Nicole Sprinkle

Westward’s arctic char. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Bon Appétit and Bon Voyage

SW food critic Nicole Sprinkle says goodbye by returning to where it all started.

 

A Different Kind of Dumpling

At Jiaozi!, unexpected flavors await.

 

Photo by Nicole Sprinkle 
                                Persian beet salad at The Shambles.

Raising the Bar

The Shambles wants you to feel good, and eat and drink well—without acting like it matters too much.

 

The Opla Vietnam tops the menu. 
                                Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Café Opla’s Eggcellent Vietnamese-Inspired Brunch

The tiny Alaskan Way spot serves up individual skillets of eggs with tasty bells and whistles.

The Opla Vietnam tops the menu. 
                                Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
Photo by Suzi Pratt for Salt and Straw

10 Things to Know Before You Go to Salt and Straw

The beloved Portland-based ice cream shop finally opens its Seattle outposts.

Photo by Suzi Pratt for Salt and Straw
Photo by Conner Knotis 
                                Jerk Shack’s jerk chicken.

Bring on the Jerk

Finally, the Caribbean stakes a spot in Seattle thanks to Jerk Shack.

Photo by Conner Knotis 
                                Jerk Shack’s jerk chicken.

Touch Down in Kerala, India via Kirkland

It’s 30 minutes east of Seattle, but Kathakali boasts some of the best Indian food in the area.

Joli’s French Twist in Phinney Ridge

The new resturant brings a feminine streak to bistro-style dining.

Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Opus Co. Takes One Step Forward, One Step Back

The Phinney Ridge hotspot has all the right stuff. It just needs to get out of its own way.

Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
Pork buns from Peony Kitchen. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Peony Kitchen Caters to Crowds Hungry for Upscale Chinese

The Bellevue spot offers luxury dining, Shanghai style.

Pork buns from Peony Kitchen. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
The chirashi is, essentially, nigiri in a bowl. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Fremont Bowl Goes Beyond Poke

The do cash in on the trend, but also give us Japanese comfort food in many forms.

The chirashi is, essentially, nigiri in a bowl. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
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A Pizza Bar With a Pedigree, Potential, and Plenty of Hiccups

Supreme in West Seattle serves up New York-style pie and apologies.

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Is poké, like this from GoPoké, a fad or a new fixture. Only time will tell. Photo by Suzi Pratt

A Year of Fads and New Fixtures in Seattle Dining

Neither money nor reputation guaranteed success in this frenzied year of dining evolution.

Is poké, like this from GoPoké, a fad or a new fixture. Only time will tell. Photo by Suzi Pratt

Chef Soma and Her Cult of Soba Are Back

Kamonegi in Fremont serves up the underappreciated noodles, along with esoteric takes on tempura and other Japanese-inspired delicacies.

The hummus comes one of five ways. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

A New Hummus Bar on Capitol Hill Delivers Unexpected Brilliance

A lively atmosphere and fantastic food make Aviv a delectable destination.

The hummus comes one of five ways. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
No milk. No MSG. But lots of fans. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Betsutenjin’s Cult of Ramen

New to Capitol Hill, the Hong Kong chain serves just two versions, but the place is packed.

No milk. No MSG. But lots of fans. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
The rich and fatty Wagyu carne asada comes with grilled cactus. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

D’ La Santa Brings Guadalajara to Eastlake

Prime cuts of meat with all the bells and whistles are the heart of this menu.

The rich and fatty Wagyu carne asada comes with grilled cactus. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

Giving Vegan a Chance at Kati Vegan Thai

The South Lake Union spot is the perfect place to experience an animal-free meal.

The fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce and blue cheese mousse. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle

In the Ballard Commons, an Uncommon Spot

Gather Kitchen + Bar gives diners a reason to depart from the neighborhood’s restaurant row.

The fried cauliflower with buffalo sauce and blue cheese mousse. Photo by Nicole Sprinkle
Courtesy of Tropicos Breeze
                                Bandeja paisa is a traditional Colombian stew.

Traditional Latin American Cooking Finds a Home in Ballard

Tropicos Breeze may sound like a tiki bar, but it is serving up some classic recipes from far south of the border.

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                                Bandeja paisa is a traditional Colombian stew.