• GASTROPOD • Sodo: Masterminded by Travis Kukull, formerly at Tilikum Place Cafe and Elemental, Gastropod shares Epic Ales' tasting room in Sodo and has a short but fascinating-looking menu, which might include miso/black garlic–baked Hama Hama oysters, $6; roasted brussels sprout okonomiyaki with soy truffle emulsion, $9; and duck/goose/pork/lamb crepinette in phyllo, $15. Epic founder/brewer Cody Lee Morris says they want to create "a more experimental brewpub," with small plates that rotate as often as their taps do, letting them "totally transform roughly every other week." Also, their logo has a cute snail. (3201 First Ave S, Suite 104, 403-1228, gastropodsodo.com, $–$$)
• RAIN SHADOW MEATS SQUARED • Pioneer Square: The awesomely named Russell Flint brings his Capitol Hill butcher shop—including Painted Hills beef, Carlton Farms pork, Saddleback Ranch lamb, Mad Hatcher Farms poultry and rabbits, various house-cured meats, and pornographically large handmade hot dogs—to Pioneer Square. Hallelujah! Even better: RSM2 has seating for eating sandwiches and hot entrées, and drinking beer and wine. (404 Occidental Ave S, 467-6328, rainshadowmeats.com, $–$$)
• GOLDEN WHEAT BAKERY • Madrona: Just off MLK at Cherry, family-owned, really nice Golden Wheat Bakery serves espresso in mismatched cups and all house-made baked goods, including various breads and pastries, tarts, and reportedly great challah and bagels. They're also making their own cream cheese—you know, from cream—which is also reportedly awesome. (2908 E Cherry St, $)
• BALLARD ANNEX OYSTER HOUSE • Ballard: The oyster bar, steam kettles, and live crab and lobster tanks of the 4,000 square-foot (!) Ballard Annex are brought to you by the entrepreneurs behind the big, fancied-up barbecue restaurant Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen and its Portland replicant, Southland Whiskey Kitchen. They also own Ballard Mexi-party spot Matador, plus six more Matadors (at this writing) in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. So, a seafood restaurant: why not? Chef Josh Green (Virginia Inn, Ponti) is "at the helm." (5410 Ballard Ave NW, 783-5410, ballardannex.com, $$–$$$)
• BLOOM BENTO • Fremont: Chef Jason Harris (formerly of Showa, Sushi Kappo Tamura, and Chiso) fills super-cute, returnable/reusable bento lunch boxes. Ingredients are sourced from Seattle farmers' markets and prepared using traditional Japanese techniques, though not so traditional as to exclude bacon. Delivery is available; check their website for current prices/radius. (3601 Fremont Ave N, 425-533-7019, bloombento.com, $)
• CHABELA'S BAR & GRILL • Wallingford: After enduring an online debate about their logo versus that of Cabela's, Chabela's serves familiar Mexican fare. (1715 N 45th St, 547-5430, $$)
• SEBI'S BISTRO • Eastlake: On the former site of Borsalino's (in that amazing castley building near the University Bridge), Sebi's Bistro offers traditional Polish fare, as well as Polish-influenced pizza (?). (3242 Eastlake Ave E, 420-2199, $$)
• CAFE GOLDINBLACK • Lower Queen Anne: It's rare to see a menu with both pastrami sandwiches and kalbi beef, but this Korean-influenced, East-meets-West sandwich shop doesn't stop there: They also serve pork ramen and fully loaded hot dogs. (621 Queen Anne Ave NE, 466-2737, $)
• HARBOUR POINTE COFFEEHOUSE • Madison Valley: Harbour Pointe—utilizing the British/Canadian spelling of harbor and the French/ballet-shoe spelling of point, for no apparent reason—makes coffee using their own branded blends and a seasonal single-origin blend. Lunch includes a bunch of "soon-to-be world famous" grilled cheese sandwiches. (2818 E Madison St, 420-1187, hpcoffeehouse.com, $)
• BADA BISTRO • West Seattle: Headed by chef John David Crow (with a résumé including standbys-if-not-standouts Union Square Grill, the Space Needle, and the Brooklyn), Bada is a "beachside bistro, Seattle in flavor, with a definite Pacific Rim influence." They claim to have the only craft cocktails on Alki. (2738 Alki Ave SW, badabistro.com, $$–$$$)
REOPENED/MOVED • FUJI BAKERY has (at last!) reopened its International District and Bellevue locations, and a new one in Interbay is imminent (yay!) • B&O ESPRESSO has moved to Ballard after 36 years on Capitol Hill.
This article has been updated since its original publication.