Chef of the Year: Edouardo Jordan
Edouardo Jordan is almost singlehandedly bringing the small neighborhood restaurant back into the spotlight. His newly opened Salare shows off impeccable cooking from a chef that has worked hard to rise through the ranks of some of the country’s—and the city’s—best restaurants.
Bartender of the Year: Nik Virrey
Nik Virrey has managed to turn Naka, one of the city’s best Japanese restaurants—and best new restaurants right now—into an outstanding place for cocktails. He also won the Seattle competition of Bombay Sapphire’s 9th annual search for the Most Imaginative Bartender.
Restaurant of the Year: Stateside
Stateside has been continually packed since it opened last December. It’s buzzy, but the food has consistently stood up to the hype. Eric Johnson's riff on Vietnamese classics is fresh, bold, and delightful, and the service is impeccable. Other restaurants should look to Stateside for how to do things right from start to finish.
So Hot Right Now: Omega Ouzeri
Greek-born chef Thomas Soukakos has done solid Greek food for years in Seattle before opening big, airy Omega Ouzeri in Seattle’s buzziest neighborhood, Capitol Hill. The restaurant has stood up to its big-time competitors brought by the best chefs in the city. Great reviews have followed.
Stone Cold Stunner: Stateside
Stateside manages to be beautiful without being over the top. The subtle, tropical hues, palm frond wallpaper, naked light bulbs, and staghorn ferns help transport you to Southeast Asia. At a time when some restaurant décor can be overwrought and overdone, Stateside is a true original.