Sitka and Spruce

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$$$ Wine Bars/Small Plates

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Seattle’s locavore dining scene just got prettier, thanks to intense young practitioner Matt Dillon and his decision to relocate Sitka from the darkest cranny of town to perhaps its most radiant height. From tables, counter seats, and a communal board in the sunlight-drenched corner of Melrose Market, diners can survey Seattle’s own Les Halles through vintage panes—there’s the butcher, there’s the blossom shop—or Dillon and crew in the open kitchen, composing the simple, hearty seasonal plates he’s known for. Look for produce adoration, enormous flavors, compulsive seasonality, and more than a few Middle Eastern tweaks—on plates that at lunchtime feel appealingly noshy, like sweet whole carrots over chickpea puree with harissa and fried mint, and at dinnertime may take your breath away.

Last updated: 10/18/2013