Ethan Stowell, the man behind a bunch of restaurants (you know), hosts a charity cook-off in which you get to try 117-ish kinds of mac and cheese made by pro chefs and notable amateurs, plus lots of beer. Proceeds benefit the Fetal Health Foundation. $50.
On the third Monday of each month, there’s wine, conversation, and a six-course dinner inspired by the writings of Angelo Pellegrini at Cafe Lago. Organizer Jon Rowley is a local food hero, ditto Pelligrini, and Cafe Lago has been making beloved Italian food in Montlake for 1,000 years. For a thing that would probably be labeled a "foodie" event, this sounds pretty great. $75.
Every Monday night, the great Tamara Murphy makes probably really great paella for $15 per person at Terra Plata. Also available: a pared-down menu of pinxtos (the Basque, harder-to-say version of tapas), Spanish-inspired cocktails, and Spanish wine. $15.
Every Monday, Sitka & Spruce hosts the Suadero, a pop-up restaurant serving various excellent-sounding tacos, quesos fundidos, and more.
Bingo plus booze equals FUN, and this Monday night bingo game has $2.50 PBR tallboys with all-you-can-eat spaghetti for $9.13 (plus meatballs "as big as your head" for a bit more). N.B.: The first Monday of every month is Dyke Date Bingo, where "you don’t have to be a lesbian, but if you are, grab a friend and come on down!"
Come to Cafe Presse for a monthly family-style French supper paired (optionally, but vive a little!) with wine. $40 for food and wine, $25 for food only.
Highline, Seattle's finest divey vegan bar, doesn't normally serve dessert. But on Tuesday nights, they bring out the (vegan) cake (and Cake-arokee is rumored to be the most supportive karaoke night in the city). Get there early: The cake usually sells out.
Head over to Seattle's very own Chia pet, the ivy-covered Roanoke Tavern (serving Seattleites since 1935!), for $1 tacos on Wednesday nights. We heart the Roanoke. $1 x the number of tacos you eat.
January 23rd is National Pie Day. (Not to be confused to Pi Day.) You should eat some pie! Here are all our recommended bakeries (if you don't like pie, YOU COMMUNIST, you can find something else sweet here too).
Every Thursday, Chocolopolis hosts a chocolate happy hour with free samples from artisan bean-to-bar chocolatiers. ACK!!! CHOCOLATE!!! Free.
Every Thursday, FareStart hosts Guest Chef Night, featuring dinners from great Seattle chefs for just $24.95. The schedule is here—reserve in advance for your favorites, as these tend to sell out fast. All proceeds support FareStart, whose mission is to provide "a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry." FareStart is a fantastic thing, and you should go to this often. $24.95.
On the last Friday of every month, the Stranger Testing Department (aka the STD, aka Paul Hughes and Rob Lightner, along with Queen Nerd Mary Traverse, and sometimes special guests!) takes over the Raygun Lounge for beer-and-board/card-game goodness, starting at 5 p.m. and on into the night. (Originally, they said 5 to 9, but it has yet to end that early because GAMES.) Bring a game to share, or borrow from Raygun's collection. It is FUN. No cover.
Bottomless anything is good, especially if it involves champagne. Just order brunch at the Coterie Room or Ma'ono (both pretty damn great) and your mimosa ($10 at the former, $12 at the latter) will have no bottom.
Adrian Ryan says Sylvia O’Stayformore’s drag brunch “features entertainment not only from her own fine self but also a rotating handful of very talented performers. And it is surely the most adventurous of them all—as it features a train ride (magical!), and it happens at the glamorous Royal Room.” $8.
Every last Sunday of the month, Little Water Cantina roasts a couple whole hog's worth of local-beer-brined pork tacos: You get a plate of those, a matching beer, and live music, too. Weather permitting, the party's on the patio with its awesome Lake Union view. $17.
Let the people of DubSea bikes pimp your ride (and by that we mean make minor repairs) free of charge. As long as you're getting something for free, bring a donation to the White Center Food Bank (if you don't, you're kind of a jerk). Free.
Jesus god, this sounds good: Dinner for two in the form of a whole two-pound Dungeness crab—wok-seared with tamarind sauce, Singaporean yellow curry, scallions and ginger, or Saigon salt-and-pepper style—served with a fresh mango and papaya salad for $30, every Sunday and Monday night at Monsoon. Also: Bottles of wine, 30 percent off. See you there. $30.
Wallingford's Moon Temple is one of the highest-quality dive bars this city is privileged to still contain. Trivia night here is fueled by strong-ass drinks, and probably concomitantly fun. Long live the Moon Temple! $2 (registration fee per player).
Every third Monday at Grub, Joel Jester (formerly of Revel) cooks a four-course seasonal “Span-Asian” dinner, served family-style. To clarify, the dishes are Pacific Northwest with Spanish and Asian influences; there’s no indication what makes it “feral.” $45.
Every first Thursday of the month, the Tin Table hosts a three-course seasonal chef's dinner—check their website for the menu, which always looks really good. $40 (not including tax and gratuity).
The goal of Biscuit Bitch is "to bring fresh, homemade food with attitude to the partying masses of Downtown Seattle" on Friday and Saturday nights. They do this with biscuits and gravy/jam/etc. served in various bitchy incarnations for prices ranging between $5 and $13.
Go now, my children, and worship at the altar of fried chicken goodness every Sunday night at Joe's. For there SHALL be grease, there SHALL be buttermilk batter, and there SHALL be all the fixings. $14.
On the second Sunday of every month, the Local Vine hosts a four-course, family-style dinner at its communal tables, complete with wine pairings for each course. $45.
BOCK BOCK! It's fried chicken night at Brave Horse Tavern, and you know what they say: winner, winner, fried chicken dinner. (Now if only we knew what that meant...) Come for the fried fowl; stay for the macaroni salad, watermelon, green beans, country rolls, and corn relish. $14.