Tamara Murphy—former chef/owner of Brasa
, organizer of Burning Beast,
remaker of the Elliott Bay Cafes
(and, back when, executive chef at Campagne
)—finally opened Terra Plata in the Melrose Market in late 2011, after two years (!) of legal issues surrounding the lease. The space is all windows, not too upscale but still urbane, and the menu is world-ranging deliciousness made with local/sustainable/etc. foodstuffs (some of it so local as to be from the rooftop garden). One thing that'll probably be a constant: a big, stewy bowl of roast pig (from Cheryl the Pig Lady, near Puyallup) with clams, house-made chorizo, and the sneaks-up-on-you heat of smoked paprika, topped with a pork rind to soak up the sauce and pickled onions for contrast. Likewise: the house-made waffle potato chips, served with pecorino-chive cream—it's like onion-soup-mix dip, but approximately one million times better. There's also lunch or brunch for the same great ideas, smaller bill.