Fremont;1060 N 39th St.; 206.294.4104
Kamonegi chef-owner Mutsuko Soma has had a big year, full of accolades for her Fremont soba shop. Now, she’s opened a sister sake spot, highlighting her love of the Japanese alcoholic beverage and serving it alongside bites like oysters, house-made pickles and Japanese-style sandwiches.
Redmond; 8110 164th Ave. NE; 425.898.4021
From the Eastside couple who owns Redmond’s Woodblock restaurant and bar comes a second venture: a wood-fired-pizza joint with an all-weather patio to serve the local community. Signature pies are topped with everything from burrata to wagyu beef carpaccio; don’t miss the draft cocktails and cannoli.
Ravenna; 2316 NE 65th St., Suite 101; 206.708.6532
Standard Mexican fare gets a Pacific Northwest upgrade at this Ravenna newcomer, where the menu includes grilled salmon tacos and smoked queso fundido made with Beecher’s Flagship cheese. Happy hour, from 4 to 6 p.m. daily, brings $5 food options and $6 margaritas.
Bainbridge Island; 112 Madison Ave. N; 206.855.5051
Some of the area’s best fish and chips are back with the addition of this Bainbridge Island fish shack from the original owners of the acclaimed Nosh food truck. The British-style, beer-batter-dipped cod comes with a side of minted mushy peas and twice-cooked fries, all served on newspaper.