If you’ve been busy trying to decide what to do this fall, or, you know, blinking, you probably missed all the sweet new bars and restaurants that opened over the summer. Lucky for you, we (hopefully) didn’t miss a thing, and have already rounded up the 25 new Seattle spots -- from the first kaiseki-style Japanese spot in town to Tom Douglas’ latest lounge -- you need to try right now...

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Super Six

The latest offering from the crew behind Marination continues their tradition of bringing Hawaiian and Korean flavors to Seattle tables. Look for aloha spirit in cocktails -- like the coconut milk base of the Shark Bait -- and on the table, in the form of pork belly musubi, kimchi wild shrimp, and Portuguese donuts called malasadas, filled with lilikoi caramel.

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El Chupacabra

A far cry from the Mexican-style cantina’s divey original location on Phinney Ridge, this swanky lakeside location still has the same great selection of affordable margaritas and classic bar nachos that made the first spot famous -- now with a million-dollar view to boot.

Fat’s Fried Chicken and Waffles

Opened by Nate Robinson’s original partner on what became Nate’s Wings and Waffles, Fat’s is a similar spot in the old Catfish Corner space serving big portions of the titular dish, along with other Southern specialties, such as fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits.

Honest Biscuits

Honest Biscuits

After starting life as a food truck, this mobile biscuit-slinger has gone stationary with a spot at Pike Place Market. Made with local flour, the fluffy buns come out fresh every day and are topped with local specialties like Beecher’s cheese and Bavarian Meats’ bacon.

Naka

Naka

Seattle’s first kaiseki-style Japanese restaurant serves the kind of visually stunning, delicate, and technical dishes that don’t usually make it out of Japan, all thanks to Chef Shota Nakajima pulls together menus of complicated Far East-eats using local ingredients.

Niche Gluten Free Café and Bakery

After years making pastries for Tom Douglas Restaurants, then even more years creating her own line of desserts out of her café, Eats Market in West Seattle, Toby Matasar has opened a restaurant that shows off the way she eats: using sustainable ingredients to create gluten-free specialties.

Lionhead

Lionhead

After rising to fame as chef of the Eastside’s Herbfarm, Jerry Traunfeld made an art of Indian-inspired dishes using Northwest ingredients at Poppy. Now, he turns to Sichuan cuisine as the backbone of his latest upscale, locally driven spot.

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Eden Hill

Following the short-lived Entre Amis into this cozy spot (once home to Portage), Austin-transplant chef Maximillian Petty brings forward-thinking, creative techniques to the top of the hill: look for pig head candy bars and foie gras cake batter.

Bounty Kitchen

Health-driven restaurants usually leave a bad taste in diners’ mouths (literally), but this concept is actually packing some serious flavor into grain bowls, salads, and sandwiches that use inspiration from all over the world. Expect vegan mushroom pibil, Cuban bean bowls, and ricotta toast show up on BK’s varied menu, and breakfast that’s served all day.

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Country Dough

Chef Cheng Biao Yang leaves a trail of renowned Sichuanese restaurants behind him, having opened Seven Stars Pepper, Szechuan Chef, Spicy Talk, and Uway Malatang, but for now he’s gone simple: Country Dough serves straightforward flatbread sandwiches, Chinese crêpes, and noodle dishes from this back corner spot in the Market.

Herb and Bitter

Herb and Bitter Public House

The latest addition to Broadway’s drinking scene centers around Italian amari: aperitifs, digestifs, and fernets. Drinks are smart and mature, and the space, with its dark ceiling and beautiful chandelier, is impressive -- especially the oversized patio with optional covering for those Seattle drizzles.

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Chop Shop Café and Bar

A casual and bright spot in the stunningly remodeled Chophouse Row collection, this all-day restaurant is helmed by Ericka Burke of Volunteer Park Cafe, boasts a chef plucked from Anchovies and Olives, as well as a bar menu designed by Anna Wallace, previously of The Walrus and the Carpenter, and is likely destined for success -- both with diners and on Instagram.

Suga

Since taking over the Dot’s Delicatessen space, the owner of Seattle’s Benihana franchise hasn’t done much with the décor, but the food is completely different: in an effort to combat the Americanized Japanese food served around town, Eriko Sugawara is serving Japanese comfort food from this north Fremont storefront.

The Carlile Room

The Carlile Room

The latest from Seattle’s most famous chef, Tom Douglas, is named for singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile. The retro-cocktail lounge-themed spot fills a pre- and post-theater need with an eclectic menu of small plates and other shareable dishes sourced from local meats and vegetables.

Soi

This Thai spot impresses with big décor and a beautiful space, as much as it does with the Issan (Lao/Northern Thai) cuisine, and while the menu does roam a bit around Thailand, the hits -- and the specialty khao soi and papaya salad -- are from the north.

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Little Oddfellows

Where one restaurateur closes, another opens: such is the case with the end of Tamara Murphy’s Elliott Bay Café and the beginning of Linda Derschang’s Little Oddfellows. A mini version of her successful spot next door, the café within Elliott Bay Bookstore offers small sandwiches, trendy snacks (hello, avocado toast), and drinks (including beer and wine).

Queen Anne Beerhall

It’s big, it’s Bavarian, and it’s full of beer. In an attempt to bring the grand European tradition of drinking in large spaces and eating tasty meat stuffed into casings, this beer-focused bar has created an incredible gathering place for rowdy eaters and drinkers of all stripes.

Absalom Shantz/Hot Cakes

Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

The second location of Seattle’s biggest dessert sensation expands to a dessert mecca, serving not just the famous cakes and boozy shakes of the Ballard location, but also providing an outdoor fire pit for roasting s’mores. The new space is light, bright, big and customer friendly -- made for spending time enjoying dessert in, not just a quick bite.

Orfeo

Orfeo

The latest offering from seafood-specialist Kevin Davis and his wife Terresa (of Blueacre and Steelhead Diner) revamps the majestic space once filled by Tamara Murphy’s Brasa. The restaurant and menu are centered around the wood-fired oven in the kitchen, and the local ingredients that go into it, creating dishes like roasted squid with cranberry beans and tatsoi, and roasted polenta with mushrooms.

Macleod’s Fish and Chips

Macleod’s Fish & Chips

The small counter-service restaurant is an offshoot of the Scottish pub next door, and serves all the traditional chippy offerings: fried fish, chowder... and deep-fried candy bars, of course.

Slate Coffee Roasters

Slate Coffee Roasters

One of Seattle’s best coffee shops is expanding out of its little Ballard shop (where it expanded to from its original mobile location), and into this high-traffic business district. Look for the same intriguing, well-sourced and lightly roasted beans, and expert baristas to talk you through your coffee options. Oh, and don’t miss the espresso flights.

Shingletown

This Northwest-themed pub embraces the wood mill roots of Ballard -- so don’t forget your flannel -- but also the modern Ballard love for really great micro-brewery beers. The tap list is the highlight here, though the locally sourced gastropub menu will keep hungry drinkers happy as they wait for their growlers to get filled.

The Stone House Cafe

The Stone House Cafe

Opened by an old Seattle restaurant family in an iconic Rainier Valley building, this place has history on its side. The menu, like the space, is built on a classic foundation, filled with comfort food like eggs Benedict and country fried steak.

Manu’s Bodega

The rebranded version of La Bodega includes later hours and a beautiful patio. But, luckily, the hearty Caribbean fare hasn’t disappeared, the menu’s just expanded to offer a few more options, including eats inspired by Bolivia, Peru, and Cuba.

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Ernest Loves Agnes

The latest from Guild Seattle (the crew behind Lost Lake Café, Big Mario’s Pizza, etc.) is in the old Kingfish Café space, but is nothing like the old-school Southern spot it replaces. Named for Ernest Hemingway, the cool, divided space offers simple, Italian-inspired food and drinks from morning (espresso and pastry), to night (pizza, pasta, and amaro).

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Naomi Tomky is a freelance food writer in Seattle who tries to eat at every new restaurant in town. Follower her on Twitter @Gastrognome and Instagram @the_gastrognome to see where she is today.

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1. Super Six 3714 S Hudson St, Seattle, WA 98118

The latest offering from the crew behind Marination continues their tradition of bringing Hawaiian and Korean flavors to Seattle tables. Look for aloha spirit in cocktails and on the table, in the form of kalbi musubi, spicy Korean chicken wings, and Portuguese doughnuts called Malasadas, filled with lilikoi caramel.

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2. Fat’s Fried Chicken And Waffles 2726 E Cherry, Seattle, WA 98122

Come to Fat's for generous portions of chicken and waffles, along with other Southern specialties, such as fried green tomatoes and shrimp and grits.

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3. El Chupacabra 6711 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

This swanky lakeside location bears the same stellar selection of affordable margaritas and classic bar nachos that made the first spot on Phinney Ridge famous -- now with a million-dollar view to boot.

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4. Honest Biscuits 93 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101

After starting life as a food truck, this purveyor of comfort food has gone stationary with a spot at Pike Place Market. Made with local flour, the fluffy buns come out fresh every day, and are topped with local specialties like Beecher’s cheese and savory Bavarian Meats’s bacon.

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5. naka 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Central District)

Shota Nakajima and Jason Lock helm the reins at this chef-driven Japanese kaiseki spot. The menu is seafood heavy, with both raw & cooked options, small plates, and tasting menus for when you're looking to go all out on a culinary experience to remember. Seasonal cocktails from mixologist Nik Virrey run the gamut from a rhubarb-infused gin and tonic to "smoked" Manhattans, Negronis, and Martinis.

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6. Lionhead 618 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

This upscale, locally-driven spot boasts dishes from the Sichuan Province of China. Expect noodle, vegetable, cold, and hot dishes, all optionally seasoned with the Sichuan peppercorn, a hot and numbing spice specific to this subset of Chinese food.

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7. Eden Hill 2209 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Austin-transplant chef Maximillian Petty brings forward-thinking, creative techniques to this New American restaurant: look for crispy pig head candy bars and foie gras cake batter.

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8. Country Dough 1916 Pike Pl #14, Seattle, WA 98101

Chef Cheng Biao Yang may have his name on renowned Sichuanese restaurants, including Seven Stars Pepper, Szechuan Chef, and Uway Malatang, but for now he’s gone simple: Country Dough serves straightforward flatbread sandwiches, Chinese crêpes, and noodle dishes from this back corner spot at Pike Place Market.

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9. Herb & Bitter Public House 516 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Italian amari steals the scene at this addition to Broadway’s drinking scene: libations are smart and mature, and the space -- with its dark ceiling and beautiful chandelier -- is impressive, especially the oversized patio with optional covering for those Seattle drizzles. When the weather's nice, enjoy your drink on the oversized patio with a retractable roof that might be one of Seattle's best outdoor drinking spots.

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10. Chop Shop Cafe & Bar 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

A casual and bright spot in the remodeled Chophouse Row collection, this restaurant boast a New American menu including small plates of pork shoulder and gulf prawns, and market fish or bavette steak mains.

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11. Suga 4262 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

In an effort to combat the Americanized Japanese food served around town, Eriko Sugawara is serving Japanese comfort food from this north Fremont storefront. Her unique take on this oft standardized menu includes beef curry, katsu donburi, and pork gyoza.

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12. Bounty Kitchen 7 Boston St, Seattle, WA 98109

Health-driven restaurants usually fall short, but this concept is actually packing some serious flavor into grain bowls, salads, and sandwiches that use inspiration from all over the world. Vegan mushroom pibil, Cuban bean bowls, and ricotta toast show up on BK’s varied menu, as well as breakfast served all day.

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13. Niche Gluten Free Café and Bakery 808 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

After years making pastries for Tom Douglas Restaurants, then even more years creating her own line of sweets out of her café, Toby Matasar has opened a restaurant that shows off the way she eats: using sustainable ingredients to create gluten-free specialties.

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14. The Carlile Room 820 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

The latest opening from Seattle’s most famous chef is named for singer/songwriter Brandy Carlile. The retro-themed spot fills a pre- and post-theater need with an eclectic menu of small plates and other shareable dishes sourced from local meats and vegetables, including broccoli flowers, grilled neah bay coho salmon, and roasted venison leg.

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15. Soi 1400 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This Thai spot stands out with big décor and a beautiful space, as much as it does with the Issan (Lao/Northern Thai)-focused cuisine, and while the menu does roam a bit around Thailand, the hits -- and the specialty khao soi and papaya salad -- are from the north.

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16. Little Oddfellows 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

A mini version of Tamara Murphy's successful spot next door, the café within Elliott Bay Bookstore offers small sandwiches, trendy snacks (hello, avocado toast), and drinks (including beer and wine).

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17. Queen Anne Beerhall 203 W Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98119

It’s big, it’s Bavarian, and it’s full of 60 premium beers from all over Germany and its neighbors. In an attempt to bring the grand European tradition of drinking in large spaces and eating tasty meat stuffed into casings, this bierhall has created an incredible gathering place by the water in Lower Queen Anne for rowdy eaters and drinkers of all stripes. The beer an bratwurst combo provides a classic German experience but there's always pork porchetta and roasted trout or lamb chops, too.

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18. Hot Cakes 1650 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102

The second location of Seattle’s biggest dessert sensation serves not just the famous cakes and boozy shakes of the Ballard location, but also offers an outdoor fire pit for roasting s’mores. The new space is light, bright, big and customer friendly -- made for spending time enjoying dessert in, not just a quick bite on the way home.

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19. Orfeo 2107 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

The latest offering from seafood-specialist Kevin Davis and his wife Terresa serves up a menu centered around the wood-fired oven in the kitchen, creating dishes like roasted squid with cranberry beans and tatsoi, and roasted polenta with mushrooms.

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20. Macleod's Fish & Chips 5200 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The small counter-service restaurant is an offshoot of the Scottish pub next door, and serves all the traditional pub-ey offerings: fried fish, fish tacos... and deep-fried candy bars, of course.

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21. Slate 602 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

One of Seattle’s best coffee shops is expanding into this high-traffic business district. Look for the same intriguing, well-sourced and lightly-roasted beans, and expert baristas to talk you through your coffee options. The espresso flights are not to be missed.

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22. Shingletown 2016 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107

This Northwest-themed pub embraces the wood mill roots of Ballard -- so don’t forget your flannel -- but also the evergreen Ballard love for great micro-brewery beers. The tap list is the highlight here, though the locally-sourced gastropub menu will keep hungry drinkers happy as they wait for their growlers to be refilled.

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23. The Stone House Cafe 9701 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle, WA 98118

Opened by an old Seattle restaurant family in an iconic Rainier Valley building, this place has historical roots. The menu, like the space, is built on a classic foundation, filled with comfort food like the house hash and country fried steak.

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24. Manu’s Bodega 100 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104

The rebranded version of La Bodega includes later hours and a beautiful patio. Thankfully, the hearty Caribbean fare stays the same, with a few welcomed additions including eats inspired by Bolivia, Peru, and Cuba.

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25. Ernest Loves Agnes 602 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Named for Ernest Hemingway, this cool, divided space offers simple, Italian-inspired food and drinks from morning (espresso and pastry) to night (pizza, pasta, and amaro). For eats, try the lamb tagliatelle or squid ink ravioloni.

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