Though perched at the edge of America, Seattle is a vibrant, culinary center. Thanks to the region’s fished, farmed, and foraged bounty, chefs have an endless larder of fresh-plucked ingredients like Shigoku oysters, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, and Rainier cherries.
Seattle stands up to its big-city counterparts by staying true to its roots: seasonality, localism, and civic pride. Taste the influences from the Nordic, Asian and Ethiopian communities. The restaurants brim with quintessential Pacific Northwest laid-back, welcoming vibe. More than food, Seattle also boasts a buzzing brewery, distillery, and winery scene. Combined with the talented coffee roasters in town, beverages are an essential part to a meal in the Emerald City.
To choose our gastronomic greats, we scoured local writers, publications, and other Best Of lists. We weighed each contender’s style, substance, creativity, ambiance, and service. With so many delicious restaurants, it was hard to narrow our choices down, but narrow it we did. Voila, our Best Of Seattle list: a mouthwatering bunch that captures the diversity of this culinary frontier. Like hometown hero Macklemore chants, this city has never looked so bright.
Begun as a labor of love, Delancey is the most loved pizza place in town. At this cozy, neighborhood charmer, chef Brandon Pettit churns out toothsome pizzas and roast radicchio from the wood-fire oven. Salads are plucked from the farmers market. Finish with a salted chocolate chip cookie, inspired by Pettit’s wife, food writer Molly Wizenberg — who just penned a delightful book about Delancey. Whittle away the wait with a hand-crafted cocktail at adjoining bar, Essex.
Packed since its opening in 2011, Revel lives up to its name. Conviviality abounds at this Asian street food joint, the casual cousin to Rachel Yang’s and Seif Churchi’s Joule. Fans go gaga over Yang’s Korean comfort food — savory pancakes, short rib dumplings, and homemade noodles. Inside, Revel hums with chatter and the clamor of the open kitchen while outside offers a twinkle-light patio.