Embued with the quiet bustle of a European bistro, Lark (926 12th Ave., 206/323-5275, www.larkseattle.com, 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $30) invites languorous meals underneath its exposed-beam ceilings and soft lighting. The menu is made for grazing, with generous selections of cheese, charcuteries, and small plates carefully crafted by the eatery’s James Beard Award-winning chef.
Established by some of the gastronomic geniuses behind the renowned Herb Farm in Woodinville, Poppy (622 Broadway E., 206/324-1108, www.poppyseattle.com, 5:30–10 p.m. Sun., Tues.–Thurs., 5:30–11 p.m. Fri.–Sat., closed Mon.) draws in diners with the prospect of its eclectic “thali” plates. For $32, these dinner collections consist of about 10 different petite dishes, some no larger than what other restaurants serve as muse bouche, but all packing in plenty of creativity and flavor.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition