New places for you to put things in your mouth:
• HIGHLINE on Capitol Hill: In place of the defunct (and super-cheesy) Club Lagoon on Broadway, you’ll now find cheese-free vegan bar and restaurant Highline, brought to you by the owners of Georgetown’s late Squid & Ink. Note: There’s air hockey.
• CHLOE BISTROT in Laurelhurst: The owner of Voila! Bistrot and La Cote Creperie in Madison Valley brings his trademark Frenchiness to Laurelhurst, with, according to cornichon.org, “chestnut-dark walls and rich, deep-red upholstery, and a menu that would be at home in any Parisian neighborhood: onion soup, escargots, mussels, bouillabaisse, steak-frites…”
• THE NOBLE FIR in Ballard: A veteran of REI and a recovering lawyer bring Seattle a great-outdoors-related tavern where everyone can “share wilderness experiences” and collect “renewed inspiration for that hike you’ve been wanting to tackle.”
• LUC in Madison Valley: Thierry Rautureau—aka the Chef in the Hat (what is under there, anyway?) of superspendy French restaurant Rover’s—goes populist with Luc, a French brasserie/Mediterranean cafe combo. Luc serves everything from cheeseburgers to boeuf Bourguignon, emphasizing both the bar and kid-friendliness.
• JUNE in Madrona: Vuong and Tricia Loc have installed June in the former Cremant space in Madrona (featuring the awesome design of Roy McMakin, including the best door in the city). June’s menu is along the same French lines as the Loc’s Queen Anne restaurant Portage, but with more of a Vietnamese influence and not quite so pricey.
• FATTY’S CORNER PIZZERIA in Greenwood: Brought to you by two guys from New York, Fatty’s serves classic thin-crust pizza in a classic pizzeria setting. There is no actual Fatty, but the chef goes by Moose Man.
• D’AMBROSIO GELATERIA ARTIGIANALE in Ballard: University-certified Master Gelataio Enzo D’Ambrosio makes traditional Italian gelato every day here, using organic dairy and fruit. FYI, per signore D’Ambrosio: “In Italy, it is very popular to eat Gelato for lunch.”
• LOT NO. 3 in Bellevue: LOT No. 3 (their capitalization) is the pub concept from the Heavy Restaurant Group, located right next door to Bellevue’s branch of Purple Cafe (also a Heavy concept, along with Barrio: The Concept).
• NI SANDWICH on Capitol Hill: Cheap banh mi sandwiches and approximately 137 kinds of bubble tea may be found at this take-out-only spot on Broadway.
• RED LANTERN in the International District: According to a reader, Red Lantern offers “an interesting mix of Chinese and Korean cuisine… a nice addition to the International District!”
Places that have relocated where you may also put things in your mouth:
• SITKA & SPRUCE on Capitol Hill: Matthew Dillon’s world-famous, affordable, eclectic restaurant featuring local farm-fresh foods has moved on up—from its tiny spot in an Eastlake strip mall to bigger rustic-chic digs in the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. More here.
• FLYING FISH in South Lake Union: The longtime Belltown seafood favorite has relocated to Westlake Avenue; if the price tag still deters you, be aware that the oyster (and appetizer) happy hour persists.
• TAT’S DELI in Pioneer Square: Good news: Tat’s big, sloppy, great sandwiches have moved half a block, to a space with indoor seating for five times as many people, beer and wine, and extended hours.
• MARJORIE on Capitol Hill: After a long absence, Belltown standby Marjorie has been reborn, bringing its eclectic, ambitious menu of food from all over the place to 14th and Union.