Formerly a walk-up window inside Rachel's Ginger Beer, Monica Dimas's Sunset Fried Chicken arrives in its new home in Queer/Bar today, along with an expanded menu and sit-down service. Sunset Fried Chicken via Facebook
This week, Monica Dimas's Sunset Fried Chicken finds a new home in Capitol Hill at Queer/Bar, a new restaurant brings "drink and eats" to the former space of Radici in Pioneer Square, and Adana chef Shota Nakajima reveals plans for his upcoming Japanese street food spot Taku (hint: they involve deep-fried skewered meats and tempura ice cream). Read on for all the food news you need to know now. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink calendar and our list of food and drink specials to try in December.

OPENINGS
Caffe Limoncello
This new cafe, which opened recently in lower Queen Anne and had its first Yelp review on November 14, serves espresso, Italian pastries, and panini.
Queen Anne

D&E
Short for "drink and eats," this casually elegant new Pioneer Square restaurant from husband-and-wife team Jonathan Fleming (the former general manager of Rider) and Libby Aker opened in the former space of the erstwhile Radici last weekend. The food menu from chef Ben Davison includes fresh pasta, fried chicken, suckling pig, sandwiches, small plates, soups, and salads, while the drink menu includes draft and house cocktails, beer, wine, and cider.
Pioneer Square

Gyro Heroes
This West Seattle Greek spot, which had its first Yelp review on November 25, offers Mediterranean staples like falafel, gyros, shawarma, and hummus and is already receiving rave reviews on Yelp.
West Seattle

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Kung Fu Tea
This New York-based bubble tea chain, which recently opened inside Bellevue's Soma Towers and had its first Yelp review on December 3, is known for its milk tea, punch drinks, and "milk cap tea" (tea with a foamy, slightly salty layer of milk on top, also known as "cheese tea").
Bellevue

Migoto Sushi
This new Capitol Hill sushi bar and grill, which opened in the space of the recently closed Lemongrass near Seattle University earlier this month and had its first Yelp review on December 7, comes from former I Love Wasabi owner Mai Nguyen and features a menu of sushi and sashimi, donburi, noodle soup, stir-fries, appetizers, salads, tempura, and miso soup.
Capitol Hill

CLOSURES
Navy Strength Coffee + Juice Bar
Navy Strength owners Chris and Anu Elford have opted to close the coffee and juice bar component of their Belltown tiki bar, citing staffing issues and a lack of resources, but say that exciting plans for the space will be announced soon—Seattle Met hints that a natural wine bar is next for the space.
Belltown

OTHER FOOD NEWS
Elysian Brewery prepares to overhaul Capitol Hill brewery
Capitol Hill Seattle reports that Elysian Brewery is set to make some renovations to its Capitol Hill brewery, including a new open-concept brewery to give customers a close-up glimpse of brewing in action, a connected indoor/outdoor seating area, new lighting, shuffleboard, furniture, a merchandise area, a backbar, increased tap capacity, and a fresh coat of paint, as well as some back-of-house upgrades.

Sunset Fried Chicken moves to Queer/Bar
Sunset Fried Chicken, Monica Dimas's walk-up fried chicken counter which previously took up residence in the Capitol Hill location of Rachel's Ginger Beer and which was recently replaced by Hawaiian fried chicken joint Ma'ono, is relocating to nearby Queer/Bar today, December 14. The new Sunset Fried Chicken, which will have sit-down table service, will feature an expanded version of the original menu, with the addition of bites like chicken wings, Cajun popcorn chicken, fried green tomatoes, Caesar salad, and burgers. Dimas says brunch is in the works as well.

Dingfelder's Delicatessen adds indoor seating
The popular Capitol Hill Jewish deli Dingfelder's Delicatessen, which The Stranger's Rich Smith praised for their "phenomenal" pastrami on rye, has added indoor seating (previously, they were operating as a walk-up window).

The Ruby Brink coming to Vashon Island
Lauren Garaventa, who runs a butchery business and a pop-up called Meat and Noodles, Rustle Biehn, and Jake Heil plan to open a new venture called the Ruby Brink, a combination restaurant, butcher shop, and cocktail bar on Vashon Island. Set to open in mid-winter, the establishment will prominently feature seasonal produce, pasture-raised meat, and house-made pickles and preserves. Heil, who previously managed the Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, will oversee the cocktail list.

Adana chef announces details about upcoming restaurant
Adana chef Shota Nakajima has revealed more information about the Osaka street food-inspired eatery he is planning to open next door to Salt and Straw and Redhook Brewlab on Capitol Hill this March or April. The restaurant will be called Taku and feature kushikatshu, Japanese deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers. Targeting the late-night Capitol Hill crowd, the space will also feature a Suntory Whisky highball machine, seasonal tempura ice cream from Salt and Straw, secret menu items that can only be ordered in Japanese, and selfie-worthy bathroom decor.

Forthcoming restaurant Little Fish to host Vashon Island restaurant takeover
Little Fish, the highly anticipated forthcoming Pike Place restaurant and seafood craft microcannery from chef Zoi Antonitsas and Bryan Jarr, will take over Vashon Island restaurant Gravy each weekend this January while owners Dre Neeley and Pepa Brower vacation in Italy. At the takeover, which will run from 5-9 pm Friday-Sunday and serve brunch from 10 am-2 pm on Saturday and Sudnay, diners will get the chance to preview brunch and dinner dishes from the Little Fish menu, including oysters with grapefruit mignonette, Dinah's Cheese from Kurt Timmermeister's Vashon-based Kurtwood Farms with grilled persimmon and chicories, Neah Bay sea urchin risotto, salt cod brandade croquettes, and tinned seafood, which will be available for purchase from Little Fish's microcannery when it opens. Antonitsas and Jarr's restaurant, which has experienced multiple delays from its original projected opening date, is currently set to debut in summer 2019.

EVENTS
FRIDAY, DEC 14
Friday Night Po' Boy Pop Up
Estelita’s Library in Beacon Hill is an exciting community hub, library, and bookstore owned by community organizer and activist Edwin Lindo, and packed with titles related to social justice. At this Friday night pop-up, you can scarf po’ boys—the legendary Louisiana sandwich served on fluffy, crunchy-crusted New Orleans-style French bread—stuffed with your choice of catfish, shrimp, or oysters. Round it out with a side of homemade crinkle-cut garlic fries and sangria while you take in some live music.

DEC 14-DEC 30
Holiday Tea at Hotel Sorrento
Instead of gazing at a virtual Yule log video, take your tea beside an actual roaring, crackling hearth at Hotel Sorrento’s Fireside Room, a Mad Men–worthy old-school vision in opulent ochre mahogany paneling. You can nosh on posh teatime fare—like freshly baked chocolate-filled croissants with butter and jam, cucumber and cream-cheese finger sandwiches, and chocolate espresso pots de creme with strawberries—as you sink into a squishy high-backed leather chair and enjoy sounds played on a baby grand piano. If you’re lucky, you might even spy the ghost of Alice B. Toklas, who is said to roam the halls of the hotel.

SATURDAY, DEC 15
Ice Cream + Calligraphy
Learn how to ink fancy flourishes from Crystal of the Fancy Cat Studio while enjoying drinks and ice cream from Molly Moon's.

Mammoth 4 Year Anniversary & Holiday Party
Celebrate the sandwich shop's four year anniversary with activities for kids and grown-ups, including stocking decoration, free ice cream sammies for kids 12 and under, a ping-pong tournament with rare beers and swag as prizes, and the release of a collaboration gin barrel-aged saison made in collaboration with Mammoth, Aviation, and Matchless Brewing.

Oysters+Bubbly No. 2
Sip sparkling wine and slurp oysters from Hama Hama as you enjoy live jazz from Charlie Beck.

SUNDAY, DEC 16
addo Themed Brunch: Grinch Who Stole Christmas
If Whoville had five-course holiday tasting menus (who's to say they don't?) they might resemble Chef Eric Rivera's brunch inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Build Your Own Brunch Party
Assemble your own dream brunch from chef Aaron Leopold's seasonal buffet, along with a fix-it-yourself Bloody Mary station.

Candy Canes and Festive Drinks
Sample two holiday-inspired cocktails, which you can stir with a little candy cane instrument (your ticket includes three) out of your new glassybaby drinker. 

Locust Cider Holiday Celebration
Throw on a festive knitted garment and tote along a potluck dish to share at the Locust Cider taprooms in Ballard, Woodinville, and Tacoma.

A Makers' Market with Ben's Bread, the Field Trip Society and Friends
Peruse edible wares from a coterie of artisan makers, including swoon-worthy fresh bread and English muffins from Lark baker Ben Campbell of Ben's Bread, perry (pear cider) tastings from Nashi Orchards of Vashon Island, and small-batch caramels and artisan chocolates from Meg Maggie Margaret Chocolates. Plus, pick up runners and wreaths to grace your table from Fortunate Orchard, and browse gifts from Field Trip Society, including Drifters Fish smoked salmon, Opinel foraging knives and oyster shuckers, and notebooks and guidebooks. Ben's Bread will host a cookie sale and exchange benefiting WestSide Baby.

Musang Feast of the Seven Fishes
Experience a Filipino twist on the Italian American holiday tradition at a family-style dinner comprised of seven dishes featuring seven different kinds of seafood, as well as traditional Filipino desserts.

Pho T&N Pop Up Sunday Brunch
At this brunch pop-up, chef Thai Nguyen, who's an alum of Daniel Boulud's famous Michelin-starred New York restaurant Daniel, will prepare steamy, comforting bowls of pho sourced with top-notch ingredients from Hitchcock, including local dry-aged beef, Bainbridge Island organic stewing hens, Olympic Peninsula mushrooms, and more, accompanied by drinks like Vietnamese coffee, whole young coconuts, and pho broth Bloody Marys garnished with pickled peppers.

Winter Feast | Food Truck & Holiday Gift Bonanza
Snap up some street food at this Winter Feast at the Fremont Sunday Market from the Mobile Food Rodeo with 20 food trucks, including Lumpia World, Wood Shop BBQ, NOSH, Beanfish, It's Bao Time, and more. Plus, as always, local crafters and artisans will be tabling their wares.

MONDAY, DEC 17
Barnacle x Fernet Branca Ugly Sweater Holiday Party
Don your most heinous knitwear, swig cocktail specials made with the bitter amaro Fernet Branca, and tote along a toy to donate to a toy drive benefiting YouthCare's Casa des Los Amigos program, which helps homeless youth who are separated from or without families during the holidays.

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Delancey Feast of the Seven Fishes
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Italian American supper featuring seven kinds of fish or seafood, usually served before midnight mass on Christmas Eve. This lavish spread from Delancey promises the freshest catches that the Ballard pizzeria can procure, which may include albacore, lobster, Dungeness crab, Penn Cove mussels, anchovies, and roasted oysters snatched from Delancey’s roaring wood-fired oven, along with seasonal produce and a steady flow of beverages throughout. They’ll finish with some delightful-sounding butterscotch pots de creme for dessert.

Dinner and a DJ - Volume 24: Ciudad Family Style
Inspired by the family recipes of assorted Ciudad staff members, this dinner will be comprised of delicacies like the "Willis Family Clam Dip with Ridged Potato Chips," "Young’s Korean Glazed Sweet Potato," and "Alex’s Polish Dumplings," paired with a futuristic funk and soul soundtrack from special guest DJs The Gastronauts (Uncle B and Ramos).