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Updated: November 15, 2007
For months after it opened, it was impossible to get a table at this Belltown restaurant from hotshot chef Ethan Stowell. It's still no easy task to get in for rustic Italian dishes like the lemony grilled octopus and white bean salad or luscious handmade rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage.
This sunny, sweet cafe, tucked away between the mansions of Capitol Hill, serves a refreshingly unfussy menu. In the summer we ooh'd and aah'd over the thoughtfully executed salads; when the weather turned cold we turned our attention to the deeply comforting pot pie of the day and thick grilled sammies.
The most anticipated remodel of the year has lived up to expectations. We love the roomy new space, with its sweeping views and real possibility to get a table as a walk-in. We also love that Matt kept his classics (especially the "honkin' hot ahi tuna sandwich") but continues to experiment with new flavors.
People loved the old La Spiga in the Harvard Market unconditionally. They're not quite as adamant about their adoration for the new location, but that doesn't matter--it's still packed most nights, and the large, soaring space with its exposed wood beams is one of the most exhilarating interiors of the year.
It's nothing earth-shattering, but this pretty addition to the burgeoning Queen Anne restaurant scene always delivers well-executed standards like crispy, garlic-rubbed roast chicken or perfectly cooked risotto. Dinner at Betty might not change your life, but it will be an exceedingly pleasant few hours.
2007 was the year that Georgetown started to grow up, and if this cozy stop on the main drag and its menu of American comfort food classics is any indication, the neighborhood might be able to escape the growing pains that have plagued so many others.
Though the coolly modern atmosphere can be a turn-off and the food can only be described as inconsistent, we love SAM's shiny new cafe for its location, commitment to local ingredients and its delicious Hammering Man cocktail. A great addition to the up-and-coming First Avenue scene.
We've yet to come across someone who hasn't sung the praises of this casual French cafe. Maybe it's the prices ($4 for a glass of wine, $16 for steak frites), maybe it's the casual drop-in vibe, maybe it's the broadcasted soccer games or the free Wi-Fi. Whatever the secret, let's hope they stick around.
Finally, a new place to send tourists or take out-of-towners: A high-end--but not snobby--Pike Place restaurant, a menu of delicious comfort food made with local, seasonal ingredients fresh from the Market, an all-Washington wine list, warm colors, big windows, comfortable booths and a fab fly-fishing motif.