After Neon Taco closes its walk-up window inside Nacho Borracho on Sunday, chef Ricardo Valdez, who left London Plane last month, will open El Xolo, his Mexican window with Pacific Northwest influences, in the space the following day, April 1. El Xolo will focus on tacos made with handmade tortillas (with masa made with heirloom corn from Central Mexico and freshly ground in-house). Other offerings include nachos, "California burritos" (a San Diego staple with French fries tucked inside), and tlayudas (an Oaxacan dish often referred to as "Mexican pizza," with a flatbread-like tortilla covered with refried beans and other toppings).
This new casual Italian restaurant from Heavy Restaurant Group (which also owns Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Barrio, Lot No. 3, The Commons, Pablo y Pablo, and Claret) replaced their previous restaurant Thackeray on March 19 and is now open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. The menu features salumi and cheese, antipasti, salads, ciabatta sandwiches, pizza with options like classic margherita and the "Liv and Buddy" (pepperoni, sausage, ricotta, tomato sauce), and pasta dishes like cacio e pepe and pappardelle bolognese, plus cocktails and desserts. Brunch options include breakfast pizza and shakshuka.
West Seattle restaurateur Mark Fuller, owner of Ma'ono and New Luck Toy, has brought the boozy-slushies-and-pizza concept of his West Seattle bar Supreme to the former space of Pagliacci's original location. The offbeat combos include the Ono (fried chicken, kimchi, and American cheese) and the Broken Meatball (spaghetti, fresh mozzarella, basil, parmesan, garlic). Pizza is available by the whole pie or slice.
This new barbecue restaurant serving brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and other smoked meats, as well as sides like mac and cheese and collard greens, is now open in the University District. Guests also have the option to order the meats in a burrito.
Windy City Pie
Dave Lichterman's wildly popular Chicago-style pizzeria, which previously was located inside Interbay's Batch 206 Distillery, is now softly open in its new location in Phinney Ridge and will have its grand opening on April 3. The new location is bigger and family-friendly, and features booths and a full bar, with beverages like the bitter Chicago liquor Jeppson's Malört.
Ballard Pizza Company
The South Lake Union location of Ethan Stowell's pizzeria has shuttered due to insufficient traffic. The restaurant's Ballard and Frelard locations will remain open.
South Lake Union
The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland closed its restaurant Trellis on March 22. Trellis will be replaced by Hearth, a new restaurant concept with food cooked over a wood-fired hearth oven, coming sometime this spring.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Toronado beer bar owner passes away
Toronado owner Matt Bonney, a beloved fixture of the Seattle beer scene who had 15 years of experience in the industry and who helped establish institutions like Bottleworks, Brouwer’s Cafe, and the Burgundian, died unexpectedly over the weekend. Friends in the beer community are mourning the loss.
James Beard finalists announced
Following the announcement of the semi-finalists for the James Beard Awards, the list of finalists has been released. The remaining Seattle-area finalists are Canlis for Outstanding Service; Brady Williams of Canlis and Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi of Joule for Best Chef: Northwest; and Heliotrope Architects and Price Erickson Interior Design for Willmott's Ghost for Outstanding Restaurant Design 75 Seats or Under.
FareStart undergoes renovation
FareStart will temporarily close next Tuesday, April 2, to renovate its interior. The restaurant currently has no official reopening date but hopes to re-open in early May, with new furniture and the addition of beer and wine. The restaurant's Thursday guest chef nights will move to their sibling restaurant Maslow's for the time being.
Sea-Tac introduces new restaurants
Sea-Tac's Central Terminal, which has been closed for a year for renovations, re-opens today with five new restaurants, including Lucky Louie Fish Shack, Evergreens Salad, Pallino Pastaria, Pei Wei Asian Kitchen, and Koi Shi Sushi Bento. Earlier this week, the airport also added Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen to its N Gates. Other restaurants, like Li’l Woody’s, Sunset Fried Chicken, Good Bar, Macrina Bakery, and Caffe Ladro, are planned to join the new additions.
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
The Fremont pub will offer a special food and cocktail menu in light of Britain's secession from the European Union. The organizers add: "No matter your point of view, it is a truly good reason to head out to the pub on a Friday night."
Freemark Abbey Dinner
Try wines from Napa Valley's Freemark Abbey, paired with dishes like crab-stuffed tempura mushrooms, charred kale with warm truffle vinaigrette, and smoked geoduck clam chowder.
Kai Dog Amber Ale Release with Seattle Humane
Ghostfish will bring you their Kai Dog Amber Ale to raise money for Seattle Humane. You can also visit onsite with a few dogs and cats looking for new homes.
Belgian & Sour Beer Fest
Try over 20 types of Belgian, Belgian-style, and sour beers on tap.
Immerse yourself in four days of pure oenophilia with this behemoth event billing itself as “the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event,” which unites more than 235 Washington wineries, 65 local restaurants, and a number of acclaimed local and national chefs. Dress yourself in rouges et blancs (and drink accordingly) for the Red and White Party, taste food and wine and view chef demonstrations at the Grand Tasting, and hobnob with buzz-worthy chefs like Edouardo Jordan and Rachel Yang while eating fancy food and drinking wine cocktails at the New Vintage event. Plus, sign up for special farm visits, seminars, winemaker dinners, and Sunday brunch at Palace Ballroom.
MARCH 29-APRIL 7
Plate of Nations
Every year, Plate of Nations presents a two-week-long opportunity to avail ourselves of the rich and varied cuisines of Rainier Valley, with shareable plates priced at $20 and $30. This year, 14 restaurants are participating, with Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Peruvian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and more represented in the mix. Among the highlights are Szechuan fare from Little Chengdu, smoky Peruvian charcoal-roasted rotisserie chicken from Big Chickie, inimitable tacos from Tacos Chukis, and Ethiopian food from Cafe Ibex. “If you’ve never been to Cafe Ibex... you’re missing out on some of the best food in town,” former Stranger food editor Angela Garbes once wrote about the event. “South Seattle is where it’s at. Catch up."
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Botanicals and Brunch with Bloom and Grow Radio!
Nosh on treats from Raised Doughnuts, sip botanically inspired brunch cocktails (or coffee), and talk plants with Maria from Bloom and Groom Radio.
Doggy Day with Chainline Brewing
Bring Fido and be the first to try Chainline's new canine-themed "Fluff" IPA—$1 of every pint sold will go to PAWS. Plus, treat your pet to some dog beer and cash in on swag giveaways for pups and humans alike.
The Flour Box Pop-Up
At this pop-up inspired by the menu at Mitch Mayers's up-and-coming Ballard restaurant Sawyer, consume doughnuts in flavors like creme brulee, everything bagel, chocolate peanut butter, and cuatro leches.
Known for being Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, industrial-gritty Georgetown is quietly becoming a culinary destination, with a high concentration of underrated under-the-radar gems. Consider: the cask-aged beer of Machine House Brewery, the fiery hot chicken of Sisters and Brothers, and the beer-battered, deep-fried tacos of El Sirenito, to name a few. At this annual spring food walk, you can scoop up all those and other offerings from more than 30 different vendors, like the artful cakes of Deep Sea Sugar and Salt and the upscale vegetarian pub fare of Georgetown Liquor Company.
Skagit Farm to Pint FEST 2019
Thirteen Skagit Breweries will pair their offerings with bites from Skagit Valley Restaurants and farmers at this event that's part of the La Conner Daffodil Festival and Skagit Beer Week. To keep the valley pride going, three Skagit bands will play live sets—Jacob Navarro, the Sky Colony, and Whiskey Fever.
Vitale Wine Pairing & Cuisine Tasting
Chef David Wynne will prepare a menu of dishes like smoked salmon and chevre-filled crepes and duck confit alongside wine pairings from Vitale.
Wink Doughnuts Pop-Up
This lavender-themed fundraiser for the LoveYourBrain Foundation will feature lavender mocha doughnuts made with Armistice Coffee Roaster's house roast.
This festival dedicated to all things herbivorous will feature vegetarian food samples, chef demonstrations, nutrition information, free health screenings, books and cookbooks, and a kids' section with clowns and games.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
Beef & Burgundy
Renee Erickson’s Sea Creatures restaurant group presents the second annual edition of Beef & Burgundy at Bateau, a celebration of red wines and red meat. Chef Taylor Thornhill and in-house butcher Tom Coss will prepare a multicourse family-style supper with grass-fed beef, butchered and dry-aged in house, while Bateau sommelier Andrew Bresnik and Sea Creatures beverage manager Carrie Omegna will pair the meal with pinot noir and chardonnay “from the Cote d’Or to Macon.”
The Great Machine House Bake Off
Can't get enough Great British Bake-Off? At Machine House's "mildly competitive" monthly potluck, watch contestants vie to turn out the best cakes, pies, breads, and loaves, judged by votes from other participants and patrons (one drink buys you one voting token). Competitors can win bonus points for including Machine House brews in their bakes, and the baker with the most tokens at the end of the six months will be crowned the victor and win a $100 gift card, trophy, and custom bake-off champion apron.
KHO Guest Chef Dinner Series: Good Nite Dinners
At the inaugural edition of Good Day Donuts' new "Good Nite Dinners" series of evening pop-ups, chef Chris Morgan of Westward will highlight kho, a Vietnamese cooking technique of braising and simmering he learned in his mother's kitchen in Vietnam. Options will include yellow curry with chicken or tofu or beef stew with baguettes and lemongrass peanuts.
Two Step Wings & Urban Family Beer Pairing
Pair a flight of four Urban Family Brewing beers with eight crispy wings from Two Step Wings, with sauce options ranging from the classic (buffalo) to the offbeat ("beeriyaki" made with Urban Family's Dark Hymn sour ale).
Wild Mild Party
Take it easy and sip some mild brews—like the Yorkshire Mild, which tastes like "dried fig, black tea, fruit cake, and bready yeast."
Cooper's Alehouse 17th Annual IPA Fest
In pursuit of hoppy-ness, Cooper's Alehouse will observe their yearly celebration of all things IPA, with tasting flights and special food pairings. This year, they're aiming to pour a whopping 100 IPAs to break last year's record of 80.
Get your hop fix at Beveridge Place Pub, where there will be 18 IPAs with everything from session to triple IPA on tap all month long.