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Spinasse’s dishes are robust and lovingly oiled and seasoned.

Congratulations, people. We made it. We’re just hours away from dinner and a cocktail at one of our city’s fine dining establishments.

Everyone’s atwitter over the new Spinasse sans Justin Niedermeyer. What will change, what will stay the same? Find out tonight over Washington squab with lentils and Chioggia beets, from nearby farm Local Roots. $28.

You can’t go wrong with perennial Seattle classic Canlis. They’re serving a $15 appetizer of British Columbian scallops pan-seared with bacon, butternut, and hearts of palm veloute.

Spring Hill recently made Bon Appétit’s list of “Top Ten Best New Restaurants in America.” Agree? Disagree? Weigh in for yourself with a five course taster menu; $84 for entire meal:

First course: Amber jack crudo with a clear curry and young coconuts
Second course: Summer chanterelles with egg yolk, peas, herbed parmesan bread crumbs
Third course: Foie gras terrine with nectarine lillet jelly donut and bitter cocoa
Fourth course: Wood-grilled strip steak with new crop potatoes and sweet corn succotash and onion rings
Fifth course: Yet to be decided