IL CORVO • Pioneer Square: Formerly located on the Pike Street Hillclimb near the Zig Zag, lunchtime pasta spot Il Corvo has moved to a slightly less tiny spot in Pioneer Square (expect lots of articles about that neighborhood's restaurant renaissance when Matt Dillon opens Bar Sajor there soon). In case you're unaware, Il Corvo means "the crow" and is brought to you by Mike Easton, who makes his pasta with vintage hand-cranked machines, tops it with made-to-order sauces, and serves it to you for less than $10 per plate. This pasta is great. Note: Cash only. (217 James St, 622-4280 538-0999,, $–$$)

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ZACCAGNI'S • Pike Place Market: Zaccagni's replaced Wonder Freeze, that walk-up soft-serve spot with the beautiful old-school signage across from the hot-mini-doughnuts stand in the Pike Place Market. The signage is gone (SAD), but Zaccagni's meatball sandwich is quite good (if not as good as LoPriore's amazing one), and we're running back as fast as our legs can carry us to try the eggplant Parmesan, which a guy we know says is "maybe the best sandwich in Seattle." (97B Pike St, 765-6605, $)

MASHAWI MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE • Lower Queen Anne: "Mashawi" means "to barbecue or cook food over fire," and you already know what Mediterranean cuisine means. This family-owned place specializes in Lebanese dishes, and it sounds really good. (366 Roy St, 282-0078,, $$)

PING'S DUMPLING HOUSE • International District: Our friend Erika, who is a legit China scholar and has lived over there for longish stretches and also is a great cook of Chinese food herself, says, "I am a big fan of a small place in the ID called Ping's. The proprietress is from a city close to Beijing, and they serve the best northern fare I've found here: dumplings, fried street snacks, zhou (Chinese porridge), and other assorted dishes. Much as I would love to dine with you in China someday, Ping's is a good fix for now." (508 S King St, 623-6764,, $)

KEDAI MAKAN • Capitol Hill: Kedai Makan—from a former Ba Bar/Monsoon/Poppy chef and a former Cascadia/now Crush staffer who traveled (and ate) extensively in Southeast Asia—makes Malaysian street food. It's pronounced "kah-dye mah-kan." They started out at farmers markets, and their tiny brick-and-mortar location is where Tacos Gringos used to be on Olive Way; their mascot is a rubber chicken named Kevin. (1510 E Olive Way,, $)

BEACON AVE SANDWICHES • Beacon Hill: This sandwich shop is brought to you by the people behind cafe/community-and-hiphop hangout the Station (a place that Charles Mudede has called "the coolest 206 joint in the city"). The sandwiches are named after local spots, like "The Jefferson Park": fresh mozzarella balls, tomatoes, basil, pesto sauce, balsamic vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil (promising!). (2505 Beacon Ave S, 453-4892,, $)

KUKAI RAMEN AND IZAKAYA • Bellevue: Kukai claims to have the most authentic ramen in the States; the chain is ubiquitous in Tokyo. Seems possibly worth a trip to Bellevue to test it out. (14855 Main St, 425-243-7527,, $–$$)

BRASS TACKS • Georgetown: Brass Tacks is the full-service sister restaurant to Ground Control, the well-liked Georgetown sandwich shop and bar. (6031 Airport Way S, 397-3821, $$)

BELLEVUE BREWING COMPANY • Bellevue: "People don't realize how much they need to communicate with each other on a daily basis just to keep the world spinning. Beer lubricates the vocal cords, thereby keeping the lines of communication open and the world spinning at the proper speed," says Bellevue Brewing Company cofounder John Robertson. (1820 130th Ave NE, Bellevue, 425-497-8686,, $–$$)

NOW MAKE ME A SANDWICH • On the Road: Now Make Me a Sandwich is a food truck that "specializes in grilled sandwiches that taste awesome" (and early reports concur with this assertion). The truck was born when its owner told his boss at a corporate food distro company to "lick it." (714-5090,, $)

COMPASS CAFE • South Lake Union: Compass Cafe brings local/organic/sustainable sandwiches and salads to the brand-new, very neato reincarnation of the Museum of History & Industry, located right on (and partially in!) Lake Union. (860 Terry Ave N, 324-1126,, $)

SAM'S TAVERN • Capitol Hill: Sam's, located in the former Chino's space, is run by a guy whose family was involved with the beginning of the Red Robin empire. According to Facebook, Sam's offers "a vibrant setting, convivial ambience, and hip American tavern concept"; like Red Robin, Sam's serves gourmet hamburgers and bottomless fries (they should really put some pants on). Early reports indicate that the decor is very familiar and the food is not so great. (1024 E Pike St, 860-4238,, $)

MADISON KITCHEN • Madison Park: Madison Kitchen—a soup/salad/sandwich counter conveniently located near Madison Park beach—is the project of former chef turned social worker turned chef (and manager of Vios, which bodes well) Joe Goodall, according to Eater Seattle. (4122 E Madison St,, $)

GABA SUSHI • Pioneer Square: This "one of a kind sushi fast food restaurant" in Pioneer Square offers sprouted brown rice, which apparently is high in gamma-aminobutyric acid (thus the name), which, they claim, "helps to maintain balance in the brain and to prevent Alzheimer's disease... [and] can have the following benefits: lower anxiety, increased sleep cycle for deeper rest, lower blood pressure, and other improved cardiovascular functions." As healthy as that sounds, Billy Beach (formerly of Umi Sake House, now at Japonessa) is involved, so there's lots of aioli and other drizzled sauces. (220 First Ave S, 206-486-2432,, $)

WHISKY BAR • Belltown: The Whisky Bar has relocated to where Splash Lounge—and before that, V-Bar Noodle Bar & Lounge—failed to thrive, (and where, sigh, Saito's sushi was for so long). It's nicer than it used to be, but whether that's a good thing or not is open to debate. (2122 Second Ave, 443-4490,, $–$$)