Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The New South Lake Union

Flying Fish, MistralKitchen, Tutta Bella Pizzeria, and Re:Public get cozy in South Lake Union.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli


Still Secret

There’s no reliable metric for gauging the popularity of home distilling, but signs indicate it’s on the rise. At the internationally popular website, membership grew from 4,900 to 5,500 between February an

09/15/2010 By Paul Clarke


Makeover on Melrose

What Matt Dillon, of the Corson Building and Melrose Market’s Sitka and Spruce, learned on the way to the table.

09/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Great Scott

Scott Carsberg is keeping it eel in a casual makeover of Lampreia: Belltown restaurant Bisato.

08/18/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Parlez-Vous Vert?

Skin, beauty, and health care company Melvita moves into Pacific Place mall, while Australia-based Karen Millen sets up shop at the Bravern.

07/22/2010 By Laura Cassidy


Scene: Spicy Talk Bistro

Cheng Biao Yang’s Redmond restaurant, Spicy Talk Bistro.

07/19/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Greens Gone Wild

At tiny Nettletown, the veggies are foraged and the flavors come from all over the map. Christina Choi, owner and chef of this Eastlake restaurant, specializes in lunch and brunch menus that bow down to wild Northwest edibles, as well as sandwiches and e

06/16/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


All the President’s Been

New Yorker editor David Remnick bridges the gaps in the president’s life story with his definitive biography The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.

05/14/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Urban Farmhouse

Seth Caswell’s farm-to-table menu at Queen Anne restaurant Emmer and Rye begins with pure ingredients and ends with reasonable prices.

05/11/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Watering Hole

It was only a matter of time before someone in this thirsty town united the boutique coffee roaster with the fine wine bar—and at Fonté, located next to the Four Seasons Hotel, genuinely terrific food is the glue.

04/19/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


The Cheese Stands Alone

At the Bravern, Artisanal Brasserie’s cheese spread is a regional treasure just waiting to be discovered.

04/19/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Lovely Rita

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo: a savory twist on a Mexican American classic at La Casa Azul.

04/16/2010 By Jessica Voelker

Passing Through

Saffron Revolutionary

The Venerable U Pyinya Zawta sips tea and looks toward better times in Burma.

03/18/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Fit as a Fiddle

An Old World artisan, Rafael Carrabba, matches up violins, players, and big-time investors.

03/18/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Mighty Meals

William Belickis’s South Lake Union restaurant MistralKitchen offers a full plate that will please regular diners and food snobs alike.

03/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Neighborhood Hot Spot

What makes Spice Room, the romantic and sophisticated brick room along the Columbia City strip, memorable?



A Note from the Editor

Pizza Piety

02/17/2010 By Katherine Koberg


The Great Seattle Pizza Smackdown

We’ve got a pizza renaissance in progress, and the town is bubbling with amazing pies. So we studied up on crusts and toppings, sorted pies by category, pitted them against each other, and anointed our favorites.

02/17/2010 By Kathryn Robinson, Matthew Halverson, Laura Cassidy, Jessica Voelker, Christopher Werner, and Calise Cardenas


Pasta Twirling

Forthwith, the best pasta dishes in town, and where they live.



The Natural

Efesté winery’s Brennon Leighton patiently coaxes fine wines from fruit, but he has no time for snobby jargon.

01/25/2010 By Jessica Voelker