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THE MIX • Georgetown: Serving a massive muffuletta, pecan pie made from "Aunt Daisy's 100-year-old recipe," and the "holy trinity" of gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice, the Mix promises authentic Cajun food (the chef is from Shreveport, Louisiana) in a "dark and edgy" Georgetown setting that's better known as a music venue. It's all $10 or less, too (except the massive muffuletta, which is $25 for a whole, $15 for a half, and $8 for a quarter). Seems totally worth a try. (6006 12th Ave S, 767-0280, themixseattle.com, $)

BABYLON BY BUS • Capitol Hill: According to Nosh Pit, Taylor Cheney used to do the pop-up called Arabesque at Mistral Kitchen, then she spent four months in Cairo and worked at Mamnoon, and now she's making her Middle Eastern food at La Bête on Monday nights. Sounds good! (La Bête, 1802 Bellevue Ave, 329-4047, facebook.com/labete.seattle, $)

LITTLE UNCLE • Pioneer Square: Little Uncle on Capitol Hill is a walk-up window of Thai-food deliciousness. Little Uncle in Pioneer Square is equally delicious, located in the subterranean space where Marcus' Martini Heaven used to be. Both are brought to you by former Lark sous-chef Wiley Frank and his wife, Poncharee Kounpungchart, also known as P.K., and also a chef, who are both extremely nice people. (Somewhat confusingly, "Little Uncle" is P.K.'s father's nickname.) If you go get Little Uncle's superlative, inexpensive Thai food, you will not regret it—it is exceptionally fresh, legitimately spicy, and just great. Note that the new location is super-busy between noon and one, but come before or after, and you'll probably have the run of the place. (88 Yesler Way, 223-8529, littleuncleseattle.com, $–$$)

STONEBURNER • Ballard: James Lechner and namesake Jason Stoneburner— Bastille's manager and executive chef, respectively—also run this "more rustic" restaurant inside Hotel Ballard, which promises stone-hearth cooking, handmade pasta, and a "farm focus." As part of the Bastille/Poquito's/Macleod's/Von Trapp's empire, the space has been furnished by pillaging "antiques from around the globe," including from the decommissioned Italian embassy in Buenos Aires. (5214 Ballard Ave NW, 695-2051, stoneburnerseattle.com, $$–$$$)

TEACHERS LOUNGE• Greenwood: Of this bar in Greenwood, owner Perryn Wright (lately of Cicchetti) told Eater Seattle: "It's all based on cafeteria food, but it's going to be a higher level. I call it gastro-teria." Maybe "gastro-teria" is not a great word to describe food? (8505 Greenwood Ave N, no phone, $–$$)

TANAKASAN • Belltown: Named after Eric Tanaka, co–executive chef and partner of the Tom Douglas empire, TanakaSan is one of T-Doug's many food and nonfood businesses in the gargantuan Via6 complex at Sixth and Lenora. Confusingly, Eric Tanaka is not the chef of TanakaSan; the upscale Asian-fusion menu comes from chef Brian Walczyk (formerly of Brave Horse Tavern), and includes rice bowls and fried chicken wings. (2121 Sixth Ave, 812-8412, tanakasanseattle.com, $$–$$$)

CAPITOL CIDER • Capitol Hill: Capitol Cider is a handsome, old-fashionedy pub serving lots of kinds of hard cider—30 on tap—along with the usual drinky suspects, plus non-holier-than-thou gluten-free food. Also: oil paintings commissioned from the students and alumni at Capitol Hill's Gage Academy of Arts, a fireplace, and a 107-year-old piano. (818 E Pike St, 397-3564, seattleciderbar.com, $$)

FEZ ON WHEELS • on the road: Fez promises Middle Eastern food that transcends the usual falafel-centric paradigm, featuring ultra-smooth Israeli-style hummus, spicy North African–inspired tagines, and an intriguingly refreshing jallab/iced-tea blend, among other things. (Traveling, 432-0415, facebook.com/fezonwheels, $)

PHO VIET ANH • Roosevelt: Pho Viet Anh says of their banh mi: "It is an explosion of flavors combining just enough meat, pickled carrots, fresh and cold cucumbers, cilantro, hot jalapeño peppers and those irresistible spreads of homemade pâté and mayo." (6510 Roosevelt Way NE, 466-2179, phovietanh.com, $)

LE ZINC • Capitol Hill: From the owners of Pike Place Market's Maximilien, it's an attractively contemporary-looking French place with updated versions of bistro staples (including four preparations of Penn Cove mussels and frites), cocktails (including a Parisian-style absinthe fountain and an extensive eau-de-vie selection), and (naturellement) a zinc-topped bar. At the bar: Andy McClellan (Golden Beetle); front of the house: Parris Broderick (Il Bistro, Canlis); in the kitchen: Jaron Witsoe (Maximilien). (1449 E Pine St, 257-4151, le-zn.com, $$)

TINELLO • Pioneer Square: Tinello, run by Rudy La Valle of the late Rialto Pasta Bar, is a smallish, sleekish Italian place with an open kitchen in Pioneer Square. David Hahne, of the deceased Enotria, was a partner at the beginning and was to be the chef, but just before opening that changed to Rob Milliron, formerly of the still-alive Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Etc. and Bizzarro. (314 Second Ave S, 467-4541, tinelloseattle.com, $$)

NOSH, THE FOOD TRUCK • on the road: Nosh, the Food Truck is brought to you by Seattle native Josh Downey (Oceanaire, Toulouse Petit) and Londoner Harvey Wolff (a "freelance culinary producer" who previously launched AZ Canteen, Andrew Zimmern's food truck). The menu is all less than $10, and the specialty is "Seattle Fried Rabbit." (Traveling, 489-8712, noshfoodtruck.com, $)

PANE PANE • downtown: Pane Pane makes weirdly cheap sandwiches downtown using cured meat, sauces, and bread all made in-house, according to Nosh Pit. (304 Union St, 623-7263, panepanesandwiches.com, $)

SUSHI SAMURAI • Queen Anne: Sushi where Pinkabella Cupcakes used to be. (1817 Queen Anne Ave N, 766-0298, $$)

NEW LOCATIONS OF EXISTING PLACES: NARWHAL • on the road: The (great) Walrus and the Carpenter mobilizes its seafood offerings with a truck named after the majestic uni-horned sea beast • CACTUS • Bellevue: Located where Z'Tejas used to be • LI'L WOODY'S • Ballard: The Capitol Hill burger joint has a new branch on Market Street • MOLLY MOON'S • Ballard: With a counter inside the new Li'l Woody's, Molly Moon's empire now extends to Ballard (see here) • BILL THE BUTCHER • Wallingford: The latest shop in the chain has finally opened. You'll recall that both namesake William Von Schneidau and the COO parted ways with the company a while back. Litigation ensued. In summer 2012, the Madison Valley and Bellevue Bill the Butcher branches closed. recommended

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There's a food truck called the Narwhal? Isn't that what the venue downstairs from the Unicorn is called?
Posted by pranagraphic on July 11, 2013 at 9:28 PM · Report this
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@1: Yes and yes. I think the Unicorn people are just too nice to get all mad about it.
Posted by Bethany Jean Clement on July 15, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
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need to add the finally-opened Humble Pie - wood fired pizza, stripped down setting (eat outdoors or take away). but $2 rainier tallboys and mexican cokes (in the BIG bottles) to go w some great value pies. Rainier and Weller.
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