July is almost over, and Seattle has plenty of new restaurants to show for it. To help you make sure you don't miss out on any of them, we've compiled them here—including the champagne and macaron shop Lady Yum, Pike Brewing's new adjoining restaurant and oyster bar Tankard & Tun, and the wood-fired-focused Opus Co., which opens tonight. And, speaking of new places you should try, today, Eater named Junebaby (which opened earlier this spring) one of America's best new restaurants.
1. Bar Abajo
A gin focused, cold tapas cocktail bar (think sardines and other salty small plates), located in the former Pintxo space.
Opened July 5
2. Betsutenjin Ramen
A ramen spot popular for its bone broth and green tea mochi waffles, among other things.
Open as of July 23
3. Broadway Poke & Sushi
A poke and sushi spot boasting super fresh fish and an array of toppings, plus complimentary miso soup with each order.
Open as of July 14
4. Bun & Oc
Bun & Oc is a Vietnamese restaurant serving all of the comforting classics, plus dishes you may not have yet tried—like snail soup. In fact, the restaurant is appropriately named after bún ốc, a Vietnamese dish that originated in Hanoi that features noodles, lemongrass and escargot (plus much more) in a briny broth. Get this.
Opened July 16
5. BB's Terikyaki Grill
A teriyaki haven on the Ave, popular with UW students and loved for its spicy teriyaki sauce and generous helpings of veggies on the side to justify the main, delicious dish.
Opened July 16
6. Falafel Salam
After making the move from Tel Aviv to Seattle, Chef Shimi Kahn began serving his Israeli-Mediterranean fare in 2009 at farmer's markets around the city. That transitioned into a food truck, and now a brick-and-mortar location (in the former Yummy Teriyaki location) and a catering business. Whatever your occasion or need, Kahn's menu is solid: homemade pita bread, fresh falafel, and sandwiches bursting with flavors like sheep's milk feta, pickled mango, tahini, and the famous purple slaw. There's an emphasis on to-go items, which are a nod to Israel's popular takeout culture.
Opened July 7
7. Great American Diner & Bar
"Just what we needed in West Seattle," remarked one Yelper, clearly relieved about Great American's appearance in the neighborhood. The diner and bar has an old-timey feel, but the food is apparently very fresh indeed.
Opened July 1
8. Lady Yum
Joining its sibling locations in Kirkland and Sea-Tac Airport, this is Lady Yum's newest Seattle-proper spot. The concept is both a macaron lover's dream and a champagne bar, and you can—and should—try both at the same time. The shop sells 20 different flavors of macarons daily, with permanent flavors like espresso fudge and seasonal ones like July's "Nutty Mermaid" flavor, which includes salted caramel, buttercream, coconut chips, and almond extract. They also have champagne floats.
Opened July 5
9. Lan Hue
From the same family behind Hue Ky Mi Gia and Salted Sea comes a new banh mi shop, nestled in the Pacific Rim Center. Lan Hue focuses on banh mi sandwiches—some are traditional, while others will have a noticeable PNW influence. They all cost around $4, and the fillings and fixings are all made in-house.
Open as of July 11
10. Li'l Woody's White Center
Local burger chain Lil Woody's already has locations in Capitol Hill, Ballard and South Lake Union—and now it's expanded to White Center's Business District, where it sits right next to fellow newcomer Beer Star.
Opened July 19
Maslow's takes its name from psychologist Abraham Maslow's pyramid hierarchy of human needs. As one of the newest projects from FareStart (it's set to open in late July 2017), Maslow's joins fellow newbies Community Table and Rise as part of Amazon's partnership with FareStart.
South Lake Union
Opened July 24
12. Moon's Kitchen
Moon's Kitchen is a Japanese place situated in Belltown, equally popular for its savory offerings and desserts. If you're in a sweets mood, consider the "Flower Pot Ice Cream," an adorable "pot" of vanilla or green tea ice cream topped with Oreo crumbles, chocolates made to look like pebbles, and jelly. It even comes with a "shovel" for easy consumption.
Open as of July 19
13. Opus Co.
Opus is a "neighborhood restaurant serving imaginative seasonal fare cooked over a wood fire," brought to you by former Trove chef de cuisine Mark Schroder and former Revel sous chef Paolo Campbell. The menu for opening day may have a few tweaks, but there's a safe bet it will include small plates to share, salads, meat dishes like a lamb loin chop or salmon cooked in fig leaves, and a variety of sides.
Opening July 26
14. Popeyes Fried Chicken
The chain serves its deep-fried fare and "New Orleans-style" rice and beans and jambalaya et. al.
Opened July 12
15. RPM Pizza
Thick (16-inch) Roman-style pies from Harvey Ward Van Allen, who is also behind Altstadt and Casco Antiguo. Order a whole pizza or just a slice, and consider shopping for some new vinyl too. Follow what the restaurant's front signage instructs: "Slices to go, pints to stay, vinyl forever."
Opened July 5
16. Sweet Bumpas
Experimentation drives Matt Bumpas, the former pastry chef of Poppy restaurant who now owns Sweet Bumpas. He currently sells his ice cream, which comes in unique flavors like rhubarb pineapple and chipotle peanut brittle, at outdoor markets around the city, as well as for private events and special orders—and, in July 2017, he opened a kitchen window that serves scoops and pints on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons. While he plays around a lot, Bumpas is a technically driven chef. "People think ice cream can't be elevated," he says. "It is a simple thing, but there is a complexity to it that people don't understand. And even people making ice cream don't understand." ANGELA GARBES
Opened new window July 10
SWeL ("Stuff We Like to Eat") is a restaurant and bar smack-dab in the middle of Fremont, serving up fare like pear and gorgonzola pizza, and strong drinks that are best had outdoors, while people-watching.
Open as of July 11
18. Tacos de la Noche
Capitol Hill's Bar Sue is already popular with, well, pretty much everyone, but the arrival of Tacos de la Noche will take it up a nacho...oops, a notch, sorry. Besides nachos, there are also quesadillas and tortas on the menu, plus sides like watermelon salad and proteins like chorizo or carnitas.
Open as of July 20
19. Tankard & Tun
Tankard & Tun is Pike Brewing's newest adjoining restaurant and oyster bar, complete with a brew deck and an expanded fermentation cellar. The name is derived from drinking tankards of the past (similar to beer steins) and Pike's mash tun brewing vessel (which diners can glimpse from the restaurant and deck). Coinciding with Pike Place Market's June 2017 MarketFront expansion, Tankard & Tun "will hone in on decades of passion for pairing handcrafted beers with locally sourced and flavorful foods."
Opened July 6
A ramen shop on the Hill, featuring that and cold beer on draft, plus snacky things like gyoza.
Opened July 28
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