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BIG CHIEF Off The Rez is on the road.

Look—it's tons more new Seattle restaurants and bars. Already been? Tell the world how it was in comments and/or write your own review by clicking on the link in the green box. Currently, we can recommend going to Five Fish Bistro and eating the Peacemaker, which is a po'boy with deep-fried oysters (with not-too-heavy cornmeal breading), bacon, and cheddar cheese. (The lore of the name is that this is the sandwich that drunk guys who stayed out late in New Orleans would bring home to their wives to make the peace.) It is all put on the right kind of roll, and the results are fairly gigantic and very good. Anyways...

MA'ONO FRIED CHICKEN & WHISKY in West Seattle: In Hawaiian, "ono" means "delicious," and "ma" is a prefix that means going toward, facing, or making. Ma'ono in West Seattle is the reincarnation of the great Spring Hill, meaning now you can get chef (and Kauai native) Mark Fuller's extremely popular fried chicken (formerly just Mondays) and awesome saimin (formerly just brunch) every night. The new menu also has lots of "mid-Pacific-inspired" dishes that look very delicious-making. (4437 California Ave SW, 935-1075, $$—$$$)

• OFF THE REZ on the road: Off the Rez is a food truck serving fry bread (naked or with honey, or cinnamon sugar, or homemade lemon curd...), Indian tacos (chili verde, 10-hour-smoked pulled pork, etc.), quinoa succotash, and more, inspired by co-owner Mark McConnell's mother's childhood growing up on the Blackfeet Reservation. Donovan MacInnis (formerly a sous chef at Portalis) is cooking, and the truck is named Big Chief, after Mark's uncle James Lefferson. Check their website for locations/times. (offthereztruck.com, $)

• THE WURST PLACE in South Lake Union: The gnome on the logo holds only one sausage, but the Wurst Place has tons of different kinds, including elk, rabbit, and other assorted beasts. Also, 23 taps featuring European and local microbrews, wines, ciders, and root beers, plus Belgian frites (and "lots of knockers," whatever that means). The Wurst Place says, "We're not fine dining, we're swine dining," but they're not militant about it—vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. Sounds good! (510 Westlake Ave N, 223-5528, thewurstplace.com, $)

• URBAN FAMILY PUBLIC HOUSE in Ballard: Urban Family Public House is a beer bar in Ballard created by a family of beer-geek friends: David Powell, Timothy Czarnetzki, and Sean Bowman. They've got 25 taps, two of which will eventually dispense housemade brews, in a great-looking space with exposed brick and nice lightbulbs. If you love beer, check the website for what they're pouring, then run, don't walk, to UFPH. (5329 Ballard Ave NW, 783-BEER, urbanfamilypublichouse.com, $$)

• FIVE FISH BISTRO on Capitol Hill: Family-owned Five Fish Bistro, in a former UPS Store location on Broadway, is a low-key, counter-service place that fries five selections of fresh fish in peanut oil daily, based on what's seasonal/sustainable. Also: salads, po'boys, and beer and wine. (410 Broadway E, 325-7000, fivefishbistro.com, $)

• BITTERROOT BBQ in Ballard: Bitterroot BBQ, in the old Acme Rubber Stamp Shop location on the corner near Hattie's Hat, serves a selection of Northwest meats that Nosh Pit Blog reports are dry-rubbed and smoked in a custom-built smoker, fueled by local grape and alder wood. The room is decked out with stainless-steel tables, chain-link fences, and salvaged wood paneling; it looks like a mashup of a downtown alley and an upscale sauna (in a neat way!). They also promise a long list of all-American whiskeys, bourbons, and beers. Their tagline: "BBQ. Beer. Bourbon. Ballard." (5239 Ballard Ave NW, 588-1577, bitterrootbbq.com, $—$$)

• HENRY AND OSCAR'S in Belltown: Named after the grandfathers/grandfathers-in-law of owners Mark and Katie Stern (of the Big Picture theater), Henry and Oscar's is an upscale Belltown lounge and restaurant that recalls an America in which men wore suits, lunch included martinis, and small portions were tantamount to Communism. Executive chef Mark Wadhwani deploys his Ruth's Chris Steak House chops to make (sorry) chops, steaks, stroganoff, and so forth, while the bar keeps the theme of big portions and maintains the clubby feeling with monogrammed glasses for regulars. (2525 Fourth Ave, 448-2444, $$)

• PETE'S FREMONT FIRE PIT in Fremont: A restaurant with "burgers, barbecue, and booze" in Fremont owned by Peter Glick (Roxy's Diner). According to the Fremocentrist, Glick's concept for PFFP was influenced by the annual Solstice Parade, Burning Man, and "intrinsic Fremont funk." (501 N 36th St, 453-3667, $)

• 8OZ. BURGER BAR on Capitol Hill: This Los Angeles—based chain is where Tidbit Bistro used to be. Their burgers are made with hormone-free Black Angus sirloin, cooked over a wood-burning grill, and served with housemade pickles. Also on the menu: Italian Bel Paese cheese, which was apparently included in one of Oprah's "The Things We Love" episodes. (1401 Broadway, 466-5989, 8ozburgerbar.com, $$)

• JOSEFINA'S MEXICAN GRILL in Magnolia: Located where the now melted Melt Cafe once stood, Josefina's Mexican Grill serves traditional Mexican cuisine with handmade corn tortillas. Josefina's also has a cool Aztec/Mayan mural inside, so you can enjoy your food while immersed in the era of its origin (minus the preindustrial amenities and 37-year life expectancy). (2818 Thorndyke Ave W, 216-1078, $$)

• RIDGE PIZZA in Phinney Ridge: In what used to be the Berserk Game Space, the Ridge is a family-friendly restaurant and bar from Chris Navarra, who owns a slew of German-themed pubs (Prost!, Die BierStube, Feierabend), and the owners of Nickerson Street Saloon and T.S. McHugh's. Of note: video games and pizzas named after neighborhood landmarks. (7217 Greenwood Ave N, 687-7621, ridgepizza.com, $$)

• TEA REPUBLIK in the University District: Black, white, green, chai, oolong, sweet, and fruit-infused, with a few pastries and nary a coffee in sight—it's a republic of tea on the Ave, with a "k" for some reason. (4527 University Way NE, 497-7631, $)

ISTANBUL KEBAB in Greenwood: Istanbul Kebab—where Pita Grill and King Falafel used to be, according to Phinneywood.com—is a self-proclaimed "vegetarians' heaven." (8317 Greenwood Ave N, 446-4528, $)

• YOZEN SELF-SERVE FROZEN YOGURT in Ballard: Yozen is self-serve frozen yogurt from the same owners as Zak's burgers next door, according to My Ballard. (2038 NW Market St, 257-4658, $)

NEW LOCATIONS OF EXISTING PLACES

• LUNCHBOX LABORATORY gourmet burgers in Bellevue • EINSTEIN BROS BAGELS chain bagels in South Lake Union • MENCHIE'S frozen yogurt in West Seattle

This article has been updated since its original publication.

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If Henry and Oscar's evolves a time when "lunch included Martinis" why are they not open for lunch?
Posted by Jim Drohman on February 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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Nothing opened in South or Southeast Seattle? Central District, Rainier Valley, Beacon Hill, Georgetown, South Park?
Posted by NickS on February 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
biffp 3
Einstein's is in SLU across from Whole Foods.
Posted by biffp on February 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM · Report this
Andy 4
@2, Apparently no one who sent The Stranger press releases.
Posted by Andy on February 9, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
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@1: Good question!

@2: Not in the past month or so that we know of—if you hear of anything, holler—chow@thestranger.com.

@3: How right you are, thank you, fixed.

@4: Really? Can't you see above that we at least read Phinneywood.com? And I went to Five Fish Bistro and ate a sandwich for you! Sigh.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on February 9, 2012 at 4:26 PM · Report this
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Parochial twats! Leave Brittney^v Bethany alone, just be glad that she takes one for the team every goddamn week and sad that your sorry-ass neighborhoods are food deserts...
Posted by SmugBallardian on February 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM · Report this

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