This nautical-themed bar from James Imonti, Joshua Baymiller, and David Gradwohl with a wide selection of local and imported canned beer, cocktails, and gourmet sandwiches, which was originally set to open in July, is now softly open. In keeping with the seafaring theme, there's a giant bell you can ring, with the caveat that if you do, you must buy the entire bar a round of drinks.
A new bakery serving vegan cinnamon rolls opened next door to Capitol Cider on Capitol Hill on Friday with a line around the block. Guests can customize their gooey treats with a choice of frosting, including flavors like cream cheese, almond, lemon, and marshmallow, and toppings, such as cookie dough and fresh fruit.
GH Pasta Co.
This new fast-casual pasta restaurant from Brian Clevenger, chef and owner of Vendemmia, Raccolto, Le Messe, and East Anchor Seafood, opens inside Insignia Towers in Denny Triangle on Friday, October 26. (The GH is short for "General Harvest," the name of Clevenger's restaurant group.) Like Clevenger's other restaurants, the eatery focuses on his signature contemporary Italian blend of fresh pasta and local seasonal produce, but in a more casual format, with a rotating daily menu and a selection of beer and wine.
Previously a pop-up, this cookie company christened in honor of owner Emily Allport's dachshunds and focused on classic and unexpected flavors alike will have a grand opening for its new permanent location in a trailer in the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall this Saturday, October 27. Naturally, the trailer is decked out in dachshund-inspired decor. Signature flavors include brown butter triple chocolate chunk, cookies and cream, birthday cake, and salted toffee pecan, plus a lineup of rotating seasonals, including lemon cranberry, caramel chocolate pretzel, happy almond, toffee almond chocolate, and pumpkin chocolate chip.
This new Burien restaurant inspired by the owner's love of the Vietnamese street food of Da Nang will soft open Friday, October 26, with a projected grand opening to come on November 9. Besides street food, the restaurant will also offer pho, beer, and sports channels on TV. According to Yelp, the name means "nom nom" in Vietnamese.
According to a comment on her Instagram, Renee Erickson's much-anticipated new Italian restaurant appears to be set to open inside the Amazon Spheres this Monday, October 29. Named after a plant christened in honor of English horticulturist Ellen Ann Willmott, it's Erickson's first full-on Italian venture (a tribute to her time spent in Rome in college) and will feature Roman-style pizza and Italian aperitivo cocktails, as well as frittatas, arancini, pastries, Calabrian chili fritti, and tiramisu.
South Lake Union
Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe
The traveling hand-crafted pretzel purveyor will have its final Seattle shift at Chuck's Hop Shop on Saturday, October 27, as it prepares to move to a new permanent location in the Columbia Food Park in downtown Vancouver, WA and plans to open a location in Portland in 2019.
The Pike Place location of this Mexican restaurant, which opened in tandem with neighboring Italian restaurant Mercato Stellina in December 2017, has closed. Reasons for the closure are currently unknown. Mercato Stellina and the Capitol Hill location of Chavez will remain open.
Pike Place Market
Goldbergs' Famous Delicatessen
Despite the recent glut of Jewish delis popping up around the Seattle area (like the recently opened Dingfelder's Delicatessen and the upcoming Schmaltzy's Deli and Zylberschtein’s), the beloved Bellevue institution has shuttered after over 13 years of business, with owner Ben Cukier citing difficulties with the location, including parking issues and an unexpected increase in rent, as the reasons for the closure. However, don't rule out the chance of a return—Cukier says they'll keep their furnishing and equipment in storage in case they relocate.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Edouardo Jordan to open new restaurant in Ravenna
Can't get into Edouardo Jordan's award-winning, sought-after Ravenna restaurants JuneBaby and Salare? Good news: Jordan is opening a new, more casual restaurant called Lucinda Grain Bar next to JuneBaby next month. The restaurant will focus on heritage grains such as millet, wheat berries, and buckwheat and will serve rice bowls, salmon, chicken, pastas, and pressed sandwiches.
Kamonegi named Best New Restaurant by Seattle Met
Accolades continue to pour in for Mutsuko Soma's Japanese restaurant Kamonegi in Fremont, where she crafts soba noodles by hand and which was previously named one of the best new restaurants by Eater and Bon Appetit. Seattle Met has selected the Japanese restaurant as its 2018 Restaurant of the Year (it was also the location for their recent Secret Supper on Monday, October 22, where the news was announced).
Ma'ono Fried Chicken coming to Rachel's Ginger Beer in Capitol Hill
Mark Fuller's delicious Ma'ono fried chicken, which currently has a full location in West Seattle and operates a fried chicken sandwich counter inside the U Village location of Rachel's Ginger Beer, will replace Monica Dimas's Sunset Fried Chicken counter inside the Capitol Hill location of RGB, as Dimas focuses more on her other businesses like Little Neon Taco and Westman's Bagels, both of which opened this year. To welcome Ma'ono, Rachel's Ginger Beer will throw a party with $6 fried chicken sandwiches and $6 Moscow mules on November 2.
The Wood Shop BBQ to open restaurant n Batch 206 Distillery
As the cult-favorite Chicago-style deep dish pizza of Windy City Pie is about to exit its home in Interbay's Batch 206 Distillery in favor of a new permanent location in Phinney, the popular barbecue joint Wood Shop BBQ is planning to open a new restaurant in the space called Oaky's Tex Mex, serving smoked meats such as carnitas and barbacoa as well as other items like queso and chili. The new location is set to debut in early 2019.
Menya Musashi Niten Ichiryu opening in Capitol Hill
Menya Musashi Niten Ichiryu, a ramen chain with 14 restaurants in Japan and which recently opened its first U.S. location in Los Angeles, will replace the recently closed Tentenyu in Capitol Hill on November 9. The grand opening will offer $3 ramen bowls for the first 300 customers.
New owners for the Crescent
The Crescent Lounge, Capitol Hill's 70-year-old dive bar with the stiffest of drinks and unparalleled people-watching and karaoke, will be taken over by brothers Joe Martin, Steve Smith, and David Munden, sons of the Crescent's late original founder Jim Feigley. Don't worry: They plan to keep the bar exactly as it is, making only a few subtle improvements like new coolers. The new owners will close the deal with current owner Steve Song in January 2019.
Fans campaign to save Ethiopian restaurant Saba
Devotees of the beloved Central District Ethiopian restaurant Saba have created a change.org petition supported by Kshama Sawant in hopes of saving the restaurant from demolition, as the restaurant's building is currently for sale for $6 million and may demolish the building.
Hood Famous Bakeshop will open a location in the International District
The beloved Ballard bakeshop, famous for its Filipino-inspired specialties such as ube cheesecake, is expanding to the International District with a new location called Hood Famous Cafe and Bar inside the Publix Hotel. In addition to their well-known sweets, the new location, set to open in early 2019, will also carry coffee, breads and pastries, savory offerings like Filipino-inflected quiches with fillings like longanisa sausage and bittermelon, and a drink menu with cocktails in familiar flavors like tamarind, guava, and ube.
Whole Foods opening at Madison and Broadway
The organic grocery behemoth will open its newest Seattle location at Madison on Broadway at 9 am on Tuesday, October 30. The new location will feature two floors of retail space, a full-service coffee bar, a bar called Stella Lounge with local draft beers and wine by the glass, and full meat and seafood departments. For the grand opening, they'll have complimentary coffee and pastries as well as music and prizes.
FRIDAY, OCT 26
Alice B. Toklas Tour and Dinner
The Hotel Sorrento lays claim to the peculiar honor of having been deemed one of the 13 most haunted hotels in the world by USA Today. Why? It’s said that the specter of late eccentric socialite Alice B. Toklas lurks there; she’s known mostly as the muse and lover of Gertrude Stein (not to mention the progenitor of an apparently killer pot brownie recipe). Toklas lived briefly in Seattle as a teen, and her apparition has been glimpsed roaming the halls of the Sorrento’s fourth floor dressed in flowing white. At this spooky event, the hotel will pay homage to its favorite “permanent resident” with a tour of some of the sites of reported paranormal activity, followed by a prix-fixe dinner inspired by Toklas’s eponymous cookbook. (No word on whether her famous brownies will be served.)
Renee Erickson's French Atlantic-inspired oyster bar will celebrate espelette, a vibrant red pepper that is traditionally strung up to dry at the end of the summer in the French village of Espelette and the Basque regions of France and Spain, with special menu items this week.
Kristen Miglore: Food52 Genius Desserts
When Food52 creative director Kristen Miglore says the desserts in her new cookbook are “genius,” she’s not using the word lightly: They’re culled from her James Beard Award–winning column Genius Recipes, in which she curates particularly innovative or time-tested dishes. Expect sweet confections that are Mensa-worthy brilliant, from chocolate chip cookie brittle to a foolproof vegan chocolate cake to Dorie Greenspan’s famous “world peace cookies” and beyond. Miglore will discuss her favorite desserts and her criteria for choosing recipes as well as sign books purchased onsite, and the Book Larder will bake a treat from the book for guests to try.
Mad Scientist Cocktail + Mocktail Lab
Get creative with your cocktails and mocktails in these workshops.
Meesha: Royal Kitchen of Jodhpur
At this five-course pop-up dinner by Meesha, gather around a communal wooden table decked out in candles and flowers and take part in a Jodhpuri feast inspired by the region of Rajasthan, accompanied by wine pairings.
Pike Place Zombie Crawl
Dress in your best undead threads and most morbid makeup for this zombie crawl, in which you'll shamble through Pike Place Market in search of themed libations at participating restaurants and bars. Drinks will include the Bloody Eyeball Float from Shug's Soda Fountain + Ice Cream, a Blood Orange Mule from Rachel's Ginger Beer, the El Diablo with Hellfire Bitters from Maximilien, and more.
Prohibition Sucks: A Vampire Speakeasy
If a group of 1920s vampires found themselves in search of some illicit sanguine spirits, they'd seek out this fancy Prohibition-era speakeasy shindig, which calls for a "Great Gatsby black tie" dress code and features live music, passed hors d'oeuvres by chef Shawn Martin, and classic era-appropriate craft cocktails "with a vampire twist" from Seattle Bartending. Proceeds benefit NW Honey Bee Habitat Restoration.
Shug's Monster Mash
Flaunt your costume at the old-timey Pike Place soda fountain while playing games and trying retro ice cream and cocktail specials. Awards will be given to the best dressed.
Nightmare on Wall Street
Satisfy your thirst for horror-themed cocktails (like the pumpkin-vesseled "Slasher," which contains "candy corn orgeat") inspired by movies like Jaws, Hereditary, Drag Me to Hell, and Night of the Living Dead at the award-winning Belltown tiki bar. They'll be playing horror movie soundtracks to add to the mood.
SATURDAY, OCT 27
Bourbon and Bacon Fest Tacoma
It’s no secret that the smoky, fatty flavor of bacon holds a near-primal appeal, and it’s only magnified when paired with the caramelly, butterscotch-tinged notes of bourbon. At this event, you can sample plenty of crispy, pork-studded dishes from Puget Sound vendors like Biscuit & Bean and Uli's Famous Sausage alongside bourbons and other brown liquors from all over the country. Proceeds benefit Treehouse, a local nonprofit that provides academic resources and support for children in foster care.
Defense Against The Dark: Festival of Stouts
Revel in an exclusive selection of hard-to-find stouts for one day only and try a flight.
Sugar Skulls with Fara Arteaga
With the help of artist Fara Arteaga, make authentic calaveras—which are traditionally inscribed with the name of a departed loved one and placed on an altar—using sugar, colorful royal icing, and bright pasted flowers. Plus, learn, about the history of the Mexican folk art tradition through text and videos.
55th Annual Wild Mushroom Show
Tote along some 'shrooms from your garden or travels and have them identified at this event billing itself as "one of the largest and most complete exhibits of mushrooms in the United States," which will display and identify over 200 varieties of wild fungi and classify them as edible, poisonous, or valueless as food. Plus, check out a slide show lecture, a "feel and smell" demo, a mushroom tasting prepared by top Seattle chefs, a photography display, and more.
SUNDAY, OCT 28
Amateur and master bakers can enter this cupcake competition by bringing a dozen of their best cupcakes in support of SwingLeft, an organization that fights to take back the House in the November midterm elections. Those who don't want to enter can just show up to taste everyone's creations.
Joule's Anniversary Dinner
The theme for Joule's birthday bash will be "The Bold and the Beef," serving four courses of red meat (including dessert) with some special local wine pairings from Joule wine director Maggie Snyder.
Tricks and Eats
At this fundraiser supporting Woodland Park Zoo's efforts to save wildlife, don a costume and partake in fare from Ethan Stowell Restaurants while mingling with "ambassador animals, slithering friends or perhaps a cockroach or two."
OCT 29-NOV 4
Sagra di Radicchio
Cheers for chicories! Inspired by the Italian tradition of the sagra (a festival usually celebrating local food), this weeklong event dedicated to the refreshingly bitter radicchio kicks off with a Restaurant Week of specials from local restaurants, followed by a daylong festival at Palace Ballroom and a Radicchio Pizza Party at London Plane. For even more radicchio revelry, check out the Hot Stove Society's Lunch Club cooking class and a cooking demonstration with Jackie Cross and Lexi Ochoa.
OCT 28-NOV 8
Seattle Restaurant Week
Frugal gourmands everywhere rejoice over this twice-yearly event, which lets diners tuck into prix-fixe menus at more than 165 different restaurants hoping to lure new customers with singularly slashed prices: Three courses cost a mere $33, and many restaurants also offer two-course lunches for $18. It’s an excellent opportunity to feast like a high roller at an accessible price point and cross some otherwise spendy establishments off your food bucket list, including critically acclaimed restaurants like Tilth, Agrodolce, and Lark.
TUESDAY, OCT 30
American Psycho-Inspired Dosia Pop-Up Dinner
You can pretend you're Christian Bale making a reservation at the fictional restaurant Dorsia in American Psycho when you call to reserve a spot at this opulent '80s-inspired dinner. Look out for investment bankers with radiant skin.