Behind the Name: Frank’s was not named by Frank but for Frank. Frank Duffin, the late grandfather of restaurant co-owner Sarah Penn, was a Bostonian whose hometown cuisine inspired the restaurant’s oyster-centric menu. His photos adorn the back wall and the Manhattan bears his name.
Inside Tip: Don’t just stick to stuff from the sea. Though Frank’s is an oyster house, it also serves critically-acclaimed fried chicken, which Eater listed on its “9 of the Bombest Fried Chicken Dishes in Seattle” feature. Cooks marinate free-range chicken breasts in buttermilk for three days, season them in a flour-and-cayenne mixt, and serve with gravy, biscuits, and honey butter.
Vibe: Stylishly rustic, yet elegant, with exposed ductwork, wood-panelled walls, and bulbous sconces.
While You’re In the Neighborhood
Before: Work up an appetite by perusing the off-beat antiques, handmade jewelry, and local art at The Curious Nest (2916 NE 55th Street).
After: Catch a unique comedy show at Jet City Improv (5510 University Way NE), which has a reputation for roping the audience into the fun.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Pair, Sarah and Felix Penn’s other restaurant, which serves up European-inspired farm-to-table cuisine.
Tempero do Brasil transports diners' taste buds to the northeastern state of Bahia and beyond with a menu of authentic Brazilian fare. Feijoada, a savory black bean stew and the national dish of the Portuguese-speaking republic ($17), swims with ham hocks, sausages, and beef and arrives with an entourage of rice, sautéed collard greens, and orange slices. In the traditional moqueca de camaräo ($18) expertly trained prawns and vegetables perform a smoldering samba amid coconut milk, lime juice, and palm oil and the festa ($15) loads sautéed mushrooms and parmesan cheese into a baked-squash boat and sends it sailing into tomato-sauce seas. Seal the meal with a dose of caramel-flan dessert ($5) trained in the art of capoeira. Tempero do Brasil showcases live Brazilian music Saturday nights, filling the air with the distinctly South American sounds of the bossa nova and the glockenspiel.