127 N. 36th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
This serene little joint sits unassumingly on a main drag between the heart of Fremont and Ballard. But don’t let its demure nature fool you, it’s definitely worth your admiration. This restaurant gets its name from a tiny town in France renowned for its excellent cuisine and craftsmanship, and Pomerol clearly takes those same values to heart as it presents the best northwest ingredients with French preparation. Whether you choose to nestle into a cozy nook or luxuriate on the patio, you’ll be charmed by the service and delighted by the cuisine. The menu changes to leverage what’s fresh right now. If you have room after your entrees, you can’t go wrong with the cheese plate or the flour-less chocolate cake.
500 East Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
When Chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi opened Joule in 2007 (a CBS Local Best Brunch winner) and Revel in 2012 (a previous CBS Local Best New Restaurant winner), they became instant sensations and justifiably so. Now the couple is in the limelight again for opening an ambitious 4,000-square-foot Korean restaurant in the heart of the hot Pike/Pine corridor on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Trove has four concepts inside its sleek environs: Trove Noodle, Trove BBQ, Trove Parfait and Trove Bar. Choose one for a snack, meal or cocktail or better yet, try them all for an incredibly interesting grub crawl that doesn’t require going out in the Seattle showers.
4741 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
Everyone expects restaurants in a port city like Seattle to serve up fish and chips, and plenty of them do. But only a few do it with the quality of ingredients and the high level of execution you’d expect from a five-time James Beard nominee like Chef Ethan Stowell. Stowell’s Chippy’s is at the top of its game serving up gifts from the sea. The chic but casual environment has table service, a pint-sized bar and counter seating facing the main drag of Ballard which allows you to watch the world go by. The open kitchen turns out kale caesars, shrimp louie’s, tuna poke and fried oyster sandwiches alongside some of the best fish and chips in the city. And don’t skimp on the stellar sides including tater salad and caraway coleslaw.
240 2nd Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Chef Mike Easton has managed his transition from the music world to the culinary world with great aplomb. His first foray into the culinary landscape was a charming little lunch-only pasta restaurant, Il Corvo, that served out of a gelato shop just below the Pike Place Market until its move to Pioneer Square. Now Chef Easton and the very talented Johannes Heitzeberg are delighting Seattleites with Roman-style pizza at Pizzeria Gabbiano (Gabbiano is Italian for Seagull.) The focaccia-type crust is topped with ingredients (depending on the season) like mortadella, house-made mozzarella, pistachio pesto, zucchini blossoms, niçoise olives, chanterelle mushrooms, garlic aioli, eggplant, potatoes and everything in between.