The biggest problem with Seattle (aside from these 99 problems, obviously!) is that approximately eleventy million new bars & restaurants open every month. How can you possibly keep track?! You can't, but we can... so we rounded up the eight best new places in Seattle for fish & chips, octopus gnocchi, and more. You're welcome!
The 8 best new bars & restaurants in Seattle
Damn the Weather (address and info)
Not to be confused with what you say every time you decide to wear shorts before, like, July, this brick-walled boozer helmed by a former Fleet Foxes member is serving up an adventurous selection of cocktails (the Agricultural Punch w/Agricole Rhum & fresh sugarcane juice that's pressed right in front of you!), and small-ish plates like beef heart tartare.
Brunswick and Hunt (address and info)
Named after a sizable work of art that hangs in the restaurant’s dining room, Ballard’s Brunswick and Hunt is the newest addition to the 70th St echelon (Delancey, Honore, Fat Hen), and promises eats that are basically how you describe everyone from Seattle: “nice without being fancy”. Examples include their Brunswick Stew (slow-braised elk, pork, rabbit, roasted potatoes), and the Hunter Burger w/buffalo, chuck, pickled shallot & English cucumber.
Canterbury (address and info)
This divey Cap Hill institution has been seriously upgraded -- you'll probably have to take a (Wife of) Bath to go there now -- and now boasts eats from the dude behind the Madison Park Conservatory, including the Canterburger (Oregon natural beef, Canterbury sauce, and smoked onions), and cold draft from their expansive selection.
Intermezzo Carmine (address and info)
Open just last week, this booze-based expansion to the iconic Intermezzo Carmine on 1st is serving up Italian craft cocktails to go with a variety of small plates like seared ahi tuna and squid ink pasta.
Restaurant Marron (address and info)
Located in the former (and possibly cursed!) location of Olivar in the coveted Loveless building, Restaurant Marron is planning to succeed where other spots have failed by serving things like grilled tails and pork brisket, and a "carte blanche" menu for a price that'll make you... um, blanch ($98!), until you see all the constantly rotating seasonal eats it comes with.
FOOD at Cortona (address and info)
Open exclusively on the weekend, the number one goal at this place is to serve food that makes you happy, something which is apparently achieved via an exotic blend of modern European and pan-Asian deliciousness like mackerel BBQ and steelhead lox with cherries & farmstand labneh.
Chippy’s Fish and Drink (address and info)
A throwback to the old-school fish ‘n chips model, Ethan Stowell’s newest spot in the increasingly bustling outer corner of Ballard Avenue finally opened its doors on May 14th. The new spot seats 25 and features a roll-up front door to maximize your Summer enjoyment of things like a Dungeness crab roll sandwich and true cod & chips.
Babirusa (address and info)
After an extended wait/remodel, this more alcoholic counterpart to the next-door Blind Pig Bistro is serving all kinds of beer, wine, and cocktails to go with tasty plates like their octopus and gnocchi w/porcini, in what is hands-down Seattle's foodiest strip mall.
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1. Damn the Weather116 1st Avenue S, Seattle
2. Brunswick & Hunt1480 NW 70th St, Seattle
3. The Canterbury Alehouse534 15th Ave E, Seattle
4. Intermezzo Carmine409 1st Ave S, Seattle
5. Restaurant Marron806 E Roy St, Seattle
6. FOOD at Cortona2425 E Union St, Seattle
7. Chippy's Fish & Drink4741 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
8. Babirusa2236 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle
This cozy little bar with open brick walls and few rustic details keeps well with the atmosphere of its historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. With only a few local ciders and beers, Damn the Weather deals in a rotating selection of veggie-heavy shared plates and in cocktails, which on its menu range from "tall and fizzy," like the Chilcano to "short and fresh," like the scotchy Godfather Part II to "boozy and evocative," like the Tuxedo No. 3 with a daring dash of absinth.
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.
Canterbury has been a longstanding refuge for people from all walks of life. The scuzzy dive bar got revamped and feels more chalet-like than ever. Don't worry, it still has cheap booze, hearty food, and a bad ass staff.
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.
The new Capitol hill resto Restaurant Marron has a come-as-you-are atmosphere and that has menu items like grilled tails and pork brisket that are must-tries.
Food at Cortona in the Central District is open exclusively on the weekends and the goal is to serve food that makes you happy. The menu is full of deliciousnes and a blend of Modern European and Pan-Asian. Be sure to try the BBQ Mackerel to Steelhead Trout Lox and their specialty coffee.
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.
The sister restaurant to Blind Pig Bistro is really more of an alcoholic counterpart in this family. Babirusa serves all kinds of beer, wine, and cocktails and is open from noon to 3pm for lunch and 5pm to midnight for dinner.