Cooking at Manolin. Jennifer Richard

1. Big Chickie

Hillman City

5520 Rainier Ave S, 946-1519

Dining options in Hillman City continue to expand, and the neighborhood got a new favorite when Big Chickie opened in September. The specialty at this old converted gas station is "Peruvian-inspired pollo a la brasa," aka charcoal-roasted chicken, which comes with a side of fries or beans and rice. They consistently have a line out the door.

2. Canterbury Ale House

Capitol Hill

534 15th Ave E, 325-3110

The old Canterbury was the stuff of Seattle legend: stiff drinks, fried food, professional drinkers, and an interior imbued with decades of cigarette smoke and human funk. The new Canterbury is nothing short of a feat: a wide-open space, a great selection of beers, and decent pub food (try the fried Beecher's cheese curds with tomato chutney). Parents, take note: The Canterbury is all ages until 9 p.m.

3. Chavez

Capitol Hill

1734 12th Ave, 695-2588

Gabriel Chavez cooked Northern Italian food for years at Wallingford's Cantinetta. Thankfully, his employers have given him the opportunity to cook his own native cuisine—that of his home state of Durango, Mexico. These are dishes that came out of Chavez's upbringing, including guacamole with chicharrón.

4. Coyle's Bakeshop

Greenwood

8300 Greenwood Ave N, 257-4736

Former Cafe Presse baker and proprietor of the successful pop-up Coyle's Bakeshop, Rachael Coyle finally got her own brick-and-mortar space. Devotees swoon over her four-layer chocolate cake, cretzel (a cross between a croissant and a pretzel), and other sweets. Watch for savory lunch items to be added soon.

5. Hitchcock Deli

Georgetown

6003 12th Ave S, 582-2796

You no longer have to travel to Bainbridge Island for Hitchcock's cured meats and house-made sauerkraut and mustard. With a new location in Georgetown (instantly improving that neighborhood's already sound culinary reputation), the deli brings its superb sandwiches and small plates that much closer. Its daily oyster happy hour still feels like a well-kept secret. Also worth noting: Hitchcock's small but wonderful selection of wines (also available to go).

6. Hotel Albatross

Ballard

2319 NW Market St

The owners of new bar Hotel Albatross are the same people behind neighboring Ocho (known for its excellent tapas) and bar Hazlewood—in other words, they take their crafts seriously. But the food offerings (including tortas, tamales, and totchos) also reflect a healthy sense of humor. Its late-night walk-up window is called Sexy Alley Puffy Taco, and its oyster night goes by the name Bearded Clam.

7. Jude's Old Town

Rainier Beach

9252 57th Ave S, 420-4889

Jude's promises to be a solid neighborhood bar; it's owned by Rainier Beach resident Beau Hebert, who's mastered a winning local watering hole formula at his other business, Lottie's Lounge in Columbia City. Like Lottie's, Jude's has fresh pub food, craft beers on tap, wine, and a few cocktails.

8. Lark, Bitter/Raw, Slab

Capitol Hill

952 E Seneca St, 323-5275

Like Trove, the remodeled Lark contains multiple concepts in one space. Chef John Sundstrom slightly expanded the size of the original Lark, but added charcuterie and oyster bar Bitter/Raw, and morning/lunch counter Slab Sandwiches and Pie under the same roof, as well as a private events space. All the food is stellar.

9. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

International District

609 S Weller St, 623-6700

The long-standing Asian tradition of hot pot—communal dining in which diners share the responsibility and pleasure of cooking meats and veggies in a bubbling cauldron of broth—is especially fun (and accessible) at this global chain. The selection of ingredients is vast, and the all-you-can-eat policy includes unlimited refills of the excellent house-made broths.

10. Manolin

Wallingford

3621 Stone Way N, 294-3331

The vision of longtime employees of Renee Erickson's the Walrus and the Carpenter and the Whale Wins, Manolin focuses on seafood prepared in its wood-fired oven. The dishes are unfussy and straightforward, with a respect for ingredients and hints of inspiration the owners gleaned from a road trip through the Yucatan Peninsula: plantain chips, ceviche, tequila, and fresh juices.

11. Nate's Wings & Waffles

Rainier Beach

9261 57th Ave S, 722-9464

If you're looking for delicious wings—crackly and light and perfectly deep-fried—the breaded version at this Rainier Beach eatery (named for University of Washington alum, NBA All-Star, and co-owner Nate Robinson) is where it's at. Robinson's favorite dish, Nate's Special Sandwich (grilled cheese with chicken tenders, barbecue sauce, and onion rings) is also a worthy indulgence. Plus, you won't find a more diverse, family-friendly vibe (not to mention great music) in the city on a Friday night.

12. Nue

Capitol Hill

1519 14th Ave, 257-0312

At first glance, a menu that pulls from cuisines around the world and touts modernist touches such as liquid nitrogen ice cream might seem dubious. But Nue's renderings of traditional dishes (Barbados pig tails, Filipino duck embryo, Thai water beetles) actually feel less like a stunt than you might imagine.

13. Omega Ouzeri

Capitol Hill

1529 14th Ave, 257-4515

For better or worse, Thomas Soukakos's original Vios Cafe on Capitol Hill is known as much for its kid-friendly atmosphere as it is for its Greek food. Ouzeri is entirely different: adult-focused and designed for the new face of Capitol Hill—sleek, modern, airy, and awash in blue and white. The menu feels like a love letter to Soukakos's Greek roots and includes an all-Greek wine list.

14. Pizzeria Gabbiano

Pioneer Square

240 Second Ave S, 209-2231

Chef Mike Easton knows what he loves and exactly how to do it well. Just like his fervently worshipped house of handmade pasta, Il Corvo, Pizzeria Gabbiano is open only for lunch and features a daily rotation of the best seasonal ingredients (or whatever happens to inspire him that day). Pizza is sold by weight and cut with scissors, so you get to decide exactly how much you'd like.

15. Quality Athletics

Pioneer Square

121 S King St, 420-3015

Initially, Joshua Henderson said he didn't want his latest venture (which is within walking distance of CenturyLink and Safeco Fields) to serve typical sports-bar fare. But since Quality Athletics' opening in September, his menu has shifted toward just that, featuring a burger, a fried-chicken sandwich, and apple crisp, among other things. Don't worry, you can still get chicken liver pâté and jerk-spiced duck wings.

16. Single Shot

Capitol Hill

611 Summit Ave E, 420-2238

As upscale as it is casual, with great cocktails, ambitious pub fare, and excellent service, Single Shot feels like a new breed of restaurant in the city. More, please.

17. Stateside

Capitol Hill

300 E Pike St, 557-7273

Stateside chef and owner Eric Johnson spent years in China and Paris cooking for revered chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. He chose to settle in Seattle, and he came with a specific vision: to cook Vietnamese food—the meeting point between Chinese and French cuisines. The food, not to mention the space, is lovely and well executed. The details feel thoughtful, never excessive.

18. Toronado

Ravenna

1205 NE 65th St, 525-0654

With so many great local breweries opening in town, does Seattle really need an outpost of the legendary San Francisco bar known for its selection of craft brews? It's worth at least one visit to this Ravenna spot pouring 40 different beers to find out.

19. Trove

Capitol Hill

500 E Pike St, 457-4622

When it comes to flavor, Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi deliver the unexpected. With Trove, the couple adds another layer of creativity, combining four concepts—noodle bar, ice cream truck, beer-focused bar, and Korean tabletop-barbecue joint—into one massive, high-energy space.

20. Zhu Dang

Capitol Hill

1715 E Olive Way, 535-7270

Seattle has never lacked Chinese food—just take a walk through the International District. But now it's also got soaring, high-designed Zhu Dang, which promises "updated Chinese food with a Northwest vibe." Is there a demand for General Tso's veal sweetbreads or kung pao frog legs? I'm curious to find out. recommended