In the time since wrapping up her appearance on Top Chef, contestant Robin Leventhal hasn't, to the chagrin of many Seattleite's, re-opened her dearly departed restaurant, Crave. What she has done is enjoy the extraordinary culinary offerings of her little corner of the city. Ballard is a former Scandinavian fishing town turned urban hipster hangout, and Robin rounded up all the places that make this part of town a great place to grab a bite.
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Former Top Chef contestant Robin Leventhal and owners Jeff and Lara Sanderson have delivered a Seattle first: a truly great Jewish delicatessen. I swung by the recently opened Stopsky's to compare their pastrami and corned beef.
Me and Robin Leventhal at Citizen. [Photograph: Leslie Kelly] With the possibility of being a participant on a reality show on my plate, I've been dying to talk to Robin Leventhal, who appeared on Season 6 of Top Chef. We had coffee this week and she gave me the skinny about the on-screen drama viewers ate up. "It was intense," she said. "But I'm so glad I did it." Leventhal said there was nothing cooked up about the friction between she and Eli Kirshtein. "I wanted to be civil, but Eli chose to make it a big deal," she said. All that's ancient history, best viewed during one of those Top Chef marathons that occasionally appear on Bravo....