Best New Restaurants
Lark Exposed wood beams lend a mountain-lodge feel to this solo venture from F&W Best New Chef 2001 John Sundstrom, formerly of Earth & Ocean. Though neighborhoody, it's still a place for Seattle-style celeb-spotting. (Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is a regular.) Sundstrom finds the best ingredients and makes brilliant matches, pairing braised short ribs with chanterelles or fresh albacore with spicy olives. DETAILS 926 12th Ave.; 206-323-5275.
Lola Tom Douglas helped define Pacific Northwest cuisine at Dahlia Lounge. At Lola, which he opened in the Hotel Ändra, he's taking on Greek food. The kitchen turns out meze, kebabs, grilled whole fish and meat dishes, like cumin-spiced leg of lamb. Wine-braised octopus with pork belly and fried egg is Lola's take on a Greek breakfast. DETAILS 2000B Fourth Ave.; 206-441-1430.