The Best New Restaurants of 2022

And don't sleep on those new bars. Plus, how to win the gifting game this winter, the otherworldly side of Thurston County, and finding a way out of the fentanyl crisis.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

A Day in the Life

How a Pacific Northwest Ballet Dancer Keeps Turning

Principal Lesley Rausch prepares for the PNB’s 50th anniversary season with pilates and pointe shoes.

12/02/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Seattle After Dark

Things to Do at Night in Seattle

That aren't just restaurants or straight-up bars—though Vermillion Art Gallery, Kraken Community Iceplex, and Mox Boarding House have booze. Just saying.

11/07/2022 By Sophie Grossman Illustrations by Bridgette Huhtala

Quote Unquote

Jo Koy Impersonates His Mom All the Way to the Tacoma Dome

With a new movie and a series of comedy specials under his belt, our homegrown stand-up has learned a little about being specifically American.

10/25/2022 By Allison Williams

On View

Molly Vaughan’s After Boucher Brings Rococo to the Frye

The trans activist and Seattle artist's paintings and drawings, based on the work of François Boucher, are featured in the museum's Boren Banner Series.

10/21/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Cryptic Promises

Crypto Winter: Could the Web3 Revolution Be a Lifeline for Seattle Artists?

The Seattle NFT Museum, the NFT Seattle Conference—Seattle is becoming an epicenter of Web3 technology. But can crypto reconcile itself with the art world?

10/10/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Eat & Drink

Year in Review

Seattle Restaurants: The Themes of 2022

Do the past 12 months feel like a blur? Here are some kinda-sorta trends that emerged along the way in Seattle's culinary landscape.

12/19/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants 2022

Seattle Snacks We Loved This Year

From cookies to banh mi, bagels to vegan doughnuts.

12/13/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants 2022

MariPili Tapas Bar Is Our Restaurant of the Year

Chef Grayson Corrales's Galician tapas bar on Capitol Hill is our favorite new spot of the year.

11/30/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants

A Northwest Seafood Restaurant That Goes Hard

The Bainbridge Island dining room sources oysters, clams, and fish from Northwest waterways.

11/28/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Another Round

This Year Brought Us a Lot of Great Bars

Bar Sur Mer, Carnelian Bay, and Bar Miriam are among our favorite fun new watering holes.

11/21/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants

This Long-Awaited Bar in Greenwood Lives Up to Expectations

The small plates and cocktails are "Spanish in spirit."

11/16/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Chef's Day Off

Recipe: Holly Smith's Deceptively Simple Salad

It's easy, it's vegan—it's good enough to wow a dinner party full of omnivores.

11/14/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants

Most Definitely High on Chicken Supply

The chicken on a stick tastes like magic and goes fast. Not to mention drums, wings, pancit, garlic rice, and oh that butter mochi.

11/09/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

Boca Bakes Up Argentina's Deep-Dish Pizza—and Beautiful Pastries

Plus empanadas, medialunas, and other South American pastries.

11/07/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Essay

Can We Ever Go Back to Junebaby and the Willows Inn?

Last year, a pair of newspaper investigations exposed the misbehavior of chefs Blaine Wetzel and Edouardo Jordan. Is it ethical to eat at their restaurants?

10/25/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Doug Chayka

Our Year in Beer

Rodney Hines Is Tapped into Seattle's Beer Scene

Métier owner Rodney Hines wants our breweries to look more like our city.

10/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Dining Guide

The Best New Restaurants of 2022

Wondering where to eat in Seattle? Seafood, sushi, tapas, and Filipino-style fried chicken awaits at spots like MariPili Tapas Bar, Seabird, and Uminori.

10/12/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Health & Wellness

Feature

True Stories: What We Lost and Found After Fentanyl

Six King County and Seattle locals share the impact the illicit and highly addictive drug has had on their lives.

11/03/2022 By Angela Cabotaje Photography by Antoine Fougere

Just the Facts

Fentanyl and Narcan 101

From rainbow fentanyl and other forms of the illicit drug to how to use emergency naloxone to stop an overdose.

11/03/2022 By Angela Cabotaje With Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Feature

How Can We Solve King County's Fentanyl Problem?

Seattle's opioid troubles have deep roots, and experts argue for a wholistic, harm-reduction approach. But stigma and NIMBYism continue to stall efforts.

11/03/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Home & Real Estate

Habitat

Cuniform Interiors Offers Vision and Revision for the Home

When local wardrobe curator Colton Dixon Winger expanded into home design, a midcentury West Seattle bungalow offered a chance to make old pieces new again.

10/13/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Ben Lindbloom

News & City Life

Obsession

The Myth of the True Seattleite

In a city of transplants, Seattle identity has become an exclusive club.

12/26/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Feature

The Day City Hall Became a Same-Sex Marriage Cathedral

In 2012, scores of couples descended on the municipal building after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington state.

12/05/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Feature

The Ancient Spirit That Settled in Small-Town Washington

An hour south of Seattle, JZ Knight channels a god-like warrior spirit named Ramtha. To outsiders it can look like a cult, a religion, a 40-year-long fake.

11/15/2022 By Allison Williams Illustrations by Jonathan Bartlett

Good Ancestors

Black Future Co-op Fund Is Changing Washington Philanthropy

After the murder of George Floyd, four nonprofit leaders founded a charity that shuns applications for direct investments in Black-run organizations.

10/11/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Style & Shopping

FOREFRONT

Meet the PNW Women Making Golf Look Better

Founders Dianne Celuch and Tami Fujii were sick of oversized polos, so they made their own line of fashionable golf clothes especially for women.

11/29/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Enclaves

Old Seattle Lives at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall

Vintage Airstreams in a dusty parking lot bottle the city's creative eccentricities.

11/21/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Present Times

What Local Nonprofits Have on Their Wish List This Year

Donate hats, coats, toys, and more to local organizations like Mary's Place and Seattle Area Feline Rescue.

11/10/2022 By Zoe Sayler

GIFT GUIDE 2022

The Seattle Gifting Game

Whether you need a gift under $20 or a big-deal present for your partner, our 2022 holiday gift guide has got you covered.

11/07/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Travel & Outdoors

Overnight Sensations

The Best Hotels in Washington State

We checked in to the 20 best luxury lodges, boutique properties, and urban hotels outside the greater Seattle area.

12/16/2022 By Allison Williams

Map Quest

A Road Trip through the Columbia River Gorge

When winter descends, the north side of the Oregon border sets a not-so-snowy route to Eastern Washington.

11/22/2022 By Allison Williams

Snow Business

Volunteers Patrol the Slopes at Washington Ski Mountains

Crucial rescue duties on the ski hill, from emergency care to chairlift evacuations, are mostly done by unpaid workers—even at for-profit resorts.

11/18/2022 By Allison Williams