This weekend, you can try Taiwanese food at the grand opening of Bao House in the International District or the debut of the new pop-up BaBaLio, lounge in Big Mario's new patio, hang out at the new beer garden at Pike Brewing, or snag some crack pie and cereal milk soft-serve at the Milk Bar Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale. Read about all of that and more below—and for more ideas, peruse our lists of places to go for National S'mores Day and August food and drink specials, or check out our full food and drink calendar.
This new restaurant in the International District, which softly opened at the end of May according to Yelp and which will have its grand opening at noon this Saturday, serves Taiwanese steam buns stuffed with fillings like roast duck, fried chicken, and BBQ pork, as well as side dishes like popcorn chicken and egg rolls. At their grand opening, they'll be offering buy-one-get-one-free deals on all bao and drinks, and guests will be able to get a bao and drink for $7.99 and get a second bao and drink free.
Koku Cafe + Market
This cafe, which had its first Yelp review on June 21 and opened in the former space of Cederberg Tea House in Queen Anne, is named for kokumi, the elusive "sixth taste" that describes a "rich flavor" or mouthfeel found in fats. The cafe has kept Cederberg's menu of teas, coffee, and rooibos drinks and added its own new menu of sandwiches, salads, and rice bowls replete with funky fermented flavors and house-made ingredients, like miso and black garlic compound butters. Drinks like yuzu limeade tonic and matcha lattes are also served, and specialty Japanese ingredients are available for sale.
La Parisienne French Bakery and Cépaé Tasting Room
The Belltown-based French bakery La Parisienne's new Bellevue location, which softly opened on July 6 according to Yelp, serves pastries, salads, sandwiches, and quiches. It's also attached to a wine bar and tasting room called Cepae, which boasts a selection of 150 bottles of wine available by the glass.
This new mom-and-pop restaurant on the Ave in University District, which was just reviewed positively by the Seattle Times, is owned by Tian Liu and Hui Yu Liu, the parents of Oasis Tea Zone and Dynasty Room owner I-Miun Liu, and offers their handmade dumplings, including pork wontons, Shan Dong boiled dumplings, and potstickers.
Queen Anne's new IPA-focused sports pub, which opened near KeyArena and had its first Yelp review on August 9, has 24 taps with beer and cider as well as a food menu with offerings like salads, nachos, charcuterie, Korean short rib tacos, pork belly sliders, Cubano sandwiches, and more.
The Fremont pizza-and-dumpling spot owned by chef Vuong Loc (who also owns Pomerol next door) has been reported closed on Yelp. Additional details about the closure are unknown.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Pike Brewing opens summer beer garden
Pike Brewing has announced that it will open a new beer garden inside their brewery, open on weekends in August and the first week of September. Guests will be able to watch the brewing process first-hand "among the tanks and kegs" while enjoying beers from the garden's four taps and snacking on landjaegers from from Pike Place's Bavarian Meats.
Wild Ginger approaches opening date for South Lake Union location
The well-known pan-Asian restaurant Wild Ginger will open its third location in South Lake Union on August 18, inside an apartment building called McKenzie. The new location will serve the same menu as the other locations along with a few exclusive dishes and will feature a satay bar with grilled meat skewers and a selection of dipping sauces.
Dingfelder’s Delicatessen nears opening date
The owners of the forthcoming Capitol Hill Jewish deli Dingfelder's Delicatessen has announced that they will open their walk-up window with a preview of their upcoming menu in the coming weeks. (An exact date has not yet been announced but will be posted sometime this week.) Following the preview, the restaurant will open for full business hours with sit-down service.
CenturyLink Field adds new dining options
Just in time for football season, CenturyLink Field will expand its food offerings, bringing on local businesses like Thai Curry Simple, Manu's Tacos, and Salumi. Din Tai Fung will also have three stands in the stadium, and a selection of other dishes—like cheesesteaks, kimchi dogs, beef pho, smoked wings, and pork belly sandwiches—will be added to existing vendors' menus.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Clay & Cocktails
Get inspired with a Henry Clay cocktail before diving into a work of art. Create a unique dish, sculpt, paint, and sip your way through this guided workshop. Your dish will be kiln-fired and ready for pick up approximately one week after the event.
Diamond Knot Brews Cruise - Seattle
Booze while you cruise Lake Union with unlimited samples of over 16 Diamond Knot beers, including special releases and limited production.
Spectacular Seafood Boil Party | Courtyard Shack
Revel will celebrate the South Lake Union Block Party with an Asian-style seafood boil of shrimp, clams, and mussels in a spicy Korean-style broth with veggies and ramen noodles.
Winner Winner, Dungeness Crab Dinner
At this upscale crab feed prepared by addo chef Eric Rivera, dig into Dungeness prepared seven different ways.
Li'l Woody's Dessert Month
Seattle is host to a wealth of bakers and ice cream makers. For the month of August, local burger joint Li'l Woody's is teaming up with some of the city's favorite up-and-coming sweets suppliers. Each week, a new special will arrive on Thursday and be available through the weekend, or until they sell out. This weekend, don't miss your chance to try tiny ice cream burger cakes from Lauren Burman of the forthcoming ice cream cake company Icebox.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Seattle Appearance
Sugar fiends and Sanrio freaks can pick up some sweet treats and other goodies from the Hello Kitty cafe truck, which will visit Southcenter for one day only.
Hop aboard the Jameson Jitney trolley and ride to multiple drinking destinations, including Octopus Bar, Ballard Loft, and SPiN, for special drinks, games, and entertainment. The first stop will feature a formal tasting with "Seattle's one and only Jameson specialist," and keep an eye out for a hidden "Barrelman" at each bar to win a special prize.
Thompson Seattle Summer Luau
Sip tropical tiki drinks from ceramic coconut mugs and snack on Hawaiian-inspired bites while taking in live ukulele music, a curated tropical playlist, and performances from Tamali'i Polynesian Dance. $3 from every coconut sold will go to local nonprofit The World is Fun.
Theo will sling grilled-to-order s'mores made with freshly made marshmallows, handmade graham crackers, and a selection of their fair-trade chocolate, including the new Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and a variety of dark and milk chocolates, for $5 each. $1 from each s'more will go to Pearl Jam's nonprofit the Vitalogy Foundation to help fight homelessness in King County.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
BaBaLio Pop-Up Debut
Wann Yen will host the very first edition of this new Taiwanese pop-up from Tiffany Ran, who's spent time at Walrus and the Carpenter, White Swan Public House, and Kamonegi. Guests can purchase a ticket for a six-course prix-fixe dinner, or they can stop in for takeout options like soy-braised pork over rice, a-choy (sauteed greens) and Ran's mother’s zha jiang noodles—no reservations necessary.
Feijoada Completa at Alcove Dining Room
Partake in feijoada, Brazil's national dish—a black bean stew with pork—along with all the traditional fixings and live Brazilian music.
Milk Bar Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale
Following their smash-hit parking-lot pop-up with Shake Shack, Canlis will next team up with illustrious New York pastry chef and junk-food queen Christina Tosi, whom you might know from her Momofuku Milk Bar empire, notorious treats like cereal milk soft-serve and crack pie, and from her recent episode on Chef's Table: Pastry. Milk Bar will serve that famous soft-serve and crack pie as well as a selection of truffles and cookies, and Canlis chef Brady Williams will put his spin on such country-fair classics as turkey legs, corn on the cob, corn dogs, fried cheese, and popcorn. Guests can scarf the bounty of summertime snacks while listening to music from the Tallboys and participating in activities and carnival games, and there will even be an opportunity to snap a Polaroid with Tosi herself and decorate it in a craft tent (where you can also snag a Milk Bar-branded friendship bracelet). All proceeds benefit Queen Anne Farmers Market.
The Original Coffee Break: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
Cultures all over the world have their own traditions for gathering and sharing a cup of something caffeinated while socializing: teatime, the Swedish practice of fika, the coffee break. As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia has developed a daily ritual around the brew that lasts a couple of hours and honors the process, from roasting the beans to steeping to sipping. (According to Ethiopian legend, coffee was first discovered by a goatherd named Kaldi, who noticed his flock seemed to dance with energy after getting hopped up on the red berries of a shrub, and decided to try them himself.) At this event hosted by Milen Medhane—owner of the Ethiopian cafe and restaurant Kaffa Coffee in Rainier Beach—and Atlas Obscura Society Seattle field agent Christopher Blado, guests can participate in an authentic coffee ceremony that includes pan-roasting fresh beans and heating and pouring water from the jebena (a traditional water vessel).
Snohomish Hard Cider Festival
This festival will showcase "cidermakers from around the Pacific NW and beyond." Wander in and out of the barn enjoying eight four-ounce tastes and grazing from food trucks.
Themed Sunday Brunch - Hawai'i
Partake in a five- to seven-course tasting menu exploring "different dishes, ingredients, and preparations of brunch items from Hawai'i."
At this pop-up brought to you by addo's culinary incubator program, Indo-Fijian brothers Krishan, Anand, and Raajan Kuma— who immigrated to Seattle with their parents in 1996—will present their modern Pacific Northwest take on Fijian cuisine.
Waffles X Wax Vinyl Brunch
Pile waffles with toppings like bourbon-soaked peaches and almond crumble while DJs spin LPs and 45s from their personal collections.
MONDAY, AUGUST 13
OKO Pop-Up at Kamonegi
Chef Josh Nebe has engineered poutine-like chowder fries for White Swan Public House and crafted sausages at Radiator Whiskey, and he is the man responsible for the madcap carnival-themed menu of corn dogs and “narwhal balls” at Unicorn. Now he’s bringing his genius for imaginative comfort food to OKO, his pop-up inspired by the soul food of Osaka and Hiroshima, serving okonomiyaki (a savory Japanese pancake containing a mishmash of ingredients) and teppanyaki (a style of Japanese food cooked on an iron griddle). At acclaimed Wallingford restaurant Kamonegi, he’ll serve a five-course tasting menu with items like shrimp toast with tomato dashi, and okonomiyaki made with corn, dried squid, pork belly, and miso.