Sitka & Spruce

Top choice Modern American

in Capitol Hill & First Hill

The king of all locavore restaurants, Sitka & Spruce was the pilot project of celebrated Seattle chef Matt Dillon. It has since become something of an institution and a trendsetter, with its country-kitchen decor and a constantly changing menu concocted with ingredients from Dillon's own Vashon Island farm. Sample items include housemade charcuterie and roasted-asparagus-and-liver parfait. Great choice for vegetarians too.

Stop by at lunch on a weekday for the three-course chef's tasting menu for the very reasonable price of $25 per person. Happy hour is Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm to 6pm and features select small plates, beer, wine and cocktails specials.

The restaurant is casually located in Capitol Hill's gorgeous Melrose Market, an oasis of sustainability and organic, yet urban, interior design.