The fried chicken wings from Nates Wings and Waffles are now available in the Central District.
The fried chicken wings from Nate's Wings & Waffles are now available in the Central District. Kelly O

Nate's Wings & Waffles Is Open in the Central District

• The Central District outpost of the Rainier Beach restaurant Nate's Wings & Waffles, owned in part by local basketball legend Nate Robinson, is now serving the same menu of terrific fried chicken wings and rotating, creative waffle specials (pumpkin pie, green tea, root beer float). There are also seven different dipping sauces, Angus beef sliders, “Nate’s Special” (a grilled cheese sandwich with chicken strips and barbecue sauce), as well as liquor, wine, beer, and happy hour. (And, if it's anything like the Rainier Beach location, good times and good vibes.)

And yes, with the recent opening of Fat's Chicken and Waffles, the Central District is officially good on fried chicken for the moment.

Niche Gluten-Free Cafe and Bakery Is Now Open

• Toby Matasar's eagerly anticipated, entirely gluten-free cafe and bakery, Niche, officially opens today. A few years ago, the veteran French-trained pastry chef switched to a Paelo diet and never looked back. Gluten-free folks, rejoice, for Matasar, who was once pastry chef for Tom Douglas Restaurants and owned and operated West Seattle’s beloved Eats Market Cafe for ten years before it closed in 2015, has focused her formidable baking skills on creating an entire menu of panini, toast, and waffles, all made in-house.

Cafe Flora Hosting a Memorial for KC Boehly on Sunday, August 20

Cafe Flora will close early this coming Sunday (at 2 p.m.) to prepare for a memorial for KC Boehly, their manager who died while hiking in Denali National Park in late August.

From Cafe Flora: "On Sunday, September 20th, we will close for dinner and spend the evening gathering to remember and celebrate our beloved KC from 6 - 9 p.m. Bring a vegan or vegetarian dish to share if you are inspired to create something, bring a song to sing if you are inspired to make music, bring a story to share, bring love and togetherness."

The event is open to all, and you can find more details here.

Salare Adds Weekend Brunch

• As of last weekend, Ravenna's Salare, which recently earned three stars from Seattle Times food critic Providence Cicero, is serving weekend brunch. The menu includes dishes as diverse as headcheese with soft-boiled eggs and toast, yogurt with roasted beets, mushroom quiche, and duck hash with duck egg.