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1501 Melrose Ave., Seattle, WA 98101
In 2011, Tamara Murphy, who helped define contemporary Seattle dining at Brasa, reminded eaters that she intends to continue shaping the local food scene. Years in the making—thanks to unanticipated landlord tangles and renovation delays—Terra Plata acquired must-visit status the moment it opened, serving food that reinvigorates the farm-to-table idiom. The high-spirited restaurant doesn't shy away from ambitious preparations involving fresh shellfish and charcuterie, but is equally capable of astonishing with the most pedestrian-sounding dishes. Here are citrus-glanced beets and maple-glazed Brussels sprouts to woo veggie skeptics, and tightly knitted potato chips throbbing with 'tater flavor. The years spent waiting for to win a legal go-ahead did nothing to dim Murphy's remarkable culinary skill.
Source: Seattle Weekly
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