The full list of Where The Chefs Eat
Author: Eric Riddle
Published: 10:13 AM PST January 10, 2017
Updated: 2:07 PM PST February 25, 2019
EVENING 26 Articles

Some of the best Chefs in Seattle reveal the places they like to go out and eat, besides their own restaurants of course.

Hosted from Brass Tacks, Georgetown 6031 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 397-3821


The full list of Where The Chefs Eat

Chapter 1

Chef Tom Douglas

Chinese, Pho, French

Tom Douglas loves Luc, in Madison Valley

With more than 14 Seattle restaurants, four books, and a cooking school, there's no one busier in the Seattle food biz than chef and restaurateur, Tom Douglas. But even with all his commitments, he finds time to get out and eat at places that are not his own.

"Well, I'm often eating alone half the week because my wife is at the farm, so I'm looking for a place that has a counter or a bar with a TV. I eat late at night, so I like something a little bit lighter," said Douglas.

  • Tai Tung Chinese Restaurant, " I started coming here back in 1978 when I was a late night cook up on Broadway," Seattle's oldest Chinese restaurant. International District. 655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
  • Pho Bac "Some of the best comfort food in the city." International District. 1314 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
  • Thierry Rautureau's Luc "What I love about this place is the country French food." Madison Valley. 2800 E. Madison Seattle, WA 98112
Chapter 2

Chef Renee Erickson

Fresh, Simple, Soulful

Seattle chef Renee Erickson shows her favorite spots to eat.

If the packed house at her popular oyster bar The Walrus and the Carpenter is any indication, Seattle Chef Renee Erickson's food is in high demand. When this busy chef finds time to go out she doesn't want to go to just any-old-place.

"I'm looking for places that are comfortable, lively. Full of honesty, familiar faces of people that I love. Simple, holistic, ingredient-based food. Stuff that people are really proud they're serving," said Erickson.

  • Vif A cafe and wine shop. "Really soulful and lovely food." Fremont . 4401 Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 557-7357
  • Essex Renee's local watering hole, taking bar food to another level. "So my favorite thing here at Essex is this burger which is made with Skagit River Ranch beef that's incredible." Ballard. 1421 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117, (206) 724-0471
  • Manolin "Really fresh, really good ingredients." Fremont. 3621 Stone Way N Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 294-3331
Chapter 3

Chef Ethan Stowell

Oysters, Omakase, Thali

Seattle chef Ethan Stowell having oysters at Westward

With his name behind 13 Seattle restaurants and counting, it may seem like chef Ethan Stowell has as many plates in the air as he does on tables across the city. So when he goes out to eat, he likes things a little less complicated.

"I'm thinking of places where it's just simple, good food, friendly people, nice space. You know I don't need to have foam and swishes and smears on everything," says Stowell.

  • Westward "This here is my favorite spot to get oysters." N. Lake Union. 2501 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103
  • Sushi Kashiba  One of Ethan's favorite restaurants. " I always encourage people to go omakase." Pike Place Market. 86 Pine St #1, Seattle, WA 98101
  • Poppy Fresh Northwest ingredients with an Indian-inspired twist. "It's very original. You're not going to get anything like this anywhere else in the city.” Capitol Hill. 622 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
Chapter 4

Chef Thierry Rautureau

Pad Thai, Steak Frites, Queso

Longtime Seattle Chef Thierry Rautureau

Known as "The Chef in the Hat," Thierry Rautureau owns two popular Seattle area restaurants: Loulay downtown and Luc in Madison Park. But when the French-born chef goes out to eat, he's down with just about anything.

"My choices in dining are always dictated by the mood and the weather, and you know, ‘What do I feel like?’" Rautureau says.

  • Jae's Asian Bistro and Sushi. "One of my favorite joints to come, especially for lunch if I want to grab a good bite to eat." Madison Park. 2801 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112. (206) 323-0171
  • Ethan Stowell's Red Cow "One of my favorite neighborhood joints to drop in on." "Simple, delicious food." Madrona. 1423 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122. (206) 454-7932
  • Chavez "This is definitely a good fondue. And I'm French; I know about fondue." Capitol Hill. 1734 12th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98122. (206) 695-2588
Chapter 5

Chef Holly Smith

Sashimi, Pork Belly, Italian

Local Chef Holly Smith shows us her favorite spots to go eat.
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Known for her authentic northern Italian cuisine, James Beard award-winning chef Holly Smith has made a name for herself at her popular fine dining restaurant, Cafe Juanita. But this chef is also a busy mom, too. So when she has time to go out and eat, she knows what she's looking for.

"I'm looking for high-quality ingredients, delicious plates of food and I usually don't make reservations," said Smith.

  • Kisaku "My go to place for sashimi and sushi in Seattle." Green Lake.
  • Ba Bar "Eric and Sophie Baun are the owners, and they've been turning Seattle on to really good Vietnamese food for a while." Capitol Hill.
  • Il Corvo "It's authentic. It's where I go to for a real take me to Italy moment."
Chapter 6

Chef Josh Henderson

Tonkatsu, Croque Madame, Spaghetti

Chef Josh Henderson eating at How to Cook a Wolf

In less than ten years Josh Henderson has gone from food truck cook to one of the biggest restaurateur in Seattle. His company Huxley Wallace Collective oversees six restaurants with many more on the front burner.

  • Samurai Noodle "It is simple: the noodles are toothy and really, really nice." International District. 606 5th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98138, (206) 624-9321
  • Cafe Presse "I come in here and get the same thing every time," Josh says. "I get a Madame or a Croque Madame, a thing of fries, and a bib salad." Capitol Hill. 1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 709-7674
  • Ethan Stowell's How to Cook a Wolf. "You can't go wrong most anything you get here." Queen Anne. 2208 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, WA 98109, (206) 838-8090
Chapter 7

Chef Heather Earnhardt

Pate, Musubi, Ohmatachi

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Heather Earnhardt's restaurant, The Wandering Goose, dishes out some of the best southern comforts in Seattle. Her food is so popular; she recently released her first cookbook called, Big Food Big Love.

But between the book, restaurant and raising five kids, when it comes to eating out, Earnhardt has no time to waste.

  • Hitchcock Deli, "It's super cute, deli-style. Old-school." Georgetown. 6003 12th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108, (206) 582-2796
  • Sam Choy's Poke to the Max, "I love spam, so I order the reconstructed spam musubi." Hillman City. 5300 Rainier Ave S Seattle, WA 98118, (206) 310-1979
  • Maneki, "Very traditional Japanese food without being stuffy." International District. 304 6th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98104, (206) 622-2631
Chapter 8

Chef Eduoardo Jordan

Seafood, Burgers, Beer

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Seattle's rising star Eduoardo Jordan works more hours in one week than some people work in two. Those long hours have helped make him one of Seattle's best new chefs with his restaurant Salare and the soon to open JuneBaby. Click here to watch our full segment with Eduoardo.

Nationally, Food & Wine named him one of the best new chefs in the country. So where does he spend his time eating? Here are his favorites:

  • Wataru, "It's light. It's clean. It's sexy. You won't go home feeling extremely heavy, but you feel satisfied." Ravenna. 2400 NE 6th St., Seattle, WA 98115, (206)525-2073
  • Toronado, "I came here for the beer, but I stay for the burger." Roosevelt. 1205 NE 65th St., Seattle WA 98115, (206)525-0654
  • FlintCreek Cattle Co., "[Chef] Eric Donnelly is doing a really good job. He's known for his seafood, but now he's doing an excellent job with his meat." Greenwood. 8421 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, (206)457-5656
Chapter 9

Chef Lisa Dupar

Indian, Thai, PNW Fare

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You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who loves giving comfort through food more than Chef Lisa Dupar. Her restaurant, Pomegranate Bistro, has become a Redmond retreat. She's written a cookbook. And her successful catering company has cooked for everyone from food royalty, to a President.

But despite her full plate, Lisa always makes time to go out and dine. Recently she took Evening to 3 of her favorite eastside restaurants.

  • The Guilt Trip. "It's my favorite little Indian spot." Redmond. 8440 160th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052, (425)608-8788
  • Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen. "What I like about Thai food is it's just so rich and flavorful." Kirkland. 170 Lake St S, Kirkland, WA 98033, (425)298-4429
  • Little Brother. "I've been here fore some really yummy meals." Kirkland. 456 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033, (425)522-4076

Chapter 10

Chef John Howie

Pizza, Thai Food, and Burgers

When it comes to busy guys, Chef John Howie more than fits the bill. He oversees several places including Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Sport Restaurant & Bar, John Howie Steak, Beardslee Public House, and Wildwood Spirits Co. But with all those places to run, he doesn’t have a lot of time to go out and eat. Recently Howie took Evening to a few of his, "special places". Below is a list of where we went:

  • Vivi Pizzeria, "It's absolutely one of the best pizzas you're going to find in the entire area." Woodinville.14505 148th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, (425) 408-0711
  • 65 Café, "I really enjoy great Thai food because it's got some nice spice to it. I love the flavors of the fish sauce and the lime, it's so fresh." Redmond. 17026 Avondale Way NE, Redmond, WA 98052, (425) 658-7890
  • Broiler Bay, "This is a great old burger joint. Greasy spoon burger joint with wonderful onion rings and great burgers." Bellevue. 10636 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, (425) 646-3474
Chapter 11

Chef Taichi Kitamura

Ramen, Vietnamese Chinese Food, and Burgers

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Seattle Chef Taichi Kitamura reveals his fave spots to go eat.

As one of the best sushi chefs in Seattle, Taichi Kitamura spends most of his days hard at work in his Eastlake restaurant, Sushi Kappo Tamura. But when he wants to go out and eat, sushi is the last thing on his mind.

"Well I make sushi all day at my restaurants. On my day off I like to go to a good quality restaurant but a casual restaurant," Kitamura said.

  • Yoroshiku, "Ramen takes a while to make. So they actually close one day a week in this restaurant just to prepare the broth because it takes 20 hours to make it." Wallingford.1913 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103, (206) 547-4649
  • Monsoon, "This is one dish I cannot make at home - Stir Fried Chow Mein', perfectly executed. The smell of the high heat of the wok. This is the best stir fried noodle in Seattle in my opinion." Capitol Hill. 615 19th Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112, (206) 325-2111
  • Red Mill Burger, "The Verda burger has roasted peppers and jack cheese in it and to me it's the perfect balance of flavor." Ballard. 3058 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107, (206)784-1400
Chapter 12

Chef Rachel Yang

Pizza, Doughnuts, and Soup Dumplings

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Chef Rachel Yang slows down for some pizza with her kids.

With four restaurants (Revel, Joule, Trove & Revelry), and two boys to care for, going out to eat is both rare and special to Chef Rachel Yang. Yang recently showed Evening a few of her favorite spots to get a meal and make memories with her family.

  • Delancey, "This is one of the perfect neighborhood hangout spots for pizza." Ballard. 1415 NW 70th St, Seattle, WA 98117, (206) 838-1960
  • General Porpoise, "They're really super light, fluffy doughnuts that has an awesome filling inside." Capitol Hill. 1020 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 900-8770
  • Din Tai Fung, "This is the perfect place to bring your family because all the flavors and food is just so accessible to everyone." Pacific Place. 600 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 682-9888
Chapter 13

Chef Jason Wilson

Thai Food, Fresh Juice, Modern Chinese

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Chef Jason Wilson made a name for himself in Seattle with restaurants like Crush and Miller’s Guild. Now, the James Beard award winner has taken his talents to the Eastside with his latest ventures The Lakehouse and Civility and Unrest.

Wilson recently took off his cooking apron to show Evening three of his favorite places to go out and eat.

  • Rice & Spice. "Every now and again I'll get a call from my wife saying 'Make sure to grab takeout,' and you know where to go." Bellevue. 1101 106th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, (425) 635-9474
  • JuJubeet. "This fresh juice is all about nutrients." Bellevue. 10246 A Main St, Bellevue, WA 98004, (425) 454-0747
  • Peony. "They do a great modern take on Chinese food." Bellevue. 10317 Main St #100, Bellevue, WA 98004, (425) 502-7652
Chapter 14

Chef Brian Clevenger

PNW Fare, Thai, Chinese

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His name might not be as familiar as say Chef Tom Douglas, but Brian Clevenger has added several great restaurants of his own to the Seattle food scene. Clevenger currently runs Vendemmia in Madrona, Raccolto in West Seattle and Contadino on Capitol Hill.

Recently, Clevenger took a time out from his places to show Evening some of his favorite places to eat in the city.

  • Goldfinch Tavern (inside the 4 Seasons Hotel). Downtown Seattle. 99 Union St., Seattle WA 98101, (206) 749-7070
  • Buddha Ruksa. West Seattle. 3520 SW Genesee Street, Seattle, WA 98126, (206) 937-7676
  • New Luck Toy. West Seattle. 5905 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136, (206) 971-0698
Chapter 15

Chef Brendan McGill

Simple, honest, delicious food

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Chef Brendan McGill made some time to show Evening some of his favorite places to eat.

With a commitment to serving only the best-sourced food he can find or make himself, Chef-Restaurateur Brendan McGill has created a mini-restaurant empire. McGill owns Hitchcock and Bruciato on Bainbridge Island, Hitchcock Deli in Georgetown and Cafe Hitchcock in downtown Seattle, just to name a few.

Chapter 16

Chef Makini Howell

Thai, Mexican and Korean vegan fare

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Makini Howell has been a vegetarian all her life. But the Chef/Owner of Plum Bistro says you don't have to go to a 'Vegan Only' restaurant to enjoy great plant-based dishes. Below is a list of the places Chef Howell took us to.

Chapter 17

Chef Scott Staples

Traditional, Mexican and Italian eats

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Staples has cooked in Seattle for over 20 years. The man behind Feed Co Burgers and Uneeda Burger shares a few of his favorite places to eat.

Market House Meats 1124 Howell St Seattle, WA 98101 206-624-9248

Chapter 18

Food Writer Julien Perry

Seafood, European/Asian fusion and French food

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Food writer Julien Perry just released her first book, Seattle Cooks, a collection of recipes right from some of the city's best chefs.

Rider, 619 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 859-4242

  • Cook Weaver, 806 E Roy St, Seattle, WA 98102, (206) 324-0599
  • Marmite, 1424 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122, (206) 755-8606
Chapter 19

Chef Chester Gerl

Authentic Thai, Tasty Pizza, and More
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When Chef Chester Gerl isn't cooking up South of the Border fare at his restaurant Gracia in Ballard, he's out eating at a world of different restaurants. Here are a few of his favorites: 

  • Thaiku6705 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103. 206-706-7807
  • Frelard Pizza Company4010 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107, 206-946-9966
  • Stoneburner5214 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, 206-695-2051
Chapter 20

Chef John Sundstrom

Small batch baked goods, Asian fusion, and Authentic Southern cuisine


Local Chef John Sundstrom shows where he likes to go out and eat in Seattle

Chef John Sundstrom enjoys a variety of different restaurants when he isn't cooking up PNW fare at Lark. He shared a few of his favorite spots: 

Chapter 21

Chef Ericka Burke

Authentic Japanese fare, Mexican and more
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Chef Ericka Burke, who owns Volunteer Park Cafe and Chop Shop, took us to her tried-and-true spots.

  • Nishino, 3130 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112, 206 322-5800 
  • Salare2404 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115 206 556-2192 
  • La Carta De Oaxaca5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 206 782-8722
Chapter 22

Chef Jason Stratton

Malaysian, Italian, and New American eats
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You may recognize Chef Jason Stratton from his time competing on the reality cooking show "Top Chef." But Stratton’s latest role is that of executive chef at the popular Seattle restaurant Mamnoon. He showed Evening a few of his favorite places: 

Chapter 23

Chef Eric Donnelly

Comfort food, Middle Eastern cuisine, and Japanese fare
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Chef Eric Donnelly is the chef/owner of two Seattle restaurants: RockCreek Seafood & Spirits in Fremont, and his latest place, FlintCreek Cattle Company in Greenwood. Eric showed us three of his favorite places to eat besides his own. 

Chapter 24

Chef Maria Hines

Chocolate desserts, Thai fare, and Korean eats
Seattle Chef Maria Hines

With her organic restaurants Tilth and Agrodolce, Seattle chef Maria Hines has always set a high bar when it comes to her food. So when this busy chef goes out to eat, she doesn’t go just anywhere. Maria showed us a few of her favorite local spots: 

  • Hot Cakes1650 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102, (206) 258-2591 (Capitol Hill) 5427 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 453-3792 (Ballard) 
  • Pestle Rock, 2305 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 466-6671 
  • Revel513 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, (206) 547-2040
Chapter 25

Chef Taylor Hoang

Pakistani, Chinese and Vietnamese eats
Restaurateur Taylor Hoang at Mike's Noodle House
Restaurateur Taylor Hoang at Mike's Noodle House
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Taylor Hoang is a busy working mother to two young children, in addition to running her restaurants: District 1 Saigon in Redmond and the Pho Cyclo Cafés.  “Going out to eat is not always easy,” she says. “The kids don't always want what you want, and so we look for places that allow the whole family to enjoy a great meal, to be together."

  •  Naan N Curry709 S 3rd St, Renton, WA 98057, (425) 271-6226 and 1420 NW Gilman Boulevard Suite N3, Issaquah, WA 98027, (425) 392-4725
  • Mike's Noodle House418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 389-7099
  • Huong Binh1207 S Jackson St #104, Seattle, WA 98144, (206) 720-4907
Chapter 26

Chef Kevin Davis

Baked goods, Italian and seafood
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Chef Kevin Davis eating the Tajarin at Spinasse.

When Kevin Davis moved to Seattle 19 years ago, he was just another chef in a new city. Now, he's a restaurateur. Davis owns Steelhead Diner, Blueacre Seafood and his newest place, Orfeo. But when Davis isn't eating at his own places, he likes to check out what the other chefs are up to.

Below is a list of the places Davis took our Evening crew.

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