi, if you're the kind of person who likes the outdoors or needs the internet wherever you go, and Brass Tacks also hosts live music performances every Friday night.

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