From re-imagined delis in Fremont to slightly-swanked Eastside sushi spots, Seattle's served up a slew of sweet new dining/drinking destinations in the past couple of months, so get a ride from Uber (while you can!), ride the S.L.U.T., hop on your Razor scooter, or whatever, and hit these seven spots you really shouldn't miss.
Another reason to actually cross 520? Yup, thanks to this impeccably designed Asian-inspired eatery that opened in late December, which is slinging a hefty selection of locally sourced dishes, including Umami-ish large plates (highlighted by Tea Smoked Duck and garlic gangar steak), and small ones like moo shoo tacos made w/ pork belly, kimchee & edamame.
An outpost of beloved Fremont/Ballard (Frallard? Freball?) boozer the Leary Traveler, this brick-walled, fireplace-equipped spot in the old Alehouse space is serving their trademark rustic pub fare (Argentinian roast pork sandwiches, steak frites, etc.), plus six rotating taps pouring things like Two Beers' Evo IPA.
Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s behemoth outpost on the corner of Pine and Summit comes complete with rooftop dining and one of the city's most impressive selections of mezcal. Oh, and if you’re looking for a reason to get up early on a Sunday morning, need we say more than Memelitas and Arroz con Leche? That is sweet, deep-fried tortillas topped w/ meat & cheese with rice pudding, so yes, apparently we did need to say more.
Dot’s Charcuterie & Bistrot
After a brief shutdown earlier in the year, Dot’s is back and better than ever. The badass deli has two times the seating capacity, and isn't really a deli anymore: instead, it's slinging bistro-style eats like roast bone marrow, a 32oz ribeye w/ unlimited sides, and what, unless you're in prison, is probably the perfect shank -- this one's braised lamb w/ farro & roast vegetables.
Smack dab in the Denny Triangle is this newly opened vino-ry, a Euro-inspired destination for... waitforit!... wine, and dishes like escargot and champignons rôtis.
Vowels are overrated, but the meat discs on offer in Pioneer Square's old Dome Burger space aren't: BRGR Bar's run by the same people, so it's slinging a combination of classic and new burgers, including the not-at-all-PSY-related (they swear!) Gangnam Burger w/ marinated kalbi beef, plus traditional Asian eats like Korean tacos and kalbi rice bowls.
The sizable and florid El Borracho in the heart of Ballard opened in late February. Hosting a bevy of festive margaritas like its cucumber-honeydew variation and some of the best enchiladas you’ll find in town, El Borracho seems right at home in its new digs off Leary.
Hosting a bevy of festive margaritas like its cucumber-honeydew variation, El Borracho takes tacos and other standard Mexican eats to the next level with options like the shredded rabbit in a chipotle tomato stew, and braised beef tongue taco with salsa verde.
Opened by the formerly mobile meat-monger behind the Seattle Sausage food cart, this counter-service protein purveyor is serving up locally produced sausages, pates, etc., from an old-school Fremont store front that's been freshly decked with modern pale wood furniture/ wainscoting and a wooden bull's head, and takes its name from the owner's grandmother.
Bellevue’s impeccably designed Kaisho offers up a hefty selection of locally sourced dishes, with an impressive array of Umami-inspired large plates (highlighting tea smoked duck and garlic hangar steak).
Traveller off Leary has now expanded to Montlake. Resplendent with an awesome fireplace and trademark rustic pub fare, not to mention six rotating taps; the TM is sure to be a great place to rest those weary feet and score some top notch Euro-gastropub eats.
Mescaleria Oaxaca’s behemoth location on the corner of Pine and Summit sports little-to-no signage, but does come complete with rooftop dining and one of the most impressive selections of mescal in this market. Pair that with eats like fried quesadillas and sautéed shrimp tacos with pico, and you've got a winning combo for Mex eats in Cap Hill.
Smack dab in the Denny Triangle, Le Caviste, a European-inspired safehaven wine-enthusiasts, touts dishes like escargot and Champignons Rôtis.
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.