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Seattle Chef Wins Best Chef: Northwest | Poke to the Max Goes Brick-and-Mortar

Read what's new up and down the Pacific Northwest in this week's CascadiaWire

Renee Erickson at the James Beard Awards
Official Livestream/James Beard Foundation

AWARDS SEASON—Last night in Chicago, Seattle chef Renee Erickson took home the Best Chef: Northwest title at the James Beard Awards. Huge congratulations, especially as she was the only woman to win one of the ten regional chef awards. Sadly, Seattle's only contender in a national category, Canlis for Outstanding Wine Program, didn't win. The prize went instead to Bern's Steak House of Tampa, Fla.

HILLMAN CITY—Soon there will be yet another opportunity for poke-crazed Seattleites to get their fill of the Hawaiian fish dish: Sam Choy's Poké to the Max opens its brick and mortar location in Hillman City on May 7. Choy's food trucks of the same name will also stay in the rotation, serving places like the South Lake Union neighborhood and Chuck's Hop Shop. Expect the restaurant menu to reflect that of the trucks, with popular island items like loco moco, kalua pork, shoyu chicken, musubi, and, of course, the wildly popular raw fish salad known as poke.

EATER MAPS—Tacos are a fairly simplistic concept, so why can't more restaurants get them right? Elitists may argue you can't find a decent taco anywhere in the greater Seattle area, but if you've hoisted a tiny tortilla topped with a magical combination of ingredients at these spots, you know better. Head this way for Seattle's best.

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