The Hottest Restaurants in Seattle, August 2017

While the Eater 38 is a resource that covers old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not necessarily a chronicle of the “it” places of the moment. Thus, the Eater Heatmap, which changes every month to highlight where the food nerds are flocking.The Heatmap is a reflection of the buzziest restaurants and places so new, they might not be on the collective radar yet. It’s the answer to the eternal question, “Where should I eat right now?” This month, the answers include tiny Opus Phinney Ridge, international ramen sensation Tentenyu, and Georgetown’s Sweet Bumpas ice cream shop. Departing the list are Navy Strength, Cafe Hitchcock, and Din Tai Fung.


1 Brother Barrel

Elliott Bay Brewing, typically considered a family-friendly brewery, went 21+ with its daring new Lake City taproom. Brother Barrel, as the name suggests, focuses on sour and barrel-aged beers, two of the beer world’s hottest — and most time- and labor-intensive — categories. The tap list is a beautiful blend of house and guest options; the clever cocktails hold their own; and the food menu, from smoked fish spread to ricotta and spring pea ravioli to a clam bake, is no mere afterthought.

12535 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 453-3155

2 Opus Co.

With chef Mark Schroeder’s pedigree (former chef de cuisine at Trove), the restaurant’s simple but elegant open design, and the menu’s tight and thoughtful selection centered around the local bounty prepared on a massive wood-fired grill, Opus Co. feels like it has the potential to be Phinney’s first destination restaurant. It’s the kind of experience diners seek out from anywhere in the city, rather than simply a quiet neighborhood favorite. The mere twenty seats fill up quickly once the doors open, especially with a low-priced chef’s tasting menu.

7410 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 420-8360


3 Junebaby

Native Floridian Edouardo Jordan didn’t want to get pigeonholed as “black Southern chef,” so his first restaurant, acclaimed Salare, blended European and American cuisines, rather than fully exploring his heritage. This highly anticipated follow-up, though, is a deep dive, meant to tell the story of Jordan’s family and ancestors. Dishes on the opening menu include chicken gumbo over Mississippi rice; charred okra with Virginia peanuts; and fried catfish with purple grits, spinach, and apples. While diners wait in line (reservations are only for parties of six or more), they can feed their minds with the restaurant’s online encyclopedia of terms, places, and dishes that play a role in the cuisine.

2122 NE 65th St
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 257-4470

    4 Rachel’s Ginger Beer

    Rachel Marshall’s U Village ginger beer outpost hits all the familiar notes that drive crowds wild — a range of flavors, soft-serve floats, cocktails on tap, boozy frozen slushies, growlers to go. But instead of the successful Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches available in Capitol Hill, this location has Nashville hot chicken-inspired options from West Seattle’s masterful Ma’ono. Well played.

    4626 26th Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98105

    5 Lady Yum

    This is the Kirkland-based sweet-shop’s first location in Seattle-proper, but its second expansion of 2017, as a kiosk opened at Sea-Tac Airport this spring. As with the original store, the fancy new Denny Triangle parlor sells Champagne and 20 flavors of macarons daily, often showcasing locally sourced ingredients. Popular flavors like salted caramel, raspberry chardonnay, and honey lavender are on the menu with rotating seasonals, and happy hour runs a staggering six hours, from 4 to 10 p.m. daily.

    2130 6th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98121
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    Seattle Eater | August 2017
    Suzi Pratt