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Five Things to Know About Trace
Located within W Seattle, Trace has garnered a great deal of acclaim since opening in 2012 for its farm-to-table fare, locally brewed drinks, and impressive design. Here are a few things to keep in mind about this hangout.
- Chefs add a dash of Asian inspiration to the food. They use local and seasonal ingredients to craft artful dishes with an Asian flair, such as the Misoyaki Alaskan salmon with Hawaiian heart of palm, bok choy, and orange sauce.
- There's a 10-seat sushi bar. The signature dish here is a roll packed with crab and torched spicy tuna. Pro tip: sushi is not available on Sundays.
- Handcrafted cocktails anchor the drink selection. Bartenders mix many of these using liquor from regional distilleries. The wine list is impressive, too, featuring numerous selections from notable Washington State wineries.
- The decor is rife with innovation. From a three-story central fireplace to a gigantic mural that transforms at different angles, Trace raises the bar in restaurant design. The hip lounge-style atmosphere buzzes with colors, swanky seating, and games, including tables that double as backgammon boards.
- Awards are beginning to pile up. In 2014 alone, DList Magazine picked Trace as the city's top hotel bar, and Thrillist placed it amongst the country's best hotel restaurants.