Critic’s choice: The 10 best new restaurants reviewed during the past year

Steak and sukiyaki. Pizza and chitterlings. Seattle Times food critic Providence Cicero’s list of the 10 best new restaurants has something for everyone. Chances are one of them is in a neighborhood near you.

STEAK AND SUKIYAKI. Pizza and dosa. Chitterlings and charcuterie de poisson. This year’s best new restaurants cover a lot of culinary ground. Chosen from restaurants reviewed in the past 12 months, they also span the metro area, from Bainbridge to Bellevue, Mount Baker to Greenwood. Chances are one of them is in a neighborhood near you.

(Listed alphabetically, with excerpts from original reviews.)



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“Lengthy fermentation [and] a wild yeast starter the chefs have been nurturing for years … ” (April 27)

A new contender for the area’s best pizza emerged when Brendan McGill opened Bruciato in Winslow, a spacious and permanent home for the periodic pizza pop-ups held at his flagship restaurant, Hitchcock, across the street. Pizzaiolo Brandon Thompson tops expertly blistered, Neapolitan-style pies with things like duck eggs, pork belly, rapini and clams, ingredients as often as possible sourced from local farms, fields and waters. The wood-fired oven does wonders, as well, for roasted vegetables, braised octopus and baked meatballs. Aperitivi, amaro, grappa and cocktails help fuel the fun.

Where: Bainbridge Island; 206-201-3462;


FlintCreek Cattle Co.

“Donnelly’s instinct for how ingredients and flavor components complement and counterbalance each other is as true as a compass pointing north.” (Jan. 19)

Beef and bison. Lamb sausages. Braised wild boar. Roasted venison. Eric Donnelly’s meaty menu at FlintCreek is the flip side to his seafood and fish-focused RockCreek. The bi-level space brims with energy generated by a fully visible kitchen and a prominent bar, where skilled bartenders might read you the “Riot…

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