From a revived West Seattle dive bar to a sleek Greenwood neo-steakhouse, these half-dozen new places look very promising — and the rest of the list has plenty of potential, too.
BRAND-NEW AND LOOKING GOOD
NEW LUCK TOY in West Seattle: Mark Fuller (of the delicious Ma’ono) and Patric Gabre-Kidan (a key figure in Ethan Stowell’s early empire) lovingly restored this old-school spot to more than its former splendor, and it’s already a favorite for the neighborhood and beyond. Under the red paper lanterns: a menu of Chinatown hits — including updates like a less cloying General Oh Tso Good Chicken — with everything around $10. And, of course, lots of drinks.
FLINTCREEK CATTLE CO. in Greenwood: After much anticipation, Eric Donnelly of Fremont seafood standby RockCreek has opened FlintCreek, serving “premium meats sourced from well managed small-scale farms and ranches that produce responsibly raised, pastured, grass-fed animals.” Both the all-windowed space and the menu of steaks, chops, and more adventurous stuff (like fennel-braised wild boar shoulder) look great.
YOUNG AMERICAN ALE HOUSE in Ballard: A casual place with an all-organic menu of American pub classics from chef Maria Hines (Tilth, Agrodolce) sounds like an excellent idea, and it’s family-friendly, too. Hines says, “I’m SUPER stoked — I built my dream pub [smiley face with heart-eyes emoji].” Y.A.A.H. replaces her restaurant Golden Beetle after a five-year run.
EMMA’S BBQ in Hillman City: The name comes from “Momma Emma,” the beloved matriarch of the family who runs the place, and people in the neighborhood are talking about the ribs and the pulled pork — plus the huge portions.
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OOINK on Capitol Hill: We already heaped a bunch of love on this tiny new ramen place in a recent cheap-eats review, so suffice it to say, you just might find your new favorite bowl of ramen here (and even serious meat-lovers might find that it’s the vegetarian miso variety).
RACCOLTO in West Seattle: Chef Brian Clevenger’s sibling to his popular Madrona restaurant, Vendemmia, has a similar focus on seasonal seafood and vegetables alongside pasta dishes that hark back to his days as head chef at Tavolàta and Staple and Fancy.
LOTS MORE OPTIONS
FEED CO. BURGERS in the Central District: The Redmond flagship of these inexpensive burger joints from Scott Staples (Quinn’s, Uneeda Burger) made our list of top-20 cheap eats last year — now the C.D.’s got one. KARAAGE SETSUNA in Belltown: Reportedly tasty Japanese-style fried chicken, Hawaiian poke and more from the same people that ran Setsuna in Northgate. THE HELM in Fremont: “Locally sourced, Puget Sound-inspired small plates” from chef Travis Stewart, formerly of Canlis(!). CURSED OAK in Belltown: This “dark and moody, spirit-focused cocktail lounge” has Top Chef season 9 contestant Simon Pantet cooking. JACKSON’S CATFISH CORNER in the Central District: After reopening, then closing, further south, let’s hope it’s found its place at 21st near Yesler. LITTLE LAGO in Portage Bay: A little sibling to Montlake favorite Cafe Lago, where Canal Market was. REUNION BAKE BREW BITE in Kirkland: A family-run, cute new cafe making salads, sandwiches and some Malaysian surprises. DUEMINUTI on Capitol Hill: A “casual-gourmet” spot for eggless, 40-percent-less-gluten “healthy pasta.”WANDERFISH POKE on Capitol Hill: More poke, using sustainable and wild-caught fish, plus locally grown produce. POKEWORKS downtown: Even more poke, also claiming sustainably sourced fish, from a multistate chain. TASTE CAFE downtown: Reopen after a makeover, the sleek SAM cafe now features faster counter service. SWEET IRON on Capitol Hill: Another (bigger!) outlet for Belgian Liège waffles. PICK-QUICK in SoDo: A third outlet of the local ’50s-style burger spot featuring grass-fed beef and Snoqualmie ice cream. GROWLER USA in Redmond: 100 beers on tap, tacos, nachos and flatbreads from a Colorado chain. MODENA PIZZA & PASTA in Wedgwood: All the familiar favorites. WILD GINGER KITCHEN in Bellevue: A mini-Wild Ginger inside the new 365 by Whole Foods.