IF THE GREAT CUISINES really were born of scarcity, the Great Recession may be responsible for a restaurant renaissance in Seattle. We’re not just referring to the slew of new places that opened in the last year. We’re talking about the emergence of whole new ways of dining—startlingly different ways of dining than existed 10, even five, years ago. We’ve identified the dozen most influential gastronomic drifts, probed their origins, then named the most exciting Seattle restaurants that epitomize them right this minute.

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