Welcome back to Eater Seattle's Something for the Weekend column. Every Friday, you probably ask the same question: Where should I eat and drink this weekend? Covering brunch, dinner, and everything in between, here, now, three places to try.
February 26, 2016
The Mamnoon family is in expansion mode, but things are still rocking at the original Capitol Hill restaurant. The always-outstanding food is even more on point with Jason Stratton at the helm, whether you stop in for lunch, evening drinks, or dinner. Oh, and if you haven't been paying attention to Top Chef since Stratton got eliminated, now is probably a good time to tune back in to Last Chance Kitchen.
Currently killing it at the sexy Omega Ouzeri, Thomas Soukakos still owns the low-key, family-friendly Vios establishment on Capitol Hill's 19th Avenue, too. Though not as heralded as its sibling, Vios feels more homey, whether you're sipping mimosas at brunch or grabbing take-out for dinner.
Golden Beetle is sporting a new exterior, but inside is the same great food Seattle has come to love from Maria Hines and team. Fresh off its fifth anniversary, head here for a stellar (and underrated) brunch, with an array of enticing dishes like cardamom- and cinnamon-spiced donuts served with honey syrup, and the pork shank hash with delicata squash, spiced hollandaise, poached egg, and harissa-spiced potatoes.
February 19, 2016
New to the beer scene, Belltown's Cloudburst Brewing knows its way around a beer. The impressive line-up won Cloudburst a spot on Eater's list of Seattle's top breweries, updated this week. Try the Market Saison, which will rotate with seasonal inclusions from Pike Place Market, and the tasty oyster stout, Aw Shucks.
Central Cinema plays second-run movies, usually with fun twists like "Hecklevision" texting displayed on-screen, sing-alongs, and more. Go for the movies, stay for the nice selection of local beer and a strong menu of dinner and bites, like fries smothered in Beecher's cheese curds and popcorn dusted with various flavorings.
Ericka Burke's Canal Market may have closed, but don't let that stop you from patronizing her Chop Shop Cafe & Juice Bar on Capitol Hill. Chef Zack Chambers crafts beautiful food using lots of seasonal veggies. Dinner can skew romantic, happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day, and the weekend brunch is slaying it.
February 5, 2016
We dig The Oak for its superb burger selection, which plays well with a handful of local beer options and a long list of house cocktails. The Oak's vibe will feel familiar if you've spent time at dive bar The Redwood on Capitol Hill, except this is Beacon Hill, so expect more families and slightly better lighting.
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This place feels like classic Seattle, with its surly service and local beer inside a grimy, dingy space next to the railroad tracks in Georgetown. Oh, and the food is entirely vegetarian, helping it make the cut for Eater's recent list of must-hit vegetarian restaurants.
Cafe Turko just opened its new, larger space in Fremont, and it's a wonderful place to tuck into some outstanding Turkish cuisine. Come summer, there will be a patio under the Aurora Bridge, but until then, there's plenty of seating and warmth inside. Go for the Turkish Breakfast (served all day, bless them) or opt for mezzes shared among friends. The menu is massive, and you can't go wrong. Save room for Ayran, a strained yogurt drink with mint and a dash of salt.