Mike Russell
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1. Westward 2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

Opened by the crew behind Skillet, Westward is a waterfront nautical spot with rustic decor. A wood-burning oven stands in the center of the room, the bar is boat-shaped, and the patio/beach boasts stunning views of Lake Union and Downtown. This spacious restaurant serves low-alcohol cocktails and small seafood plates that extend dinner beyond the usual starter, entrée, and dessert. Start with oysters at the adjoining Little Gull, finish with cocktails around the outdoor fire pit.

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2. Rock Creek 4300 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

A cavernous seafoodery helm'd by a former Toulouse chef who's serving a rotating selection of seriously sweet ocean-going eats (highlighted by Dungeness crab w/ garlic, chili, basil, tomalley aoli & hot sauce; Fijan Wahoo on a terrifically yellow pool of lemon escarole; etc.), plus a solid selection of cocktails, and inventive raw bar offerings like Mezcal oyster shooters.

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3. Bar Cantinetta 2811 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

Bar Cantinetta is a hybrid of already existing Italian joints in Seatown, but it's relatively more delicious and innovative. Their tapas plates, as well as extensive wine list, are jaw-dropping in comparison to the canned sauce/rigatoni you were going to make yourself at home.

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4. Percy's Seattle 5233 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

A stunning apothecary-style spot from dudes who's past credits include places like King's Hardware, Rudy's, and The Ace Hotel, Percy's in Ballard is serving up a sophisticated selection of locally sourced eats from a Southern and Creole inspired menu that pair perfectly with their herbaceous cocktails and house-infused liquors. Be sure to stop by on Monday for all day happy hour.

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5. Ballard Annex Oyster House 5410 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

The crew behind Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen and The Matador took over the old Thaiku and turned it into the Ballard Annex Oyster House, where they're serving scratch-made chowders and soups, fresh seafood, and tons of oysters either on the half shell or as shooters. The modern, wood-paneled space is complete with an oyster bar, tanks of Maine lobsters, and three steam kettles. You'll want to load up on shellfish and wash them down with some happy hour drinks while you're here.

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6. E. Smith Mercantile Back Bar 208 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

Shop till you drop at this boutique apothecary and mercantile, and then be sure to hit the Back Bar. Tucked away inside the shop (hence the name), Back Bar offers serious libations and intimacy in a 14-seater cocktail lounge. Order from a selection of craft cocktails made with rare and unusual liquors and refined small plates.

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7. Assembly Hall 2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Downtown)

Tom Douglas's complex is a trifecta of deliciousness: a modern Asian restaurant (TanakaSan), a gourmet market & deli (Home Remedy), and a fresh-juice and coffee purveyor (Assembly Hall Juice & Coffee).

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8. Le Zinc 1449 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A new French eatery from the guys behind Pike Place's Maximilien, this bistro serves up beautiful takes on classic fare, like moules feu de camp and french fries with foie.

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9. Radiator Whiskey 94 Pike St, Ste 30, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Radiator Whiskey is a brewpub in Downtown that's dishing out barrel-aged, gravity-poured cocktails as well as American classics that may or may not include Fritos.

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10. Anchors Down 2016 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Plopped within a working waterfront, this nautical-themed bar is the place for craft cocktails and drinks to go bottoms-up.

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11. Barnacle 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Opened by the lady behind The Whale Wins and next-door's The Walrus and the Carpenter, the 800sqft boozer is pouring an unfussy selection of old-fashioned cocktails (like... um, Old Fashions) from behind a 13ft copper-bar stocked with a highly curated selection of wines, digestifs, aperitifs, liqueurs, etc. On the food side, this mostly kitchen-less spot, is doing not-hot small plates like escabeche-style mussels, shaved pork leg, and stocks some of the boss' Boat Street Cafe jarred goods.

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12. Tinello 314 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 (Pioneer Square)

Opened by the guy behind the former Rialto Pasta Bar in Fremont, the sparsely industrial Tinello (along with places like Rain Shadow Meats, Il Corvo, etc.) is bringing sweet, peasant-style eats from Italy to Pioneer Square.

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13. Stoneburner 5214 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Atmosphere is key at this Ballard Ave restaurant with an early-twentieth-century feel off the lobby of Hotel Ballard: Repurposed architectural elements litter the place, including oakwood wall panels salvaged from a former Italian embassy in Buenos Aires and hanging lights from the old New York Times building. A stone hearth fires rustic Italian bistro pizzas by chef Jason Stoneburner, and when you order the Yukon potato and chanterelle mushroom iteration, a waiter whirls fondue over it in front of you. The vegetable small plates are a highlight, with roasted brussels sprouts tossed in honey, soy, walnuts and Szechuan. Even gluten-free diners can sample the pasta in a version of creta di gallo (winter squash, kale, pumpkin seeds, Podda) that won’t sour their stomachs. Strong and smart cocktails by Bastille’s Erik Carlson like Don’t Give Up The Ship (gin, Dubonnet, Curacao, fernet) contribute to the consistent evening crowds (as to be expected from the same team who brought you Bastille, Poquitos and McLeod’s).

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14. Blind Pig at Eastlake Teriyaki 2236 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Eastlake)

A modern-American restaurant serving up fresh, local cuisine (and awesome sandos) in partner with Eastlake Teriyaki.

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15. Rain Shadow Meats Squared 404 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

Rain Shadow Meats Squared is the second installment of the Seattle butchery and restaurant Rain Shadow Meats. Stop in for a meal made from locally-sourced ingredients, or pick up a cut of meat to prepare yourself.

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16. Gastropod 3201 1st AVE South Suite 104, Seattle, WA 98134

An Epic Ales 20-seat brewpub serving up craft beers, beer cocktails, and a weekly rotating seasonal menu.

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17. The Old Sage 1410 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

A sweet seafoodery where they'll smoke your underwater eats all the way up to your table, then pair them with delicious Scotch-based cocktails.

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18. Witness 410 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Opened in the old Five Fish Bistro space by a former Knee High Stocking Co. bartender, this Capitol Hill boozer uses decorative touches (frosted class windows, booths built with 102yr-old church pews, etc.) to evoke an old-timey church, and serves up a menu stuffed with Southern classics ranging from buttermilk waffles & fried chicken w/ Bourbon maple gravy, to vivid green Mint Juleps.

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19. Mkt. 2208 n. 55th st, Seattle, WA 98103 (Wallingford)

Ethan Stowell's place, at which they're serving up barrel-aged cocktails and mains like fried quail and a grilled lamb tongue.

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20. Bitterroot BBQ 5239 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Nothing beats the smell that emanates from Bitterroot's custom smoker and fills its reclaimed brick- and wood-laden space. Specializing its own bbq formula they've dubbed "Northwest style," this waterside Old Ballard spot dry rubs their ribs, briskets, roasted chickens, and pulled porks and comes with four house-made sauces: apple- and cola-based sweet, tangy Carolina mustard, spicy chipotle, and garlic vinegar. The tiled bar in the back is the icing on the cake with flights and specialty cocktails from their impressive aged whiskey collection.

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21. Local 360 2234 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 981212 (Seattle)

Local 360 sources most things from within 360mi of the city, and Matt's in the Market gets almost everything from the stalls in Pike Place Market downstairs.

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22. The Walrus and the Carpenter 4743 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This chic oyster bar serves neither walrus nor houses carpenters (that we know of) but it does dish out mounds of delicious shellfish in a comfortable atmosphere. Additionally, this cozy, neighborhood spot -- which has been recognized by The New York Times also serves incredible desserts, with highlights being maple bread pudding and roasted Medjool dates.

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23. Staple & Fancy 4739 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This place's name says it all. Chef Ethan Stowell offers à la carte "Staple" choices, as well as a multi-course "Fancy" chef's tasting menu. The former includes a variety of Italian-inspired eats, like gnocchi with housemade fennel sausage and braised lamb shank, while the latter includes $55 worth of the chef's choice. Either way, you can't go wrong.

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24. Ray's Boathouse 6049 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)

After a four-month hiatus, this waterfront seafoodery is back with a swanked new dining room bathed in red light, lower-slung furniture, and a new shared plate-heavy menu, and it's about time since everybody loves Raymon... er, Ray's.

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25. Von Trapp's 912 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

German resto Von Trapp's three core principles are bocce, brats, and beer. Hit the court and finish off with a hearty chicken wiener schnitzel.

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26. Bait Shop 606 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

This Cap Hill dive is the north Broadway outpost of Linda Derschang's ever-growing booze empire, and is as direct as they come. Sidle up for a fish sandwich, fish & chips, or a fried chicken sandwich with a cold brew. A whole mess of other fried foods are also available, along with a number of inventive (and even frozen) cocktails.

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27. Canon 928 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This snug bespoke whiskey bar and bitters emporium makes up for its cozy quarters with an astounding collection of wine and spirits (peep the 94-page menu!). If that weren't reason enough to check out this Capitol Hill spot, Canon Whiskey holds the title for having the largest selection of American whiskey in the world... score!

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28. Altura Restaurant 617 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Capitol Hill)

Altura Restaurant is an Italian spot with a weekly-changing menu meant to capitalize on the freshest ingredients sourced from organic, independent farms around the Northwest. An insane list of regional wine from Italy, plus a plethora of dishes (featuring handmade pasta,)are also sure to impress. The cozy, romantic vibe of Altura makes it a perfect Capitol Hill spot for date night or an intimate gathering with friends.

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29. Terra Plata 1501 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Terra Plata is the Captain Planet of organic eateries, highlighting choices from air, land, and sea. They've also got a rooftop garden.

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30. Rumba 1112 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Capitol Hill)

If you like rum and anything Tiki-related, hit Rumba and enjoy a selection of over 250 different kinds of rum, and a small but deliciously packed menu. Inspired by '50s-era Havana drinking rooms, Rumba's boozy and fruity libations pair well with a menu of Caribbean eats like baked empanadas, jerk chicken wings, and pork belly tostones.

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31. The Wandering Goose 403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Capitol Hill)

The Wandering Goose is a sparsely decorated but warmly furnished Southern comfort food restaurant in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. With natural sunlight illumination and fried chicken Friday, you'll feel at home. Which, of course, will make it hard to leave.

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32. Artusi 1535 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Artusi is an Italian restaurant and cocktail bar serving traditional cuisine from the homeland with a menu that progresses through history, including some original creations. A great, diverse cocktail selection coupled with its plentiful meals, this eatery indeed wants to teach you the art of eating well.

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33. Bar Cotto 1546 15th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

If Ethan Stowell wants to open a salumeria and pizzeria, you'd probably better go, because this Seattle top restauranteur has already pretty much mastered everything else. Bar Cotto is a neighborhood pizzeria in Capitol Hill, doling out simple Neapolitan style pies topped with premium meats. The modern, industrial space is at once cozy and hip.

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34. Auto Battery 1009 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

From the crew behind next-door Po Dogs, and located in a former (wait for it!) auto battery shop, this garage-door-fronted hybrid coffee shop/sports bar's decked with stuff the previous owners left behind (motor-oil signage, an antique battery tester, etc.).

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35. Poquitos 1000 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

This 122-seat comida-ry from the dudes behind Ballard's hyper-successful French spot Bastille was inspired by a vintage neon "Poquitos" sign they salvaged five years ago, and is rife with south-of-the-border dishes.

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36. The Upstairs 2209 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)

From the crew behind crowd-pleasing tapas bar Pinxto, this lounge-y local favorite in Belltown serves classic American cocktails and many unconventional variations in a speakeasy-like locale. An extensive bourbon selection's the main draw here, but The Upstairs offers nearly every kind of spirit to whet your whistle, including a well-curated menu of beer and wine.

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37. Cha:n 86 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 (Downtown)

Cha:n's a Korean restaurant downtown serving up traditional and modern cuisine alongside a lengthy Asian-inspired cocktail and wine list.

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38. Il Corvo 217 James St, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

Lunchtime is your only chance to score some of the incredible handmade pastas at Pioneer Square's Il Corvo, where the menu changes daily. Guests can expect entrees along the lines of tagliatelle with wild boar ragu, gigli with broccolini, chilies, and garlic, and other similarly sophisticated pasta dishes. Be sure to check out Il Corvo's website for daily offerings.

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39. Blind Pig Bistro 2238 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102 (Eastlake)

Blind Pig is a smaller establishment, but despite its size the bistro still manages to whip up an impressive array of American fare. If you're with a larger group, or you're just a person who likes drawing everyone's attention, you can even speak with the server and order the entire menu.

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40. Agrodolce 709 N 35th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

This Southern Italian restaurant, the third establishment opened by Iron Chef winner Maria Hines, offers a menu of organic Sicilian fare that includes handmade pasta and some of the finest and ecologically responsible ingredients in the region. The small bar at Agrodolce turns out some high-octane cocktails, and there's also an impressive wine list as well.

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41. The Whale Wins 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

The huge wood-fired oven at The Whale Wins cooks up a variety of traditional French dishes, ranging from Filet Mignon and Roasted Pork Shoulder to Roasted Clams and Chicken Liver Mousse. Organic, locally-sourced ingredients are used whenever possible, and the restaurant likes to encourage family-style sharing between dinner guests.

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42. Joule 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

Joule is the brainchild of married Iron Chef cooking duo Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi. Like Revel, Yang and Chirchi's more recently-opened establishment, Joule's menu features Korean-inspired dishes with an emphasis on beef. Joule's cocktails, beer and wine lists are also worth noting.

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43. Revel and Quoin 403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103 (Seattle)

This combination restaurant and bar is run by the husband-wife cooking team of Seif Chirchi and Rachel Yang, both of whom were contestants on Iron Chef America. If that wasn't enough to reel you in, the married couple combines American and Korean cuisine to create a menu of fusion dishes (like the moo shu pork dumpling and smoked oyster po-boy in a Korean pancake) unique to the restaurant. There's also a selection of signature cocktails that you can sample before/during your meal.

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44. Pinky's Kitchen 211 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 (Wallingford)

Proving sliders are more than just a vehicle from which to dispense hilarious, pithy quips about Jerry O'Connell and that fat bearded dude traveling to a parallel universe where penicillin had not been invented, are the two dudes (one behind Rancho Bravo, the other the former owner of Bizzarro Italian) behind the slider-heavy, BBQ-inspired menu at Pinky's Kitchen, their dispenser of "pig 'n chips", which is also a short-lived spin-off in which Ponch and John compete over chubby women.

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45. Madison Park Conservatory 1927 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 (Madison Park)

The goal at Madison Park Conservatory is to offer a warm, community-style atmosphere in which customers can enjoy its menu of new American cuisine. This is amplified by the fine selection of wines and cocktails available, because, as we all know, alcohol brings everyone closer together. It's scientific fact.

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46. Brass Tacks 6031 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108 (Georgetown)

Located in what used to be a big and tall clothing store, Brass Tacks dishes out a bevy of gourmet menu items and a selection of signature handmade cocktails. There's outdoor seating and free wifi, if you're the kind of person who likes the outdoors or needs the internet wherever you go, and Brass Tacks also hosts live music performances every Friday night.

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