In honor of National Hamburger Day, which very appropriately coincides with Memorial Day, Lil Woody’s wants to give you a free burger. For FREE. Go and get you one. Free.
Back in the day when most Copper River salmon was destined to be overcooked and encased in tin, local seafood hero John Rowley decided he could do better. Thirty years later, Kevin Davis makes a celebratory dinner. $65 plus tax and gratuity.
The Quilliascut Education Fund is dedicated to cultivating education for a sustainable future. Show your support while enjoying a lovely dinner at the Corson Building. You'll also hear how "Quilliascut" is properly pronounced. $200.
Zut alors! Café Presse vous invitons à parler la meilleure langue du monde tous les deux mercredis à Café Presse à la Table Française. Seattle Language Academy vous donnera un formateur pour chaque cours, et les étudiants de français de tous les niveaux sont invités à nous joindre. Songez à tous les beaux gens que vous y rencontrerez! Chouette! Et: C'est gratuit. Free.
Tavolata's monthly Sunday Feasts can be a pretty amazing deal, with prices varying depending on the star ingredient/menu—though since they're served family-style at the 26-seat communal table, you might want to bring a bunch of friends to insulate you from people who use the word "foodie." Sample $40 menu from chef Brandon Kirksey (caps his): Creamy Sunchoke Soup with Crispy Sweet Bacon and Chive Oil; Romaine and Treviso Caesar Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano and Fried Capers; Soft-cooked Eggs with Basil Aioli and Red Onion Jam; Ricotta Gnudi with Spicy Pomodoro and Pecorino Romano; Slow-cooked Pork Shoulder with Winter Spice and Marjoram; Rapini with Garlic, Chili, and Lemon; Creamy Polenta; Zeppole with Chocolate dipping sauce. YUM (our caps). The 2012 lineup is all about meat: the aforementioned pork shoulder on January 15th, (meat) lasagna on February 12, leg of lamb on March 11th, rabbit on April 15th, prime rib roast on May 6th, and suckling pig on June 3rd. Reservations required. Price varies.
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.
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.
The demise of the Broadway Grill cannot stop drag diva Mama Tits from hosting this brunch buffet with the titular mimosas and a drag cabaret to go along with! Now find her/them/it at the (very festive) Narwhal, in the basement of the Unicorn. $12 adv/$15 DOS, 21+.
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).