Looking for something to do this weekend? How about a Hawaiian happy hour with Loco Moco at Coastal Kitchen, the grand opening of a Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Bellevue, an Anthony Bourdain viewing party at the Shanghai Room, or the closing party for The Atlantic? Read on for all that and all the other food news you need to know, like that Bok a Bok is bringing its Korean fried chicken and kimchi mac and cheese to Capitol Hill (!), that Mamnoon just opened a new bar, and that Junebaby was just named one of the best restaurants in America. Plus, check out our post from last week for more food news, or check out our ultimate guide to Thanksgiving food, whether you're dining out or in.
Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar
The local, sustainable seafood chain opens its newest oyster bar in Bellevue. Be the first to try their new menu, oysters, and cocktails by attending their grand opening.
Opening November 18
Bok a Bok
Chef Brian O’Connor, who previously worked at at Skillet and Roux, is bringing Bok a Bok, his fried Korean chicken joint in White Center, to Capitol Hill, with sandwiches and sides like chili salt French fries and kimchi mac and cheese. The same offerings will also be available at neighbors Neumos, Barboza, and the Runaway.
Opening December 1
Fiddlehead Fine Foods
The West Seattle brunch and lunch spot bid adieu this week with a Facebook post thanking its customers for six years of business. Cafe Mia, a “bistro + vin bar in West Seattle specializing in house-made global cuisine, wines, craft beer, teas, PNW coffee, & organic juices + smoothies,” is slated to open in its stead.
Closed November 11th
The warm, charming neighborhood bar that owner Lex Petras painstakingly renovated himself is closing after a year and a half. Service ends on Friday, but guests can say goodbye by dropping by for a cash-only taco night with a full bar on Saturday from 5-9.
Closing November 18th
To help the victims of the Napa Valley wildfires, Bateau is donating all their $25 corkage fees from November 20-21 to funds that will aid wildfire relief for the famous wine region.
The microbrewery responsible for the Alternative Facts IPA and Clickbait IPA has a new beer with a social media-minded name on tap—the Stranger Things Season 2-inspired Now Memories IPA. Their pun-tastic Instagram post about the new offering reads: "Shh, we tapped a stranger thing today....it made us do it. Now Memories IPA is hopped with 438 and Citra. It’s like you’ve tasted these hops before, but it wasn’t your mouth. #wellthatgotkindaweird #strangerthings #nowmemories #ipa #elevenlevelsofflavor #thatupsidedownlife #justiceforbobnewbysuperhero"
The Northwest steakhouse is now offering a new happy hour selection at all of its locations, available daily from 4-6:30 pm in the lounge only. Drink deals include a martini or Manhattan for $10, one glass of house red or white wine for $8, and a featured beer of the day for $5. In addition, bar food—including the Steakhouse burger, Filet Mignon steak strips, crispy fried calamari, seared Ahi tuna, crispy artichoke hearts, beef tenderloin sliders and stuffed mushrooms—is half off during happy hour.
Fat’s Chicken and Waffles
The Southern fried chicken and waffles joint is now serving the decadent Bates Mode burger, featuring caramelized onions, gravy, bacon, mayo, mustard, and cheddar cheese.
Frankie & Jo’s
The plant-based ice cream parlor has launched a new seasonal flavor, Japanese Pumpkin, in collaboration with PCC Farmland Trust. The flavor is made with kabocha squash from Bailey Farm in Snohomish and described as “deep roasted Japanese pumpkin swirled with earthy spices and folded into a coconut milk base.” 10% of proceeds from all scoops and pints go directly to PCC Farmland Trust, which supports the conservation of farmland.
The Hollywood Tavern
In honor of Movember, the Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville is offering a Tom Selleck cocktail all month to pay tribute to the mustache-sporting Magnum P.I. star, with black cherry whiskey, fresh squeezed lemon juice, cranberry juice, vanilla and walnut bitters. $1 per drink sold will be donated to the Movember Foundation to support men’s health. Read more about Tutta Bella's Movember cocktail here.
Li’l Woody’s teamed up with Beecher’s for the return of the drool-worthy Mac and Cheese Burger, featuring mayo, green onions, Hill’s bacon, Painted Hills grass-fed beef, Beecher’s “world’s best” mac and cheese, and a slice of Beecher’s smoky, peppery, Jamaican jerk-spiced New Woman cheese.
As of Monday, November 13th, the Nest at Thompson Hotel has begun a late night happy hour that runs from 9-11:30 pm, Sunday-Wednesday, with discounted boilermakers, beer, and wine.
Sun Liquor’s aged, rum-spiked, small-batch version of the delicious and divisive libation for the holidays will hit the shelves at 9 am Saturday morning at Total Wine & More in Bellevue, Federal Way, Interbay, Lynnwood, Northgate, Olympia, Puyallup, Silverdale, and Southcenter. Get your hands on it before it sells out, as it’s liable to do.
Anthony Bourdain visits Seattle
This Sunday, the episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown in which he pays a visit to Seattle will air. In between sampling weed at Hollingsworth Cannabis Farm and discussing the tech-bro invasion, he dines at places including Taylor Shellfish, Mamnoon, Shanghai Room, and Pacific Inn Pub, and hangs out with musician Mark Lanegan and food writer Nathan Myhrvold. Catch the episode at Shanghai Room’s viewing party this Sunday, which will be followed by a performance from the band The Gods Themselves (who cameo in the episode) and karaoke.
Speaking of Mamnoon, the modern Middle Eastern restaurant in Capitol Hill just celebrated its fifth anniversary by opening a new bar in their dining room. It seats a dozen guests and will feature a new cocktail menu (no food offerings just yet). Executive Chef Carrie Mashaney hopes to host regular chef’s tables and tasting menus there in the future.
Eduardo Jordan's Southern restaurant Junebaby in Ravenna was named one of the nation’s best new restaurants by Thrillist. In July, Eater named it one of the best new restaurants in the country. All the more reason to book a reservation pronto. (And they’re doing catering for Thanksgiving—check our Thanksgiving guide for the details.)
El Gaucho Bellevue
Chef Michael Jordan of famous Las Vegas restaurant Rosemary’s is the new executive chef at El Gaucho Bellevue. Jordan, whose last gig was teaching at the Seattle Culinary Academy, previously worked for Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans for seven years.
Toklas Society Presents: Alison Roman
Angela Garbes moderates a discussion with Alison Roman, Suzi An (Vita Uva), and Alex Pemoulié (Mean Sandwich) as they talk about how they launched their careers and what it’s like to be a woman in the food industry. Tickets include a sandwich and side, as well as a Ramona wine cooler.
Mahalo Hawai'i Happy Hour!
The next best thing to your own personal bridge to Hawaii is this happy hour at Coastal Kitchen, which features $8 Hurricanes, $8 Mai Tais, hibiscus punch, lava flows, and li hing mui tequila shots, plus a menu with Hawaiian comfort food favorites like loco moco and (of course) lots of SPAM. This is your last chance to try Coast Kitchen’s Hawaiian menu before their transition to their Brittany France menu on November 22.
Sound & Fog Sparkling Wine Tasting
Taste six sparkling wines and decide which lucky winner will grace your Thanksgiving dinner or holiday gathering table. Enjoy the wines on their own or try them in an effervescent cocktail.
With the advent of this pop-up inside Nordstrom, you'll now be able to get a sugar boost while shopping by picking up pints of Molly Moon's ice cream and single-serving "minimoons" cups, as well as Molly Moon's merch and apparel.
November 17-January 2
Andrew Will Winery Pop-up
Vashon's Andrew Will winery is trying to offload their excess inventory from last year, and they're doing it from a convenient Capitol Hill location. Besides being able to pick up $50 bottles for $15, you'll get a crack at magnums, library wines, and other rarities. This is an amazing chance to kickstart your wine cellar, and—pro tip—keeping a few semi-fancy wines in a rack in your kitchen and not drinking them goes a long way towards making people think you're not a complete drunk. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
First Birthday of Lowercase Brewing's Georgetown Taproom
Lowercase Brewing's taproom in Georgetown turns one, and to celebrate, they're hosting a day of food, giveaways, raffles, beer, and an exclusive special collaboration beer made in partnership with Georgetown Brewing.
Old Fashioned and Manhattan Extravaganza!
Join Toronado for a night highlighting the classic cocktails.
Raised Doughnuts x U Village Pop Up
Raised Doughnuts will be selling a special seasonal lineup of fresh-baked treats at this pop-up. Flavors include gluten-free mochi red bean, pomegranate, apple cider, raspberry holes, caramel crunch bars, and pumpkin spice fritters.
Ursidae at Delancey with Jay Guerrero
New York transplant and Pantry at Delancey chef Jay Guerrero, who's previously worked his magic at Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune in NYC and Bar Melusine and Boat Street Cafe in Seattle, presents a very special four-course dinner (named "ursidae" for the bear family) at Delancey.