This week brought Breton-style crepes to Chophouse Row, the beginning of Burger Month, unicorn-hued sparkle drinks to Moo Bar, and Hamilton-themed food and drinks to the Carlile Room (Aaron Burr-ger and Satisfries, anyone?). As we do every week, we've compiled all of that news and more (including Salt and Straw ice cream's rapidly approaching opening date!) below. For more things to add to your food and drink itinerary this weekend, check out 13 citrusy things to eat and drink right now, our food news post from last week, and our food and drink calendar. Plus, we've added a new feature to our listings so you can always stay on top of the latest Seattle food happenings: a filter just for new restaurants.
Charming vegetarian staple Cafe Flora plans to expand with an offshoot called Floret inside the SeaTac airport, with a full-service sit-down space and grab-and-go options. Yes, they'll serve Cafe Flora's famous Oaxacan tacos (for the uninitiated: tacos stuffed with a black bean stew, mashed potatoes, and braised greens, topped with a sprinkle of cotija and lime creme fraiche).
Opening February 6
Sara Naftaly of Marmite and Amandine Bakeshop has opened a Breton-style creperie inside Chophouse Row, with mostly savory fillings encased in thin buckwheat pancakes, along with fresh juice, housemade kombucha, and a soup of the day from Marmite. It's currently softly open, but look for expanded hours coming soon.
Opened January 31
Rana E Rospo
Renee Erickson's new casual lunch counter Rana E Rospo (that's Italian for "frog and toad") is now open, serving salads, sandwiches, and sweets inside the Amazon Spheres. Sadly, the restaurant isn't open to us non-Amazonian folk, but an Erickson-masterminded Italian bar and restaurant in the Spheres that will be accessible to the public is in the works.
Opened January 30
This taco shop, which has its first location on Whidbey Island, opens a new location in Capitol Hill Friday at 5 p.m., with traditional taco fillings like beef and carnitas, vegetarian fillings like quinoa lentil and sweet potato black bean, and frozen creamsicle margaritas.
Opens February 2
The sister restaurant to izakaya joint Suika soft-opened in Capitol Hill this Thursday. Its Instagram shows salmon croquettes, Dan Dan noodles, and a Japanese curry with Wagyu beef.
Opened February 1
The breakfast joint has opened in Tacoma's Proctor District, with offerings like bacon cookie butter waffles, churro stacks, and fried chicken bowls.
Opened January 17
After eight years of business, the swanky upscale Denny restaurant has closed.
Pike Place's Southern brunch spot Cycene, known for its grits and sandwiches, has closed, as owner and chef Hassan Chebaro and his wife are moving back to Kentucky.
The Chinese street sandwich stall in Pike Place Market is temporarily closed for remodeling, but will re-open February 12.
Greenlake Bar & Grill
The Green Lake neighborhood spot announced that it's scheduled to close on February 11.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
French Quarter Kitchen
Belltown's Big Easy-inspired Absinthe Brasserie has changed its name to French Quarter Kitchen.
Bonchon coming to First Hill
The first Seattle location of the international Korean fried chicken chain is coming to the corner of Broadway and James on First Hill (opening date not yet announced). It joins Bok a Bok, the Korean fried chicken joint which opened a location on Capitol Hill in early December.
Big Mario’s Pizza launches "Cause For Paws"
As if you needed another reason to love Big Mario's, the local pizza chain is partnering with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) to create a new program called Cause for Paws. Every week, a featured adorable, adoptable "pizza pup" will be posted with a photo, name, age, and description. When a featured dog is adopted, Big Mario's will throw the winners a free pizza party with two pizzas and a six-pack of soda from any location. More info is available on their website.
Hamilton menus at the Carlile Room and Tavolata
Begin or finish your viewing of Lin Manuel Miranda's Founding Father musical sensation (playing at the Paramount from February 6-March 18) at the Carlile Room (a.k.a. the room where it happens) with a themed menu that includes the Hamilton Hurricane cocktail, Lafayette-inspired Buns and Nips (pinch buns with mushrooms and pickled turnips), the Battle of Porktown, the Aaron Burr-ger, and Satisfries. Just don't throw away your (Jell-O) shot. Tavolata is also offering a pre-show three-course dinner in Capitol Hill for guests to enjoy before the show.
Salt and Straw opening soon
The famous artisanal ice cream chain that's caused a million lines around the block has finally announced its opening dates in Seattle: its Ballard location will open on February 9 (with a $1 scoop pop-up the day before) and the Capitol Hill location will follow on February 16. The business is known for its out-there flavor profiles and collaborations with local producers, so look forward to flavors like a take on Theo Chocolate's Big Daddy s'more, Fran's Chocolates gold bar, Beecher's Cheese with peppercorn toffee, raspberry Rachel's Ginger Beer coconut cream, Ellenos Yogurt matcha, and Elm Coffee with Westland Whiskey.
New chef and owners at Quinn's Pub
The meaty Capitol Hill gastropub, as well as the attached Sole Repair Shop, is being sold to new owners, brothers Charles and Peter Kim. Chef Miles James of the late Dot's Delicatessen, which past Stranger contributor Tobias Coughlin-Bogue mourned the loss of in May, is also taking over the kitchen.
After Rachel Yang's Relay Burger, Burger Month (a month-long collaboration with L'il Woody's and the city's chefs) officially kicks off with James Beard award-winning chef Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita's creation, the Ranch Lamb Burger (organic lamb, curry lime mayo, pickled red onion, arugula, and raw cauliflower). Pick up a stamp card this week, try all four burgers to earn stamps, and at the end of the month, you'll receive a limited edition apron to commemorate the deliciousness.
Molly Moon's Ice Cream
The local ice cream chain is testing its salty chocolate waffle cones at its Queen Anne and Columbia City locations this weekend. If they're popular enough, the chain may make the cones a permanent offering at all of their stores.
Have you ever wanted to consume glitter? Now you can. Milk tea cafe Moo Bar has released their unicorn-hued "Galaxy Series" sparkle drinks, which contain swirls of shimmer and seem devised to appeal to the glitter slime-collecting and Tide Pod-craving crowd, in Neptune (blue lychee green tea) and Mars (red strawberry mango peach green tea).
I scream, you scream: For a limited time, the cupcake chain is offering its lethal Deathcake, which we wrote about last week, in ice cream form, with chunks of Deathcake mixed into their Royale Extra Dark Chocolate ice cream. It's available in scoops and pints. They're also offering a new Filled with Love line of filled cupcakes at all of their stores and online for Valentine's Day, featuring Fluffernutter, Butterscotch, Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake, and Raspberry White Chocolate.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Belltown Root Pie Groundhog Day
There's a fun bit of Belltown lore behind this unusual event: Years ago, the owners of the Belltown Café would provide food in exchange for art from hungry artists, which resulted in the creation of the Belltown Pan, a bell-shaped copper pan that could be used as a sign outside the cafe as well as a baking tray in a commercial oven. Each year on Groundhog Day, it would be taken inside to be washed, stuffed with tons of hearty root veggies and baked for a "root pie" feast, before it was returned to its usual place outside the door for the rest of the year. Now, the tradition symbolizing nourishment and community coming together to feed one another in the darkest part of winter lives on, as new reproductions of the original Belltown Pan go into circulation among local restaurants. Grab a free root pie pass under the canopy in Bell Street Park between 2nd and 3rd Ave to try root pies created by ten different restaurants, each with their individual interpretation.
Mirage Beer Release
Brand-new brewery Mirage will hold their first beer release party at TeKu Tavern, with three new brews: Ski Mask ("8-week Helles lager, 4.3% ABV, brewed with Motueka"), Second Point ("a NE-style IPA, 6.1% ABV, DDH'd with 4-5lbs/bbl of Ekuanot, Mosaic, and Lemon Drop"), and Jonrón de Oro ("a saison aged and refermented in oak with fresh-pressed pinot gris from the Willamette Valley").
Winter Tasting Menu Pop-up Dinner with Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell
Chef Aaron Tekulve will prepare a fresh, locally-minded winter tasting menu with an optional Pacific Northwest wine pairing.
Preview Menu #106: Quebec
Sneak an exclusive first taste of Coastal Kitchen's upcoming menu inspired by the Canadian province, with glorious gravy-soaked, curd-topped poutine available as a small plate—even for breakfast.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Full Tilt's Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day Pajama Party
Break out your comfiest sleepwear to observe Ice Cream for Breakfast Day with Full Tilt, who'll be scooping up limited-edition breakfast-themed flavors and serving waffles a la mode for the occasion. They'll also have orange juice, milk, coffee, cold brew, mimosas, and your favorite cereals to round out your complete breakfast.
Ginger Wheat Release
Dreaming of spring? Flying Lion will unveil their annual Ginger Wheat, which they call "liquid sunshine": "a slightly spicy and crisp American Wheat with a pleasant ginger aroma."
Perfect Pizza at Home
Learn how to make pizza with two different techniques: one yeasted dough and one made from a sourdough starter for extra tang. You'll learn how to shape and stretch dough and top your pie—and go home with your very own sourdough starter to care for.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Burger Bistro Pop-Up
First, Canlis and Addo offered their takes on the classic Dick's Drive-In burger. Now, chef Maximillian Petty is serving up three burger choices, including a high-end version of the Big Mac, at this pop-up, along with beer and three side dishes.
Super Bowl Parties
Check out our Super Bowl calendar for all the Seattle bars and restaurants where you can watch the Super Bowl with food and drink specials—and without having to do any cleaning or cooking yourself.
Tapas: A Full-Circle History
Chef Joe Bayley, previous Chopped winner and creator of the Spanish-Filipino "La Colonial" pop-up series, will share a three-hour crash course in Spanish tapas and discuss the history and cultural context of the "small plate," alongside traditional eats like tortilla espanola and albondigas and libation pairings.
Top Pot Coffee Tasting
Start your Sunday morning off by tasting a variety of java and going home with a free bag of coffee.