make a plan. Change everything. Do it all again. On some level, every restaurant in the city is new this year, as chefs and owners grow dizzy from all the pivots. But the only thing more wild than running a restaurant during a pandemic is opening a brand-new one. This year, chefs embraced burgers, fine dining restaurants recast themselves as bars, and an actual bar became a paean to remarkable Cambodian food. No one would wish 2020 on any industry (except maybe outdoor heater manufacturers) but the unremitting grit required to open a new restaurant amid all this also prompted some truly excellent food.

In This Feature:

Musang Is Seattle Met's Restaurant of the Year

Melissa Miranda’s stunning Filipino food is only part of the equation.

11/30/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Seattle’s Best New Restaurants, Unreal Pandemic Edition

Hand-cut udon, crab rolls, scratch mozzarella sticks: At least these past six months came with some stellar food.

10/08/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Under the Influence of Milk Drunk's Fried Chicken Sandwich

The sandwich intended as a footnote now rules the sidewalk on Beacon Avenue.

11/12/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Phnom Penh Noodle House Makes a Graceful Return

Even in sleek new quarters, the 30-year institution in Chinatown–International District feels familiar in all the right ways.

10/29/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Off Alley in Columbia City Is Gutsy in Every Way

A popular popup is now a wee restaurant in Columbia City; and it's about way more than offal.

10/15/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

West Seattle's Grillbird Revisits Seattle’s Teriyaki Traditions

A former Pizza Hut enters a stylish future built on char-grilled chicken.

08/05/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Tyger Tyger Brings Big Sichuan Flavors to Seattle Center

The new Sichuan-inspired restaurant burns bright—and not just as a hockey hangout.

12/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Fremont's Local Tide Does Way More Than That Crab Roll

But, you guys...that crab roll.

12/08/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

3 Can't-Miss Menus That Wouldn't Exist without the Pandemic

A cocktail destination redefines itself, spectacular chicken wings land in a legendary address, and a legit butter burger gets even better.

10/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts