Lisa Nakamura, the Seattle chef whose résumé includes the swanky French Laundry down in Napa Valley, is wowing the Northwest again—only this time, instead of from behind the stove at Allium, her former French-inspired spot on Orcas Island, she’s doing so on Capitol Hill, turning out earthy, inexpensive comfort food. Gnocchi Bar, a no-frills concept, offers five or six riffs on the Italian favorite every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try her classic beef-and-pork meatballs on light-for-Italy potato gnocchi, or go less traditional, with braised chicken with capers and cider butter, all atop her polenta gnocchi. Of note: She does gluten-free versions of the potato gnocchi as well. We’ll have another round.
1542 12th Ave.