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PINTO THAI BISTRO & SUSHI BAR on Capitol Hill: Super Dave Nakamura is the sushi chef in the sleeked-up former Ali Baba space on Broadway, and he really is super. If Pinto’s owners let Super Dave do his thing—create greatness with the highest quality fish (never mind the goofy, saucy rolls on the menu)—this is gonna be excellent. For best results, order omakase (chef’s choice).

STAPLE & FANCY MERCANTILE in Ballard: Ethan Stowell’s Anchovies & Olives was just named one of Bon Appetit’s 10 best new restaurants in the country. A&O’s been open for a year and a half. People hereabouts are more excited about S&F, which (besides being actually new) looks less ground-floor-condo slick, more all-around great.

And all the little Oysters stood / And waited in a row.
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  • And all the little Oysters stood / And waited in a row.

THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER in Ballard: Renee Erickson of the lovely Boat Street Café runs this pub-like Ballard oyster bar, the first victim of the ampersand shortage, located adjoining Staple & Fancy. The Walrus also serves locally harvested clams and mussels, house-smoked fish, frites, and specialty meats, all very likely very tasty.

LA BÊTE on Capitol Hill: The former Chez Gaudy space—a beautiful 1927 brick building tucked away on Bellevue Avenue—gets a renovation and what looks to be a very worthy tenant with La Bête. The pretty beast’s Northwest-ingredient-focused cuisine is made by Aleks Dimitrijevic (a.k.a. “The Vapor,” with experience at Bouley, Harvest Vine, and Licorous) and Tyler Moritz (“The Beastmaster,” of Earth and Ocean, Lark, and Union).

WHERE YA AT MATT around town: New Orleans native Matthew Lewis brings his home cooking (po-boys, muffulettas, beignets, etc.) to the streets in a food truck he considers the “hippest” and “hottest” in Seattle. Early reports say the food is really good.

SEATOWN SNACKBAR downtown: Tom Douglas—as known as T-Doug, local culinary kingpin—does it again with Seatown Snackbar, which serves “sophisticated snacks,” “Crab, Crab, Crab,” sandwiches, and seasonal stuff from nearby Pike Place Market. Seatown Snackbar To Go is next door, and both are next door to Douglas’ Etta’s. Coming soon: T-Doug world domination.

ON THE FLY in South Lake Union: On the Fly is the take-out adjunct to Christine Keff’s longtime seafood favorite Flying Fish.

BERNU’S FINE INDIAN CUISINE in Ravenna: According to tipster Marguerite, Bernu’s Indian Restaurant serves “the best Indian food” and “is an asset to the city of Seattle.”

Fur friends outside the Station.
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  • Fur friends outside the Station.

THE STATION on Beacon Hill: Owner Luis Rodriguez is extra-proud of the mocha Mexicano at his new cafe. Also: pastries by Makari Catering.

3.14 BAKERY in White Center: Located in a former kickboxing studio, 3.14 Bakery serves as many baked goods as there are digits in pi. Try a button—their take on the muffin top, served without the connotation.

CASA PATRON in Ravenna • THE ICEBOX on Queen Anne (reopened) • KING FALAFEL GRILL in Greenwood (reopened) • PHO AROMA in West Seattle • PHO BIG BOWL in Ballard • ZPIZZA on Capitol Hill

NEW BRANCHES OF EXISTING PLACES: EL CAMION in Ballard • JIMMY JOHN’S on First Hill • GRAND CENTRAL BAKING COMPANY in Burien • MR. GYROS in Ballard • RANCHO BRAVO in Greenwood • STEAMERS SEAFOOD CAFE in Kirkland

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