5. Keith Waldbauer
Liberty started the ball rolling on 15th Avenue with a cunning mixture of neighborhood comfort and high-end craft. Some of the best drinks on the menu were created by co-owner Keith Waldbauer -- his black walnut Old Fashioned is a revelation. And yes, they also serve sushi in case you need a little padding in your guts.
Liberty, 517 15th Ave E, Capitol Hill (206-323-9898)