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.
June 24, 2016
Chef Zoi Antonitsas is working her magic at Omega Ouzeri now, after a wildly successful stint at Westward. Her menu revolves around modern interpretations of classic Greek flavors and ingredients, and the result is sublime. Plates are small and meant to be shared over a bottle of exceptionally-sourced Greek wine or ouzo, so invite some friends and plan to linger.
Ballard's Stoup Brewing is maturing nicely, offering an increasingly long list of beer that shows off an impressive range. The brewery is also the ideal gathering space, with inside seating for rainy days and a big outdoor patio for warmer ones. There's a daily food truck parked outside, too.
Tippe and Drague AleHouse
Tippe and Drague on Beacon Hill fills the role of neighborhood gathering spot, a great place to meet friends for a few pints and some bar snacks or dinner. There's always a great selection of local and regional beers on tap (16, to be exact), and filling sandwiches with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Bonus: You can totally bring your kids.
June 17, 2016
Bourbon & Bones
It's Barbecue Week 'round these parts, and Eater recommends you eat all the smoked meats this weekend, starting with Bourbon & Bones. Dive into a plate of North Carolina-style barbecue, and do get a side of the insanely good mac and cheese, washed down with a house cocktail or local beer from the taps.
Drunky's Two Shoe
Admittedly, the name is goofy and the overall theme is a little much at Drunky's. But look past all of that, because there's excellent barbecue here. Close your eyes if you have to. Solid picks include the BBQ parfait, layered in a jar with meat, sides, and sauce.
Wood SHop BBQ
Food trucks that produce fantastic meals despite severe limitations are always impressive, but it's another thing altogether to coax great barbecue out of a very small space. Wood Shop does just that. Come hungry and order "The Woody," a plate of smoked jalapeño mac and cheese topped with pulled pork, pickled red onions, and house sauce.
June 10, 2016
There's little on the dusty shelves of the unassuming Quick Pack Food Mart at the corner of MLK and Jackson, but the business knows what it's got: a cult following for its fried chicken, declared on the sign as "the BEST fried chicken in town." Your choices are massive drumsticks or wings, all fried to crispy perfection.
IT's BAO TIME
Food truck It's Bao Time revolves around sandwiches made with the tiny, pillowy buns known as bao. Here, they're bursting with the likes of lemongrass fried chicken, pork belly, and wildly flavorful sauces, fun twists on Taiwanese favorites.
Six Seven's waterfront view is tough to beat. The Edgewater Hotel's lively, upscale restaurant is great for celebrating with friends at a big, rowdy table, or sequestering yourself with someone special for a romantic sunset dinner. The cocktail program is going strong, with plenty of house creations, and the dinner focuses on bold flavors for meat and seafood dishes that are sourced locally when possible.
June 3, 2016
The Central District's constellation of Ethiopian restaurants, especially around the MLK/Cherry intersection, waft incredible scents throughout the neighborhood. Meskel is a stand-out, thanks to a big patio and consistently great food. Dip your injera into an array of vegetables and lentil concoctions, and, for meat lovers, get the barbecue option. It involves a stack of intensely-flavored, tender beef strips simmered in oil with peppers.
TARSAN i Jane
Wonder of underrated wonders! Tarsan i Jane has replaced Tray Kitchen, and it's a wood-fired beauty. Go for the five-course, prix fixe paella brunch on Sundays, where noted LA newcomers Perfecto Rocher and Alia Zaine produce a flurry of beautiful dishes that culminate in a sooty paella pan. Soon, the patio will be open for snacks and casual drinks, while dinner is upscale and changes weekly, all with flavors from Rocher's Spanish homeland. Go now before this place gets too hot to handle.
Organic, artisan ice cream shines at Ballard's Parfait. Owner/ice cream maven Adria Shimada takes quality and sourcing seriously, and it shows in the final product. Every last thing is homemade here, down to the sprinkles. An array of great flavors include caramel brownie and nectarines and cream, plus there are ice cream cakes, pies, sandwiches and push pops.