• Kelly O

It's pronounced Spanish-pirate-style: arrr-ah-GOAN-ah. The name comes from the medieval kingdom of Aragon; the new restaurant is from Jason Stratton of Spinasse and Artusi fame. It is, according to its stately menu verbiage, the culmination of Stratton's "longstanding relationship with and love of Spanish cuisine and culture, drawing inspiration from the regions of Catalonia, Valencia, and Andalucía, as well as the waters and land of the Pacific Northwest."

Seattle food freaks have been freaking out about the advent of Aragona, and for good reason. Stratton started out as a dishwasher at the late, great Le Gourmand in high school and ascended to the status of Food & Wine Best New Chef 2010...