Seattle eaters already know 3506 Stone Way N. They don’t think of it by the address, usually, but as the place to find remarkably good food: On the right side as customers enter is The Whale Wins, on the left is the new incarnation of Joule. Both restaurants just made Bon Appetit magazine’s nominations for the 50 best new restaurants in the U.S.
The list will be chopped to a final 10 in September.
Editor Andrew Knowlton dined around the country to collect the nominations, calling out Renee Erickson’s “spacious, bright dining room” at the Whale and its “rustic, wood-fired dishes driven by the bounty of the Pacific Northwest.” (He says the restaurant is in Wallingford. Fair, or do we consider that address Fremont?) At Joule, he credits Rachel Yang with “doing the Korean-American mashup thing since long before it became a national trend,” and notes the “chic-but-still-low-key Pacific Northwest vibe.” At Bar Sajor, he rightly suggests ordering “whatever sounds good,” and says that lunches here “feel like you’re eating in someone’s home—if that someone lived in a former bank with soaring ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace.” He also raises a glass to Bar Sajor chef de cuisine Edouardo Jordan’s drinking vinegars, making it an even timelier occasion to read the Q&A in The Stranger this week on “The Best Chef In Seattle You’ve Never Heard Of.” When I suggested yesterday that Bar Sajor should make the list, it wasn’t from any inside info, it was because I was remembering the plate of spot prawns and lobster mushrooms I ate there last week, along with a plate of that bread and some pickled fava beans that made me think fava beans might be worth all the trouble after all.
Seattle Magazine food editor Allison Austin Scheff thinks Mamnoon should have been included. Any other new favorites that were left out?