If the multi-faceted anxieties of the present moment have worked up your appetite for comfort food, you're in luck—this week brings the return of spots like Matt's in the Market and Tavolàta Belltown, new places like La Josie's and a new U Village outpost of Frankie & Jo's, and special offerings like an Aslan Brewing Company lager for Black Lives Matter at local PCC markets. See our full in-person dining directory here, our takeout & delivery directory here, and our guide to Seattle farmers markets here.
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NEW OPENINGS & RETURNS
The dining room of Renee Erickson’s's beef-focused restaurant will have a soft opening on July 17-18. Guests can call in to reserve a (very limited) spot to dine on a prix-fixe menu ($125 per person) of grass-fed, dry-aged steaks, seasonal vegetables, and Boat Street bread pudding with freshly churned ice cream.
The Burien Mexican restaurant known for its birria (beef slow-simmered with spices and chiles) will open a new location in Everett on Saturday, July 18, for dine-in and takeout. Former Stranger food and drink calendar editor Julianne Bell recommends the vampiro, an open-faced taco with a layer of melted cheese and a stratum of shredded beef atop a fried tortilla.
Frankie & Jo's
The Instagram-famous plant-based ice creamery announced in January that they were planning to open a brand-new third location in the University District this year, and as of Friday, July 17, it's officially open from 11 am-10 pm daily.
As of this week, the South Lake Union Caribbean- and Latin-inspired 24K bar is back open from 3-9 pm Wednesday-Saturday for in-person dining (as well as takeout and delivery). Their "Crown Social Distancing Club," located in their space next door, is fashioned with tables and chairs in the likeness of a cozy living room for groups of five or fewer. Reservations are required.
Chef Brendan McGill's Bainbridge Island-based dining destination is starting a series of pop-ups from its patios outside the main restaurant and deli, where you can slurp down oysters from Baywater Shellfish (on Saturday, July 18) on compostable plates with a cold beer or cocktail in hand.
Hogstone's Wood Oven
While they won't be opening up their backyard this summer, the Eastsound farm-to-table restaurant will serve pizzas, crab rolls, and more lunch items to go starting Friday, July 17.
La Fête Pâtisserie
This Mercer Island French pâtisserie opened on Friday, July 17 and offers an array of pastries, savory tarts and quiches, baguette sandwiches, and craft beverages. Their outdoor terrace is open from 7 am-7 pm, or you can get your treats to go.
The West Seattle cocktail bar and smokehouse is launching a general store on Sunday, July 19, at the West Seattle Farmers Market, where you can pick up biscuits and gravy and cuts of Wagyu beef to go.
On Thursday, June 16, Capitol Hill's convivial, beloved Mexican restaurant Fogon officially opened a sister bar called La Josie's Mexican Bar, named in tribute to owner Noel Cortez's late nephew and business partner Jose Ambriz, in the former space of nearby East Trading Co. They're open daily from 4 pm to late for limited dine-in.
Joining its Capitol Hill outpost, the original Belltown location of Ethan Stowell's Italian restaurant will return for takeout on Saturday, July 18. Plus, both locations are introducing daily happy hour specials to go from 4-7 pm daily, with options like rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage, pappardelle bolognese, and chickpea salad with sultanas and celery leaf.
Learn to cook like a pro with the Pantry's popular online cooking classes ($75+), which return with a new batch every month. August brings lessons in Southeast Asian cooking (Aug 1), Mediterranian mezze (various dates), sweet and savory galettes (Aug 11 & 31), and much more. You can shop for the ingredients yourself or pick up a pre-packed kit.
Aslan Brewing Company
All PCC markets have stocked up on Aslan Brewing's American Lager, 100% of proceeds from which benefit Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County. They're only getting one shipment of the stuff, so act fast!
Nutty Squirrel Gelato
Score housemade gelato at Nutty Squirrel's pop-up at Woodinville's Willows Lodge on Saturday, July 18, from 3-8 pm. They'll be serving their Tuscan Melon Cups filled with gelato and toppings.
The Ballard brewery has brought back its arcade room for groups of five or fewer. Reserve a 30-minute slot to play classic games like Ghostbusters, PacMan (and Mrs. PacMan), Asteroids Deluxe, and Tetris while you sip local brews.
The Fremont-based retailer has released a limited edition version of their 70% dark chocolate bar, 100% of the net proceeds from which will go to All In Washington, "helping to address the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19 on Washington's most impacted communities."