Critic's Notebook

Which 3 Seattle Spots Were Nominated as America’s Best New Restaurants?

Assessing Seattle’s prospects in Bon Appetit’s annual Hot 10.

By Kathryn Robinson August 5, 2015

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Damn, the Weather's fine.

Image: Olivia Brent

Yesterday Bon Appetit released its 50 nominees for this year’s Hot 10—that magazine’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants.

Showing up on Team Seattle: Pioneer Square fancy-food bar Damn the Weather (“home to some of the best bar food we ate all year”), Stone Way’s seafood bar Manolin (“fun rum-based Caribbean-inspired cocktails”), and Capitol Hill’s Korean barbecue-slash-noodle bar-slash-parfait truck Trove (“We’ve been hooked on Rachel Yang’s playful interpretations of Korean food for the better part of a decade.”)

Will any of them end up in the Hot 10? Last year, Westward made the final cut; the year before, the Whale Wins and Joule—bizarrely, as one entry. In 2011 Seattle was represented by Walrus and the Carpenter; in 2010, Anchovies and Olives.

Anyone searching for clues might venture that Bon App’s proven esteem for Rachel Yang could give the edge to Trove. On the other hand, Manolin is run by expats from the Walrus and the Carpenter—and it’s clear how these judges feel about Renee Erickson.

But on that critical third hand we have Damn the Weather, whose bar eats comprise as exquisite an example of that genre as I have found anywhere, and whose focused program allows it a degree of depth and consistency and chef attention that Trove cannot offer.

Plus that chef is Eli Dahlin. You know, from Walrus and the Carpenter.

The Hot 10 will be announced August 18.  

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