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May 3, 2011 11:08 PM

new places last 2 yrs?

Coming back for a brief visit-- what are the best places that opened in the past couple years? (Including cocktails). TIA!

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  1. The Book Bindery has been the best opening since Spinasse in my book.

    Local 360 has my favorite breakfast and burger in town. (Dinner also good, but man, that burger...and the tongue hash...)

    Mistral Kitchen is doing some outstanding cocktails. Highly recommend their happy hour.

    Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

    Mistral Kitchen
    2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

    Book Bindery
    198 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

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    1. re: terrier

      thanks! will have to check those out. how would you rank the following, cocktail wise: Mistral Kitchen, Tavern Law, Spur...

      1. re: barleywino

        Tavern Law and Spur are sister gastropubs so the quality and ambiance is pretty similar. TL received many accolades this past year, but Spur is downtown and might be more convenient.

        I have yet to try Mistral Kitchen (but love Rob Roy).

        The Seattle Times just did a nice breakdown of their favorite cocktails of the moment:

        Maybe see which drink sounds most delicious (no easy feat) and head there! I'd check the menus beforehand though since food offerings might be sparse at some of the more cocktail-heavy spots.

        Mistral Kitchen
        2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

        1. re: mcmullek

          thanks for the pointer to the article!

          1. re: barleywino

            Knee-High Stocking Company - mentioned in the article - is fantastic, BTW. Can't believe I forgot that place. Their Ransom Sour is the best cocktail I've had in the last year.

            1. re: terrier

              Today's article talks about Il Bistro, where David Nelson is now. I was there last Friday and had some spectacular cocktails.

              Il Bistro
              93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101

              1. re: Lauren

                Thanks, i'm a big fan of David's!

        2. re: barleywino

          Don't forget to check out Needle and Thread - upstairs at Tavern Law.

        3. re: terrier

          Terrier- how does Local 360 compare to Palace Kitchen for a burger. Palace Kitchen is my fav Seattle burger (I have found so far!)

          Palace Kitchen
          2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

        4. I also think that Sitka and Spruce has stepped up its game with the new Melrose Market space. It (or Corson) is on my short list for SEA vistors with very brief stays. I can't recall whether you had enjoyed it previously.

          I love Mistral Kitchen's cocktails, esp. at HH pricing, but the featured ones are fewer in number than Spur/Tavern law.

          Mistral Kitchen
          2020 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

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          1. re: equinoise

            thanks, looks like a crawl is in order! ;)

          2. Welcome home! You're in Boston now, right?

            In addition to the places mentioned below, try out Ethan's new place, Staple & Fancy. You can go to Walrus and Carpenter for cocktails and oysters first.

            I had a great dinner at Lecosho recently, it's the place where Matt Janke opened after he left Matt's in the Market.

            Another fun place, for food and cocktails, is Madison Park Conservatory.

            If you have an iPhone, download the Seattle Cocktail Culture app. It was written by little ms foodie and is very thorough and up-to-date on where the bartenders are.

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            1. re: Lauren

              So many places, so little time...! BTW where's the best place to get a perfect plate of Totten Virginicas? Used to get them at Union but not sure whether they still offer them. East coast oysters just don't compare...

              1. re: barleywino

                Well, Union definitely doesn't offer them since they're now a Japanese fusion place called Japonessa...

                But I'm sure Stowell's new place Walrus & Carpenter Oyster Bar has'em, and I feel like Elliott's has them most of the time but I distinctly remember a few times when they haven't.

                1. re: GreenYoshi

                  How is japonessa? Something like Nishino?

                  1. re: barleywino

                    Japonessa is essentially Umi + more kitchen dishes, open for lunch.

                    1. re: not the bad Steve

                      thanks! sounds like it will give that Japanese place on Harbor steps (if it's still there?) a run for its money

                      1. re: barleywino

                        No, the japanese place in Harbor Steps (Koji Osakaya) doesn't exist anymore - it's been replaced by Lecosho, which is Matt Janke's (of Matt's in the Market fame) new place.

                        I just went to Lecosho for dinner again a few nights ago and now deem them better than the Matt's in the Market of today, at least for dinner. (Less atmospheric space, but it's surely fine.

                  2. re: GreenYoshi

                    Let's just make that Renee Erickson's Walrus and Carpenter (great oyster bar and good drinks, in Ballard). Stowell's newest (Staple and Fancy) is in the same building (but not related) and is not as likely to have the oysters you want.

                  3. re: barleywino

                    I have had great ones recently at Walrus and Carpenter, Madison Park Conservatory and Needle and Thread. But, you know, there's no "R" in May so ymmv!

                    1. re: Lauren

                      good point! may have to settle for a Matt's catfish sandwich...

                2. Thank you, barleywino, for posting this question! I moved from Seattle to Boston about two years ago, am going back for a visit later this month. Was just about to ask the same question.

                  Will definitely check out Tavern Law. Any Seattlites have thoughts on Bar Ferd'nand in the Melrose Market? A friend is working there, so I'm hoping to check that out, too.

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                  1. re: TownSpa

                    it sounds like the Seattle cocktail scene (which was already thriving when I left) has really taken off in the past couple years. Is Spur still as good drink-wise as when David was there? (I remember a seasonal stone-fruit foam drink, as well as the Empress cocktail)

                    1. re: TownSpa

                      Ferd'nand is a fine place to wait for dinner at Sitka and Spruce, sip wine or a simple cocktail, and have some snacks, but their liquor and drink selections are much more limited than the cocktail specialists discussed on this list.

                    2. I enjoyed the small but delectable top curve wagyu ribeye at Book Bindery and their crabmeat gazpacho. DC had the pork chop which came out a bit dry but porkbelly was good. Also enjoyed the rich flavors of the prawn stone bowl, smoked tofu (an old favorite) and korean mochi (like chinese nian gao rice stick but slightly crisped, with a sesame (or was it sake lees?) sauce) at Joule.