Situated in the space formerly held by the First Hill Bar and Grill and run by the folks behind the famously delicious Green Leaf in the International District, Lotus is the best thing to happen to First Hill in years. As with Green Leaf, the Vietnamese options are amazing. Unlike Green Leaf, Lotus also has a full menu of Chinese items, as well as a full bar and daily happy hour. If you want good bargain pho, go anywhere. If you want great artisan pho plus a dozen other delights, go to Lotus. (Lotus Asian Kitchen & Lounge, 901 Madison St, 623-6333, 10:30 am–2 am)