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Poppy 622 Broadway Ave. E., Seattle
It was the most hyped new restaurant since the French Laundromat. (Charlie Trotter's upcoming fast food joint).
Nationally worshipped Jerry Traunfeld, the gardening, food elf who shook the saute pans for 17 years at the sacred site in Woodinville, The Herbfarm finally got his own place; foodies were wet with anticipation.
In September, Traunfeld opened the 110-seat Poppy on Capitol Hill, named after his mom.