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CHONA KASINGER
CHONA KASINGER
CHONA KASINGER
CHONA KASINGER
CHONA KASINGER
Pizzeria Gabbiano
CHONA KASINGER
Vespolina
Rigoletto
Intermezzo Carmine
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1. Trove 500 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This vibrant and bustling Korean BBQ/shabu shabu shop and noodle den serves up imminently slurpable soups and grilled meat and veggie sides in addition to pouring up a nice selection of international craft brews at their in-house bar. Come summertime, be sure to stroll by their window and sample frozen custard parfait treats served out of a pop-up "ice cream" truck facade.

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2. Brgr Bar 111 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

Pioneer Square's home to this outpost of BRGR Bar. Along with their famed meat patties, the revamped burger joint also serves korean tacos and Kalbi rice bowls, which'll definitely have you agreeing that vowels are totally overrated.

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3. Brunswick & Hunt 1480 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)

Ballard’s Brunswick and Hunt is the newest addition to the 70th St. echelon (Delancey, Honore, Fat Hen). This all-American spot holds to its motto of being “nice without being fancy”. The must-try items are the Brunswick Stew and Hunter Burger.

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4. Chippy's Fish & Drink 4741 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This old school fish 'n chips joint is Ethan Stowell's newest spot. It's only got room for 25 seats, but it features a roll-up front door to maximize your Summer enjoyment. Be sure to try Dungeness Crab Roll Sandwich and True Cod and Chips.

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5. Giddy Up Burgers 4500 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Fremont)

This Western-themed counter-service joint is serving up gourmet burgers that are both fresh and local. Their signature patties come in poultry, seafood, and vegetarian varieties, too. Consider going for the one-third-pound Kit N Caboodle burger, stacked with onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, ranch, and BBQ sauce, and then hit the salad bar (yes, you read that right) to ease your guilt about what you just consumed.

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6. Pomerol 127 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

Helmed by a guy who used to own the Pig 'N Whistle in Greenwood and the late-lamented June, this Fremont Frenchtaurant is putting a composed Euro twist on Northwest ingredients via dishes like duck confit, fire-roasted beef short ribs with confit shallot, and more.

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7. Pizzeria Gabbiano 240 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 97214

Not content with slinging the city's best pasta at Il Corvo, Mike Easton decided to tackle the city's best pizza by opening this brick-walled, 36-seater, where you can order seasonally topped, Roman-style 'za by the inch. Job done.

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8. Loulay Kitchen & Bar 600 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

At Loulay, Chef Thierry Rautureau reinvents the French food he grew up on, bringing an unexpected twist to familiar classics. There's the beef burger with aioli and bacon-shallot jam, which you can and should add a duck egg or foie gras to, and hot chocolate with toasted brioche and salted butter, based off a recipe passed down from his grandparents. The name of the chic three-level restaurant pays homage to Rautureau's childhood, too, specifically his hometown in France: Saint Hilaire de Loulay.

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9. Vespolina 96 Union St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

After a quick life as Aragona, Chef Stratton quickly turned this place around to play up his bread and butter-- Italian fare. Not only are the dishes at Vespolina otherworldly, but this restaurant is also likely one of the more stunningly designed spots in town.

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10. Osteria Rigoletto 420 Pontius Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (South Lake Union)

Finally! A place worth braving the miserable amounts of traffic and construction in South Lake Union. Rigoletto is a 5,000 square foot affair that seats around 150, but remains cozy despite its size. Order anything off their tongue twister menu, and you won’t be disappointed.

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11. Intermezzo Carmine 409 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

The expansion to the iconic Intermezzo Carmine in Pioneer Square, this place has super tasty craft Italian cocktails andf small plates like seared ahi tuna and squid ink pasta.