Lo­cals have long known our Emer­ald City as an un­der-the-radar foodie par­adise. But the se­cret on these win­ners is out, thanks to hit shows like “Lay­over,” “Man vs. Food,” “Din­ers, Drive-Ins and Dives” and “Unique Sweets.”

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Voula Vla­hos’ fam­ily-run Greek diner has pleased reg­u­lars in the U Dis­trict for decades with tra­di­tional dol­mades, but­tery egg scram­bles with salmon smoked in-house, and home­made blue­berry pie. But their sig­na­ture dish has to be the blend of onions, mush­rooms, Greek sausage, hash browns, feta and egg they call the Greek Hobo. No less an au­thor­ity than Guy Fieri called it the “best break­fast scram­ble” he’d ever had. www.voula­soff­ 658 N. E. North­lake Way, 206.634.0183


Few restau­rants live up to their name like this quirky Walling­ford joint fa­mous for its funky artis­tic in­te­rior and ded­i­ca­tion to tra­di­tional Ital­ian cook­ing spiked with lo­cal flour­ishes. Choice dishes in­clude the ouzo-soaked Drunken Clams and the Fieri fa­vorite—a tender, sa­vory Elk Bolog­nese.­zar roitalian­ 1307 N. 46th St., 206.632.7277


Walling­ford eaters know one of the best cures for Seat­tle’s gray skies is the ex­otic spice and heat on of­fer at this Trinida­dian res­tau­rant owned and op­er­ated for over 10 years by Pam Ja­cob. Dhalpuris (a tra­di­tional flat­bread) stuffed with jerked chicken or cur­ries called roti will have you see­ing Caribbean blue in no time. 1715 N. 45th St., 206.696.7010


Seat­tle is known for seafood, but on a “Lay­over” at Rain Shadow Meats An­thony Bour­dain learned the Emer­ald City re­mains a car­ni­vore’s par­adise, too. The house-cured char­cu­terie is spec­tac­u­lar, but the slow-roasted porchetta or any­thing on the daily spe­cial chart might be the best way to sam­ple found­ing butcher Rus­sell Flint’s ded­i­ca­tion to high-qual­ity, lo­cal meat. www.rain shad­ 1531 Mel­rose Ave., 206.467.6328


An­thony Bour­dain knows from French bistros—and he calls Jim Drohman and Joanne Her­ron’s Bell­town in­sti­tu­tion “one of the best in the coun­try.” You can rely on im­mac­u­late quiche and other re­gional spe­cial­ties, but what re­ally puts Le Pichet over the top is the while-away-an-hour-or-three am­biance hard to find this side of the At­lantic (never mind on the Pa­cific). www.lep­ichet­seat­ 1933 1st Ave., 206.256.1499


By now, Re­nee Er­ick­son has earned her place as Seat­tle’s culi­nary doyenne with spots ded­i­cated to steak and even donuts. But her orig­i­nal ef­fort is a mustvisit—a mecca for clever seafood and ex­pert cock­tails served on a mar­ble bar tucked into a charm­ingly cozy spot in Bal­lard. As for the oys­ters: As Bour­dain learned, they re­main di­a­mond-per­fect. www.the­wal­rus­ 4743 Bal­lard Ave. NW, 206.395.9227


This West Seat­tle in­sti­tu­tion sports a sweep­ing panorama of Puget Sound crowned by the city sky­line and the Cas­cades be­yond. Clas­sics like chow­der and fish & chips are solid, but smart din­ers should pull a Bour­dain and grab a win­dow seat at sun­set for happy hour dis­counts. 1936 Har­bor Ave. SW, 206.937.1600


Si­mul­ta­ne­ously el­e­gant and earthy, Matt Dil­lon’s ace take on North­west lo­cal and sea­sonal fare de­fines what’s best about Seat­tle cui­sine. Just-plucked pro­duce and day- of seafood meet ex­pert prepa­ra­tion and a low-key luxe vibe. Dil­lon and com­pany work magic with ev­ery­thing from mush­rooms to net­tles to lardo—much of it sup­plied by his Old Chaser Farm on Vashon Is­land. www.sitkaand­ 1531 Mel­rose Ave., 206.324.0662


Diner, dive and café all rolled into one best de­scribes this 24-hour fa­vorite. The 5 Point goes be­yond three squares to pro­vide fill­ing fare like chicken-fried steak at any hour (though it seems es­pe­cially pop­u­lar post-party and the morn­ing af­ter). Proof: None other than leg­endary par­tyer Bour­dain called the 5 Point’s 6-9 am break­fast happy hour “hard­core.” www.the5­point­ 415 Cedar St., 206.448.9991


As In N’ Out is to An­ge­lenos, Red Mill is to Seat­tleites—but we think Red Mill’s 11 dif­fer­ent burg­ers are bet­ter than any at In N’ Out. Best bets in­clude the two-patty mon­ster Dou­ble Ba­con Deluxe and the Verde, topped with smoky Ana­heim chiles and jack cheese, and a Ba­con Blue Cheese. “Man vs. Food” host Adam Rich­man housed all three and onion rings— con­sis­tently voted the best in the coun­try.­mill­burg­ 312 N. 67th St., 206.783.6362


From “The To­day Show” to Food Net­work’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and “Unique Sweets,” Fran’s Euro­peanstyle cho­co­lates keep turn­ing up on TV. Visit the Ge­orge­town lo­ca­tion to see ar­ti­sans cre­ate award-win­ning salted caramels. www.fran­schoco­ 5900 Air­port Way S, 206.508.4535

Tom Dou­glas and An­thony Bour­dain at The Wal­rus and the Car­pen­ter on “Lay­over” For more in­for­ma­tion

Fran’s Cho­co­lates

Rain Shadow Meats

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