Who doesn’t love a good baked potato? They remind me of childhood, but I haven’t had one in years. Off the top of my head, I’d be hard-pressed to name a restaurant that serves baked potatoes. It’s probably a safe bet to guess a steak house? Upon hearing about Papas Hot Potatoes, my love for baked potatoes was rekindled and we quickly made plans within the week to check it out. 

Sawyer opened earlier this month in the old Kickin’ Boot location in Ballard serving casual, chic new American fare. Drawing inspiration from Chef Mitch Mayers’ fine dining background and childhood memories at the state fair, he has created a menu that features items including bone marrow matzo ball soup with a pho broth, oxtail nachos, and animal style burger. 

A chic Northwest farmhouse concept with farm-to-table cuisine. 

Jason’s Wilson’s new restaurant in Bellevue downtown’s Two Lincoln Tower promises “simple, fresh, produce-driven craft cooking, accented with local seafoods and meats, handmade pasta and a house-made larder.” The restaurant features an open kitchen and modern rustic decor. The tables are placed fairly close together and it’s quite loud. Overall, it was an expensive meal to forget. 

Chef-driven menu, sustainable fish, and organic produce.

Joining a growing number of Seattle area poké establishments, Wanderfish Poké opened Monday, with a slightly different point of view. Located in Capitol Hill, across from Seattle Central College, offers an expanded, modern take on the classic Hawaiian raw fish over rice dish including: extensive options to customize, the use of sustainable and wild caught fish, locally grown produce and scratch-made ingredients.  

Madison’s quintessential pizza is now available on the hill.

Ian’s Pizza on the Hill opened last fall and offers pizza by the slice, whole pies, delivery, and beer and wine. Located in Zpizza’s old location on Broadway, this smaller chain or “pizza collective” from Madison, Wisconsin is taking familiar ingredients—not commonly used as toppings—and creating new and delicious pizzas. They also offer gluten-free and vegan options.