The Royal Room Columbia City
Sun., Feb. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 2017 All Ages
Recommended by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue
This iteration of local chef Tarik Abdullah's brunch pop-up at Royal Room will feature such delights as jumbo prawns 'n' grits with squash, fennel, and tabil roasted tomato sauce, and house-made biscuits with zaatar lamb and roasted pepper gravy. Though she praises his food as "bold and wide-ranging," Stranger food writer emeritus Angela Garbes says it's primarily about the pop-up's positive vibes. "Food aside, the vibe at Morning Star is what makes it truly great," she wrote last June. "The music is always what you want to be listening to, and the crowd—lots of black, brown, and white folks—is diverse and joyful." In that same spirit of joy and diversity, Abdullah is soliciting donations this time around to help rebuild the Bellevue mosque that was the victim of arson in January. I dunno about you, but dropping a tenner in the jar, ordering up some braised chicken in saffron butter sauce, and thinking about how bummed Trump would be that a racially diverse crowd of brunch-loving Seattle liberals are raising money to rebuild a mosque sounds like a perfect meal to me.