6201 15th Ave. NW
All bets are off at this charming all-day café with a Korean twist, where the menu ranges from poutine topped with braised short ribs ($15‒$18) to thick-cut French toast coated in Fruity Pebbles ($7‒$12). (For the record, both are worth trying.)
Windy City Pie
5918 Phinney Ave. N; 206.486.4743
For the first time, the city’s best Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is now available in a full-service restaurant setting (with cocktails!), in the former location of the Phinney Market Pub & Eatery. Get the Sweet Pete: a flavor bomb of pineapple, house sausage, candied bacon and giardiniera encased in caramelized cheese ($27).
209 Broadway E (inside Nacho Borracho)
Although it’s but a walk-up window in the back of a well-graffitied Capitol Hill bar, this new taco business from a London Plane alum is refined beyond its appearance. Tacos are in the $3.50 range; come with patience, as house-made tortillas take time.
84 Yesler Way; 206.624.1111
This isn’t a time warp: James Beard Award–winning chef Scott Carsberg is back, as is his storied fine dining restaurant that had closed in 2012. Go all in with the tasting menu, an impressive showcase of the chef’s talents ($150).