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Seattle’s Restaurant Openings, Fall 2016

Keep track with an ongoing round-up of new Seattle establishments

Cream-filled doughnuts at Ba Bar SLU.
Cream-filled doughnuts at Ba Bar SLU.
Geoffrey Smith, courtesy of Ba Bar

See more restaurant openings from September here; keep a running tally of all 2016 restaurant openings here; and check out anticipated fall openings here.

January 6, 2017

BALLARD—Following the increasingly common path of farm-to-table restaurant into fast-casual joint, the owners of quirky Mean Sandwich are now hitting all the right notes with their upscale fast food at 1510 NW Leary Way. There are intriguing twists like a steak tartare club on Sea Wolf Bakers' excellent rye, potato skins-and-ins that balance fluffy innards with crispy exteriors, one-time or recurring specials like weekend bagel sandwiches, and housemade-pretty-much-everything. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILLVegan ice cream is the thing at Frankie and Jo's, a plant-based dessert collaboration between Kari Brunson of Juicebox and Autumn Martin of Hot Cakes. Beyond the base of nut milks, the ice creams at 1010 E Union St come in a variety of bold, unexpected flavors, like grey-colored salty caramel ash or gingered golden milk. [EaterWire]

PIONEER SQUARECaffé D'arte has been roasting beans since 1985, so the company knows its stuff. At its newest location, you can sip wood-roasted nitro cold brew, sample stovetop espresso, and fill up with pastries and sandwiches from local favorites Alki Bakery, French Connections, and Rain Shadow Meats. [EaterWire]

INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT—Yet another addition to the city's booming poke scene is now winning hearts and stomachs at 625 S King St. Run by three brothers with Hawaiian relatives in the fishing industry, Gopoké stands out in a sea of tuna bowls with touches like fresh fish flown in daily and marinated properly; a welcoming atmosphere; and cult-favorite dessert Dole Whip. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LAKE UNIONA new Amazonia outpost of Capitol Hill's Ba Bar at 500 Terry Ave N means more of the Vietnamese cuisine and pastries you love, plus welcome additions like fried doughnuts, earlier opening hours on weekdays, banh cuon available daily, and the promise of Asian home-style cooking to come with rotating three-course family-style dinners each weeknight. [EaterWire]

INTERBAY—Now that deep-dish darling Windy City Pie has a permanent kitchen at Batch 206's new tasting room (1417 Elliott Ave W), you can sit and enjoy one of Seattle's top pies while sipping a cocktail from one of Seattle's top distilleries. You can still get an order to go, too, but you won't have to pick it up at a random street corner, as was formerly the case. [EaterWire]

PHINNEY RIDGE—The owner of In The Red Wine Bar (6510 Phinney Ave N) has converted it to a neighborhood pub called The Whit's End, with a variety of bar games and grub like hamburgers and nachos. Mobile Raclette purveyor Fire and Scrape may also begin serving its melty cheese at the bar on Wednesday nights. [PhinneyWood]

CAPITOL HILL—Because everyone wants a piece of the pie on Capitol Hill, Lark owner John Sundstrom launched casual wood-fired pizzeria Southpaw in Lark's former home at 926 12th Ave. The counter-service restaurant's name references left-handed boxers as well as suggests an offbeat approach to flavors, like the Contender pizza with green chickpea pesto, feta cheese, za'atar, roasted garlic, and cumin. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILLSugar Hill bar and lounge is open at 414 E Pine St, with DJs spinning hip hop and roots vinyl nightly from 10 p.m. to close. The food menu is all about Thai street food, including popular chicken and rice dish khao mun gai. [FB]

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[Photo: Suzi Pratt for Eater]

WALLINGFORD—Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple, Meet the Moon, and more) now has a restaurant at 3400 Stone Way N named after the coiner of the term "bohemian," and the decor and menu are a free-spirited reflection of the word. Thackeray's seasonally-inspired fare ranges from mezze spreads, braised meatball subs, and hamachi crudo to lemon-anchovy charred broccoli, Ethiopian-spiced fried chicken, ancient grain risotto, and a house burger. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILL—Self-described "inauthentic Eurasian food" restaurant Cook Weaver, whose name and murals come from an Alexander Pushkin poem, strives to "Be special, yet approachable. Bold, while maintaining balance." The casual spot at 806 E Roy St also a fascinating array of genre-bending dishes, like broccoli casserole dip with stinky cheese and cheeto crust and fried shallot as well as braised brisket in the style of bibimbap. [EaterWire]

CENTRAL DISTRICTCentral District Ice Cream Company is hoping a strong selection of retro sweets, sodas, and by-the-pound bulk candies like chocolates and jellybeans will bolster off-season ice cream sales at 2016 E Union St; owner Darren McGill also plans to build a following with unusual flavors, from ube to a planned collaboration with another of his businesses, Nate's Wings and Waffles. Yes, chicken-and-waffle ice cream sandwiches are happening. [EaterWire]

LYNNWOOD—No boozy shakes this time due to mall restrictions, but the rest of Caliburger's In-N-Out-mimicking menu is now available at its latest location in the Alderwood Mall. [EaterWire]

PIKE PLACE MARKETCycene, which means "kitchen" in Old English, is serving comforting Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch, and lunch at 1523 1st Ave, with a menu centered around sandwiches and grits bowls. Think hot ham and cheese sandwiches (thick cut ham, pimento cheese, Swiss cheese, and pickles), grits featuring chorizo, shrimp, collard greens, and red-eye gravy, and even succotash as a side. [EaterWire]

WALLINGFORD—Who'd have thought a seaplane-themed neighborhood bar would attract so much attention? Nevertheless, the charmingly specific theme and decor at Bar Charlie (3801 Stone Way N) are complemented by aeronautical cocktails, local drafts like the Bar Charlie Pale from Rooftop Brewing, and a food menu that's just offbeat enough with options like hatch chili mac and cheese or a version of poutine with twice-baked potatoes instead of fries. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILL—Just in time for the cold snap, Seattle restaurant power couple Bruce and Sara Naftaly (Le Gourmand, Sambar) have started serving soup and stock to go from Marmite's takeaway window at 1424 11th Ave; soon, there will also be a full restaurant inside the space formerly occupied by Ericka Burke's Chop Shop, as well as a cocktail bar called Spirit in the Bottle. [EaterWire]

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CAPITOL HILLKatsu Burger, once left for dead, has risen from the ashes. The mini-chain's latest location at 1410 12th Ave, its fourth restaurant, is now pumping out its famous katsu-fried patties, wild sauces like wasabi mayo, nori fries, and matcha milkshakes. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWNPressed Juicery, an L.A.-based chain pushing cold-pressed juices, health shots, and even specialty waters (their words), has launched its first Seattle store at the Westlake Center, 400 Pine St. Expect more outposts this year, including Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue. [EaterWire]

November 23, 2016

DOWNTOWN—Ultra-fancy fine-dining newcomer Circadia is now serving lunch and dinner at 624 Olive Way, claiming to be inspired by the Hollywood and New York City eateries of the 1930s. Of note is the restaurant's lack of tipping and service charge; all prices should be clear up front. Chef Garrett Melkonian, formerly of Mamnoon, will be plating interpretations of classic dishes with French influence but a global range, items like king pho with lobster prepared tableside or inside-out wagyu ribeye wellington. There's even a Champagne and Caviar Society for those who want to feel extra-exclusive. [EaterWire]

PIONEER SQUARE—Matt Dillon (Sitka and Spruce) has opened a Mexican restaurant named Copal (a type of resin from tropical trees, often burned as incense) at 323 Occidental Ave S, replacing Bar Sajor; a couple of initial tipster reports are glowing. The menu, shared on Facebook by Marco Haines, lists items such as barbacoa and poblano tacos, watermelon salad, grilled Salvadoran cheese, smoked pumpkin quesadilla, smoked pork in banana leaves, and rotisserie chicken. A drinks list has a section of alcohol-free agua frescas, a couple of local beers on draft alongside the usual mass-produced suspects in bottles, as well as a half-dozen house cocktails like a green macaw with gin and maraschino liqueur, a pear pisco sour, and, of course, a margarita. [EaterWire]

SODOWestland Distillery, maker of renowned American single malt whiskeys, has revamped its public space at 2931 1st Ave S, reports Seattle Met. At the new Cantilever Room, as it's called, beverage curator Brian Mura (formerly of Alibi and Re:public) is still limited by tasting room rules to serving drinks that have no more than half-an-ounce of spirits, mixed with only house-made booze (that is, no outside vermouths, amaros, or any other alcoholic beverages can be included), but bitters and non-alcoholic products are fair game. There are some pre-packaged local food items, too. [Seattle Met]

BALLARDLittle Tin Goods and Apothecary Cabinet has opened quietly at 5335 Ballard Ave NW. The website lists opening hours as Tuesday to Thursday 5 p.m. to 11ish, Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 12ish, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4ish. In a Craigslist ad for bartenders and cocktail servers last month, the business described itself as having a "Friendly atmosphere, Art Deco vibes, with garden and apothecary inspired drinks and cocktails, featuring tinned goods from around the world, and cozy comfort food bar snacks and dinner." And on an unofficial Facebook place page early this month, a customer shared photos of flatbreads, mozzarella fresca wrapped in prosciutto, fried then baked with a cinnamon port fig reduction, and more. [EaterWire]

WEST SEATTLE—Vendemmia-sibling Raccolto is open at 4147 California Ave SW, a bright space with a mezzanine where guests can expect the kind of tight, modern-Italian focus on fresh fish, seasonal vegetables, and housemade pastas for which chef Brian Clevenger is known. [EaterWire]

Sweet Iron Waffles. [Photo: Bobby H./Yelp]

CAPITOL HILLSweet Iron Waffles has added a second Belgian-waffle outpost. The new shop, at 1416 10th Ave, is much larger than the Downtown original, and you can get savory or sweet yeasted brioche-style waffles for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, as well as sundaes, granola, and more. [EaterWire]

PORTAGE BAYLittle Lago, from the owner of Montlake's popular Cafe Lago, has launched in the former home of Canal Market at 2915 Fuhrmann Ave E. The market sells grocery goods plus deli items like rotisserie chickens, pizzas baked in a stone hearth, and Italian sandwiches like meatball subs, made to order. There's espresso and morning baked goods, gelato, and of course Cafe Lago's excellent pasta, including its lasagna. [EaterWire]

ISSAQUAHDough Zone Dumpling House, the essential Eastside chain with three restaurants in Bellevue and Redmond, opened its fourth and largest store in late October at 1580 NW Gilman Blvd in Issaquah's Meadows Shopping Center. This location is the first to serve beer, wine, and sake to wash down its handmade pockets of goodness. Next, the company will expand to Seattle's International District. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LAKE UNION—Burger chain Li'l Woody's, vegetarian juice bar Jujubeet, and salad shop Evergreens have all opened expansions at a new food court called The Deck, where the eateries will share indoor and outdoor dining spaces. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LAKE UNION—If you've ever had trouble finding Capitol Hill's tasty Tacos Chukis restaurant, you'll have better luck at its second taqueria at 810 Dexter Ave N, which has bright signs and a prominent location on the ground-floor of the flashy new JUXT Apartments building. The menu is roughly the same as that of the original, with tacos, mulitas, "baby burritos," quesadillas, tortas, nopal asado (a grilled cactus paddle), and the namesake taco with adobada pork, cheese, guacamole, and a slab of grilled pineapple. [EaterWire]

FREMONT—Vuong Loc, owner of Pomerol, must have been reading Seattle's dream journal, because his latest project, China Pie, is a so-crazy-it-might-just-work mash-up of pizza and dumplings, at 125 N 36th St. There's a wood-fired oven for seasonal and Asian-inspired pizzas with toppings like caramel fish sauce pork, cilantro pesto, jalapeño, and mozzarella; there are also dumplings, served in broth or in chili sauce, as well as seasonal salads. [EaterWire]

Transport Yourself to France at Central District's L'Oursin

L'Oursin. [Photo: Suzi Pratt/Eater]

CENTRAL DISTRICT—Want French decadence in the form of sustainable seafood and natural wines? Head to L'Oursin at 1315 E Jefferson St, where the kitchen is run by JJ Proville, whose resume includes Manhattan's Gramercy Tavern and Seattle's Il Corvo and Art of the Table. Six words: foie gras with sea urchin mousse. It should all pair beautifully with wine director Kathryn Olson's conscientiously-produced organic and natural wines or head bartender Zac Overman's house cocktails. [EaterWire]

WEST SEATTLE—With an interior of only 600 square feet but an exterior encompassing nearly 3,000 square feet, new bar Ounces is encouraging local-beer lovers to drink outside year-round. The dog- and kid-friendly space has 30 taps for Washington-made beer, cider, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, which you can enjoy under a large tent with patio heaters and, eventually, perhaps side enclosures. Just make sure you wear a jacket along with your beer jacket. [EaterWire]

November 1

PHINNEY RIDGE—A former co-owner of the defunct Stumbling Goat Bistro at 6722 Greenwood Ave N announced that the restaurant is being replaced today by The Goat on Greenwood, despite the fact that the building is expected to be redeveloped. Keri DeWoody said on Facebook to expect killer drinks, southern-style comfort food like chicken and waffles, and a game room with seven pinball machines. The post concludes, "Bring your appetite and your quarters!" [EaterWire]

MAPLE LEAFModena Pizza and Pasta is now slinging Italian pies and noodles at 8014 Lake City Way NE. The extensive menu, available on Facebook, also features plenty of hot sandwiches like chicken or eggplant parm, desserts like tiramisu, calzones, and more, with heavy Greek influences as well as Italian. The few early Yelpers are loving it. [EaterWire]

GREENWOODFlintcreek Cattle Co., the long-awaited sibling to Rockcreek, finally opened at 8421 Greenwood Ave N, and crowds have been stuffing themselves into its chic, 120-seat space. Despite the name, the menu focuses more on responsibly raised game meats (venison pate, bison hanger steak, wild boar shoulder) than on beef, though a "chops" section does feature steakhouse classics like filet mignon and ribeye. [EaterWire]

A burger and fries at Feed Co. Burgers Suzi Pratt for Eater

Feed Co. Burgers. [Photo: Suzi Pratt/Eater]

CENTRAL DISTRICT—The group behind Quinn's, Restaurant Zoe, and Uneeda Burger decided to double down on its Redmond-based Feed Co. Burgers concept and open a new location in Seattle proper. The modern-industrial space with copious wood accents has a similar menu of quick-service burgers, fries, Snoqualmie milkshakes, and beer, but with more rotating specials like house-made corned beef and pastrami. [EaterWire]

WEST SEATTLE—Paying homage to a classic Chinese-American restaurant that used to share the same street and name, 21-and-older establishment New Luck Toy is now open at 5905 California Ave SW. Chef and co-owner Mark Fuller brings his expertise from Ma'Ono Fried Chicken and Whiskey to bear on updated icons like General Tso's chicken and Sichuan cumin lamb, while boozy slushy machines churn out Singapore slings and piña coladas to pair with a game of Skee-ball or a round of karaoke. [EaterWire]

FIRST HILL—Downtown mainstay Wild Ginger has begun spinning off fast-casual locations. They're based on the company's walk-up window at the Triple Door, originally called Tiffin but now rebranded as Wild Ginger Kitchen to match the others, which are currently in Swedish Hospital's First Hill campus (747 Broadway) and Whole Foods' new 365 store in Bellevue (10200 NE 4th St). The venues have different combinations of grab-and-go items and hot dishes; additional locations are slated for Whole Foods in Redmond and Westlake. [EaterWire]

BELLTOWN—The Coterie Room has been replaced by dark and moody, spirit-focused cocktail bar Cursed Oak, which has "Top Chef" season 14 contestant Simon Pantet in the kitchen. His New American menu features dishes like a goat cheese gnudi with chanterelles and spinach or a braised lamb shank with cauliflower cream and purple potatoes. Expect the addition of brunch in early 2017; for now, dinner and late-night are the options. [EaterWire]

BALLARD—Maria Hines has converted her Mediterranean restaurant, Golden Beetle, to an organic gastropub called Young American Ale House (1744 NW Market St). If you're looking for local beers and housemade shrubs, food like chicken pot pie, pizza, and housemade veggie burgers, and you aren't tired of the upscale-comfort-food trend, you're in the right place. [EaterWire]

CENTRAL DISTRICT—If you've been craving Southern-style fried catfish and hushpuppies, today is your lucky day, as Jackson's Catfish Corner has officially reopened at 123 21st Ave, just a few blocks from its birthplace. Terrell Jackson, grandson of the original Catfish Corner owners, lost his South Seattle restaurant months ago, but has kept the dream alive. [EaterWire]

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[Photo: Manu's Tacos/FB]

PIONEER SQUARE—When Eater broke the news that the second Flatstick Pub location would feature Manu Alfau (Manu's Bodega) in the kitchen with his fantastic tacos, the launch date wasn't set. Well, Manu's Tacos is officially here: Seattle Met reports that the indoor counter has been in soft-launch mode and should run from 3 to 10 p.m. daily, while the outdoor walk-up window should soon begin serving its braised brisket, chicken tinga, and other taco options for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays any day now. For now, check out this week's grand opening for plenty of great deals. [Seattle Met]

CAPITOL HILL—Redmond's Down Pour Coffee Bar has added a Capitol Hill location at 515 Harvard Ave E in the Rubix Apartments building. CHS Blog says that the shop steeps beans from Oregon's Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters, sells various baked goods from around town, and plans to add wine and beer and perhaps extend its hours come January 2017. [CHS]

October 18

FREMONT—If you were devastated when Raclette Seattle quietly oozed its way out of the local scene, Fire and Scrape wants to fill the void with its own European-style goodness. The melted-cheese pop-up just launched at the Fremont Sunday Market; in addition to this weekly engagement and festival appearances, partner David Pyle says he hopes to announce a regular restaurant visit on Phinney Ridge soon. Washington's River Valley Cheese is making a Jersey-milk Raclette for the company, which will also feature rotating guest versions, all of which will be propane-fired to order and scraped onto potatoes or vegetables, with toppings like cornichons, pickled onions, and Prosciutto available. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILL—Vostok Dumpling House has been replaced by Ooink Ramen (1416 Harvard Ave), whose name and adorable pig logo reflect the shop's homemade pork-bone broth. The opening menu is on Facebook; CHS Blog says that co-owners Jiaxin Wang and chef Chong Boon Ooi plan to unveil more Asian flavors as time goes by. [CHS]

BURLINGTON—It's a big month for Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen: the popular Bellingham-based company won a gold medal for its Munich-style Chuckanut Helles lager at Colorado's annual Great American Beer Festival, and has now opened the doors to its South Nut Tap Room at the Port of Skagit (11937 Higgins Airport Way, Burlington). The new facility has a 20-bbl brew system, twice that of the original, but no kitchen; instead, it will host food trucks out front. The expansion is great news for Seattleites thirsty for more of the producer's impeccable European-style creations. [EaterWire]

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Salty's Espresso Bar. [Photo: Courtesy of Salty's]

DES MOINES—Speaking of destination libations, Salty's at Redondo Beach — just a quick van-ride away from Sea-Tac Airport — has opened Salty's Espresso Bar (Redondo Beach Drive and Redondo Way S) on the new Redondo Beach Boardwalk. Seven days a week, get your fill of pastries, Caffe D'arte Gourmet Drip Coffee, espresso, Italian sodas, tea, and more, while you check out the fishing pier, boat launch, and the Marine Science and Technology Center. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LAKE UNIONHigh-tech beer bar Teku Tavern, named for aficionados' long-stemmed, wine-like TeKu glass, is trying to elevate the drinking experience with a focus on staff and customer education, impeccably clean draft lines, and 50 beers on tap. Your dog can come, too. [EaterWire]

October 12

U DISTRICTStreet Bean Coffee, a non-profit which uses "empowering apprenticeships to train and employ young people seeking to exit street life," has opened a second cafe (5015 Roosevelt Way NE) as a partnership with the new food bank that opened this summer with low-income housing above. In June, the company also successfully Kickstarted a training roaster for its original Belltown location; the larger roasting machine for wholesale and retail shops is at Overlake Christian Church. By 2017, the new location will allow Street Bean to train 16 apprentices per year, double its current capacity. [EaterWire]

BALLARD—Following a major remodel, Choice Deli and Grocery has gone from simply convenience store to beer bar and restaurant serving Teriyaki and hoagies, PhinneyWood blog reports. The liquor license isn't yet approved, but soon enough you'll be able to sit and relax with a drink from one of 30 taps after a productive shopping trip to the nearby Goodwill. [PhinneyWood]

PHINNEY RIDGETeasome is open at 6412 Phinney Ave N, the former home of In-Season Fresh Takeaway and Cafe. The small, sparsely decorated restaurant offers a selection of loose-leaf tea to complement its Asian fusion menu for in-house or grab-and-go dining, including dishes like XO sauce noodles, ochazuke (green tea soup on rice), five-spiced beef, and, of course, poke bowls. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN—The Pokéworks chain, which has locations in California and New York City with plenty more on the way, has landed in Seattle (1200 3rd Ave Suite 100). The fast-casual restaurant offers plenty of customization options for customers who don't feel like choosing a signature bowl. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILL—Locally-grown fast-casual spot Wanderfish Poke is open at 1620 Broadway, where chef Jason Velasquez is sourcing as locally and sustainably as possible. Brian O'Connor (Bok a Bok Fried Chicken) helped develop the menu, which, like that of Pokéworks, has copious build-your-own options alongside eight seasonally-rotating chef creations. [EaterWire]

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Interior of Squirrel Chops cafe and salon. [Photo: Dana Lynn Photo via Squirrel Chops/FB]

CENTRAL DISTRICT—If you've been putting off a haircut for far too long, consider Squirrel Chops, a cafe and salon combo where co-owner Shirley Henderson handles the beverage side — featuring Slate Coffee from a locally-made Slayer espresso machine, Standard Bakery pastries and British-style "toasties," and even a couple of beers on draft — while co-owner Sharon Blyth-Moss handles the hair styling. "Squirrel was a childhood nickname and chops is for the hair," according to a Facebook post. Gents, Seattle Met suggests there could be a barber on board soon, too. [EaterWire]

CAPITOL HILLDueminuti, a fast-casual handmade pasta place with an emphasis on healthy, nutrient-rich noodle options, is open at 412 Broadway E. The restaurant has limited hours and menu offerings during a soft opening period. If things go well, the two Italian co-founders plan to expand rapidly, with a goal of 15-20 locations by the end of year five. [EaterWire]

PHINNEY RIDGEAda's Restaurant and Bar is open at 5910 Phinney Ave N with what appears to be a mix of American and Mediterranean influences: shrimp scampi, salmon cakes, Greek salads and flatbreads, scallops multiple ways. See photos on its Yelp page. [EaterWire]

BALLARDHood Famous Bakeshop finally has its own hood and bakeshop with its brick-and-mortar at 2325½ NW Market St. Founder Chera Amlag, also a creator of the Food and Sh*t pop-up, sells her Filipino, Hawaiian, and other Asian-inspired desserts —like her signature ube (purple yam) cheesecake — to-go only, with no seating currently available. [EaterWire]

October 7

HILLMAN CITY—Thanks to a tipster for the intel that Southern soul food spot Emma’s BBQ, named for owner Tess Thomas’ mother, is now open at 5303 Rainier Ave S, formerly home to Corazon Taqueria. The opening menu lists pork ribs/pulled pork, sliced beef/brisket, chicken, and beef hot links smoked in a pit parked outside, as well as sides like cornbread, yams, and greens, plus sweet potato pie and peach cobbler for dessert. [EaterWire]

Ogle West Seattle's New Pie Shop, Open as of Yesterday

A La Mode Pies. [Photo: Suzi Pratt/Eater]

WEST SEATTLEA La Mode Pies (4225 SW Alaska Street) has added a second, much grander location to complement its Phinney Ridge original; expect boozy milkshakes along with sweet and savory dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including three smoky meat pies created in partnership with Jack’s BBQ. [EaterWire]

FREMONT—Nautical-themed bar The Helm is now open at 119 N 36th St, where you can dine from a concise menu of Puget Sound-inspired small plates (oysters, mussels, Dungeness crab, and more) made by executive chef Travis Stewart (formerly of Canlis, according to The Helm’s website) and sip cocktails shaken and stirred by head bartender Kyle Takacs (Bottle and Bull, Lot No. 3). Sit on the deck on nice days and get deals during happy hour Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m. [EaterWire]

SHORELINEGreen Leaf Vietnamese continues to grow, with its third location now open at 13200 Aurora Ave N. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. but should eventually extend its hours to 2 a.m. so patrons can take advantage of the full bar — call (206) 432-9880 for more details. Owner Peter Kuang says his Bellevue restaurant will likely open this month too; all the restaurants will have the same menu, which he hopes to expand soon. [EaterWire]

DOWNTOWN—Popular wholesale coffee company Anchorhead (1600 7th Ave Suite 105) opened its first brick-and-mortar cafe downtown. Sip espresso, cold brew on draft, four seasonal coffees from a robotic pour-over machine, even beer and wine in the evenings. In the mornings, look for pastries from Salmon Berry Goods, baked in-house. [EaterWire]

WALLA WALLA—When pasta perfectionist Mike Easton (Il Corvo) and bar cocktail king Jim German (the late Jimgermanbar) collaborate on a project in Walla Walla, you start thinking about a road trip. Passatempo Taverna (215 W Main St) is now serving handmade Italian dishes in a space that will soon include a tasting room for The Walls Vineyard. [EaterWire]

SOUTH LAKE UNION—The second SLU-waterfront restaurant from Dan Bugge (Matt’s in the Market, Radiator Whiskey) has launched. White Swan Public House joins 100-Pound Clam at 1001 Fairview Ave N with access for boats and a menu emphasis on seafood, including "Poutine O’ The Sea," featuring littleneck clams, chowder, bacon, and scallions atop french fries. [EaterWire]

PIONEER SQUARE—A sibling to downtown's The Forge Lounge, subterranean bar The Sovereign (119 1st Ave S) has a chic look blending Art Deco and Art Nouveau, a snacky, smoky food menu inspired by French-American and Afro-Caribbean cuisines, and plenty of intriguing specialty cocktails. [EaterWire]

Ada's Restaurant and Bar

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