Get ready: Long-awaited Salt and Straw opens in Ballard on Friday. Their opening menu includes delicious and unusual flavor collaborations with Beecher's Cheese, Rachel's Ginger Beer, Ellenos Yogurt, Theo Chocolate, and more. Salt and Straw via Facebook

It’s a glorious day for ice cream fiends: Portland artisan ice creamery Salt and Straw finally lands in Ballard today and is certain to inspire lines around the block with its lineup of distinctive and unusual flavor combinations. Not only that, but vegan ice cream shop Frankie & Jo’s and molten chocolate cakery Hot Cakes have announced their flavor collaborations for February, and sought-after pop-up chef Tarik Abdullah spices up ice cream with two flavors for Central District Ice Cream for Black History Month, with a kickoff party tonight to celebrate. Find all of this and more below, and, for more delicious things, check out our guides to where to go for Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras, our food news post from last week, and our complete food & drink calendar. Plus, we've also launched a new feature that's just the thing for a dreary February: a complete list of hygge-AF restaurants and bars with fireplaces.

OPENINGS
13 Coins
After closing its original Boren location after 50 years of business, the 24-hour favorite has landed in its new location in Pioneer Square. Guests can scope out the new digs, which retain the flagship’s famous high-backed chairs, captain chairs, and classic decor as well as the original menu, when the restaurant opens on Saturday, February 10, at 6 am.

Black Cat
This bar with a laidback vintage vibe from bartender Dustin Haarstad, who formerly spent four years at the James Beard-nominated “whiskey and bitters emporium” Canon, will feature beer, shots, high-end comfort fare, and pinball machines (with cocktails and a patio coming soon) and is set to open sometime this month.

Broadview Tap House
This tap house is family- and dog-friendly, with 26 taps, to-go bottles and growler fills, a patio, and a kids' play area. Their grand opening is this Saturday, with food truck fare from Bread and Circuses and 314 Pie and raffles, prizes, swag, and beer specials all weekend.

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MOD Pizza
A new location of the fast made-to-order pizza and salad chain hits West Seattle today (joining the area’s myriad other pizza options like Supreme and Pizzeria 22). To celebrate their grand opening, they’re giving away free pizza or salad for the first 52 customers, and all sales from the first day will be donated to nonprofit FareStart, which "transforms lives by empowering people who are homeless or living in poverty through life skills, job training and employment in the foodservice industry."

Salt and Straw
We’ve been anxiously awaiting the cult creamery from Portland (and its attendant lines snaking around the block) since July 2017. Now, the wait is finally over as they touch down in Ballard today, with a Capitol Hill store to follow next Friday. Aside from its perilously lengthy queues, the artisan ice cream shop is perhaps best known for its intriguing flavor collabs with local producers, so look forward to their interpretations of beloved Seattle fixtures in the form of flavors like Beecher's Cheese with peppercorn toffee, raspberry Rachel's Ginger Beer coconut cream, Ellenos Yogurt matcha, and Elm Coffee with Westland Distillery Whiskey. This month also brings the Chocolatier Series, a collection of five limited edition flavors made with products from Seattle chocolate makers for Valentine’s Day: Fran’s Chocolates Almond Gold Bar, Intrigue’s Green Basil & Chocolate Cocoa Nibs, Theo Chocolate's Big Daddy s'more, Forte’s Lemon Pepper & White Chocolate, and Fresco’s Pure Chocolate Bar. Scoop them up before they’re gone.

CLOSURES
Belle Epicurean
The French patisserie has closed its location at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, but will be opening an even bigger new location at 4th and Madison (where they’ve already opened a coffee cart). The new location is set to open March 15 and will feature weekend brunch.

Restaurant Roux
Matt Lewis’s Restaurant Roux, the brick-and-mortar sibling to the Cajun-Creole food truck Where Ya At Matt, has decided to close. The website says, “We have loved serving y’all over the last 4+ years, but after some soul-searching we decided to accept an offer to sell Restaurant Roux.” Fear not, fans of jambalaya and beignets: the food truck and catering business are sticking around. Should you wish to pay your respects, you can join the restaurant for live music on Mardi Gras, and their final service will be brunch on Sunday, February 18.

FOOD SPECIALS
L'il Woody's
For the second week of Burger Month, the featured special is the Osaka Burger from chef Shota Nakajima of Adana: "Painted Hills grass fed beef, miso aioli, karashi aioli, caramelized onions, shredded cabbage, Calbee chips, aonori seaweed sprinkled on top of a sunny side up egg." It's here until February 12.

Frankie & Jo’s x Hot Cakes
Vegan ice creamery Frankie & Jo’s has announced their February flavors: Fire Cider Shrub (a tangy, cold-and-flu-busting sorbet with Granny Smith apples, apple cider vinegar, ginger and cayenne); Velvet Heartbeet (the first ever return of a seasonal flavor,with hawthorn berry and roasted beet roasted cashew & coconut milk ice cream and chocolate ganache layer cake pieces), and Molten Chocolate Cake (chocolate cashew and coconut milk ice cream with ribbons of chocolate magic shell, rose chocolate sauce, and chunks of vegan molten cake). Hot Cakes, which is which is owned by Frankie & Jo’s co-founder Autumn Martin, is also offering the Frankie & Jo's flavor in scoops and pints for the month of February, as well as a brand-new molten cake with matcha magic shell and “Bling Blings,” their gourmet, gilded take on a Hostess Ding Dong: "moist, dark chocolate cake filled with dark chocolate butter cream then hand-dipped in organic 55% dark chocolate" in a shiny gold wrapping (available for a limited time for Valentine’s Day). If that's not enough, they also started serving their Dirty Shirley cocktail this week, made with "small-batch vodka, house made pomegranate grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon & lime juice, soda water and topped off delicious maraschino cherries from Tillen, WA."

FEBRUARY FLAVOR LAUNCH: from the warmth of ginger to the richness of chocolate, this month’s flavors will satisfy any craving. VELVET HEARTBEET: our *first ever* repeat seasonal flavor! bringing back our medicinal hawthorn berry & roasted beet roasted cashew & coconut milk ice cream that is studded with our famous rich chocolate ganache layer cake pieces. FIRE CIDER SHRUB: we take granny smith apples from @collinsfamilyorchards and blend them with traditional fire cider ingredients: apple cider vinegar, ginger and cayenne. this tangy sorbet packs a punch and is perfect for cold and flu season. MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE: in collaboration with our co-founder autumn martin’s other venture @getyourhotcakes , this is our version of a gooey molten chocolate cake. a rich salty chocolate cashew & coconut milk ice cream layered with ribbons of chocolate magic shell & rose chocolate sauce. finished with chunks of vegan molten cake sprinkled throughout. ✨🍦🙌🏼 (all cake inclusions are gluten free) available today until march at our cap hill scoop shop & nationwide pint shipping online.

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Molly Moon’s Ice Cream
Heat things up with the ice cream parlor's limited-time Valentine's flavor, Mexican hot chocolate spiked with organic cinnamon from Red Ape Cinnamon (available in scoops and pints). It's also available in their new Spiked Truffle Sundae, available for a limited time for Valentine's Day: "Mexican chocolate ice cream, snappy chocolate hard shell, rich raspberry wine sauce and the most fudgy & rich gluten-free spicy brownies." Plus, at their Capitol Hill and Wallingford locations this weekend only, you can try their salty chocolate waffle cone.

OTHER FOOD NEWS
Copine introduces bar menu
The French-American Ballard restaurant has introduced a new bar menu, with poulet rôti potato chips, rosemary-scented fried chicken with spicy honey, and Wagyu beef tartare. It's available at the bar only, Tuesday-Thursday.

Black Rooster opening in Renton
Famous Chinese restaurant Black Rooster is coming to Renton's waterfront and will feature food sourced from local farms and a rotation of Chinese celebrity chefs.

FOOD EVENTS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Brewology
What if your sixth-grade museum field trip grew up to be the boozy evening of your dreams? Such is the premise behind this geeked-out craft beer fest, where you’re invited to imbibe as many four-ounce samples as you can handle from 25 breweries and cideries and learn the science behind your favorite beverages. Talk to the brewmasters to get the scoop on their processes, take a toasty trip through the Science Center, and participate in hoppy hands-on activities and demonstrations that would make Bill Nye proud.

CDICC x Chef Tarik x World Spice Merchants
At this collaboration for Black History Month, Central District Ice Cream will feature two flavors created by Chef Tarik Abdullah in collaboration with local spicehouse World Spice Market, Peanut Butter Ras el Hanout
and Baharat Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Chips. There'll be music, art, giveaways, and a special fresh waffle cone and chocolate sauce created by Abdullah available that night only, and the first 25 customers will receive a sample pack of the spices used in the ice creams.

Ghostfish Brewing 3rd Anniversary Party
Celebrate Ghostfish Brewing's third with the release of a limited-edition limited 3rd Anniversary Smoked & Oaked Imperial Porter, "a rich, sweet, earthy & smoky brew made with buckwheat malt smoked over whisky barrel staves and then aged over red oak staves," special menu items from Ghostfish Executive Chef Joshua, Smoked & Oaked on tap, and signed 22 oz wax dipped bottles.

FEBRUARY 9-11
Fat Thursday: Special Meat Carnival Dinner
The Greek holiday Tsiknopempti (literally translated as "Smelly Thursday" because of the thick fragrance of grill smoke in the air) is an opportunity to load up on delicious meats during the week of Carnival before Lent. Omega Ouzeri will celebrate with a special prix-fixe menu of plenty of carnivorous delights.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Corte Alla Flora
The Pike Place brick-oven pizzeria will team up with Andrea Cragnotti, Executive Director of the Italian winery Corte Alla Flora, for a five-course meal with wine pairings.

Craft Cocktail Class
Learn how to shake and stir with the best of them from OOLA Distillery founder Kirby Kallas-Lewis and the OOLA team, with a tour of the facilities and a hands-on demonstration.

Lunar New Year Dumpling Party
Bid adieu to the Year of Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog with a plate of delicious dumplings. Proceeds from the party benefit China Residencies, a non-profit directory and advisory platform for artists to "engage in creative exchange through residency programs in China."

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Addo X Raised Doughnuts
The name of chef Mi Kim’s culty Raised Doughnuts pop-up refers not only to the yeasty, leavened properties of her wares, but also to her perpetual striving toward excellence: to “raise the doughnut bar” (her tagline). The former head pastry chef of Macrina Bakery has a brick-and-mortar store in the works, but for now you can catch her at this event at the former Crush space, where her new addictive mochi doughnuts (which just so happen to be gluten-free, not that you’d know it) will be served piping-hot out of the sizzling fryer. On the menu: plain and black-sesame glazed flavors, and one dunked in unctuous sweetened condensed milk. Wash them all down with a bottle of chef Eric Rivera’s cold brew soda, and you might just find yourself elevated to another plane.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Stories & Tea/Pastry Pairing
Sip tea, snack on pastries baked by Yana Bacheva Guerrero to represent symbols of good fortune, and learn about traditional symbols and rituals of prosperity for the Chinese New Year, like red envelopes and paper with Chinese words.

Chocofest 2018
Dive headfirst into chocoholic bacchanalia with 10, count ’em 10, drink tickets in tow at this annual pre-Valentine’s Day bash. Indulge in libations from dozens of breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries and sate your sweet tooth with confections from Fran’s Chocolates, Theo Chocolate, Chukar Cherries, Gelatiamo, and more. When you need to cut your sugar rush with something savory, there will also be bites from local restaurants and a cask beer section with unique ales available just for the evening. And know that all your hedonism supports a good cause—proceeds benefit Puget Soundkeeper Alliance’s efforts to protect Puget Sound waters.

Tavolàta Birthday Feast
Tavolàta celebrates 11 years in Belltown with a five-course feast, party hats, balloons, and of course, a confetti birthday cake.