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Canlis Has a New Chef; Kraken Congee Opening in Pioneer Square

This week's top hits from Eater Seattle, Curbed's sibling bar, restaurant, and nightlife blog.

CHEF WIRE -- When Jason Franey departed Seattle fine dining institution Canlis last year, the national search began for his replacement. Canlis has announced the hiring of Brady Williams, a 28-year-old chef who has been cooking at Roberta's in Brooklyn, a wood-fired pizza restaurant with a massive waiting list. Williams will be the sixth chef in the restaurant's 64-year history when he starts work April 13. Williams will take some time to get his sea legs before putting his touches on the menu.

PIONEER SQUARE -- Kraken Congee is laying down roots in Pioneer Square, and you'll definitely recognize the destination: the just-closed Little Uncle space. Co-owner Shane Robinson tells Eater that they're hoping to move their popular pop-up into PSQ this spring, with April the earliest goal. Kraken started popping up around town in spring 2013 with their previously unseen in Seattle cuisine, merging Southeast Asian congee with "haute ingredients" — meaning, everything from duck confit to pork belly adobo.

EATER MAPS -- Tacos are a fairly simplistic concept, but not everyone gets them right. Elitists may argue you can't find a decent taco anywhere in the greater Seattle area, but if you've hoisted a tiny tortilla topped with a magical combination of ingredients at these spots, you know better. Here are ten of Seattle's best bets for delicious tacos.