Seattle chef Maria Hines and her cozy restaurant Tilth, in the Wallingford neighborhood, were named in Wednesday’s New York Times as one of the country’s top ten new places to eat. Specifically cited was Hines’ inspired cooking and her meticulous sourcing of local and seasonal ingredients, which has earned the restaurant organic certification from the Oregon Tilth association.

Who knows whether the media’s intense fascination with all things local and seasonal is nothing more than coverage of the latest trend in luxury goods (this year: display your ethical colors), or whether they’re onto something more lasting. We ate at Tilth a year ago, a couple of months after it opened, and found the food to be creative, delicious, and considering the concept, reasonably priced. Meaning we’d eat there regardless.

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