Hands down, the go-to for comfort food in 2021 has been chef Kristi Brown and her son Damon Bomar’s award-winning restaurant. Located in the heart of the Central District, on the historic site of Liberty Bank, the first Black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest, Brown and Bomar feature “Seattle soul” dishes from a deep-fried eggplant salad with creamy corn vinaigrette to a roasted pork neck bone stew. Reservations book lightning-fast. But the restaurant usually has a few tables available for walk-ins when it opens at 4 p.m. Or swing by for brunch every Sunday (first come, first served) or late-night happy hour. The thicker-than-thighs cornbread French toast is worth waking early.