If there's one thing you can count on, it's your fingers. But if there are two things you can count on, it's your fingers and a shton of new restaurants and bars opening in Seattle every month. To help you pick the best ones, we've helpfully compiled a list of eight eat/drink spots you should try right now...
The 8 new Seattle bars and restos you need to be at RIGHT NOW
The nautical-themed bar just off 45th is serving rustic, deconstructed pub fare, and sports seaward-centric cocktails like the Landlubber (Knob Creek bourbon & Hales Ale Supergoose IPA), and the Davy Jones Locker, which is made with raspberry vodka, lemon, pineapple juice & Curacao, and which thankfully doesn't belong to the Davy Jones you played JV basketball with, or it'd smell like socks.
A rarity for Seattle, this new Queen Anne spot's serving shabu shabu-style eats: It has tables with burners built into them where, once you pick a broth (seaweed, spicy miso, wakame, etc.), you take pieces of your favorite meat and boil those suckers right at your table.
Brimmer and Heeltap
Opened in the old Le Gourmand spot, B&H boasts a laminated coin floor made with thousands of pennies... which is probably what you're about to spend on next-level bites ranging from broiled pork shoulder and chilled dungeness crab trifle, to octopus soup and rabbit crepinette.
Cone & Steiner
Jam packed with everything from barware to local artisan cheeses, and pretty much anything else you could possibly need from a corner store (greeting cards... ok?), C&S is really a grocery, but they do have a tiny beer bar boasting a selection of taps so good you'll probably exclaim something that rhymes with the bar next door...
The newest addition to the Linda behind Linda's empire, this well-appointed boozer serves fun eats (Hanger steak w/ charmoula & baby turnips, Lamb Burger w/ zucchini, harissa & fries), and to drink? Tallulah’s keeps two cocktails on tap (a Basil Rickey and Marley’s Tonic), plus a hefty selection of original cocktails like the scotch/ fernet/ dry Curaçao-based Fallows Aid -- something which, given his success as President Carter's speech writer, you should probably turn down if James offers it.
Replacing the short-lived, sporadically open hot dog vendor at the intersection of 45th and Stone in Wallingford, is a nondescript, name-and-social-media-less hole in the wall that slinging some seriously sweet udon prepped by an LA transplant, who's offering up bowls of warm noodles in a special sauce Monday through Saturday from 11am-6pm. But be warned, just like the music line-up at Folsom Prison, this place is (Johnny) Cash only.
Just off the Burke Gilman trail, this brand-new spot touts a daily brunch menu and a walk-up window where they're serving pastries, espresso, fresh juices (pineapple! lime! yay!) for now, but're promising a wide array of sandwiches, wines, and inventive cocktails in the near future.
Teddy's Bigger Burgers
This lake-adjacent meat-slinger is grilling up as-advertised burgers like the Monster Double Combo that can be topped with up to 18oz of chuck, which, just like 18mins of Chuck, is about all a human can handle, unless it's one of the episodes Yvonne Strahovski's in her underwear.
1. Teddy's Bigger Burgers17705 140th Ave NE, Woodinville
2. The Octopus Bar2109 N 45th St, Seattle
3. Roaring Bowl516 1st Ave N, Seattle
4. Brimmer & Heeltap425 NW Market, Seattle
5. Cone & Steiner526 19th Ave E, Seattle
6. Tallulah's550 19th Ave E, Seattle
7. Pono Ranch4502 Shilshole Ave NW, Seattle
8. Udon Stand4455 Stone Way N, Seattle
You might just need a fork and knife to finish off one of these burgers at this eatery, because as their name might suggest, Teddy’s burgers are a little bigger than what you might be used to... like TBB’s Monster Double Combo (which can be loaded up with up to 18oz of chuck), you know you’ve got a winner on your hands… and probably on your shirt too.
The nautical-themed bar just off 45th sports seaward cocktails like the Davy Jones Locker (raspberry vodka, lemon, pineapple juice, soda water and Curacao) and the Landlubber (Knob Creek bourbon and Hales Ale Supergoose IPA) plus rustic, deconstructed pub fare.
This Queen Anne spot has tables with burners built into them. Once you take your pick from any of their five broths (including traditional seaweed, spicy miso and wakame), you choose a meat and boil your meal away!
Within Brimmer & Heeltap's red brick walls lies a black, white canvas of an interior (dotted with blue lights and booths) where one of a kind recipes and presentations steal all the attention. The menu's for brunch and dinner alike are short and sweet, and main dishes are divided into sections for vegetarian, meat, and seafood (there are three seasonal options for each). Meals like grilled octopus, duck fried rice, and saur broccoli salad look as great as they taste, just like their 10 specialty cocktail options.
Cone and Steiner, a speciality grocery, is jam-packed with local goodies galore, as well as a beer bar and pretty much anything else you could possibly need from a proper corner store.
This eatery serves up innovative dishes like Hanger steak with charmoula and baby turnips and lamb burgers. To drink? Tallulah’s keeps two cocktails on tap (Basil Rickey and Marley’s Tonic) plus a hefty selection of original cocktails like the Fallows Aid which has scotch, fernet Jelinek and Dry Curaçao and the Quarter Horse which highlights bourbon, a seasonal shrub, citrus, and Rachel’s ginger beer.
Just off the Burke Gilman trail, this spot touts a walk-up window and daily brunch menu, serving pastries, espresso, fresh juices (pineapple! lime!) and breakfast foods.