Man, a lot of the spreadsheet had to get adjusted this year. 2013/2014 has been a turbulent year for the restaurant industry (I'll likely stop doing this list entirely when Seattle's $15 minimum wage thing kicks in and half of the city's eateries shut down). This past year we bid a sad farewell to Rover's, for 25 years the unquestioned best restaurant in the city and one that could stand toe-to-toe with French Laundry, Per Se, et al. Thierry is still around though, opening casual bistro Loulay afterwards. Emmer & Rye, Red Fin Sushi, Madison Park Conservatory and others are gone. The Miller's Guild, The London Plane & Red Crow are either here or coming to take the flag. I've decided to add links to Google Maps for each location in the sheet, as numerous people stated it was too much effort to type the name into their smartphone's navigation on their own. The links are a work in progress, I'll add them down the spreadsheet as I have bandwidth. Bit time-consuming to pull them all up via map, then shorten the URL in another window, copy, paste, repeat.
As always, broken down into top 5 offerings by category/genre (via opinion of my own deeply-embedded-in-the-Seattle-food-scene foodie household as well as those in my circle of similarly food-crazed people), as well as notated by price and location. I may add a Table of Contents to allow people to click right to the section they want rather than to scroll through the entirety of the list (which now spans about 225 rows), I might not get to it.
The list might evolve some over the course of the Summer. A lot of the area's notable chef's are either planning to open new restaurants between now and Labour Day or else have recently done so, and there just hasn't been opportunity to try them out yet. As per usual, if any requests for a specific category come up, let me know and I'll try to draw from my circle's pool of knowledge to create it. One thing of note: I'm not a hipster. By any definition. I also don't really keep company with any. As a result, places that are popular with the thick-rimmed non-prescription glasses because they've already got 20/20 vision wearing, skinny jean adoring, walk around with a suitcase 45 record player accessorizing, "I was into all of these places before they were cool", scruffy beard sporting, we're-so-counterculture-by-all-being-exactly-alike, crowd (typically places with ridiculous menu descriptions that only hire servers with ear gauges that make them look like Dumbo) aren't real big hits with my group. This means places like Le Petit Cochon and their 'phat ass porkchop' didn't make the cut and I can't really offer much advise on where to go if that's your scene.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqMQiLE417ZHdG5rYlZWU3dMY1gzcVBEVU1MRk9LaFE#gid=0