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Fearless Critic restaurant review of the day
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
8.5
8.0
$55
Seasonal small plates with a dollop of molecular gastronomy

It-boys Dana Tough and Brian McCracken have gotten a lot of attention for doing things like deep-frying béarnaise, folding foie gras into ice cream, and perpetuating the trend of turning anything from hard cheeses to oyster mushrooms into foams. Anyone looking for a tiny, affordable, and fairly restrained taste of molecular gastronomy should give Spur a shot.

Even if eating an egg laid by chickens is more appealing to you than eating an “egg” made of cauliflower and squash, Spur will… [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]