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HOT CAKES MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKERY • Ballard: Autumn Martin, former Canlis pastry chef and Theo head chocolatier, brings a sweet concept to farmers markets: organic pastries and sauces from carefully sourced ingredients. Devour them immediately, or take-and-bake their most popular treat—a molten chocolate cake in a four-ounce mason jar. Her new Ballard shop—a hybrid soda fountain/dessert cafe—makes classic desserts (bread pudding, crème brûlée, salted butter toffee), boozy milkshakes, and cocktails. Of further note: The great Lucy Damkoehler, former pastry chef of Mistral Kitchen, is Hot Cakes' kitchen manager. (5427 Ballard Ave NW, 420-3431, www.getyourhotcakes.com, $)

BENITO'S CHICAGO EATERY • Ballard: Chicago transplant and titular owner Benjamin Kulikowski is looking to provide Seattle with authentic versions of his hometown's famous eats: deep-dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago dogs, and more. Kulikowski also pays homage to his current home with locally sourced ingredients. (6201 15th Ave NW, 420-7032, www.facebook.com/Benitos ChicagoEatery, $$)

THE NEIGHBOR LADY • Central District: The good people of the Twilight Exit run the Neighbor Lady, where Thompson's Point of View used to be. Its "urban-bordello" theme includes old-fashionedy patterned wallpaper, fringed lamps (the leg lamp from A Christmas Story!), and a tabletop Q*bert game. The menu features extra vegetarian options (as one might expect from the friendly neighborhood brothel-themed bar?). In any case, the Twilight is great, and any sister-lady-bar of it is a friend to us all. (2308 E Union St, 695-2072, $$)

CRUMBLE & FLAKE • Capitol Hill: Awesome pastry chef Neil Robertson (Canlis, Mistral Kitchen) bakes his ever-lovin' heart out (and sells out of his awesome goods really fast) at his tiny bakery on Olive Way. (1500 E Olive Way, 329-1804, www.crumbleandflake.com, $)

CLOVES • Lower Queen Anne: The second Indonesian restaurant from the owners of Northgate's Indo Cafe, Cloves is in the space formerly (and briefly) occupied by Wanna Noodle. It's small, cheap, and good. The corn fritters are highly recommended: light and slightly crispy, loaded with lots of sweet corn kernels, with a spicy sweet-and-sour dipping sauce. (12 Mercer St, 397-4740, www.clovesseattle.com, $–$$)

LUCKY DEVIL DOUGHNUT CO. • on the road: The signature confection of this truck is the malasada, a Portuguese doughnut so popular in Hawaii that a whole day is named after them. If the malasadas fail to inspire you, Lucky Devil also has a long list of whimsically named, multi-toppinged doughnuts to choose from, including the Bangkok Dangerous (savory vanilla doughnut with sriracha-and-sweet-chili glaze) and the Dolly Parton (two cream-filled, cherry-iced doughnuts, each topped with a cherry). (Various locations, 755-9250, www.facebook.com/LD.Donuts, $)

LUISA TAQUERIA • Beacon Hill: This taqueria is brought to you by the people behind the amazing Inay's (tasty Filipino food plus one-person drag shows on Friday!). Our friend Brad says it's fast, cheap, and pretty good. (2505 Beacon Ave S, 329-8880, $)

EVO TAPAS KITCHEN & CABARET • Capitol Hill: EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret offers, as the name indicates, small plates ("with a Mediterranean flair") and a show every night ("ranging anywhere from chill lounge DJs to extravagant Burlesque performances and everything in-between"). The decor has been described as difficult to describe; there's also a patio that they call their "urban oasis." Head chef David Leopoldo came from Barrio. The whole shebang is located in front of the Social, a dance club from the multifarious entrepreneurs of the Pterodactyl Group (Po Dog, Auto Battery, Grim's, the Woods, etc.). (1715 E Olive Way, 328-5293, www.evo-seattle.com, $$)

MEATY JOHNSON'S • Pioneer Square: Meaty Johnson's is located inside Cowgirls, Inc. (ew, sorry). (421 First Ave S, 340-0777, www.meatyjohnsons.com, $–$$)

COLLECTIONS CAFE • Seattle Center: The restaurant for the Chihuly museum at Seattle Center features Northwest producers and, more visibly, Dale Chihuly's hitherto little-known collections of all kinds of Americana. Each table is a display case, so underneath your plate are a bunch of inkwells, or citrus juicers, or shaving brushes, or dogs made of metal, or Christmas ornaments. There's also hanging accordions, a billion bottle openers, a wall of transistor radios, and, as they say, much, much more. It's a charming wallop of nostalgia, and you don't have to pay the museum entrance fee to get into Collections. We haven't tried the food yet. (305 Harrison St, 753-4940, www.chihulygardenandglass.com/collections-cafe, $$–$$$)

ATHENA'S • West Seattle: The Athena's truck, with its mural depicting the goddess of wisdom founding Athens while kicking Poseidon's metaphorical ass with an olive tree (long story), has been gracing Seattle festivals for three decades. The West Seattle brick-and-mortar location has the same gyros and Mediterranean fare, but with beer! (1513 SW Holden St, 499-3462, www.feastwiththegods.com, and one other location, $)

THE BLU GROUSE • Georgetown: In the space formerly occupied by the Tiger Lounge, the Blu Grouse is "serving delicious food & strong tasty beverages seven nights a week," according to its taciturn Facebook page. (412 S Orcas St, www.facebook.com/TheBluGrouse, $–$$)

SOMTAM THAI • University District: It's a Thai place where Detention (and before that, the U-District Po Dog) used to be. (4736 University Way NE, 524-6339, $–$$)

eques • Bellevue: A victim of the capital-letter shortage (all that shouting online!), eques is a "breakfast-focused" restaurant on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. (900 Bellevue Way NE, 425-451-3012, $$–$$$)

RENAMED/RELOCATED: Bouteloua Bakery in Ballard is now called WILD PRAIRIEEASY JOE'S has been reincarnated in Pioneer Square • Manhattan Drugs on Capitol Hill is now just MANHATTAN • Munchbar in Bellevue is now MUNCH SPORTS GRILL

NEW LOCATIONS OF EXISTING PLACES: GREEN LEAF in Belltown • PIE at the Armory in Seattle Center recommended

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Just hit up Luisa Taqueria and their pork adobo tacos were awesome. Also, Luisa is quite the charmer if you run into her!
Posted by crasher on June 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM · Report this
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Benito's deep-dish pizza is legit! Glad they finally overcame all their renovation drama and opened.
Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on June 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
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I'm so hungry.
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on June 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
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Unfortunately, Luisa's served me the worst burrito I've ever paid for - stale tortilla, canned beans, dry asada. The wife reports the torta was pretty good, though.
Posted by remarkablyadept on June 8, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
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Are there any good Thai restaurants in Seattle? They all seem really mediocre.
Posted by xopherg on June 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM · Report this
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Try Thai Siam on 83rd and 15th NW
Posted by westside on June 8, 2012 at 2:46 PM · Report this
biffp 7
Jhanjay in Ballard and Wallingford is as good as Bangkok. Have the Pad Kee Mao. It is sublime.
Posted by biffp on June 8, 2012 at 5:24 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 8
@5 - Buddha Ruska in West Seattle will knock your socks off.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on June 9, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
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Little Uncle for Thai food.
Posted by Top Secret on June 16, 2012 at 1:57 AM · Report this
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"Little Uncle" is the place for true Thai food, not that weird, overly sweet americanized stuff restaurants serve around here - I know because I'm Thai :-). They also take great care to use local ingredients and make everything including curry pastes and coconut milk from scratch. Husband and wife team. Their food is absolutely delightful!
It's on Capitol Hill, on E. Madison between 15th and 16th.
Posted by Toi on June 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM · Report this

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