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New favorite restaurant alert! <a href="" target="_blank" title="">Lazy Susan </a>just opened in Lower Queen Anne and is a fusion between Korean and Mexican cuisine. Located in the former Crow space, the founder and restaurateur, Suzana Olmos, has a compelling personal, family story which is the motivation behind her new venture. Suzana is also the brains behind the very popular <a href="" target="_blank" title="">Citizen Café & Bar and Citizen Campfire</a> only a few blocks away. Lazy Susan is open for dinner and focuses on a crafty happy hour and cocktail service, with two boozy slushie machines up its sleeve. A weekend brunch service is coming soon. (Image courtesy of Lazy Susan).

New Korean-Mexican spot in lower Queen Anne takes comfort food to a new level

It's quickly become a Queen Anne hotspot.

At Lazy Susan, Korean and Mexican cuisines combine to create a menu of crowd-pleasing comfort food.

"It feels very 'neighborhood-y' and comfortable," one diner told me. "And the food is layered. It's awesome."

"All the food was delicious," added another. "Made with love."

Owner Suzana Olmos has lived in the neighborhood for some 30 years. She runs Citizen Cafe down the street, but for this project, Olmos took inspiration from the way she ate growing up. It's a style she calls 'Korexican'.

"I'm Korexican, half-Korean and half-Mexican," she said. "So growing up, my mother learned how to cook Mexican food to accommodate my father's tastes and, of course, Korean food. So every day on our dinner table we had handmade tortillas and beans and kimchi."

As for the name, Lazy Susan, it too was inspired by her mom.

"It was my mother's nickname for me," said Olmos. "She was, before they even had this term, 'OCD-clean'. We had six kids in our family and we had the cleanest house you've ever seen. [My mom] would have me, after dinner, after washing dishes, scrub the floor every day. I'd complain, and she would always say, 'Susan, you're so lazy. You're so lazy, Susan' - I always remember her saying that to me and it was with love."

But there's nothing lazy about this menu. One standout? The wings, double fried with either a sweet and spicy garlic or ginger soy sauce.

"I know there are wings a lot of places, and I'm not a huge wing fan, but these were incredibly crispy and juicy inside with amazing flavor," a diner told me between bites. "They were delicious."

Another favorite is the hangover soup, perfect if you're dealing with a cold or maybe a case of 'bottle flu'.

[Photos: Take a sneak peek at Lazy Susan's menu]

"Hangover soup in Korean is called Sulguk. Sul meaning 'the drink'," explained Olmos. "The way we cook it is we boil beef bones for about 10 hours, then we add shredded flank steak and we cook it down for a couple hours. Then we throw in all of the goodness. All of the shiitake mushrooms, the green onions, we boil an egg down in it, put in the chili peppers and all the spices and add some glass noodles. It'll fix you up."

Of course, behind all this delicious food is a decidedly personal story. All one needs to do is look at the painting, just to the right of the entrance. It's where you'll find a piece of Olmos' heart.

"My daughter is away at college now," she said. "Every time I look at this painting it makes me feel close to her. She's wise beyond her years, and that's what I see when I look at this photo. So, I always feel her in spirit. I feel my mother in spirit. With [my mother] having health issues and losing the ability to speak, I feel like I am my mom's voice right now sharing her food with everyone who wants to try it. So, [this restaurant] means everything to me. It's really heartfelt."

Her hope is that her customers feel that connection every time they walk in the door.

"There's a lot of authentic love and passion behind this place," she said. "It's not a chain restaurant, I'm not trying to change the world of restaurants. It was just something born of a lot of tender feelings and I hope they enjoy that."

Lazy Susan is located at 823 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. Hours are Monday through Fridays 4-10 p.m., Saturday 12-10 p.m., and Sunday 12-9 p.m.