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Originally published November 4, 2011 at 5:35 AM | Page modified November 4, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Nancy Leson

10 new attention-getters in the restaurant world

Nancy Leson talks about 10 new restaurants that debuted recently.

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Talk about a fall harvest! So many restaurants made their debut last month, it's difficult deciding where to go first. To celebrate the season, here are 10 October debutantes (in alphabetical order) to put on your check-it-out list. Want to add your two cents about these newbies — or any others recently opened or in the offing? Come on over to the blog: www.seattletimes.com/allyoucaneat.

Altura

Here on North Broadway, chef/owner Nathan Lockwood is turning it out in an open kitchen and turning us on to seasonal Italian cuisine and the option of a "3-4-5" coursed dinner ($49-$69). Added attractions: paired wines, a chef's table and a 10-seat counter.

617 Broadway E., Seattle (206-402-6749 or www.alturarestaurant.com). Hours: dinner 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

Bako

Remember the old Jade Pagoda? Forget it! On that site across from Altura stands Keeman Wong's contemporary Cantonese restaurant and bar. Wong ditched the kitsch to make a modern mark. Cocktails are king, and you may enjoy one alongside char siu pork at "Foursies" (think happy hour).

606 Broadway E., Seattle (206-829-8958 or www.bakoseattle.com). Hours: dinner 5 p.m.-close Tuesday-Sunday (Foursies 3-5 p.m.).

Cal's Classic American

Seattle chef Shannon Galusha (Veil, Bastille) has gone south to Kent Station to partner with a team intent on bringing creative juice to this family-friendly tavern-styled "concept." The idea: local foodstuffs and straightforward preparations of American favorites. Yes, there's pot roast, potpies and pizza, plus an eye toward expansion. Next up? South Lake Union.

504 Ramsay Way, suite 107, Kent (253-234-1913 or www.calsclassic.com). Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

Cafe Parco

Fans of the Northwest bistro 94 Stewart, late of Pike Place Market, can now find its chef/owner Celinda Norton here in Madison Park. Fans of the long-lived (and recently sold) Madison Park Cafe will find that French bistro and brunch spot has been given a face-lift — and "the boot": Norton's cooking Italian.

1807 42nd Ave. E., Seattle (206-328-4757 or www.cafeparco.com). Hours: lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, dinner 5 p.m.-close nightly, brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

LloydMartin

Sam Crannell was (briefly) cooking with gas at 5 Corner Market Bar & Kitchen in Ballard. Now he's got a place of his own: the cozy confines of the former Bricco wine bar where his brief, oft-changing menu leans toward small plates and big flavors.

1525 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-420-7602 or www.lloydmartinseattle.com). Hours: 5-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Marché

After 23 years in the Market, Campagne has been physically and spiritually transformed. Say au revoir to fine dining and bonjour to a bistro and wine bar that better reflects the way we're celebrating life today, says chef-exec Daisley Gordon, whose French menu jumps borders for a wider world of opportunity to delight.

86 Pine St., Seattle, Pike Place Market (206-728-2800 or www.marcheseattle.com). Hours: 4:30 p.m.-midnight (kitchen open till 11 p.m.)

Mezcaleria Oaxaca

Loco for Ballard's La Carta de Oaxaca? Sound the trumpets: there's a sibling on Queen Anne Hill. Get your fix of mole and mezcal, tamales and tequila, and expect to wait for a seat, and a chance to wrap your lips around barbacoa de cabrito — marinated goat, slow-roasted on premise.

2123 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle (206-216-4446 or www.mezcaleriaoaxaca.com). Hours: 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday.

Momiji

Denizens of Umi Sake House and Kushibar will recognize the hand of restaurateur Steven Han here in the husk of the Dawson Plumbing Co. building on Capitol Hill. Highlights at this Japanese restaurant and lounge include a centerpiece courtyard, sushi bar-istas rocking and rolling, a stand-out sake list and a menu of izakaya-style eats plus a multicourse kaiseki option.

1522 12th Ave., Seattle (206-457-4068 or www.momijiseattle.com). Hours: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. nightly (kitchen closes 1 a.m.)

Red Mill Totem House

John and Babe Shepherd opened a new door when Ballard's historic Totem House closed. They leased the space, completely refurbished it — and its totems — added fish 'n' chips to their burger-fueled repertoire and brought us the Red Mill No. 3, across from the Locks.

3058 N.W. 54th St., Seattle (206-784-1400). Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday.

Terra Plata

After two years of laboring to make it so, celebrated chef Tamara Murphy has finally given birth to Terra Plata, her "earth to plate" restaurant and bar in the Melrose Market. The rustic menu matches the décor, keeping us rooted in the kind of local, seasonal fare that makes this casual successor to her late culinary opus, Brasa, a must-go.

1501 Melrose Ave., Seattle (206-325-1501 or www.terraplata.com). Hours: 5 p.m.-close Tuesday-Sunday.

Nancy Leson: 206-464-8838 or nleson@seattletimes.com

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Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson serves up the best info and tips on Northwest food, cooking, dining and restaurants. Check her latest thoughts in her All You Can Eat blog. Her column appears each Wednesday. Her restaurant roundups appear monthly, on Fridays, in the Restaurants and Entertainment sections.
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