Food & Drink

6 new bars/restaurants you should try right now

Published On 08/28/2013 Published On 08/28/2013
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1. Little Uncle 1523 E. Madison St. #101, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Founded by chefs Poncharee Kounpungchart and Wiley Frank, Little Uncle serves up authentic Thai food inspired by the family-run restaurants of Thailand they admire most. From a take-out window to a giant underground restaurant in Pioneer Square to its current counter-serve spot in Capitol Hill, Little Uncle has transformed over the years, but offers the same traditional and tasty dishes, from noodle bowls to pad Thai to shareable plates like crab fried rice. Their from-scratch curry pastes are still available inside this bright, bare-bones space, too, including for-purchase.

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2. Alibi Room 85 Pike St #410, Seattle, WA 98133 (Greenwood)

Nestled inside Seattle's famous Pike Place Market, but hidden enough so that the wandering tourist won't stumble upon it, the Alibi Room is a great happy hour lounge, with stellar brick oven pizzas and local brews.

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3. The London Plane 322 Occidental Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

This collaborative effort offers great wines, take-home essentials (cookbooks! homeware!), tasty homemade sourdough bread, and other specialty foods.

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4. Bloom Restaurant 5410 17th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

What started as a pop-up in Fremont is now a "real business" in Ballard that's using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to turn-out Asian-style eats, including their Nibuta Donabe hotpot (above), a variety of ramen offerings, and Butabara, which is Japanese for this will make you even fatter, silly American! grilled pork belly.

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5. Teachers Lounge 8505 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98199 (Greenwood)

Started by a pair of industry vets, this 50-seater is serving cafeteria-inspired, or "Gastro-teria"-style, eats ranging from a mortadella "baloney" sandwich, to a sloppy joe on a baguette, and over a dozen signature 'tails, all in a space decked with a shton of grade school-ish touches, including Pee Chee folder menus, and blackboards full of history lessons and equations, both of which you can use to predict that next summer's weather will probably be... "sigh" average.

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6. Percy's Seattle 5233 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

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 in Ballard is serving up a sophisticated selection of locally sourced eats from a Southern and Creole inspired menu that pair perfectly with their herbaceous cocktails and house-infused liquors. Be sure to stop by on Monday for all day happy hour.

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