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Tasting Table: Seattle
Terra Plata's ravioli | Rabbit terrine at Dot's Delicatessen | Behind the bar at Essex

Seattle knows how to make a quiet impression, despite it too often being overshadowed by its hip neighbor city to the south. (That would be Portland.) These four new spots prove that this Pacific Northwestern hub knows from good dining and drinking:

Terra Plata: It's gratifying to watch a hometown chef open her own restaurant. That type of warm, fuzzy feeling, bound with intensely delicious hyperfresh food, is the centerpiece of Tamara Murphy's new restaurant. Look to the vegetables given the spotlight in dressed-up dishes like porcini carpaccio drizzled in a bagna cauda sauce. And make sure to come early: The restaurant is located at Melrose Market, Seattle's Ferry Building equivalent.

Dot's Delicatessen: The great deli revival has hit Seattle in the form of this small operation. Instead of quotidian cold cuts, the case is filled with myriad sausages, rillettes and several pâtés. But the real draw is the sandwich menu: Grab a smoked-pork sandwich, hooded with melting Gruyère, pickles and red onions.

Restaurant Marché: For those who long for the culinary days of yore, Marché is your place. At 52, its chef, Greg Atkinson, employs a veteran's touch with a menu that sums up that perilous genre, comfort food. Think moules with the frites of your dreams, duck breast painted with brandy sauce and the perfect roast chicken.

Essex Bar: We're smitten with husband-and-wife team Brandon Pettit and Molly Wizenberg, thanks to their first two operations, Delancey (an inventive pizza joint) and The Pantry (an event-space-cum-cooking-school). Their latest deserves its hype: Pettit makes practically everything, from a house amaro to custom-aged spirits, in house.

  • Terra Plata

    Tamara Murphy's new restaurant, Terra Plata, is located within Melrose Market, a hub of local and artisanal small food businesses. Don't miss the rooftop deck--its an ideal scenic drinking spot.

  • Terra Plata ravioli

    The menu focuses on super fresh ingredients, prepared in dishes like this butternut squash and hazelnut ravioli.

  • Dot's Delicatessen interior

    Dot's Delicatessen has Seattle's carnivorous needs covered, with a huge spread of meats and charcuterie--all made in house.

  • Dot's Delicatessen rabbit terrine

    Pátês and terrines are the house specialty, coming in variations like this rabbit terrine en croute with cranberry aspic.

  • Dot's Delicatessen salami

    Take some of the salami home with you for an easy, care-free lunch.

  • Marché

    Cross the river to Bainbridge to try the stunning, classic dishes at Greg Atkinson's new Restaurant Marché.

  • Essex Bar

    The bespoke creations at Essex Bar make for an inspiring happy hour.

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Terra Plata 1501 Melrose Ave. Seattle WA 98122 206-325-1501 Dot's Delicatessen 4262 Fremont Ave. North Seattle WA 98103 206-687-7446 Essex Bar 1421 NW 70th St. Seattle WA 98117 206-724-0471 Terra Plata 1501 Melrose Ave. Seattle WA 98122 206-325-1501 Dot's Delicatessen 4262 Fremont Ave. North Seattle WA 98103 206-687-7446 Essex Bar 1421 NW 70th St. Seattle WA 98117 206-724-0471
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