This Pacific Coast-inspired Mexican restaurant, which is now open in Ravenna and had its first Yelp review on March 2, serves fresh Pacific Northwest-influenced fare with local ingredients, like seasonal salsas with rhubarb and habanero, smoked queso fundido made with Beecher's cheese and blistered shisito peppers, salmon aguachile ceviche, and tamales with smoked oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
This brewery, which has been underway for over two years, will have its grand opening today in the former space of the convenience store John's Corner Deli in West Seattle. The brewery highlights farmhouse and sour ales inspired by Belgian and French brewing techniques and made with local ingredients, with 20 beers on tap and an outdoor patio.
The acclaimed Ballard craft brewery Reuben's Brews opened a second brewery and taproom called the Brewtap, located about a half mile east of its current location, on Saturday, March 2. The new location will serve as a facility to help with the production of some of the brewery's more popular beers.
This family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant from owners Hector and Amelia Mendez, who opened their first restaurant 27 years ago and also have locations in Everett and Mill Creek, is set to open on March 16. The menu will include the business's famous carne asada, plus sizzling fajitas, street tacos with handmade tortillas, camarones al mojo, and more, along with sweets like doughnuts, cupcakes, and macarons from FROST, the couple's doughnut company in Mill Creek.
South Lake Union
According to a Facebook post from March 2, Monica Dimas's walk-up window inside Nacho Borracho will close at the end of the month. The post also asked fans where they should open the next Neon Taco, implying plans to re-open. The closure follows the closure of Dimas's Sunset Fried Chicken walk-up window inside Rachel's Ginger Beer, which re-opened inside Queer/Bar in December, and the closure of her other walk-up window Tortas Condesa last month. Dimas's other restaurants Westman's Bagel and Coffee and Little Neon Taco (the full-sized sit-down version of Neon Taco in First Hill) remain open.
Phorale returning as a food truck
After the recent closure of It's Bao Time, the food truck he co-owned with Sean Jen, Young Cho is planning to re-open his defunct South Park Asian Tex-Mex fusion restaurant Phorale as a food truck, using the It's Bao Time vehicle. Phorale had a loyal following and was praised by The Stranger's Tobias Coughlin-Bogue. The truck will have its grand opening outside Bar Ciudad on March 23.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Axe-throwing bar coming to Capitol Hill
The national axe-throwing chain Blade and Timber is set to fill the former space of Castle on Broadway in Capitol Hill sometime this month. Guests will be able to reserve a private lane for $120 for 90 minutes or share a lane with others for $20.
Maximilien introduces weather-proof "igloos"
This week, the Pike Place-based French restaurant Maximilien introduced outdoor "igloos" on its rooftop, where guests can eat and drink and enjoy the view while protected from the elements. The igloos are open for walk-ins or by reservation on Resy or the restaurant's website.
Central District Ice Cream moves into Happy Grillmore
Central District Ice Cream owners Darren and Kristine McGill have moved their ice cream shop into Happy Grillmore, their Central District burger joint. Customers will now be able to enjoy the casual restaurant's massive burgers and fries alongside the couple's distinctive ice cream flavors, which will also be available as milkshakes.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8
BA Stouts and Girl Scout Cookies
Get your Girl Scout Cookie fix at Chuck's, where a local honor badge-bearing representative will be selling all your favorites and Chuck's will put 10 barrel-aged stouts (like Fort George Brewery Coconut Vanilla Matryoshka) on tap for the occasion.
Festa Della Donna
Osteria La Spiga will fete International Women's Day Italian-style with a buffet provided by chef Sabrina Tinsley, including Italian meats, artisan cheeses with house-made preserves, eggplant involtini, mushroom and truffle lasagna, porchetta, and more.
Seattle Cocktail Week
This week-long event elevates the movers and (cocktail) shakers of the Seattle bar scene with special libations available at over 60 participating venues, plus a Brazilian Carnival celebration at Capitol Hill rum den Rumba, master classes and seminars for industry pros, pop-up cocktail bars, bar takeovers, competitions, tastings, a booze-soaked bartender’s brunch, and more. Saturday’s Cocktail District event at Bell Harbor Conference Center will feature presentations and demonstrations, a retail store, eight tasting areas, and a food truck pier with Uzbek street food from Tabassum, New Orleans soul food from Where Ya At Matt, cheesy toasted sandwiches from the Grilled Cheese Experience, Peruvian sandwiches from Don Lucho’s, Native American fry bread and tacos from Off the Rez, and Asian fusion eats from Crave by Suite J.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9
The Flour Box Pop-Up
Try the Flour Box's covetable doughnuts in flavors like creme brûlée, almond poppy, chocolate brownie, and raspberry mint.
Irish Soda Bread Contest
Bestow your famous Irish soda bread upon the judges at this annual friendly competition. Or, just show up to dance to Irish music and taste free samples.
Whit's End Winds of Dinner
The House of Baratheon invites you to don the attire of your affiliated house and partake in this sumptuous Game of Thrones-themed dinner, with candlelight, royal house colors, long tables, a game room, a custom throne with photo opportunities, a multi-course meal served family-style, and dessert and dancing after dinner.
SUNDAY, MARCH 10
Cook Together - Foraged Foods at Cafe Hitchcock
At this cooking class, greet spring's "amazing rebirth of plants and fungi that were quiet during the cold months" with chef Jesse Barber, who's spent time at the French Laundry and Per Se, and nutritionist Keri Roberdahl, and learn culinary techniques and nutritional savvy side-by-side before tucking into a family-style feast. Special guests from Foraged & Found Edibles will provide ingredients and insights on their locally foraged treasures.
If you’ve watched the four-part docu-series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat on Netflix (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for?), you’re already familiar with the charms of delightful chef and food writer Samin Nosrat, who eats her way through Italy, Japan, Mexico, and California with effusive joie de vivre. Her breakthrough James Beard Award-winning cookbook of the same name schools readers in how to master all four elements of good cooking, and is riddled with adorable hand-drawn illustrations throughout. At this talk in conversation with the Seattle Times’ Bethany Jean Clement (a one-time food writer for The Stranger), she’ll explain her food philosophy and revelations gleaned from her time working at the legendary Chez Panisse.
Sunday Feijoada Feast at Alcove
At this communal family-style feast, tuck into feijoada, Brazil's national dish—a black bean stew with pork—along with all the traditional fixings and live Brazilian music.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12
Single-Origin Chocolate Tasting Class
Taste cacao from a variety of different regions all over the world and learn about cacao farming and the process of making chocolate from bean to bar.