Seattle makes Esquire’s list of best restaurant cities

Seattle squeezes in at #10 on Esquire’s recent list of “America’s Best Restaurant Cities: 2010 Edition.”  I’m happy to see we made the list, but not sure I agree with the rationale.  Chefs go far beyond Pike Place Market to feature the best of the Northwest harvest. Check out Tilth, Poppy, Delancey Pizza to name a few others who show off the best of our region.

Anyhow, here’s what Esquire had to say in its blog Food for Men:

10. Seattle — Were it not for Pike Place Market, I’m not sure Seattle would be a great restaurant town, but its importance cannot be underestimated in a city so perfectly situated to take advantage of the bounty of the Northwest and the Pacific — not to mention access to terrific wines from local vineyards. The quality of the food at Pike Place Market challenges local chefs to do their best with the best, and to treat those ingredients with respect, not gimmickry. Well-established places like the always exciting Canlis and Tom Douglas’s Dahlia Lounge and Etta’s Seafood, and the well-positioned Ray’s Boathouse on Shilshole Bay, have been joined by wonderful, down-to-earth restaurants like Café Juanita, the always packed Salumi run by Mario Batali’s father Armandino, and Anchovies & Olives.

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What do you think?  Which Seattle area restaurants are notable for their use of fabulous seafood, artisan cheeses and fertile produce?

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