Wasabi Bistro

Seattle

Taking the occasional break can do wonders (so much so that you really shouldn't need to ask others for one, Nell Carter!), as evidenced by this 150-seat sushi slinger's intense sprucing (completely remodeled interior, overhauled menu) during a hiatus that took almost one year, which seems like a long time 'til you consider Jack Black's unplanned hiatus started with Year One.