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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
8.0
8.0
$50
Ethan Stowell’s homage to rustic cooking does almost everything right

How to Expand your Empire, by Ethan Stowell

1. Decide you want to open another Italian-inspired restaurant that features luscious pastas and ahi and/or hamachi crudo.

2. Differentiate this from your other ventures by co-opting the weird title of a book by a food writer, and develop a loose theme around the simplicity of simple meals with fresh ingredients celebrated by said writer.

3. Create a modern, attractive, upscale-yet-casual space that only very loosely relates to this rusticity theme. Settle on a sleek… [More]


From the Super ’Stache The underpriced underdogs
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
7.0
$20
Jellyfish, kidneys, and pig’s-blood, oh my!

We love an authentic Szechuan restaurant that doesn’t tone down the spice in order to appease unadventurous diners. And we love any venue that appears to be channeling Lou Reed. So, yes, we love Bamboo Garden.

There’s plenty of complexity, heat, and variety on the regular menu, but it’s the section that beckons diners to “Take a Walk on the Wild Side” that excites us. Spicy dry-cooked frog, sour and spicy jellyfish, intestines from various animals—you can easily earn your trying-weird-stuff… [More]