This post was written in part by valiant Chow intern Christina Spittler.
’Tis the season, apparently, for more and more and more restaurants to open in Seattle. Of note already this fall: the Coterie Room in Belltown (see today's brand-new review over here), Bako and Altura and Momiji on Capitol Hill, Mezcaleria Oaxaca on Queen Anne, Marché in Pike Place Market (info about all these over here). And look now!
· TERRA PLATA on Capitol Hill: The celebrated Tamara Murphy—former chef/owner of Brasa, organizer of Burning Beast, remaker of the Elliott Bay Cafes (and, way back when, executive chef at Campagne, now aka Marché)—is back with Terra Plata in the Melrose Market, after two years (!) of legal issues surrounding the lease. Terra Plata—roughly, “earth to plate”—bases its menu on what’s local/sustainable/organic/etc., some of it so local as to be (eventually) from the rooftop garden. It’s probably going to be really, really good.
· RED MILL TOTEM HOUSE in Ballard: The Red Mill people remodeled the awesome old-school Totem House by the Locks, and now there are fish ’n’ chips AND burgers, and chowder, and rejoicing.
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· CAFE PARCO in Madison Park: In the former Madison Park Cafe space, Cafe Parco serves upscaled classic Italian—braised rabbit crespelle (Italian for “crepe”), lobster/limoncello risotto (with preserved lemon and white truffle), and Nebbiolo-braised beef cheeks (yum). The interior is romantic-but-not-overly-so deep red, and chef Celinda Norton (along with GM Nicolas Norton) most recently ran the well-regarded 94 Stewart in Pike Place Market.
· WEST SEATTLE FISH HOUSE in West Seattle: More fish and chips! It is not actually a house made out of fish. The chef, Anthony Mohammed, is the former owner of the well-reputed Tacoma Fish House Cafe.
· THE FAT HEN in Ballard: Seattleite Linnea Gallo and her Italian-born husband Massimo took over (and thankfully re-named) A Caprice Kitchen, near Delancey in Ballard. It’s just breakfast and lunch to start, but it sounds good—eggs “in carrozza” (with prosciutto cotto and scamorza), housemade foccacia (with, say, squash, mozzarella, housemade ricotta, and thyme). Bock bock!
· UMAI DO in the Central District: Umai Do makes traditional Japanese sweets, both steamed and baked. “Umai” means tasty/delicious, and “Do” means shop. Sounds good!
· PECADO BUENO in Fremont: Pecado Bueno is where the Italian restaurant Rialto used to be. The name translates to “sin well,” which may be an appropriate oxymoron for a spot with a tequila bar. Also: sustainably sourced Mexican food.
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· HILLIARDS TAP ROOM in Ballard: Ballard micro-brewers Adam Merkl and Ryan Hilliard sell their craft beer in tallboy four-packs. They don’t plan on using bottles. Ever. Hilliard explained to the MyBallard blog, “It’s better for the environment, it’s better for beer, and it’s better for the bottom line.” At the taproom—check the hours, as they are funny—you can try their beer, yes, on tap.
· MIO SUSHI in South Lake Union: Mio is a sushi chain that started in Portland and appears to make a good-faith effort to serve Monterey Bay Aquarium sustainability-approved fish.
· NEW YORK PIZZA & BAR in Queen Anne: New York Pizza & Bar serves New York–style pizza and has a bar. Other locations may be found in Bellingham and Lynden, but not New York.
NEW LOCATIONS OF EXISTING PLACES: BLUEBIRD MICROCREAMERY for ice cream (including Elysian stout flavor!) in Phinney Ridge · DICK’S the classic drive-in, now in Edmonds · MENCHIE’S chain fro-yo in University Village · PATTY’S EGGNEST for diner-style breakfasts in Northgate
NOW CLOSED: BAGUETTE on Capitol Hill: “For financial reasons,” an employee who did not wish to be named told Eater Seattle · BANDOLERO in Green Lake: Was the Luau, then (briefly) Pour House, then (also briefly) this, now nothing · THE FINE DINER in Northgate: Did not last long, neither did La Bera before it; now Patty’s Eggnest · GROUND CONTROL in Georgetown: Reportedly becoming a breakfast place (with a liquor license!) THOMPSON’S POINT OF VIEW in the Central District: The Seattle classic owes approximately $14,000 in back taxes; here’s hoping for a reopening.