When we’re traveling to a new city, we like to go with at least five restaurant recommendations in our pocket. Here’s a very quick rundown of five of the places we think everyone should check out in Seattle:
Flintcreek Cattle Co.
After a year and a half of construction, Eric Donnelly’s latest venture was set to open in Greenwood last March, when a gas explosion flattened half the buildings in the neighborhood. Somehow, Flintcreek managed to survive, but the newly renovated space suffered massive damage. Now, almost a year later, the restaurant is set to explode again, this time in all the right ways. Three months since it opened its doors, reservations are steady, and the food speaks for itself. We literally wake up at night, dreaming of their lamb crepinette in hazelnut romesco sauce…
Ethan Stowell has opened so many great joints around Seattle that it’s hard to keep track of his current restaurant tally, but if you ask us, one of those places is criminally underrated. That may be in part due to its size. Mkt., whose abbreviated name seems to embody its unimposing but intriguing atmosphere, features some of the most mouthwatering offerings across the board. The menu — categorized by veggies, fish, meat and grains – offers small and large dishes for every course and appetite, with each plate designed to be shared (assuming that’s your thing, we tend to get territorial when it comes to their polenta, house-made sausages, and wagyu beef). Mkt. is tucked into Greenlake’s aptly-named Tangletown neighborhood. If you can find your way through the web of crisscrossing streets and shops, this little gem is well worth the trip.
Classic neighbor steaks joints are hard to beat. They cut to the chase when it comes to prime selections of meat, offering the classics straight up, with hefty portions and solid accompaniments (like foil wrapped baked potatoes and mounds of real butter). Best of all, they cater to the regulars, many of whom have been coming there since the 50s and 60s, which brings us to another highlight: STRONG COCKTAILS. If you like crisp, clean gin and tonics, hefty martinis with plenty of good vodka, and an old fashioned that would knock Don Draper back on his well-trod heels, Wedgewood Broiler is the only place to turn.
Before closing the legendary Rovers in Madison Park, the Chef in the Hat opened a casual bistro a few doors down, and it quickly became one of our favorite drop-in dining spots. The food is every bit as good as the departed Rovers (not to mention its sister restaurant Loulay), yet the presentation and atmosphere are refreshingly laid back. But that doesn’t mean the offerings are any less impressive! If you’re looking for impeccably prepared French fare like Cassoulet, Boeuf Bourguignon, and Croque Madames, this is our top recommendation. Stop in for a weekend brunch or swing by for a weeknight treat.
Lark’s reputation has spread well beyond the Pacific Northwest, and with good reason. The interior is fresh and clean, with white cabinetry set off against reclaimed wood and the building’s massive, industrial framing, putting diners in the perfect mood for a variety of farm fresh offerings, each organic, locally sourced, and flawlessly prepared. Other than Walrus and Carpenter, there’s no place in town we’d rather go to tuck into a plate of oysters or a platter of arctic char. Then there are the desserts…