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Rumor has it these confit chicken wings will be on offer at Pomerol.

You’ve been to this rodeo before, folks: The twice-yearly promo, Dine Around Seattle, starts this Sunday, November 6 and continues through November 23, Thursdays through Sundays (not including Sunday brunch). This year participating restaurants—47 by today’s count—will offer multi-course prix-fixe meals at three different price levels: $22, $33, and $44.

Keen-eyed observers of the 16-year institution will note that this three-price-level thing is new. Indeed, DAS launched it out of an awareness that both restaurants and diners wanted creative freedom from the old appetizer/entree/dessert straitjacket. This year it’s shot through with a little more freewheeling inspiration: A cocktail and two small plates for $22, for instance, or perhaps an appetizer, glass of wine, and entree for $33. For the record, I predict this more liberating setup will result in a tastier Dine Around Seattle, as chefs are never at their best in straitjackets. It’ll be different in every restaurant, with lunches (where offered) clocking in along the (usually lower end of that) scale as well.

As ever, tax and tip are extra.

Where to go? We thought you’d never ask.

When You Want to Go to One of Seattle Met’s 100 Very Best Restaurants

Yeah, that’s a thing—a pretty damn collectible thing, if we do say so ourselves—which happens to be on newsstands as you read this. And here. Of the participating Dine Around Seattle restaurants, the ones that earned a berth in our independently and critically chosen Top 100 are Poppy, Skillet Diner, Volunteer Park Cafe, Pomerol, Girin Steakhouse, LloydMartin, and Toulouse Petit. So there’s that.

When You Want Lunch

Some, not all, participating restaurants offer a lunch deal. Of these, I say surefire yum can be had in the lunches at Porkchop and Co., Tanakasan, and Kirkland's Trellis.  

When You Want to Have Fun with a Beverage

The wine list at Woodinville’s Barking Frog and the wine flights at Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. The tequila at the Saint. The dizzying array of daiquiris at Rumba. Japanese whisky and sake slushies at Tanakasan. Boozy shakes at Skillet Diner. No telling which, if any, of these libations will be part of the promotion; then again, nobody’s stopping anybody from ordering on the side.

When You Root for the Underdog.

Okay, maybe not underdog…but under-the-radar for sure, with food that, in this critic’s opinion, is frequently underrated. I might put Lecosho, Saint Helens Cafe, and the Korean-fusion jewelbox, Chan Seattle, into this category.

When You’re Curious

Perhaps the best motivator to Dine Around Seattle is curiosity about the places you’ve been hearing people love up. For me those include Bar Dojo and Salt and Iron in Edmonds, and Preservation Kitchen in Bothell. And—God help me—Mama’s Cantina, the mixed-review revival of the late, great Mama’s Mexican Kitchen. What can I say.

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Rumba

Late Night, Recommended Menu 1112 Pike St

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Barking Frog

Recommended Menu 14580 NE 145th St

If Western Washington has a wine country, this sunlit, raw-timbered dining room named after a Native American legend is its epicenter. It’s known as the affo...

Mama's Cantina

$$ Mexican 2234 Second Ave

Longtime Belltown novelty icon Mama’s Mexican Kitchen, colorful and campy land of cheap-o-Mex and the Elvis Room, has been revived as Mama’s Cantina, with sl...

Preservation Kitchen

$$$ Continental 17121 Bothell Way NE

Salt and Iron

$$$ American/New American, Oyster Bar, Steak House 321 Main Street

Edmonds' house of meat and oysters balances its menu between the meaty (cowboy rib eyes, roasted bone marrow) and the oceanic (seafood entrees alongside fres...

Bar Dojo

$$$ Asian Fusion 8404 Bowdoin Way

"Fusion" is a loaded term, so let's just say Edmonds's popular Bar Dojo is the sort of Asian restaurant that's unafraid to serve tacos (filled with pork bell...

Chan

$$$ Korean 86 Pine Street

When your houseguests clamor for a restaurant that feels like the real Seattle, set your GPS to the belly of Pike Place Market and find yourself in a glitter...

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Saint Helens Cafe Closed

$$$ American/New American, French 3600 NE 45th St

Josh Henderson, one of the busiest restaurateurs in town, originally designed this crisp and breezy fantasy of a French bistro—complete with wooden tables an...

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Lecosho

$$$ Global 89 University Street

The mastermind behind the original Matt’s in the Market now turns his global eye to meat—notably pork, the Chinook meaning of the restaurant’s name—and serve...

The Saint

$ Wine Bar 1416 E Olive Way

The Saint’s undergone some renovations lately. The food is gone. The tequila remains. The building is now a sort of retina-piercing pink. And the happy hour ...

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Purple Café and Wine Bar

$$ Small Plates Multiple Locations

There’s nothing else like it downtown: no other place casual enough for dropping in, festive enough for an occasion, visible enough to remain on the radar, a...

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Trellis

$$$ Continental 220 Kirkland Ave

Downtown Kirkland was a pretty sorry place to find yourself with an appetite—until this sleek stunner opened off the lobby of the Kirkland Heathman Hotel. Th...

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Tanaka San

$$$ American/New American, Japanese 2121 Sixth Ave

The bright, warmly lit industrial space in the lobby of the Via6 apartments is the Asian fusion joint Tom Douglas has been hinting at for years. One of a tan...

Porkchop and Co.

$$ American/New American 5451 Leary Ave NW

By appearance it’s a casual neighborhood drop-in spot on Leary Ave, serving Ballardites weekday breakfasts and lunch, plus a hearty daily brunch in a lofty, ...

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Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

$$ Southern/Creole/Cajun 601 Queen Anne Ave N

Don’t let the thickly gorgeous filigreed decor or the crush of posturing singles or the fact that it’s open all day and half the night signal the place is le...

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LloydMartin Closed

$$ American/New American 1525 Queen Anne Ave N

A classy romantic haunt with a cocktail bar vibe and an idiosyncratic culinary aesthetic makes it a kind of Quinn’s, the gastropub on Capitol Hill, for grown...

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Girin Closed

$$$$ Korean 501 Stadium Place S

All lofted timbers and sleek glassy surfaces at the edge the stadium district, Girin is as striking as restaurants get in this town and the first, unbelievab...

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Pomerol

$$$ French 127 N 36th St

From prolific Continental classicist Vuong Loc comes a sleek, modern, and crisp-edged room that looks like Fremont but cooks like France. Off a wood-fired gr...