I’ve lived in Seattle a long time so it’s easy to get into a rut of eating food from the same places rather than venturing out. I am keeping a running list of restaurants and bars in Seattle to try so when I’m trying to decide where to eat, I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Let me know if you have suggestions!

Chavez

  • Type: Mexican food
  • Cost: $11-30
  • Google Rating: 4.5 stars /71 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Why it’s good: In a town that craves true Mexican fare, this cool cantina proffers Durango-style eats made with upmarket ingredients such as chayote,

Cafe Munir

  • Type: Lebanese
  • Cost: $11-30
  • Google Rating: 4.8 stars/82 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Ballard
  • Why it’s good: Great cocktails, coffee, tea, and wine. Elegant small plates, serves both classic and  unique dishes.

Salare

  • Type: Eclectic
  • Cost: $11-30
  • Google Rating: 4.5 stars/73 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Ravenna
  • Why it’s good: tasty local meats (nose-to-tail), inventive veggies, house charcuterie and pickles are expertly prepared at this stunning European in Ravenna

Jebena Cafe

  • Type: Ethopian
  • Cost: $10-15
  • Google Rating: 4.7 stars/154 reviews
  • Neighborhood: North Seattle
  • Why it’s good: This Ethiopian cafe is one of a decent number in Seattle, but Jebena’s top notch food and quaint atmosphere together set it apart from the others

Harvest Beat

  • Type: Vegan
  • Cost: $31-60
  • Google Rating: 4.9 stars/61 reviews
  • Neighborhood:
  • Why it’s good: Sophisticated, contemporary vegan dishes made with mostly organic ingredients (some grown in the garden out back) are the standout in the set-price, single-seating dinners 

Windy City Pie

  • Type: Deep Dish Pizza
  • Cost: $11-30
  • Google Rating: 4.8 stars/92reviews
  • Neighborhood: Interbay
  • Why it’s good: Hefty Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas are the focus of this petite 21-and-over pizzeria, located inside the Batch 206 Distillery’s industrial-chic tasting room in Interbay.

Mbar

  • Type: Middle Eastern Fusion/New American
  • Cost: $31-60
  • Google Rating: 4 stars/130 reviews
  • Neighborhood: South Lake Union
  • Why it’s good: posh rooftop eatery to the 400 Fairview building in South Lake Union, serving an inventive Middle Eastern–leaning menu with Italian and Spanish accents.

Spinasse

  • Type: Italian
  • Cost: $31-60
  • Google Rating: 4.6 stars/204 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Madrona
  • Why it’s good: attentive servers deliver delicate, sublime (and pricey) pastas paired with light sauces and rustic, meaty ragouts; a sibling of Artusi (right next door), savvy regulars who say the space can get noisy and crowded can get seats at the kitchen-view dining counter so they can feel like they’re cooking with the chef.

Lark

  • Type: New American
  • Cost: $31-60
  • Google Rating: 4.3 stars/218 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Why it’s good: artisan-focused restaurant featuring locally-produced and organic foods

No Anchor

  • Type: Pacific Northwest
  • Cost: $11-$30
  • Google Rating: 4.5 stars/115 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Belltown
  • Why it’s good: Cozy taproom with a creatively organized beer list, wine, upscale bites & beer-focused cocktails. <–beer focused cocktails?! Whattt

Le Pichet

  • Type: French
  • Cost: $11-$30
  • Google Rating: 4.3 stars/299 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Why it’s good: French bistro, a sibling of Café Presse where regulars say you must have the dreamy signature roast chicken

Nirmal’s

  • Type: Indian
  • Cost: $11-$30
  • Google Rating: 4 stars/190 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Pioneer Square
  • Why it’s good: A modern Indian stunner with ” vibrant, upscale dishes from diverse regions in the old country and lunchtime five-course thalis.”

Bar del Corso

  • Type: Italian
  • Cost: $11-$30
  • Google Rating: 4.4 stars/132 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Beacon Hill
  • Why it’s good: Excellent Neapolitan-style pizza and Italian small plates

Taqueria La Fondita #2

  • Type: Mexican Food Truck
  • Cost: under $10
  • Google Rating: 4.7stars/85 Reviews
  • Neighborhood: White Center/West Seattle
  • Why it’s good: You cannot beat this taco truck for the combination of flavor, convenience, speed, and price.

Bread and Circuses

  • Type: Eclectic – menu rotates based on season and whim
  • Cost: $11-$30
  • Yelp: Rating: 4.5 stars/57 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Multiple
  • Why it’s good: “everything, down to the french fries, were amazing and delicious.” “Offering a salmon Reuben, beer butt chicken, pork sandwich, burger, and tofu options with fries, biscuits, and Brussel sprout Caesar salad for sides.”

Seattle Biscuit Company

  • Type: Southern Style Biscuit Food Truck
  • Cost: under $10
  • Yelp Rating: 3.5 stars/44 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Greenwood or Central District
  • Why it’s good: Southern-style biscuits in Seattle with our hands using local ingredients and mind-blowing goodness.

Cheese Wizards

Coffeemind

  • Type: Coffee shop
  • Cost: under $10
  • Google Rating: 4.8 stars/30 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Queen Anne
  • Why it’s good: Artisanal Turkish coffee, good croissants and pastries, especially their Turkish walnut cookies and chocolate chip cookies.

Hello Robin

  • Type: Bakery
  • Cost: under $10
  • Google Rating: 4.7 stars/213 reviews
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Why it’s good: Amazing cookies (and baking classes), it’s rumored their best cookies are mackle s’more, salted butterscotch, lavender chocolate chip, and orange habanero chocolate chip