Veil’s gone. The Black Bottle is fun, with decent food, but it’s not a foodie destination. The Five Spot? Decent diner food, but no more.
I agree with Lark, but might go to their bar next door, Licorous. A little cheaper off the bar menu, but still awesome.
Also consider Anhovies and Olives, Ethan Stowell’s new place up on Pike/Pine. Maybe Barrio, same area. Barrio is owned by the Purple folks but is worlds better. Maybe Poppy further up Broadway. A Northwest take on thali as conceived by Jerry Traunfeld, long time head chef from the Herbfarm.
Cafe Press or Le Pichet? Same owners, but slightly different takes on French food.
Monsoon, awesome modern Vietnamese. Long Provincial or Tamarind Tree for the more traditional take.
Stand in line at Salumi? It’s got to be done at least once in each lifetime.
Gonna do a Tom Douglas restaurant? I’d go to Lola over Dahlia. It’s his take on Greek/Mediterranean.
How to Cook a Wolf on Queen Anne, another Ethan Stowell place.
Zoë. Nishino. Lampreia. Harvest Vine. Txori. Elemental. Joule. Bistro Turkuaz. Panos Kleftiko. Seven Stars Pepper. Nishino.
Goddamn! Now I’m seriously hungry.
One last thing. Go to Beppo and I will… I will… I will think poorly of you.