Finalist again for the Outstanding Restaurateur award is Tom Douglas (Dahlia Bakery, Dahlia Lounge, Etta’s, Lola, Palace Kitchen, Serious Pie).
Seattle boasts two returning finalists for Best Chef Northwest: Ethan Stowell (Anchovies and Olives, How to Cook a Wolf, Tavolata, Union) and Jason Wilson (Crush).
Portland trumped Seattle in the category this year, as rounding out the finalist list are Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), Andy Ricker (Pok Pok), and Cathy Whims (Nostrana). I hope to have a chance to dine at all of these fine Portland restaurants this year, so I can say with confidence that we have five fully deserving nominees representing the Northwest.
Good luck to everyone! The Awards Gala will be held the 3rd of May in New York.
Txori (pronounced "CHO-ree") is best staged for a postwork, preprandial flirtation, ample lubed with the poor-man's sangrria pitilin gorri, (wine & orange soda), or something off the fine list of Spanish reds.
Don't Miss the four-course, family-style suppers, held every the first Monday of each month as long-form showcase of the chef's chops.
Don't go and mistake this place for a dinner place. This is strictly interlude food in the EU flare. A breathe of fresh air in a town gone giddy with gastropubs.
2207 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Zayda Buddy’s features Midwestern cuisine like their tator tot hot dish, deep fried cheese curds plus a full line of sandwiches, burgers and appetizers.
Zayda Buddy’s is also a great place to go for a great cocktail or a nice cold beer from our choice northwest and Midwest beer selection. We are the official Leinenkugel's bar of Ballard and serve up one fine house made margarita. See their website for more information.
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5405 Leary Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)
Best stage set for a midnight nosh: when's it's at its twinkliest, hardly anything else is left open in town, and well fewer bodies are vying for your table.
2208 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
Good old fashioned burger joint, 50's-60's feel. Extensive, 30 or so, and well-made milkshake list. Décor is "American Burger Joint" but don't let it put you off. I would also say Good not Great, but always good. You'll get the same thing from visit to visit.
It was also quite when I was here, but business seem to be slow as well.
Don't want to drive all the way to Dick's eat here.
1170 Sunset Blvd NE
Renton, WA 98056
This takes me back to when I lived in the UK. Not the food so much but the neighborhood feel to it all. I hope that this place is a part of Maple Valley for a long time to come.
23631 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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315 2nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
4400 N Scottsdale Rd
(Northwest corner of Scottsdale & Stetson)
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Monday - Friday 6 am - 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday 8 am - 3 pm
3221 Sunset Blvd NE
Renton, WA 98056
27433 Maple Vly Black Diamond
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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423 Airport Way
Renton, WA 98057
6920 Coal Creek Pkwy SE
Newcastle, WA 98059
Since opening on July 29, 1989, Wild Ginger has set a new standard for Asian cuisine in the Northwest. They offer authentic recipes from the Pacific Rim countries lying between India and Japan: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Thailand, South China and Vietnam. Signature offerings such as Fragrant Duck, Seven Flavor Beef, Ginger Martinis and Mango Daiquiris have marked Wild Ginger's indelible presence as a Pacific Northwest dining destination. Local and national food critics and Northwest residents have consistently rated Wild Ginger as among the very finest Northwest restaurants. The New York Times wrote: "...this is perhaps the most provocative, and fun, restaurant in Seattle."
After years of travel and research into traditional Asian cooking, owners Rick and Ann Yoder conceived the founding principles of Wild Ginger: fresh quality products, cooked to order and served professionally in a casual, warm atmosphere. It is a concept that is deceptively simple, but involves a complex balance of Asian cooking, stylish decor and professional Western service standards. Executed with panache, these principles have made Wild Ginger what the Puget Sound Business Journal has called: "A rare and wonderful bird."
"Wild Ginger is widely viewed as one of the highest-quality dining experiences in Seattle, yet despite the widespread popularity of our food, we are far from the highest priced restaurant in Seattle", said Rick Yoder. "We've tried to keep our prices moderate so everyone can enjoy the best in Asian cooking and keep Wild Ginger a place to go when you want good value."
225 SW 7th St
Renton, WA 98055
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So what to get? The Sea Bass Vera Cruz and the Chicken Mole. Mole is a sauce from Puebla, in South Central Mexico, a state where they make a lot of chocolate, an ingredient prevalent in Mole. Both sauces were developed originally in the kitchen by Alfredo. They have modified them over the years, adding the freshest ingredients, but always maintaining their authenticity. Mole is an acquired taste, but thiers is very authentic and delicious. And, I always thought that if anyone would try the Vera Cruz, they would be tasting the real flavors of Mexico.
6248 E Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
14835 E Shea Blvd
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
241 SW 7th St
Renton, WA 98055
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2801 Pacific Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
504 Ramsay Way
Kent, WA 98032