Momofuku Ssam Bar, 207 Second Ave., New York City
Central Michel Richard, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, D.C.
Trois, 1180 Peachtree St., Atlanta
Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, 641 N. Highland Ave., and 6602 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles
Tavolata, 2323 Second Ave., Seattle
Radda Trattoria, 1265 Alpine Ave., Boulder, Colo.
Aigre Doux Restaurant & Bakery, 230 W. Kinzie St., Chicago
Bijoux, 5450 West Lovers Lane, Suite 225, Dallas
Osteria, 640 N. Broad St., Philadelphia
Ad Hoc, 6476 Washington St., Yountville, Calif. (Napa Valley)
IN THE NEWS: The Stranger's Sage Van Wing reviews The Station Bistro (4910 Leary Ave NW), while Bethany Jean Clement visits Moe Bar (925 E Pike St.) and and Marti Jonjak notes Hangar Cafe (6261 13th Ave S.). ... Angela Garbes reports that International District's Japanese restaurant Takohachi closed June 2. "The owner retired and, according to one of the charming and carefully hand-lettered signs that hang on the restaurant's walls, a new Japanese restaurant will open in the spot on 610 South Jackson Street later this summer." ... The paper spotlights Ali Jafari, owner of Noosh Cafe (1629 Queen Anne Ave N). thestranger.com ... Seattle Weekly's Voracious blog visits TASTE Restaurant (1300 First Ave), while Mike Seely highlights the wondrous hot dog stands outside Safeco Field, including Joe's Gourmet Grilled Dogs. seattleweekly.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly rounds up restaurants with a view. seattlepi.com ... The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives two stars in her review of Hae-Nam Kalbi & Calamari (15001 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline), while Nicole Tsong stops by Kurry King (5503 Airport Way S., Seattle). Leson also notes the closing of Redmond's Bar Shu, and reports, "Don't burst into tears if you stop by The Harvest Vine (2701 E. Madison St., Seattle, or www.harvestvine.com) late this month and find the place closed. Owners Joseba Jiménez de Jiménez and Carolin Messier de Jiménez are planning a quick upstairs remodel, closing June 24 and expecting to reopen July 9. They're rebuilding their worn copper bar, reconfiguring the pantry station, replacing stoves and counters and gutting the tile floor — which Carolin installed herself when they opened their celebrated tapas bar on a shoestring budget in 1998. As if that isn't action enough for Carolin and her big Basque, how about this: They're also opening a second place, in Belltown, having recently signed the lease for Txori (say "chor-ee" — it means bird), a darling 900-square-foot space at 2227 Second Ave. If all goes well, the tiny spot will debut in August as a San Sebastian-styled pinchos bar — complete with French doors that open onto a small rear deck, blessedly off the beaten path from Belltown's noise and foot-traffic." seattletimes.com
Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com