21 Seattle-area restaurants our critics are most excited to try after pandemic
Former Canlis chef opens at White Center, favorite Vietnamese restaurant will launch all-vegan menu, popular bar is planning a tiki extravaganza. … With over 70% of Seattle vacuum packed (good for us!) And Washington restaurants set to reopen at full capacity by June 30 (yes!), Seattle Times restaurant reviews Bethany Jean Clement and Tan Vinh, got rid of COVID- 19 spider webs and made this list of the most anticipated places. Some are coming soon; some have just started; some have new leaders or a new location. Wherever you decide to go, enjoy it as much as humanly possible (we are so lucky to be going out to the world again!) And tip big (after what restaurants have been through, they deserve it. more than ever !).
Brady williams‘restaurant to come
Former chef James Beard Award of famed high-end Canlis isn’t quite ready to give details on how he will fit into his new neighborhood just yet, but we do know the name: Tomo Restaurant (and address: 9811 16th Ave. SW; and his partner: a certain William True).
Union of Southern Lakes
The family behind Monsoon and Ba Bar will launch a vegan counter inside their Ba Bar restaurant near the Amazon campus later this summer. Expect banh mi tofu, kimchi fried rice with plant-based sausages, and vegetarian dishes inspired by the flavors of Southeast Asia.
Sun Hongnext effort
Somewhere in Seattle
By Tae, the tiny sushi and other restaurant on Chophouse Row, brought immense happiness before having to move earlier this year, but Chef Sun says he’s coming back, whether with club sandwiches, all-you-can-eat spaghetti. or whatever. I can not. Wait.
Tropical oasis Rumba has teased cocktail geeks all spring long with the promise of flaming tiki drinks served at an underwater-themed den tucked inside its main bar. This tiki nirvana will open on June 25.
Chef Eli Dahlin, who brought the (awesome) Caesar Salad Sandwich to Damn the Weather to Seattle, is now a co-owner of this natural wine bar where Bar Ferdinand once stood, which makes pizzas like the snail / the ramp / tarragon / Asiago and nettle / Taleggio / smoked lardo in the wood-fired oven.
Brothers Brian and Mark Canlis still rave about the seven-course feast their chef Aisha Ibrahim composed last winter during her week-long interview to be the executive chef of Seattle’s most famous gastronomic institution. . The unveiling of Ibrahim’s menu comes on July 1 when Canlis reopens. It’s the hottest ticket in town.
Under the guidance of the original owners’ grandson, Terrell Jackson, this Seattle classic has hiked a few places (including a spot in Rainier Valley) – now Juneteenth is bringing a grand reopening to Patricia K. building of the community house with live music, special guests and more.
Lupe Flores has bounced around different breweries to sell her Lebanese-Mexican fusion tacos during the pandemic. His much talked about fried tacos now have a fixed address: inside the artistic bar Jupiter from Thursday to Sunday.
It’s been one hell of a year for Chef Shota Nakajima, but it certainly landed on his feet, with the opening of this place for crispy-coated Japanese fried chicken called karaage that looks like a serious contender to be the ‘Top’. Chef ‘of this season!
Tea leaves tell the hospitality industry that quick, casual burgers are the way to go, but executive chef Gaurav Raj doubles down on fine dining. He cooks gourmet dishes inspired by New Delhi and adapted to Instagram.
This cute wine bar from the folks who run the much-loved Diller Room promises a mini overseas trip with marble counters, gilded mirrors, cheeses, cold cuts, and lots (and lots!) Of wine, all of them. imported from Italy – and the original tiled floors also happen to be the work of 1890 by Italian craftsmen.
Perhaps you’ve seen Chef Hampton Isom’s food truck with the same name, his motto, “Some of the best spoons are made in the kitchen,” emblazoned on the side – now the former professional basketball player and Alaska Airlines flight attendant has a brick and mortar space for her Cajun kitchen, along with a full bar as well. His nickname: The Boss.
Chef Preeti Agarwal started doing pop-ups after taking over Fremont’s French restaurant, Pomerol. She now devotes all the space, including the wood-burning oven, to her modern Indian cuisine.
The winery is opening a new restaurant focused on American cuisine in the former Wheelhouse bistro space on June 23. Of course, any excuse to sip his exceptional blend of Bordeaux style Chaleur Blanc.
Under new ownership, the former corner grocery store at 17th and Galer (known as Groucho at the time) is expected to reopen soon with two Canlis alumni preparing breakfast, lunch and pastries. Yay!
With Chef Jason Stratton of fame from Spinasse newly in charge, this Italian place has a serious pasta precedent – and there’s plenty of outdoor space to have fun in the summer.
Near Pike Place Market
After nearly 20 years in Belltown – and over three decades in downtown before that – this premier Seattle steakhouse now sits on the edge of the market, and we can’t wait to sit at the bar for some Manhattans and burgers. refined.
Pike Place Market
Open since 1981, Jackie Roberts’ Hidden Place has always been a favorite for its lovely outdoor patio – and now, promisingly, longtime local chef Dylan Giordan (Serafina, Cicchetti, Piatti) is in the kitchen.
From fried buns and pot stickers to boiled chunks stuffed with pork or seafood, this Nordic-style Chinese food-focused mall cafe is the latest to jump in the dumpling craze.
This Peruvian place from chef Tamara Murphy and her partner Linda Di Lello Morton from beloved Terra Plata has been slow to come – I hope people drink pisco there very soon.
This high-profile Los Angeles spot now has a branch in Totem Lake – with a ton of ramen choices now, how will it be?