Specializing in small-plate, Northwest-with-an-Italian-twist fare, How to Cook a Wolf (2208 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206/838-8090, www.howtocookawolf.com, 5 p.m.–midnight Thurs.–Mon., $35) is a fantastic choice for those who enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh and innovative dishes but who are turned off by the eccentricities of many fine dining establishments. Unpretentious and extremely attentive, the servers here are generously scattered in a high wait staff-to-table ratio. Diners are seated first come, first serve — no reservations taken here. And, best of all, the kitchen lets the delicious Northwest ingredients speak for themselves.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition