Wondering about the many, many restaurants and bars that opened in Seattle throughout 2017? Here’s a collection covering spring and summer, while the rest of the openings from the end of the year are over here in a separate post.
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August 31, 2017
BELLEVUE — Buzz off, Bill Gates: Mariah Carey will unveil Washington’s first outpost of over-the-top celeb-approved sweets chain Sugar Factory at the Shops at the Bravern September 6 at 8 p.m. The pop superstar will preview Mariah Carey’s Christmas Factory, a branded retail and candy line with custom Mariah Carey cookies, snow globes, and more. The 15,000-square-foot retail/restaurant/chocolate lounge combo offers anything from doughnuts by cult-favorite pastry chef Max Santiago to “insane milkshakes” (their words) with garnishes like cheeseburger sliders. Status: Certified open. 11111 NE 8th St. Suite #120, Bellevue.
SOUTHCENTER — Poke Wai opened next to Blue C Sushi at Southcenter this week, complementing its raw fish salad options with spam musubi and house drinks like green tea lychee and calamansi juice. Owner Jeriel Calamayan won Sam Choy’s first annual Seattle Poke Contest in 2015 while he was working in the kitchen at Kraken Congee, and has continued to compete. In an Instagram post, Hood Famous Bakeshop owner Chera Amlag recommended the sinigaang puffed rice as a topping. Status: Certified open. 458 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila.
SODO — Brownrigg Hard Cider, promising innovative ciders — like cherry cardamom — from exclusively Washington apples, opens September 3 in the same building as 3 Howls Distilling. Brownrigg is already making good use of that relationship to age its products in interesting barrels. Growlers and free tastings will be available each Sunday going forward. Status: Certified open. 426 S Massachusetts St. Unit B.
August 28, 2017
WALLINGFORD — The old home of Miyabi 45th has new life as Kokkaku, which describes itself as a “Japanese-inspired meat house” that revolves around whole-animal butchery and locally sourced ingredients. It’s a collaboration between chef Rudy Velasquez, whose resume includes time at Brunswick and Hunt and Miller’s Guild, and Julie Shizukuishi, who also worked at Miller’s Guild, along with Flying Fish and Campagne, reports the Wallyhood blog. As one might imagine, the menu is heavily meat-focused, with dishes like miso-braised beef rib, beef tartare, beef tongue hamburger steak, and even a bone marrow custard for dessert. Diners can also order steaks by the ounce. Status: Certified open. 2208 N 45th St.
GREENWOOD — New bakery Celine Patisserie is run by husband-and-wife team Alexei and Daniela Bucos, reports The Stranger. The couple draws inspiration in part from living in Italy. They’re baking everything on-site, including monkey bread, tiramisu, macarons, raw and vegan cakes, and lunch bites like ham and cheese croissants and smoked salmon sandwiches. Status: Certified open. 6801 Greenwood Ave N.
BELLTOWN — Back in April, a tipster shared news that a Middle Eastern restaurant called Al Basha was under construction in the former home of Bellini, which closed last fall. Al Basha's co-owner and chef, Sam Ibrahim, used to run Alderwood Gyro; his wife, Khadir, is the pastry chef. Hummus, kababs, gyros, and other Mediterranean staples are the focus. Status: Certified open. 2302 1st Ave.
August 24, 2017
BELLTOWN — Pintxo owners Cory and Amanda Chigbrow have been busy: they’ve relocated that tapas restaurant to a bigger space, opened Bar Abajo in its vacated place, and now are readying another establishment called Commonwealth, which will open on August 31. The focus here is on flavors of the south, including Kentucky bourbon celebrated through an expansive cocktail list and a signature single-barrel Russell’s Reserve whiskey, as well as small plates like bourbon-glazed wings, potato salad, and panko-fried hot chicken. A central, circular fireplace makes it all sound downright homey. Heads up: The entrance is off the Bell Street alley. Status: Certified open. 2219 4th Ave.
GEORGETOWN — Seattle may be pissed that Elysian Brewing sold to Anheuser-Busch Inbev, but no matter; the brewery is moving onward and upward with a new taproom set to open on August 31 at 2 p.m. In classic stripped-down taproom fashion, the space won’t serve food, sticking to beer, non-alcoholic alternatives, and brewery tours, though food trucks will rotate through and outside fare is encouraged. The taproom has 20 taps and will also offer pours of cask-conditioned beers. Flights, special releases, and events like trivia nights, game-day parties, private event bookings, and live music are all in the works. Status: Certified open. 5410 Airport Way S.
BELLTOWN — Belltown is set to get yet another bar, but Jupiter will stand apart from the crowd with huge hand-painted murals from co-owner Joe Nix, top-notch sandwiches, eight beers on tap, cocktails, and a back room full of pinball games — perhaps as many as 30. Booze and games are an obvious combination for the establishment’s other owner, Jeff Rogers, who also runs John John’s Game Room on Capitol Hill. Jupiter opens September 14. Status: Certified open. 2126 Second Ave.
August 22, 2017
BALLARD — Obec Brewing Company, the latest to beef up the neighborhood’s busy taproom scene, holds its grand opening Friday, August 25 at 4 p.m. The name is Czech for “community,” and the owners are hoping to foster it partly by offering wines from Fall Lines Winery and vermouth from Solera Bravo Wines in addition to their own broad range of beer styles. Status: Certified open. 1144 NW 52nd St.
WALLINGFORD — The business formerly known as Yoroshiku 4649 has expanded, updated its menu, and simplified its name to Yoroshiku, according to the Wallyhood blog. The ramen restaurant added a gastropub with wooden benches and bar seating in the former home of Tea House Kuan Yin next door. Drinks focus on sake and Japanese whisky, and there’s beer on tap. Ramen fans can take heart that the noodle soup, which was deemed worthy of Eater Seattle’s ramen map, is still the focus of the restaurant, but new items like tako kimcheese (that’s an octopus dish, not a cheesy taco) are welcome bar snacks. Status: Certified open. 1913 N 45th St.
CAPITOL HILL — The vegan salad bar addition to the Plum restaurant family is now open on 12th Avenue, next to Plum Bistro. Chop’t opened in July and serves the same vegan salads that owner Makini Howell apparently developed for none other than Stevie Wonder when she was his personal chef during his Songs in the Key of Life tour, according to The Stranger. All salads are priced at $9 and include combinations like the World Traveler, with romaine, coriander-rubbed tofu, ginger sesame edamame, tangerine, nappa cabbage, red peppers, toasted turmeric pepitas, and sesame ginger dressing. Status: Certified open. 1429 12th Ave.
August 17, 2017
BELLEVUE — Upscale beer bar Henry’s Tavern, a go-to for pre- and post-game revelry thanks to its location near Safeco Field, announced plans to expand to South Lake Union and Bellevue. The latter location officially opens on August 30, bringing a “custom frost drink rail to keep pints cold” as well as an outdoor patio on the second floor with broad views of downtown Bellevue. Eastsiders will have 100 taps to choose from, plus promises of health-conscious menu items to offset the pub fare. The Portland-based chain’s SLU expansion is still in the works, alaso with the hope of opening this summer. Status: Certified open. 500 Bellevue Way NE, Ste 310.
UNIVERSITY DISTRICT — Normally relegated to hole-in-the-wall dives, teriyaki gets a glossy sheen at the new BB’s Teriyaki Grill in the U District. The slick fast-casual restaurant claims to source “only the highest quality ingredients” like Washington-raised chicken, and serves food in 100-percent compostable containers. Diners build their own meals with bases like yakisoba, white and brown rice, and vegetable stir fry, then add chicken or tofu and select spicy or regular sauce. Status: Certified open. 4221 University Way NE.
CAPITOL HILL — The wait for Redhook’s new Brewlab ends today, as the fancy Capitol Hill pub starts pouring at 3 p.m. The buildout includes two bars with 16 taps apiece, two patios, and windows that peer into the brewery. The design retains some of the building’s original brick and timber, and it’s all nested under a bunch of apartments that are self-described as “über-luxurious.” To celebrate, Redhook and KEXP are throwing a party all day, with live music and one-off collaboration beers.
August 15, 2017
BOTHELL — Earlier this month, downtown Bothell scored The Bine Beer and Food, a beer hall sporting 27 taps alongside small plates, sandwiches, and salads. Though apparently the restaurant unlocked its doors before the owners finished building out their website (unavailable at the time of publishing), early Yelp reviews rave about everything from the ambiance to the selection of internationally-focused beers to the burgers, fries, Brussels sprouts, and other food. Status: Certified open. 10127 Main St, Bothell.
RAINIER VALLEY — Bicycle-powered mobile coffee purveyor Cafe Red put down roots in Rainier Valley last month. The shop does it all, with bagels, pastries, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, Filipino food pop-ups from Lahi Seattle, Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, beer and wine, and even all-ages board game nights. What more could one possibly want in a cafe? Status: Certified open. 7148 MLK Jr Way S.
WALLINGFORD — Patty’s Eggnest, the breakfast restaurant with locations in Ballard, Everett, and Arlington, has added a food truck in the parking lot of the Rancho Bravo Tacos on 45th and Thackeray. The truck serves breakfast and lunch, with self-declared “must-haves” like Seahawks-themed scrambles, from-scratch jams, and Swedish pancakes. There’s also a planned location coming soon to Edmonds. Status: Certified open. 211 NE 45th St.
August 4, 2017
WALLINGFORD — Can Seattle Pops single-handedly save Seattle from this apocalyptic heatwave? The farmers-market staple will surely try its darndest when it opens its brick-and-mortar shop today in the former home of Smash Wine Bar. The first 25 customers will nab a free T-shirt, but everyone will get frozen treats with flavors like Zesty Lime, Very Strawberry, Kona Coffee, Chocolate Banana, and Coconut Cream — dipped in chocolate, if desired. Get ‘em while it’s hot. Status: Certified open. 1401 North 45th Street.
GEORGETOWN — Mercer Estates opened a tasting room in June, enlivening the former no-man’s-land at the north end of Boeing Field along with neighbors Charles Smith Jet City Winery and Sisters and Brothers, with its ever-popular Nashville hot chicken. Mercer harvests from sustainable vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and was named Washington Winery of the Year 2016 by Wine Press Northwest. The tasting room sports a spacious back patio, according to Washington Tasting Room magazine, and a $10 tasting fee is refundable with a bottle purchase. Status: Certified open. 6235 Airport Way South #102.
BALLARD — Ballard’s new curry-and-sandwich shop Pink Bee is garnering rave Yelp reviews after only a couple of months in business. The menu and decor are similarly spare at this bright fast-casual spot, where a handful of Thai sandwiches, rice bowls, and salads, each with options like beef panang and tofu satay, are served in takeout containers. As a bonus for those with allergies, the shop makes a peanut-free satay sauce with yellow split mung beans. Status: Certified open. 2010 NW 56th St.
August 2, 2017
WALLINGFORD — Pablo y Pablo, the latest Mexican restaurant from Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple), is named for the friendship between Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and Spanish painter Pablo Picasso — continuing the group’s penchant for artist-inspired names, like nearby Thackeray’s English-novelist namesake, and Meet the Moon’s nod to poet Robert Frost. It’s surprising to name a Mexican restaurant for Spanish and South American artists, but the menu is “Mexican-inspired” and “pulls ingredients and techniques from around the world,” which seems a fancy way of saying tacos are filled with anything from chipotle-braised chicken to vegan chorizo to pork belly banh mi fixings. The company’s Capitol Hill Mexican spot, Barrio, has some of the exact same dishes, like the pork carnitas entree, and also shares has a focus on agave spirits with Pablo. Happy hour is Monday to Friday 3 to 6 p.m. for a discounted introduction to the fare. Status: Certified open. 1605 N. 34th St.
INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT — Huy Tat, connected to Huy Ky Mi Gia and the temporarily closed Salted Sea, opened America’s first outpost of his family’s Saigon-based Lan Hue banh mi shop in July, Seattle Met reports. Lan Hue makes everything in house, from baguettes to mayo to bologna, and yet still manages to keep prices impressively low ($4 each). In the pastry case, pate chaud and banh bao are filled with meats or sweets, while Vietnamese coffee and sugarcane juice top the drink menu. Status: Certified open. Pacific Rim Center, 900 S. Jackson St.
PIONEER SQUARE — The former home of Pizzeria Gabbiano is a pizza place again thanks to RPM Pizza and Records, which combines local vinyl and hot pies, either whole or by the slice in straightforward versions like margherita and Hawaiian. A couple salads and beers and wines round out the selection. Co-owner Harvey Ward Van Allen has already struck gold with nearby Casco Antiguo, so RPM has a fighting chance in a space that has struggled. Status: Certified open. 240 2nd Ave. S. #120.
July 27, 2017
BALLARD — Carnivore opened last month adhering to the trendy paleo diet, which suggests humans have ruined their diet with modern food advances in recent centuries and need to return to ancestral sustenance that eschews GMOs and grains like wheat and focuses on heaps of organic and pastured meats. Owner Linda Gair says it’s her protest against the Big Food industry, and has hired chef Seamus Platt, who previously cooked at Mollusk and Girin, to realize her vision with the likes of grass-fed beef jerky; melon gazpacho; in-house dry-aged beef; and grilled Spanish octopus. The drinks, made by bar manager Evan Martin, formerly of Tavern Hall and Feedback Lounge, are also intriguing, featuring options like a negroni made without Campari and therefore tinted red with cochineal water instead. Status: Certified open. 5313 Ballard Ave NW.
RENTON — The new Hyatt Regency Lake Washington hotel, located in Renton’s Southport, sports a waterfront restaurant called, appropriately, Water’s Table. Views of Lake Washington are served with helpings of modern, pan-Asian flavors. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch are covered, and drinks include regional and local beer and wine. Also flowing is baijiu, a grain-based alcohol from China and the world’s most consumed spirit. Status: Certified open. 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton.
QUEEN ANNE — Yelpers are digging Lower Queen Anne’s new Côba, which opened earlier this month in the former home of Red Papaya. The menu ranges from small plates like house chicken and pork pate to noodle salad bowls to pho, including a rare find: a vegan pho option. There’s also a well-received cocktail selection, weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas, and a patio, all ingredients for a successful start. Status: Certified open. 530 1st Ave N.
July 19, 2017
WALLINGFORD — Damsel and Hopper Bakeshop, formerly known as Cereal Box Bakery when it was available only in North Seattle by delivery or at farmers markets, has partially opened the doors to a new storefront. The company uses Northwest-grown organic grains in its rotating selection of baked goods, which include sourdough and sandwich breads, baguettes, fettuccine, crackers, pastries like pear coffee cake, and more. Damsel and Hopper is hiring up in anticipation of a grand opening in early August; in the meantime, keep an eye on Facebook for limited opening hours. Status: Soft open. 4405 Wallingford Ave. N.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — According to its early Yelp feedback, Urara Japanese Cuisine is a solid choice for anyone looking for a quick Japanese lunch or dinner after scoping the new market expansion. The restaurant opened on Stewart St. near Le Panier last month with a wide-ranging menu of classics like bento boxes and chicken teriyaki, chirashi bowls and katsu curry, and standard sushi rolls spicy tuna alongside nigiri and sashimi. Status: Certified open. 82 Stewart St.
BELLTOWN — And in the next neighborhood over from Urara, another new Japanese restaurant called Moon’s Kitchen is getting a lot of Yelp love. It has some menu similarities — there are sections for teriyaki and katsu — but skews more noodle-heavy than Urara, with a selection of ramen and yakisoba. In keeping with the times, there’s a poke bowl; diners can also get combos like the “Crispy Crisp” with a chicken katsu bowl, veggie tempura, and cabbage salad. Most importantly for the Instagram set, the dessert is adorable: Deep-brown mocha ice cream is served as the “dirt” in a flower pot decorated with flowers, rocks, and gummy worms. Status: Certified open. 2211 4th Ave.
July 14, 2017
CAPITOL HILL — Newcomer Broadway Poke and Sushi, a counter-service restaurant at Broadway and John, is capturing solid reviews on Yelp. Like other poke restaurants, Broadway offers customizable bowls with protein and toppings galore. Here, though, there’s also a fish-less vegan option. The sushi roll options are fairly straightforward: rainbow, California, and the like. Status: Certified open. 212 Broadway E Ste A.
BALLARD — The long-empty Balmar space has new life as Jones Brothers and Co, a family-friendly spot that started serving food and drink in February. The menu and name are inspired by owner Kevin Carlson’s grandfather Ken Jones’ former Ballard butcher shop, Jones Brothers Meats, and reclaimed wood tables and exposed brick walls evoke Old Ballard. The restaurant menu consists of salads, a selection of handmade pastas with meatballs, and sandwiches like a Reuben and a meatball sub. There are also a handful of draft and bottled beers, wines, and personalized tweaks of classic cocktails. Status: Certified open. 5449 Ballard Ave NW.
SODO — Months of research paid off with the pies at Slice Box Pizza, where the square Sicilian pepperoni is even better than the New York-style version, according to The Seattle Times. Husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Leanna Lengle keep it simple, with 18-inch whole pie options as well as select slices like roasted white chicken, and Canadian bacon with pineapple. The decor pays homage to the dearly departed Seattle Sonics, and a to-go window makes it easy to grab a snack before or after a game. Status: Certified open. 1727 1st Ave S.
June 26, 2017
EVERETT — A cafe called Narrative Coffee from US National Barista competitor and respected coffee expert Maxwell Mooney is now brewing in Everett. Mooney has upgraded his coffee cart in Everett’s Westmore Plaza to a shiny brick-and-mortar spanning 1,800 square feet in downtown Everett, and Sprudge has photos. Mooney serves coffee from multiple roasters, and you can bet he’s selected only the best. The Narrative website shows what’s brewing each month. Status: Certified open. 2927 Wetmore Ave, Everett.
BELLTOWN — Pop-up cafe and bakery La Panaderia debuted earlier this month at the Olympic Sculpture Park. Brother-sister team Oscar Fernandez and Felicitas Flores whip up a variety of specialties, including tamales, panini, cupcakes, pastries, espresso, and shaved ice. There are even dessert tamales stuffed with the likes of strawberry and pineapple. Look for the cart Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Status: Certified open. 2901 Western Ave.
BELLTOWN — Spanish tapas and paella restaurant Pintxo has completed its relocation to a bigger space. The tapas-style menu and open-kitchen layout will remain, but there will be considerably more space in the dining room. Pintxo is also adding a charcuterie station with cured meats sliced by the kitchen team. The larger kitchen will even allow Pintxo to offer baked goods like churros, cocas — Spanish flatbread — and more. In July, the team anticipates adding lunch. Status: Certified open. 2219 4th Ave.
June 21, 2017
PIONEER SQUARE — Former Canlis sous chef Jeffrey Hunter is manning the helm at Zocálo, which dishes out Mexico City-inspired fare involving homemade tortillas and drool-worthy al pastor pork sliced off the spit. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant, owned by Elysian CEO Joe Bisacca and developer Greg Smith, also sports a massive tequila bar. Status: Certified open. 224 Occidental Ave S.
CAPITOL HILL — At hot-pot newcomer Morfire, guests can sample the base broths and sauces before settling on their favorites. The hot pot is complemented by menu items like gyoza, wings, edamame, and shoestring fries. Status: Certified open. 1806 12th Avenue, Suite 100.
GREENWOOD — Replacing Diggity Dog, Satay Bar offers chicken, pork, shrimp, and calamari versions of its namesake meat skewers. Pan-fried dishes, salads, and hot pot round out the food selections. The booze menu is short and sweet, with three wine options from Washington producers, draft beer from nearby Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, and a couple of imported bottle selections. Status: Certified open. 8317 Greenwood Ave N.
June 2, 2017
BELLTOWN — Gonzo-inspired Neon Boots invites guests to come get weird, self-describing as “the set and setting for an otherworldly and hallucinogenic fever dream of the desert.” It’s impossible not to trip like Hunter S. Thompson past the garish pink exterior, imposing murals, and hanging skeletons on your way to purple booths and bar stools. Happy hour is a great time to swing by for low-priced local drafts or cocktails, but this bold addition to the block stays open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. with a serious sandwich game to stave off any impending crash. Status: Certified open. 2224 2nd Ave.
BELLINGHAM — Melvin Brewing Company, Wyoming’s award-winning producer of over-the-top hoppy beers like 2x4 and Hubert, opens its Washington brewpub Saturday, June 3. A 5,000-square-foot space seats 160 in view of a 7-barrel brewing system (set to be fired up late this year), while the kitchen puts out fare from calamari and ramen to burgers and tofu po’ boys. A mighty generous happy hour occurs twice daily, 4 to 6 and 10 to 11 p.m., with select pints for just $2 and lots of other snacks and drinks discounted. Status: Almost there. 2416 Meridian St., Bellingham.
SODO — Eden, a huge new cocktail bar and events space in a former engine factory, is holding a “soft opening happy hour” tonight with deep discounts: Elnah Jordan and Friends will play the blues while various sporting events are projected onto the walls and beers, wines, and well drinks flow for just $3 a pop. To sweeten the deal, Eden’s attached Italian restaurant, Daddy G’s, will supply free wood-fired pizza. A callback to the heyday of Papa John’s and its ilk, complete with a cartoon Italian stereotype for a logo, Daddy G’s seems at odds with the color-changing shaggy light fixtures, space-themed bathrooms, and overall industrial-rave vibe of Eden, but who’s to say what the kids are into these days? Status: Soft open. 1950 1st Ave. S.
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RAINIER VALLEY — King Philly Cheesesteaks opens Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m. with a singular focus: Philadelphia-style meat-and-cheese bombs on Amoroso’s rolls. Status: Almost there. 7820 Rainier Ave. S., Unit A
May 25, 2017
MOUNT BAKER — Blending French and Japanese, Iconiq replaces Á La Bonne Franquette. Chef-owner Toshiyuki Kawai channels his experience from Book Bindery and Harvest Beat as well as his Japanese heritage to provide a seasonal experience that takes diners from Japanese clam chowder to to morel risotto with yuzu foam to matcha parfait. The Seattle Times’ Providence Cicero has already awarded it three stars. Status: Certified open. 1421 31st Ave. S.
RAINIER VALLEY — A new Mexican spot near the Othello Street station is driving diners wild. Taco Street serves soft tacos — Northern Chihuahua-style, naked with a choice of meat, according to the menu — burritos, and tortas with fillings ranging from carnitas to carne asada, as well as breakfast burritos, plates like chile colorado or chilaquiles with eggs, and vegetarian options. The restaurant recently added beer, definitely embraces Taco Tuesday, and challenges guests with an iron gut to take on El Monstruo Burrito, weighing in at over 2.5 pounds. Status: Certified open. 7136 MLK Jr. Way S. #102. Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the neighborhood as Beacon Hill.
WALLINGFORD — Has the phrase “it’s hip to be square” come back into vogue yet? If so, Cubes Baking Co. is leaning into it, serving daily pastries with a Mexican twist as well as all manner of cakes and sweet and savory scones with hard angles. Status: Certified open. 2315 N. 45th St.
May 24, 2017
BALLARD — The short-lived Chase Lounge has been replaced by Crooked Nail, a neighborhood pub with a menu of salads, sandwiches — Reuben, turkey BLT, French dip — “house favorites” of truffle mac and cheese and bangers and mash, and starters including Jerk chicken wings and Scotch eggs. The wine, cocktails, and beer feature some local options, like Pike Brewing and Seattle Cider on draft. Judging by the help-wanted ads, the business is owned by David Shelnut, who owned another neighborhood pub years ago, defunct Magnolia bar The Nook. Status: Certified open. 1556 NW 56th St.
WEST SEATTLE — Speaking of The Nook, an unrelated cocktail bar in West Seattle now carries the name, and The Seattle Times’ Tan Vinh called it “the most promising and ambitious cocktail bar in West Seattle since the late, great Feedback Lounge.” Opened in February by brothers Johnny and Jimmy Rolfe, the cozy space eschews a food program in favor of more fancy glassware, more house infusions, and more high quality ingredients for its classic concoctions and specialty drinks. The Nook also recently added “Recession Hour,” its take on happy hour, Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Status: Certified open. 2206 California Ave SW Suite A.
WALLINGFORD — Meanwhile, in the relatively quiet southern section of Wallingford, a tipster is excited about a new spot called Union Saloon, across the street from Cantinetta. Wallyhood reports that owner Michelle Magidow’s resume includes Lark, Salumi, and Harvest Vine, and she’s assisted by chef Blake King. The blog shares a glowing first impression of dishes like the radicchio salad, open-faced pork cheek sandwich, pan-seared halibut, and carrot cake. Wine and beer are complemented by a short list of affordable cocktails, like a Negroni and two takes on an old fashioned each for $8. Happy hour times abound, too. Status: Certified open. 3645 Wallingford Ave. N.