I will be visiting Seattle for the first time in November and have been perusing the threads on Chowhound, as well as other Internet sites, for ideas on where to eat to find the best food, regardless of price. Although helpful, I am still having trouble sorting through the information, so I would like to ask for help from those interesting in "rating" restaurants.
Much of the discussion of restaurants in Seattle focuses on service. I know it is important, but I would like to set it aside and ask for your ratings on food, with specific attention to three variables: freshness of ingredients, innovation and quality of preparation, and plating (which, of course, includes whatever sauces or sides are on the plate).
It would be helpful if you would use numerical ranking (1-10, with 10 being highest) to summarize your opinion on each of the following restaurants. (I know that rankings will be subjective and therefore some people's 5 would be like another person's 7, but it is still useful.) Feel free to add any high-quality restaurant not on this list, or to suggest removal of any herewith.
Etta's (arbitrarily chosen over Dahlia & others in Douglas empire)