There are always new, exciting things to eat and drink in Seattle, so, like we do every week, we've scoured the internet to find them so you don't have to. Below, we've rounded up all the best things to consume this weekend, like some new fruity farm-to-table flavors from Molly Moon's and Parfait, fanciful adult refreshments from Canon, and a Very Stable Genius IPA from Cloudburst Brewing. Plus, find more food news you need to know, like that Ballard is getting a PCC (with a taqueria!) and that a boutique bar run by Erik Hakkinen of Zig Zag is moving into the Lusty Lady space. For more culinary intel, check out last week's post and visit our complete food and drink calendar.
The beloved bakery has opened its own coffee cart in the 4th and Madison building.
Even Stevens Sandwiches
This quirky, "craft-casual" sandwich shop chain, which opened its first Pacific Northwest location in U Village in December, donates a sandwich to a local non-profit partner for each one they sell in store and has contributed over 2 million sandwiches to date. Menu choices range from a sloppy vegan Jackfruit Torta to the meaty Do Gouda stacked with steak and smoked cheese. There's also occasionally live music.
Kuan Zhai Alley
This new spot in Greenwood features authentic Sichuan dishes like boiled pork and dry hot pot.
Srivilai Thai Cuisine
This warm, family-owned, Bangkok-style Thai bistro in West Seattle now occupies the space where Blackboard Bistro used to be. Yelp reviewers rave about the crab rangoon and phad kee mao.
Though devoted diners were granted another chance to say goodbye to the 24-hour institution when they extended their service last week, the retro restaurant's original Boren location shut its doors on January 7. They'll be auctioning off memorabilia for fans looking to purchase a piece of Seattle history. Their Pioneer Square location will be opening in February.
Bluebird Ice Cream
Microcreamery Bluebird Ice Cream has vacated its Capitol Hill perch on Pike after nine years and is in search of a new roost in the neighborhood, set to reopen summer 2018. Their other locations in Phinney and Fremont will remain open.
Parfait Ice Cream
The farm-to-table ice creamery has an Apple Crisp flavor, made with apples from Woodinville's Tonnemaker Family Orchard and a swirl of ginger-almond crisp.
The madcap mixologists at James Beard-nominated "whiskey and bitters emporium" Canon have released some playful libations: Child’s Play (house-made gingersnap rum, fig, honey, fresh lime, ginger, and bitters, housed in a Lego-shaped adult sippy cup complete with bendy straw); Barrel o’ Monkeys (bourbon, punt e mes, green chartreuse, banana, fresh lime, and bitters in a barrel-shaped vessel); and Warhol (pisco, blackberry, blackcurrant, fresh lime, crémant rosé, and apple "noodle," in a pop-art Campbell's can, of course). They've also got new food offerings like roasted carrot with lard, dried uni, and carrot butter, and shaved foie gras.
Cloudburst Brewing's newest IPA, "A Very Stable Genius," is, like, really smart. They've brewed it with "an enormously consensual amount of Simcoe, Idaho 7, and Amarillo hops."
The Greenwood bakery has a new vegetarian sandwich, made with "cranberry bean hummus, roasted red peppers, arugula, and a meyer lemon feta spread all on our house made focaccia."
Holy Mountain Brewery
The Interbay-based brewery plans to illuminate dark winter days with their new Borrowed Light, "a Brett IPA brewed with 2-row, Pilsner malt and malted oats and hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo" and put through a secondary fermentation with Brettanomyces (a kind of yeast—"Brett" for short) in oak puncheons for close to three months. The drink won't be available for growler fills, but is available at their taproom.
Macaron maker Lady Yum has reprised their gorgeous Wild Berry Rose flavor by popular demand.
Following last week's vegetarian "Orange You Glad It’s 2018 Impossible Burger" special, this week's special at Li'l Woody's is the "Togarashi Plum Impossible Burger." Featuring the remarkably realistic meatless patty, it's got bonito mayo, sesame sticks, slaw, togorashi, and plum sauce. It's also the last week to get an Impossible Burger patty on any L'il Woody's burger.
Ballard "mom-and-pop sandwich shop" Mean Sandwich's current special is a vegetarian marvel with tostones and beans on a sub with refried beans, plantains, pickled onion, radish, cilantro, provolone, white sauce, and house-made hot sauce.
Molly Moon's Ice Cream
Citrus junkies rejoice: the scoop shop is now serving a Meyer lemon flavor at all of their locations. For the uninitiated, Meyer lemons are a glorious, zesty cross between oranges and lemons, resulting in a sweet-tart, delicate taste. Molly Moon's Meyers are grown by Emerald Hills, California-based Lemon Ladies Orchard.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
Hale's Ales kitchen closed
Ballard's Hale's Ales posted a notice on their doors on New Year's Eve that they will be adopting "new hours and a new concept" with the new year. The pub, which has been in Ballard since 1983, closed temporarily and has reopened as a taproom with a shortened menu that includes sandwiches, sliders, mac and cheese, chili, and pretzels.
PCC opening in Ballard
PCC has announced plans to open a location in Ballard. The store, which will be the 13th location of the co-op grocery, will feature its own taqueria, a "chop shop" with cut-to-order produce, local spirits, a meat counter, and a bakery. It's due in spring 2019.
Revel prepares to move to South Lake Union
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi’s Korean restaurant Revel and next-door bar Quoin are set to re-open in the former Vestal space in South Lake Union on February 5. (They'll return to their original Fremont site in 2019 after a new development is completed.)
Star chef coming to Seattle
Renowned chef Grant Achatz, who's best known as a pioneer of the molecular gastronomy movement and chef of the three-Michelin-starred Chicago restaurant Alinea (you may know him from Netflix's Chef's Table), is coming to Seattle to join Eric Rivera for a very special edition of Rivera's much-sought-after Addo pop-up in February. (Rivera used to work at Alinea in research and development). The bad news: The dinner sold out almost immediately when it was posted on January 9, but you can join the waitlist.
Bar opening in the Lusty Lady
The space of the late Lusty Lady, known for its lascivious marquee puns, will become a boutique cocktail bar called the Pink Lady, helmed by bartender and Zig Zag alum Erik Hakkinen. The bar, slated to open at the end of 2018, will feature a pared-down spirits list and bites like olives or oysters.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 12
Pizza & Beer Cooking Class
Tom Douglas's Hot Stove Society is hosting a Hop Stove Society series focused on all things beer, with beer writer and beer expert Kendall Jones and chef Eric Stover. Each class features a different local brewmaster. This time, it's Dru Ernst of Dru Bru, the makers of Serious Bru Bohemian-Style Pilsner (brewed especially for and served at Tom Douglas's Serious Pie locations). Ernst will discuss the brewing process, and guests will make their own pizza and learn how to pair a pie with the perfect pint.
When Joe Bayley won an episode of Chopped in 2009, his first order of business was to jet overseas with his prize winnings to study Spanish cooking for six months. Now he plans to combine the knowledge he gleaned there with his flair for Filipino food to open La Colonial, a Central District restaurant serving a mix of Filipino favorites and Spanish tapas, in mid-2018. In the meantime, you can sneak a preview at his pop-up dinner series. Past dishes have included buko meatballs (turkey albondigas braised in creamy coconut sauce with toasted flaked coconut sesame “bacon” bits) and pork sinigang (cured pork belly, squash, long bean, and okra in a savory-sour stew over rice).
SATURDAY, JANUARY 13
3 Matt's Fremont Barrel Aged Beer Dinner
Fremont Brewing's 3 Matt's Beer is incorporated in every course of this hearty dinner, from a watercress and arugula salad dressed in citrusy beer vinaigrette to a beer-braised wild boar house-made ravioli, with beer chocolate mousse for dessert.
Beer & Seafood Pairing with Taylor Shellfish
Kulshan Brewing Company brings the brews, Taylor Shellfish brings the bivalves. Kulshan promises a new seasonal release to accompany "finest raw oysters, grilled oysters, red sea urchin and probably more paella than you can shake a stick at." Plus: some brave guests may take a polar-bear plunge in the bay.
Burgundian's 6th Anniversary
The craft beer bar celebrates its sixth with food specials and rare vintage beers on tap.
Chuck's CD Fourth Anniversary
Chuck's Hop Shop will celebrate turning four with a special anniversary IPA from Great Notion Brewing on draft and lots of other brews.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 14
Robert Burns Supper
Raise a glass of Scotch to Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, toast the haggis, and join fellow guests in traditional drinking songs at this dinner presented by vocal group whateverandeveramen. James Beard award-winning chef John Sundstrom will prepare an exclusive menu with haggis, and a special Scotch ale brewed by Naked City Brewing will be provided.
StarkBier Dinner with Mike Baker
Try rare German starkbiers (strong beers) alongside four paired food courses from Chef Gunnar Erickson and Graham Cheney.
MONDAY, JANUARY 15
Figgins/Leonetti/Toil Wine Dinner
Chef Maximillian Petty and winemaker Chris Figgins team up for a six-course dinner featuring offerings like lamb neck sugo and miso caramel ice cream alongside wines from Leonetti Cellars, FIGGINS, and Toil Oregon.