25 Best Restaurants of 2012

25 Best Restaurants of 2012 <p><span>The top 25 only-in-Seattle restaurants and our wish list for the best service. Plus, the restaurant of the year is....<br /> </span></p>

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


The Top Things to See or Do in November

Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard rolls solo and puppets get saucy in Avenue Q.

10/12/2012 By Laura Dannen


Affordable Art Fair Arrives in Seattle

Fifty galleries will sell their wares at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, with prices ranging from $100 to $10,000. Trust funds not required.

10/12/2012 By Laura Dannen


100 Years of Movies

As Universal Pictures celebrates its centennial, watch The Birds, Jaws, The Sting, and more at Northwest Film Forum.

10/12/2012 By Laura Dannen


Ellen Forney’s ‘Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir’

The Seattle cartoonist takes readers on a journey through her own unquiet mind.

10/08/2012 By Brian Colella


Perfect Party

Here’s who we’d invite if we could entertain this month’s most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

10/08/2012 By Allison Williams

Eat & Drink


Best Restaurants 2012 Directory

Restaurant critic Kathryn Robinson names Seattle’s Restaurant of the Year and 25 more top restaurants.



Service in Seattle Restaurants

A professional diner’s list of 10 issues every restaurant should get right.

10/29/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Best Restaurants 2012

For our annual guide to the top dining in Seattle, we bring you both innovators and classics with strong culinary vision and deep reverence for seasons, local ingredients, and a sense of place—in short, the very best places to eat right now.

10/29/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Seattle Restaurant of the Year 2012: Altura

Platefuls of miracles arise from rustic Italian fare.

10/29/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Global Eats

50 great joints serving terrific food and rich ethnic culture—right in your backyard.

10/26/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Vij’s Sibling Shanik Comes to South Lake Union

Seattle has long clamored for its own version of the storied Indian restaurant in Vancouver. Now Meeru Dhalwala, the woman who runs its kitchen, is here.

10/10/2012 By Allecia Vermillion


Top Chef Comes to Seattle

The city wooed the popular chef competition show with promises of total secrecy and cold, hard cash.

10/08/2012 By Allecia Vermillion


Three Modernist Cuisine Veterans Take Culinary School Online

On ChefSteps.com, hobbyists and professional cooks can learn methods from one of the world’s most expensive cookbooks.

10/05/2012 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor's Note

Home & Real Estate


Umbrella Stands

Nine ways to corral the winter wet.

10/05/2012 By Jennie Gruss


News & City Life


Light a Fire Awards 2012

Seattle Met’s first annual celebration of individuals and organizations in the nonprofit community.



Fire at the Sanctuary of the Apes

Before the Cle Elum forest fire destroyed 60 homes, it took aim at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

10/10/2012 By James Ross Gardner


White Center’s Annexation Fight

November’s vote on annexing White Center to Burien has blown up into angry battle pitting neighborhood against neighborhood—and neighbor against neighbor.

10/09/2012 By Matthew Halverson


Anna and Geoff Martin, First-Generation Farmers

Ten years ago the Seattle Pacific grads set out to live sustainably. Now they’re working farmers, providing fruits, vegetables, and Thanksgiving turkeys to a thankful community.

10/09/2012 By Matthew Halverson


Seattle’s Biggest Buzz Dealer Isn’t Starbucks

A mobile app shows there are more medical marijuana shacks than Starbucks in town.

10/08/2012 By Laura Dannen


The Arctic Club’s Most Famous Tenant

The downtown Seattle hotel is where men dreamed big—and where dreams died.

10/08/2012 By Bess Lovejoy


Banning Cars on Third Avenue

What if we turned Seattle’s Third Ave over to pedestrians and cyclists?

10/08/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Trade Secrets: Beat the Traffic

Airborne traffic guru Paul Tosch offers tips on how to navigate jammed interstates.

10/08/2012 By Danielle Zorn


A Rundown of the University of Washington’s Top Research Projects in 2012

UW scientist cured blind rodents, sniffed out owl scat, and “tricked” testicles in this year.

10/08/2012 By Karen Taylor Quinn


The Partisanship Cure

What does our political system need? Marriage counseling.

10/05/2012 By Kathryn Robinson

Style & Shopping


Holiday Gift Guide 2012

People who love people and shower them with perfectly suited sweet somethings and grand gestures are the loveliest people we know. Your shopping list awaits in our gift guide slide show.

10/12/2012 Edited by Laura Cassidy With Amanda Zurita


Laura Dalesandro, Accessories Expert and Owner of Isadoras Fine Antique Jewelry

An interview with Laura Dalesandro, who collects, wears, and sells antique jewelry.

10/09/2012 By Laura Cassidy

Travel & Outdoors


Ace Hotels

Seattle native Alex Calderwood has created the country’s hippest hotel chain in Portland, Palm Springs, New York City, and, of course, his hometown.

10/17/2012 By Allison Williams


Catch Sweeping Views From Atop San Juan Island's Mount Finlayson

Carve out an afternoon for this gentle hike on the island's southern tip.

10/08/2012 By Craig Romano