This Taiwanese joint, which soft-opened in May and will have its grand opening on Monday, July 15, has racked up raves on Yelp for its authentic dishes, including malatang (a type of Chinese street food similar to hot pot), chilled tofu with century egg (an aged, preserved egg), duck wings, dan dan noodles, braised intestine, and their signature "19 Gold Fries": crispy fries drizzled with honey mustard, ketchup, and condensed milk for an oddly salty-sweet combination. There's also a large selection of milk tea, with add-ons like boba and cheese foam.
Soups like kalbitang (short rib soup) and yukgaejang (a spicy beef soup), along with various banchan (side dishes), can be found at this casual Korean restaurant, which had its first Yelp review on June 15.
This University District spot, which had its first Yelp review on May 14, specializes in Korean fusion comfort food such as pork belly bowls, chicken katsu cheese bowls, army base stew (also known as budae jigae, a Korean favorite with Spam, hot dogs, and kimchi), and chicken and waffles.
Chinese Sauerkraut Fish
Sauerkraut fish, a Sichuan hot-and-sour fish soup with a potent base that's been rising in popularity, is the specialty at this recently opened Redmond eatery. Sides include Chinese donuts, shredded greens, cucumber salad, and rice cakes.
On Monday, July 15, the Pioneer Square Mexican restaurant and cantina Casco Antiguo will open a new location in South Lake Union. The SLU spot will carry over the same menu, including margaritas on tap, queso with thick-cut chips, and lengua tacos, but will add a few new options, such as squid tacos and shrimp with garlic gravy.
South Lake Union
Dumpling and Noodle
As the name suggests, this recently opened restaurant in Bellevue serves—you guessed it—dumplings and noodles. The menu includes soup dumplings, bao, pot stickers, and beef noodle soup. Reviews are somewhat mixed so far, with some Yelpers finding the spot inferior to Dough Zone and Din Tai Fung.
Me + Crepe
This fast-casual Chinese crepe chain with locations in British Columbia and California has opened its first Washington outpost in Bellevue Square and had its first Yelp review on June 27. Patrons can get their thin pancakes stuffed with fillings like Peking duck, eggs, fried Chinese donuts, and even hot dogs.
Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Molly Moon Neitzel's local ice cream parlor chain has opened its latest shop in Bellevue, with all of the same "always" flavors like salted caramel and Earl Grey that fans have come to love, plus current seasonal flavors like strawberry shortcake.
This new addition to Magnolia's dining scene in the former space of Szmania's, which opened in June, serves an upscale take on Peruvian fare, including ceviche, beef tenderloin, and whipped potatoes, along with cocktails like Pisco sours and, naturally, pink salt margaritas.
Star bartender Erik Hakkinen (formerly of Pike Place's Zig Zag Cafe) softly opened his new French-inspired Belltown bar on July 5. Currently just a handful of cocktails, including Hakkinen's interpretations of the Negroni, old-fashioned, Mai Tai, and Vesper, are available, with more to come later, plus wine, beer, and low-alcohol French ciders. Expect CBD-laced drinks and fancy snacks like tinned seafood and chicharrónes to follow.
This sweets shop chain brings Korean desserts like bingsoo (a Korean shaved ice treat) and French taiyaki (a croissant-inspired take on a fish-shaped cake that's a popular street food in Japan) to the University District and had its first Yelp review on May 4. Unlike similar bingsoo producers, the business makes their fluffy, snow-like ice from 100% milk, with no water added.
Tolu: Modern Fijian Cuisine
The name of this unique new food stand, which opened recently and had its first Yelp review on June 21, means "three" and represents the business's three founders, who are brothers, as well as its three influences: Indo-Fijian, Native Fijian, and Pacific Northwestern. The establishment offers bhaji (a spicy chickpea-battered vegetable snack), poori tacos (made with fried flatbread), and a Fijian take on ceviche.
South Lake Union
Owners Wiley Frank and Poncharee Kounpungchart (aka PK), owners of the Capitol Hill Thai favorite Little Uncle, announced in a Facebook post that they are searching for a buyer and will close after finding one. Both are moving away from the restaurant to other ventures: Kounpungchart will continue to develop her newfound interest in carpentry and construction at Seattle Central, while Frank will work on "perfecting french dip sandwiches, pies and parker house rolls." In the post, they also wrote, "We have more than surpassed what we expected with what we could do with Little Uncle. We stuck to our basic principles of living within our means and serving food that we are proud to prepare with good ingredients and technique."
OTHER FOOD NEWS
New Tavolàta location opening downtown
Restaurateur Ethan Stowell, who counts over a dozen restaurants (including popular spots like Goldfinch Tavern and How to Cook a Wolf) among his portfolio, will expand his empire even more with an upcoming 2,232-square-foot location of his Italian restaurant Tavolàta downtown inside the new "Urban Village" shopping center, coming later this year. Like its other locations in Belltown and Capitol Hill, the restaurant will offer handmade pasta along with cocktails and wine.
Gourmondo Cafe coming to Queen Anne
The local catering company Gourmondo Co., which started in Pike Place 20 years ago and now spans three cafes plus multiple private locations for Amazon employees, plans to open another cafe in lower Queen Anne, serving sandwiches and seasonal entrees, in early August. Guests will be able to grab meals, snacks, and drinks to go, and the cafe will work with local vendors like Le Panier and Molly Moon's to source some of its ingredients.
Restaurants Unlimited Inc. files for bankruptcy
The restaurant group Restaurants Unlimited Inc., which is headquartered in Seattle and owns Henry’s Tavern, Palomino, and Cutters Crabhouse as well as other restaurants in six states, filed for bankruptcy on Sunday. Although the Bellevue location of Palomino recently shut down, the group told Eater Seattle that it has no plans to close its other restaurants.
FRIDAY, JULY 12
Princi Seattle | Summer Like an Italian
Console yourself over the fact that you're not traveling to Milan this summer by spending Fridays honoring the history of aperitivo with Italian bites, gelato, and live music. If you're still not consoled, you can enter a contest to win a trip to Milan.
44th Annual Pig Roast
Starting with a community potluck on Friday (which will have some food donated by Chinatown-International District restaurants, but you're invited to bring your own dishes to share) and ending with a pig roast on Saturday, this weekend of family-style feasting is sure to keep you sated.
The Stranger's Burger Week 2019
Since 2013, The Stranger’s sister publication, the Portland Mercury, has hosted Burger Week, among the most popular seven days of the year for culinary-minded denizens of the City of Roses. Gourmands line up at beloved local establishments to try one-of-a-kind burgers created exclusively for the week—and better yet, they’re only $5 a pop. Now, for the first time ever, Seattle is getting in on the fun with The Stranger’s inaugural edition of Burger Week, featuring restaurants in neighborhoods all over the city: Ballard Brothers Seafood & Burgers/Taco Mama’s, Ben Paris, Broadfork Cafe, Coastline Burgers, Duke’s Seafood & Chowder, FareStart Restaurant and Maslow’s, JaK’s Alehouse, Loretta’s Northwesterner, Lunchbox Lab, Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. & Jolly Roger Taproom, Next Level Burger, Orfeo, Ozzie’s, the Park Pub, Star Brass Works Lounge, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Two Doors Down, and Zippy’s Giant Burgers. Gluten-free and vegan eaters will not be left out of the (delicious) festivities—there will be burger options for both. So go forth and chow down (and don’t forget to tip)!
Seattle International Beerfest
This three-day specialty beer fest boasts everything from classic beers like pilsners and pales to anything "delicious yet shunned by the masses," including double IPAs, barleywines, farmhouse ales, and sours, with breweries hailing from all over the world. There's also a lush grass area on which to unfurl picnic blankets, in addition to ample indoor and outdoor seating. Deal-seekers, take note: At the Grande Beer Garden, you can grab full pints, including Pilsner Urquell, Hop Valley Citrus Mistress, and Crispin Cider Company, for just three tickets ($3) and take your pint anywhere in the park.
SATURDAY, JULY 13
14th Annual Summer Beer Taste: Beerstock
To mark a half-century since Woodstock, the Phinney Neighborhood Festival will throw a festival of their own with tastes from over 30 local microbreweries and cideries.
Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout Release
Be the first to try Métier's new imperial milk stout, brewed in collaboration with the brewery's founders and aged in bourbon barrels for five months. The food truck In Pizza We Crust will sling pies.
Food Truck Round-Up 30
Stuff your face with offerings from over 25 local food trucks and booths.
Free Fry Day
In celebration of French Fry Day, snag a free side of fries with the purchase of a burger or shake at any Li'l Woody's location.
Fruit Beer Day at Lucky Envelope Brewing!
Fruity brews in flavors like peanut butter & jelly cream stout, raspberry sour, and mango lassi milkshake IPA will dominate Lucky Envelope's taps, while Tummy Yummy Thai serves up Thai cuisine.
PROOF - Washington Distillers Festival
Washington has the third highest number of micro-distilleries in the nation. At this festival, you can sip small-batch craft spirits from more than 40 distilleries from our state, who will provide all the usual suspects, like gin, whiskey, vodka, and bourbon, as well as more obscure spirits, like aquavit, amari, grappa, absinthe, and others. Local food vendors, including restaurants like Adana, Agrodolce, and Le Coin, will provide sustenance as a ballast for all the booze.
Reuben's Ella Hazy and Forbidden Fruit Release
Be the first to try Reuben's new Ella Hazy IPA (a tropical hazy IPA with notes of grapefruit and 100% Ella hops from New Zealand) and Forbidden Fruit (an American style IPA brewed in collaboration with Camas-based Grains of Wrath Brewing).
Wink Doughnuts Pop-up Shop
Start off your Saturday with gluten-free, organic, and plant-based doughnuts from Wink and hot coffee from Broadcast Coffee Roasters.
13 Coast Day Party
Party in "Seattle's largest sandbox" (aka a 1,000 square-foot sandbox decked out with palm trees and beach umbrellas) with a Coast Day Hazy Lager in hand. There will be live DJs, a limbo contest, kiddie pools, and more summery fun.
Rooted: The Past and Future of the Black Farmer
For July's edition of his ever-popular Midnight Mecca dinner series, sought-after chef Tarik Abdullah will create a completely vegan six-course tasting menu with ingredients sourced from black farmers and local urban farms. Damon Bomar of Brown Liquor Cocktail Company will provide cocktails, wine, and shrubs for the pairings.
SUNDAY, JULY 14
Bennies Brunch Benedict Pop-Up
Make some friends with benedicts at this hollandaise-laden pop-up.
Burning Beast 2019
Spearheaded by James Beard Award–winning chef Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata, Burning Beast is something like the Pacific Northwest’s gastronomic answer to Burning Man: A sampling of Seattle’s best and brightest culinary luminaries gather off the grid at a retired dairy farm for a blazing bacchanalia, and a towering animal effigy is set alight in a ritual sacrifice of sorts. To really tap into their primal side, chefs use only fire to prepare a feast of sustainably raised meats, fish, and vegetables. This year’s festivities feature Melissa Miranda of Musang, Mutsuko Soma of Kamonegi and Hannyatou, Mike Easton of Il Corvo and Il Nido, Jack Timmons of Jack’s BBQ, John Sundstrom and Rosie Cisneros of Lark, and others.
First Annual Watermelon Festival
Revel in the refreshingly juicy pink-fleshed fruit with the release of Locust Cider's "fan-favorite" watermelon cider and a new watermelon beer, plus drink specials, giveaways, and Mexican fare from QT Food Truck. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Hydrocephalus Association.
Ice Cream Sundae Vol 30
Grab a uniquely flavored scoop from Central District Ice Cream and peruse art by featured artist Liz Weickum and wares from vendors Van Vu, Maria Guillen, Shelby Cramer, and Jeffrey L. Cheatham while taking in tunes from DJ WD4D.
Le Coin Anniversary Party!
Fremont's French neighborhood corner restaurant Le Coin will fête their first full year of business with a cocktail party with food and drink stations.
Salt & Straw x Ciudad Summer Collaboration Dinner
Love eating ice cream for dinner? Ciudad chef Joe Bayley and Salt and Straw's head ice cream maker Tyler Malek will come together to create a five-course meal incorporating the Portland-based artisan creamery's distinctive scoops. Your ticket also includes a welcome cocktail, Julia's Dazzle Rosé from Long Shadows Winery, and a copy of the Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook.
You Can Pickle That!
This class will teach you to expand your pickling repertoire beyond cucumbers—you'll use vinegar brine and a traditional canning method to pickle your own array of veggies.