3 Seattle restaurants make The New York Times’ 2021 list of the country’s most exciting

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While many magazines and websites shied away from the idea of ​​the “best” restaurant lists during the COVID era, the New York Times went with a slight redesign and named its 2021 list “The 50 Places We’re Most Looking Forward to Right Now. “

Seattle was an oversized performance, with three local restaurants on the list – Hillman City’s Filipino tiny gourmet destination, Archipelago, Queen Anne’s casual, modern Korean spot, Paju, and Kristi Brown’s acclaimed Communion in the Central District.

Only one city got more places on the list – New York – although both Philadelphia and San Francisco made the total of Seattle.

Portland followed right behind with two spots: the Thai-Texas barbecue spot Eem and the typical neighborhood restaurant Coquine. The list isn’t limited to brand new spots – Coquine opened in 2015 and New Orleans’s Brigtsen’s in 1986 – all three Seattle spots opened in the past two years. The selection gives a clear insight into the amount and direction of growth in Seattle’s dining scene.

The New York Times sent a host of editors and reporters to cover the story, and Los Angeles-based restaurant critic Tejal Rao wrote all three of the Seattle spots – though one of the packages’ editors, Brian Gallagher, is a resident from Seattle. Rao praised how archipelago “[told] intricate, voluminous stories about the Pacific Northwest and the many ways Filipino immigrants shaped it, with words, pictures, and even some unexpected dance moves behind the pass. ”At Communion, she found the atmosphere” warm and welcoming “and explained that Chef Brown “not missed”. After dismissing the dining room at Paju as plain, chef Bill Soo Jeong described modern Korean dishes as “elegant and expressive.”

All three restaurants already had miles of waiting lists for very limited seating, and this probably only made those reservations more difficult to come by. Fortunately, its strong ranking on the New York Times list shows that a lot more of the local dining scene sits right behind those big three. But you have to get out there and find them yourself before everyone else does.