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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Chef Thierry Rautureau is known around Seattle as the "Chef in the Hat" and his restaurants are considered local classics. Rover's and Luc, the chef's two restaurants, serve high-end Northwest inflected French food and French bistro food, respectively. We asked the Chef in the Hat where we'd find himself sitting (or, in some cases, standing) for the best meals all around town. Here are his favorites for burgers, dive bars, cocktails, and more.
Our buddy Tom Douglas is perhaps Seattle's best-known chef-restaurateur. He has two pizzerias, a bakery, a Greek spot, a tavern, a seabar, a biscuit-erie (yes, it's now a word), and other eateries all over town. The man knows how to feed people—and he also knows how to feed himself! Tom shared his favorites for pizza, doughnuts, dive bars, and more around Seattle.
The food in Havana can be, shall we say, challenging. The state-run restaurants don't exactly demand greatness from cooks and servers. That said, I could not come home from seven insanely interesting and fascinating days in Havana without giving you serious food suggestions should you be lucky enough to figure out a way to get to Havana. Check out the churros, the pork (sold by the kilo), and more.
We're big fans of the Portland deli Kenny and Zuke's. Owner Ken Gordon opened the deli in 2007 with buddy Nick Zukin after much commiseration over the lack of pastrami and bagels in town. They changed all that, and ever since have been recreating classic Jewish deli fare with some Portland flair. Ken is one of those guys we'd call up for eating tips and trust every word he said. He shared his favorite picks for burgers, pizza, coffee, and more!