Seattle Restaurant List!

Below is The List that Brett and I pick all of our restaurants from. Compiled from several (reputable) sources, this is a living, breathing organism that seems to change every day (which is an INCREDIBLE thing for our city!). That said, we will do our best to keep it updated to the best of our ability. If you have a tip or someplace/thing you think we MUST try, please send it our way! 


Seattle-area Restaurants
Updated: Daily
Bainbridge Island 
Restaurant Marche

Barnacle (next to Walrus)
Brimmer & Heeltap
Cafe Besalu

Carta de Oaxaca 
Senor Moose
Staple and Fancy Mercantile
The Walrus and The Carpenter
(for dinner only, brunch not so delish) 

Beacon Hill
A La Bonne Franquette
Bar del Corso
Mio Posto
Flying Squirrel Pizza

Capitol Hill
Ba Bar
Bar Cotto
Cafe Petirosso
Corretto Trattoria and Bar
Canon - snacks and drinks
Mezcaleria Oaxaca
Sitka + Spruce
Tavern Law

Café Campagne (for breakfast/brunch)
Loulay Kitchen and Bar


AgroDolce (altho its not getting rave reviews)
Revel / Quoin

Fonda La Catrina
Nine Pound Hammer
Smarty Pants
The Corson Building

Madison Park/Valley
Bar Cantinetta
Noyer (ethan stowell, spring 14)
Red Cow (ethan stowell, jan 14)


Mount Baker

Queen Anne

Pioneer Square
Damn The Weather
Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant
Il Corvo (lunch date only)
La Bodega
Little Uncle (lunch date only)
Rain City Square

South Lake Union

University District/Ravenna

West Seattle
La Rustica

Other [neighborhoods]
Barking Frog  (Woodinville)
Cafe Juanita  (Kirkland)
Ginza (Bellevue)
The Herbfarm (Woodinville)
Italianissimo Ristorante (Woodinville)
The Grouchy Chef (Mukilteo)
La Boucherie (farm to table, Vashon)
Fonda La Catrina (Airport Way S)

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mkt. = omg.

She Said ...

For those of you who are familiar with our blog, you’re aware that to us, Ethan Stowell [How to Cook a Wolf, Tavolata, Staple & Fancy, to name a few] can do no wrong. So when we heard last September he was opening a small intimate eatery in the already obscure neighborhood of Tangletown, I knew we HAD to go. 

[mkt. opens the garage door in warmer temps; source]
Holiday madness now behind us, it was time. I made reservations [TIP: Make reservations – this teeny eatery seats about 20 comfortably, 28 total so reservations are a MUST] for 7:45 on a Thursday – the earliest I could get – and then we waited impatiently for Date Night to arrive.

We showed up a bit early knowing that Tangletown was also home to an Elysian Brewery, which ended up being our first stop for some pre-dinner tipples. [TIP: Ample street parking so no worries there] 

If you do end up having to wait a while for a table, I’d recommend heading next door as there is very limited ‘waiting’ space in mkt., and you’ll probably just be in the way (but their staff won't make you feel that way).

A few Elysian pints in our belly and now starving, Brett and I headed next door to mkt.

Now, a bit of back-story from their website and chats with our incredibly informed waiter Seth:  
“Mkt. gets its name from Meridian, which was the traditional name for the neighborhood; the historic Keystone Building it’s housed in; and Tangletown, as the area is now known. With just 28 seats, Mkt. is an intimate space serving thoughtful, contemporary American fare with a dedication to Northwest products.” 
Their menu, which we studied in depth before arriving, includes a great variety – from olives, green beans or cheeses to start, a great mix of seafoods (try the ceviche, it was incredible!), beef, duck and lamb for meats, and a handfull of vegetarian dishes, which Brett and I got a few of to share [TIP: if there is one thing you must take our advice on, it’s the smoked mushroom and gnocchi – I’ve honestly not had a dish that complex and delicious since Gordon Ramsay himself served us in London].

[Kitchen, front and center; source]
But more on the food in a sec. 

When you first walk in, this place is tiny and intimate, dimly lit, with a calm bustle happening all around you. In Ethan Stowell style, the kitchen plays front and center, with seating happening all around it. 

You are able to get that sneak peek into how the food is prepared – nothing hidden here – and you feel like part of the action. All this combined makes for a brilliant date night. 

The staff is incredible. Super attentive but not overbearing. While we waited just a few minutes for our table, we were offered drinks and a seat at the front bar until our table opened up. 

[Small dining area creates intimacy; source]
Looking around at the décor, it’s not pretentious – you almost feel as though you’re dining in a chic friend's loft – single-bulb chandeliers line the dining area (allows for sexy, low lighting), shelves holding everything from boxed red wine used in their dishes (rad), to a pressure cooker, kegs and cookbooks. 

The back corner of the dining room there is letter art on the wall showcasing some of the main ingredients used in the dishes here.

We were seated and promptly started ordering (having memorized the menu days before). [TIP: There is the option here to tell the waiter to just bring recommendations (alert him/her of any allergies, of course) which, if Brett and I didn't already have our sights set on a few dishes, we would have partook in.]

[Winter squash Fitters and Pesto, source]
The plates here are quite small so, as the waiter may recommend, 2-3 per person is likely sufficient – and be prepared to share! Brett and I got the grilled and marinated green beans, sea salt, lemon (a small cup full for $7) and winter squash fritters, coriander, herb-pumpkin seed pesto (8 fritters for $9) – both a brilliant medley of flavor – and perfect to whet our appetites for what was to come. 

They bring the dishes out as they are ready so you are never waiting. For our ‘mains’ we got the Hamachi ceviche with citrus-cucumber ice, coriander, and pickled red onions (small serving for $15). The plate was small, not recommended as a stand-alone main, but the flavor was OUT of this world. Had a cool cucumber ice topping that added a 360-degree sensorial experience. 

Brett got the braised lamb shank, wild mushrooms, herb spaetzle (lamb from Anderson Farm in Oregon, $27, good portion) which was cooked to perfection; we also ordered a few of the veggie plates to share – the aforementioned smoked wild mushrooms with sweet potato gnocchi ($13) and Vegetable tagine, with rosemary, olive oil, medjool dates (holy shit these were good), and preserved lemon ($12), which paired perfectly with the lamb.

[Vegetable Tagine; source]
As far as drinks go – they have an extensive wine list to choose from. Brett and I went with red wine by the glass. It was a school night, after all. J

The food – God damn the food – it was all so good. We were blown away each dish that was brought out. We were stuffed by the end, but knew we HAD to try dessert. We shared a chocolate mousse which offered just the right amount of sweetness-meets-richness to finish off this brilliant meal.

Our check came – and while it’s a bit pricey for the amount of food you get (all of the above, plus tip, came to just under $200) it's SO worth it, as the food was some of the best we've ever had. And i think Brett said it best: "This is a 'Guaranteed to get in her pants meal'" –  and i'd have to agree.

Highly recommend mkt. for a date night – its intimate setting, complex food flavors, and exceptional service all make for that perfect evening we've been waiting so long for!



  2. mkt.
  3. Address: 2108 N 55th St, Seattle, WA 98103
    Phone:(206) 812-1580

    Monday5:00 – 10:00 pm
    Tuesday5:00 – 10:00 pm
    Wednesday5:00 – 10:00 pm
    Thursday5:00 – 10:00 pm
    Friday5:00 – 11:00 pm
    Saturday5:00 – 11:00 pm
    Sunday5:00 – 10:00 pm
  4. Recommend?: YES! Intimate, amazing food, a bit pricey but WORTH it. Go now!!! 

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