Critic's Notebook

Which Seattle Restaurants Do the Chefs Most Admire?

Oh, you will be surprised.

By Kathryn Robinson October 24, 2011

Canlis

Here’s a teaser from our Best Restaurants issue which hit the stands last week: Which Seattle restaurants do the best Seattle chefs admire most?

For our feature entitled “Chefs Bite Back,” we polled dozens of Seattle’s finest culinary artisans for their uncensored and anonymous opinions of the competition. The places they chose? Cafe Juanita in Kirkland. Lark on 12th. Le Pichet, Revel, Rover’s, Shiro’s Sushi, Spinasse, Staple and Fancy, and that magnificent Vietnamese hole-in-the-wall in the International District, Green Leaf.

Chefs love these and so do I: five from this list made my list of the Top 25 Restaurants, the centerpiece of our Best Restaurants issue now on the stands.

But which do they love best? Drumroll please for a tie between two Seattle classics opposite in mood, cuisine, and atmosphere —but each exquisite in quality, consistent in execution, and in their different ways emblematic of Seattle: Sitka and Spruce and Canlis.

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