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Meaty Johnson’s has been selling out of its barbecue frequently on Capitol Hill.
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In recent restaurant news, popular pop-up Raised Doughnuts prepares to open its permanent home, Navy Strength is hosting a multi-chef fundraiser party to help reconnect immigrant families, and Seattle Freeze is holding limited open hours in Georgetown. As for the updates below, Capitol Hill has a new barbecue restaurant, Wood Shop BBQ expands with a new location in Queen Anne, and Miri’s serves slushies, mini pancakes, and kebabs at Golden Garden.

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August 13, 2018

SOUTH LAKE UNION — Classic downtown restaurant Wild Ginger opens its third location in the luxury apartment development McKenzie. Status: Certified open. 2202 Eighth Ave.

BALLARD — Chef Mitch Mayers’ menu at Sawyer draws from a wide range of influences. The food is an eclectic combination of casual and classy influences throughout Mayers’ life, from the state fairs he attended as a kid growing up in Washington, to his two winning appearances at the Cochon555 cooking competition, to his fine-dining pedigree working with the likes of Lark owner John Sundstrom, a James Beard Award-winning chef. Status: Certified open. 5309 22nd Ave. NW

CAPITOL HILLUnion, a new gay bar, has opened in the former Restaurant Zoe space. Union is owned by nightlife veterans Steve Nyman, Nathan Benedict, and Mark Engelmann. Status: Certified open. 1318 E Union St.

LAKE WASHINGTON — Family- and dog-friendly new brewpub Magnuson Cafe and Brewery offers beer-friendly menu of fried cheese curds, nachos, chicken wings, burgers, and fish and chips. Status: Certified open. 7777 62nd Ave.

SOUTH LAKE UNION Flatstick Pub’s winning combination of mini-golf and craft beer is now available at a third location. Status: Certified open. 609 Westlake Ave. N.

LAURELHURST — The opening beer list at Burke-Gilman Brewing is fairly diverse, including a porter, a hoppy pale, an IPA made with local ingredients, a saison, and a London brown, a historic style popular in England a century ago. Status: Certified open. 3626 NE 45th St.

DOWNTOWNSky View Observatory’s revamp includes new food and drink menus. New dining options like Pacific lox on an everything bagel, seared salmon cobb salad, and a salami and hot honey flatbread are available on the 73rd floor, 902 feet high. Status: Certified open. 700 4th Ave.

FREMONT — Modern French restaurant Le Coin replaced Creole-Cajun favorite Roux. The menu is divided into smaller plates — like a mixed greens salad with shaved white cheddar, stone fruit, pine nuts, and champagne vinaigrette or a beet salad with creme fraiche, summer greens, and anchovy dressing — and larger entrees like a heritage pork chop with summer succotash, strip loin with frites and bordelaise, and hazelnut and garlic ravioli with ricotta, toasted hazelnut, and mizuna in a beurre monte sauce.

SOUTH LAKE UNION — Chef Jeffrey Kessenich brings a keen sense for cooking local to his airy new waterfront restaurant Birch. Diners have two options at Birch: a three-course prix fixe menu for $50 that includes choices for antipasto, primo, and secondo courses, plus a dessert add-on for $11; and a seven-course chef’s tasting menu for $70, which puts diners in the hands of the kitchen. Status: Certified open. 1001 Fairview Avenue N

CENTRAL DISTRICT — Eric and Sophie Banh’s upscale Vietnamese steakhouse Seven Beef has transformed into Central Smoke, melding Asian flavors with slow-cooked meats and Southern dishes. Status: Certified open. 1305 E Jefferson St.

CAPITOL HILL — Chinese restaurant Plenty of Clouds serve dishes inspired by Yunnan and Sichuan cuisine. All that spice will be washed down with a selection of original cocktails, Northwest beers, and wines to complement the menu. Status: Certified open. 5205 Ballard Ave. NW

CENTRAL DISTRICT — Georgetown-born Machine House Brewing pours ales and serves English-style bar fare. Status: Certified open. 1315 Jefferson Ave.

MERCER ISLAND — Ballers sells bottles and single-glass pours from wineries in Washington and around the world. There’s also a small kitchen for light food like cheese plates, smoked seafood, charcuterie, and nuts. Status: Certified open. 7605 SE 27th St.

U DISTRICT — Chef Emme Ribeiro Collins remade Tempero do Brasil into Alcove Dining Room. The restaurant provides a diverse range of dishes like poached prawns in vatapá sauce with braised black-eyed peas or salt-cured tenderloin with yucca pavê, caramelized morels, and onions. Status: Certified open. 5628 University Way NE

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June 27, 2018

CAPITOL HILL — A new barbecue spot called Meaty Johnson’s has been oh-so-hot since opening at the corner of Minor and Pine. The menu consists of brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, chicken, and sausage. It’s only open for lunch right now, theoretically from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., but owner Zac Johnson has been selling out early. He plans to expand hours in July. Status: Certified open. 1201 Pine St.

QUEEN ANNE — While unclear if this will be a permanent addition to the Queen Anne dining scene, there’s at least a temporary new outpost of Wood Shop BBQ, the popular Central District smoked meats restaurant. The Texas-style brisket has made the migration next to Citizen cafe. The shop has also expanded with a new Georgetown trailer. Status: Certified open. 706 Taylor Ave N.

GOLDEN GARDENS — Now that everyone and their brother are hanging out at Golden Gardens park, there’s a new option for snacks and drinks. Miri’s Snack Shack, a spin-off of the farmers market staple, has opened in the concession stand at the park’s southern end with kebab sandwiches, picnic platters, acai bowls, and the mini pancakes (poffertjes) Miri Plowman slings at the markets. There are also slushies, cold brew coffee, and iced tea. Status: Certified open. 6300 Seaview Ave.

June 13, 2018

Edmonds is home to a new seafood market and casual restaurant called The Market.

INTERBAY — Ballard’s Captive Spirits, known for its sole brand, Big Gin, is opening a larger production facility and a tasting room in Interbay with cocktails on draft, pop-ups, and distillery tours. Opening day is currently planned for June 28. The space seats 20 to 25 people and boasts a recycled fiber bar and reclaimed Oregon juniper wood drink rail — a nod to the main ingredient of gin, juniper. Six-year-old Captive Spirits will also have capacity to increase production of its popular gins, including a peat-barreled, a bourbon-barreled, and a London dry version. Status: Certified open. 1138 Ewing St., Suite C.

EDMONDS — Chef Shubert Ho, who co-owns Bar Dojo and Salt and Iron in Edmonds, has opened the Market in the town’s city center. The casual spot has counter service and limited seating, with fewer than a dozen menu items. But Ho and chef de cuisine Hans Korompis, a Tom Douglas alum, are bringing their A-game to dishes like fish tacos, fish and chips, a lobster roll, sushi burrito, and shrimp tostadas. There’s also a fresh fish counter and small grocery. So far, the feedback is highly positive. Status: Certified open. 508 Main Street.

LOYAL HEIGHTS — A new restaurant called Medina Gyro Shawarma Grill serves rice bowls, salads, and gyros. So far, reviews are mixed: One Yelper reported gruff service and missing items, but others rave about the large gyros, bread baked on-site, and rich flavors. Hopefully the owners can work out any kinks as they settle in. Status: Certified open. 7301 15th Ave NW,

June 8, 2018

Lumber Yard Bar brings an LGBTQ watering hole to White Center.
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WHITE CENTER — Drag shows and karaoke keep the party going into the night at the Lumber Yard Bar, the neighborhood’s first gay bar. There’s a basement bar and a back patio, plus hearty pub fare like meatballs, smoked brisket, and pork belly mac and cheese. Happy hour is generous on multiple levels, running Monday to Thursday 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 2 to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to midnight, offering $2 Rainier cans, $4 wines, $6.50 well drinks, and $1 off appetizers. Status: Certified open. 9619 16th Ave SW.

BELLEVUE — A new ice cream shop called Fogrose just started serving ultra-creamy liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream, and an accompanying bar is slated to add boozy shakes, champagne floats, and more adult treats in the fall. The website makes lofty promises about what the business can accomplish with sweet treats: “Our Boutique and Atelier offer beautiful and delicious ice cream creations to inspire curiosity and ignite wonder at the conjunction points of urban life.” Is Gwyneth Paltrow a silent investor here? Status: Certified open. 278 106th Ave NE, Suite A.

RAVENNA — Ridge Pizza, named after the Phinney Ridge neighborhood where it was founded in 2012, has expanded. It’s very much a casual, family-friendly pizzeria, as the company strives to be “a place where little league teams can get together after the big win, or a place where a group of friends can catch a game, with pizza accompanied by some good local brews and wine.” The menu of salads, sandwiches, and pizzas includes standouts like a meatball sub, goat cheese and chorizo pizza, and a veggie-heavy farmers market sandwich. Status: Certified open. 3338 Northeast 65th St.

May 31, 2018

Aburiya Bento House has sushi, chirashi, and uni shooters in Belltown.
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U DISTRICT — With promises of “high-quality delicious vegan food that is highly organic, truly local, truly sustainable, and true to our community,” Broadfork Cafe is now open. Menu options range from a weekend brunch of Belgian waffles and gluten-free French toast sticks to weekday breakfast, lunch, and dinner with avocado toast, a barbecue pulled jackfruit sandwich, and a vegan cheeseburger. And though Broadfork just opened, it’s already planning an expansion to Queen Anne. No word on the timeline just yet, but the second location will replace Sandwich Tree at 111 Queen Anne Ave. N, #102. Status: Certified open. 4757 12th Ave. NE.

DENNY TRIANGLE — Downtown diners have a new option in Tribeca Kitchen and Bar, which specializes in Neapolitan pizza and pasta made on-site at the base of the Olivian Luxury Highrise. The space includes high-top tables, a large communal table for groups, and an open kitchen. The restaurant serves happy hour, lunch, and dinner, with options like braised meatballs, a charcuterie board, white anchovy pizza, short rib fettuccine, and ossobucco. Status: Certified open. 809 Olive Way.

BELLTOWN — Aburiya Bento House has opened near Pike Place Market with rice bowls, sushi, uni shooters, and a happy hour-only “poke cup” that’s essentially a miniature poke bowl. Happy hour also offers Japanese beer for $1.99 and discounts on pork gyoza, shashimi, nigiri, and wine and sake. Perhaps taking a cue from wildly popular raw fish spot Fremont Bowl, Aburiya also serves a chirashi bowl, a Japanese rice bowl heaped with sashimi. Status: Certified open. 2100 Western Ave.

May 29, 2018

Sam Crannell is making pizza at South Park’s South Town Pie, a departure from his fine-dining roots.
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SOUTH PARK — Family-friendly pizzeria South Town Pie, owned by Rob Coburn and Paige Crandall of El Camino and overseen by chef Sam Crannell — who recently closed his Queen Anne fine-dining restaurant Lloydmartin — is now serving big thin-crust slices next door to Loretta’s Northwesterner. South Town is going for a throwback vibe with touches like vinyl booths, and the creative pizza is made with tons of local ingredients, as standards like pepperoni live alongside pastrami pizza with dill pickles, caramelized onions, gruyere fondue, and an “everything” crust. A back patio space is coming soon, too. Status: Certified open. 8611 14th Ave. S.

WOODINVILLE — The Eastside’s newest brewery, Métier Brewing, opens June 2 at 12 p.m. It’s an all-ages business taking up residence in the former home of Des Voignes Brewing. The brewery will pour nine of its own beers (like coconut porter and kolsch) and its own nitro cold brew plus a guest cider and draft root beer. The company also promises live music this summer. Status: Certified open. 14125 NE 189th St. Suite B, Woodinville.

GREEN LAKE Spanish small plates restaurant Tapas Lab replaced Revolutions Coffee in Green Lake, and so far Yelp reviews are overwhelmingly positive, complimenting the food, atmosphere, wine flights, and service. The menu includes bites like chorizo meatballs, bulgogi pincho, roasted cauliflower, cured salmon, and truffle popcorn from a self-serve snack bar. Status: Certified open. 7012 Woodlawn Ave. NE, Unit 3B.

May 21, 2018

Zig Zag Cafe co-founder Kacy Fitch has opened a 60-seat bar and restaurant in Ballard called Corner Spot.
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GEORGETOWN — Artistic Georgetown bakery Deep Sea Sugar and Salt opened its Carleton Avenue Grocery location on Saturday. It’s a step up from the cute but cramped vintage Airstream owner Charlie Dunmire has been operating out of since 2016. The new location in the historic market adds more space for creative cakes, like the elegant London Fog, an Earl Grey-infused beauty with bergamot mascarpone cream and cream cheese frosting, alongside grocery essentials, Sweet Lo’s ice cream, fresh flowers, and drip coffee. Status: Certified open. 6601 Carleton Ave S.

PIKE PLACE MARKET — When Old Stove Brewing moved to Pike Place Market’s new Marketfront building, it left its original home vacant. That spot is now occupied by The Tap Room at Pike Place, which hosts 16 craft beers on draft from the likes of the Lost Abbey, Matchless Brewing, and Avery Brewing. The bar also serves a small menu of sandwiches and appetizers (French dip, chicken wings, spinach-artichoke dip), and even explicitly welcomes families with a kids’ menu featuring roast beef dip, grilled cheese, and a chicken sandwich. Status: Certified open. 1525 1st Ave #16

BALLARD — Craft cocktail connoisseur and Zig Zag Cafe co-founder Kacy Fitch has opened Corner Spot, a 60-seat bar and restaurant advertising “great food and drink in the heart of Ballard.” The Speakeasy-styled space replaces the short-lived Crooked Nail, with chef Mario Pujals serving the likes of deviled eggs, tacos, and Creole mac and cheese with andouille sausage and crawfish, alongside plenty of original cocktails, wine, and local beer. Status: Certified open. 1556 NW 56th St.

May 17, 2018

New Georgetown cafe Brother Joe serves pastries, breakfast, brunch, sandwiches, and specialty coffee drinks.
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ROOSEVELTOffering “coffee, eats, and adult beverages,” Urban Luxe Cafe bills itself as a Mediterranean coffeehouse with kebabs, hummus, baba ganoush, and a handful of sandwiches, plus beer, wine, and Fulcrum Roasters coffee. Spirits should be coming soon. The cafe hosts a long happy hour from 6 to 10 p.m. daily, with 20 percent off alcoholic drinks. Status: Certified open. 6105 Roosevelt Way NE.

GEORGETOWN — Brother Joe serves an array of weekday options, including pastries, breakfast burritos, and sandwiches for dining in or taking out. Weekends bring a more formal brunch with dishes like biscuits and gravy, steak and grits, and eggs Benedict. The coffee and tea menu is huge, running the gamut from familiar espresso drinks to cold brew with rice, vanilla, and cinnamon, Vietnamese egg coffee with an egg yolk and condensed milk, and premium loose leaf teas from World Spice Merchants. Status: Certified open. 5629 Airport Way S.

ROVING — Food truck Kukree is making the rounds of Seattle and the Eastside with some serious chef pedigree: Aarthi Sampath worked at Michelin-starred Junoon and at the Breslin for chef April Bloomfield. She’s working with former Amazon employee Shilpi Gupta, serving a seasonally influenced menu drawing influences from Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, India, and the U.S. Dishes include the “BBF” Biryani, with which Sampath recently beat Bobby Flay on his titular TV show: It’s a mixture of quinoa, millet and amaranth with chicken, cucumber, mint, yogurt, eggs, and mixed vegetables. The truck’s schedule is listed on its Facebook page. Status: Certified open. Location varies.

May 10, 2018


WHITE CENTER — Dottie’s Double Wide, a taco, tequila, and Sonoran hot dog dive bar with a vintage trailer as its entrance, has opened in White Center. It’s a project of Nate Rezac and B.J. Kaiser, who also opened Drunky’s Two Shoe BBQ in Frelard and White Center. Retro design, a jukebox, and turntable for DJ nights all add to the throwback vibe. There’s also weekend brunch with breakfast tacos and happy hour that brings two-for-one margaritas. Status: Certified open. 9609 1/2 16th Ave. SW.

CENTRAL DISTRICT — A banh mi shop called Mr. Saigon is almost ready to start making sandwiches in the former home of University Market on 12th Ave. near Seattle University. The sandwiches will be made on baguettes baked on-site and feature a combination of traditional and unique ingredients. Mr. Saigon will also have beer and cider on tap plus bottled beers from Asia and Vietnamese coffee. The opening is set for May 14. Status: Certified open. 734 12th Ave.

COLUMBIA CITY — South end Thai food fans have a new option in Bua 9 Thai Cuisine. The extensive menu ranges from classics like panang curry and pad Thai to seafood specials like salmon panang curry, fried rice with scallops, shrimp, and squid, and crab fried rice. According to one Yelp reviewer, the opening appears to come from the original owner of Lotus Thai in the Central District, which recently changed hands. So far, customer reviews are very positive. Status: Certified open. 5020 Rainer Ave. S.

May 9, 2018

The lattes at grab-and-go Cafe Hitchcock Express won’t have CBD thanks to new restrictions from King County Public Health.

BELLTOWN — Iulia Bejan, a former product management executive at Amazon, opens Connect Lounge in Belltown on Saturday, May 19. Her idea is to draw people from the world of finance and IT who “need to take a break from their long and hard days at work...and connect with each other,” according to a release. To encourage people to put down their phones, perhaps even — gasp — talk to strangers, there’s a phone-free happy hour each Tuesday with 10 percent off for participants. Cocktails range from original to classic, and the limited food menu has Romanian flavors, like the Transylvania burger with spiced beef, pork, and lamb, to honor Bejan’s heritage. Status: Certified open. 2330 2nd Ave.

DOWNTOWN — Brendan McGill’s Cafe Hitchcock Express, a grab-and-go sibling to Cafe Hitchcock, is open downtown. It’s a pop-up for now, but McGill hopes to make it a permanent installation. Menu items include sandwiches on Sea Wolf bread, cold grab-and-go items, and rice and grain bowls, all in a former Tully’s space. But McGill had to scrap the previously promised CBD lattes due to new restrictions from King County Public Health on CBD as a food additive. Status: Certified open. 821 2nd Ave.

DOWNTOWN — The Renaissance Hotel downtown has a new restaurant called the Fig and the Judge, whose name is a nod to neighboring law offices. Chef Lainie Carey most recently ran the kitchen at the fine-dining restaurant Whitehouse-Crawford in Walla Walla. The menu roams all over the world, including Snake River Farms wagyu beef on a Macrina brioche bun with fig and onion jam, herb aioli, and Port Townsend Cirrus cheese; a Vietnamese crepe with tofu, squash, sautéed greens, braised eggplant, and nuoc cham; and Hungarian shortbread with fig preserve and cardamom-orange ice cream. Status: Certified open. 515 Madison St.

May 2, 2018

Bubble Tea cafe 20 Oz Tea is open in Eastlake.
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BALLARD — Uber-nutritious cafe Verve Bowls, which opened a Capitol Hill location in 2016, has expanded with its second shop, now open at the corner of 20th Ave. NW and NW 56th St. The company specializes in trendy superfoods in the form of acai bowls and smoothies featuring plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Status: Certified open. 1764 NW 56th St.

EASTLAKE — There’s not much interior space for one’s tea enjoyment at the new 20 Oz Tea, but the cafe does offer delivery and pick-up ordering services via Caviar. The menu consists of iced and milk teas in flavors like Thai tea, earl grey, jasmine, and brown sugar, all with the gooey addition of tapioca balls. Status: Certified open. 1823 Eastlake Ave. E #160.

DOWNTOWN — With the tagline “Eat your peaceful protest,” a USDA-certified organic fast-food chain called The Organic Coup has opened locations in the Columbia Tower downtown and in the Skyline Tower in Bellevue. The offerings are fast-food classics like fried chicken sandwiches, multi-grain tortilla wraps, chicken tenders, tater tots, and salads, but with a list of ingredients arguably a cut above those used by many competitors. There’s also an acai bowl for good measure. Status: Certified open. 701 5th Ave.

April 30, 2018

Facing East’s owners have opened a restaurant in Denny Triangle called QQ Bites.
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BELLEVUE — A new Eastside restaurant called Tiger Bites takes the fast-casual approach to rice bowls and bao, the open-faced buns popular at night markets in Taiwan. Here, they hold traditional and creative ingredients like pork belly, tofu, crispy cod, and kalbi beef. Snack selections like Tiger Fries, a twist on poutine with kalbi beef and kimchi, and braised pork over rice, round things out. At dessert, there are deep-fried baos and milk teas. Status: Certified open. 14701 NE 20th St, Suite M-12.

DENNY TRIANGLE — The owners of popular Taiwanese restaurant Facing East, in Bellevue, have brought their food to Amazonia with their new QQ Bites. It’s a lunch-focused restaurant with grab-and-go sandwiches and Taiwanese street food like five-spiced fried chicken, pork burger baos, and pork dumplings. Status: Certified open. 2325 6th Ave.

PIKE PLACE MARKET — Miss Cafe, new to Pike Place Market, specializes in Turkish flatbreads topped with ground beef, vegetables, chicken, and pepperoni. There are also breakfast omelettes, meatballs served with rice, kebabs with yogurt sauce, salads, baklava, and Turkish tea and coffee. Status: Certified open. 1523 1st Ave.

April 26, 2018

able 47 in Gig Harbor sources from local farmers and fishers.
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FREMONT — At the end of last year, long-running Kaosami Thai Restaurant shut its doors in Fremont, with owners Sumalee and Doug Somerville announcing the news via Facebook but providing few details. In its place now is a bar called Ounce of Prevention, which describes itself as having an “eclectic, nerdy vibe.” The menu consists of brunch options like breakfast totchos and traditional bar food like burgers and fish and chips. Local breweries are on tap, too. Status: Certified open. 404 N 36th St.

CAPITOL HILL — A Mexican spot called Añejo Restaurant and Tequila Bar has replaced Dilettante, which closed recently after 41 years on the hill. The new restaurant hopes to appeal to lunchtime diners as well as the late night crowd, with specialties like tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and plenty of tequila-based cocktails, as the name would suggest. Status: Certified open. 538 Broadway E.

GIG HARBOR — Former Starbucks chief operating officer and longtime Gig Harbor resident Troy Alstead opened Table 47 this month, a locally-focused restaurant inside his massive Ocean 5 entertainment complex. The casual restaurant seats 200 inside and another 100 on a heated outdoor patio. As for the menu, executive chef Ian Wingate presents a rotating cast of “land and sea” dishes like butternut squash flatbread, barbecue brisket nachos, and local oysters. The bar stocks 40 Northwest beers and wines, and Alstead plans to host monthly prix fixe farm dinners. Status: Certified open. 5268 Point Fosdick Dr. NW, Gig Harbor.

April 23, 2018

Seattle-born Red Star Taco Bar has opened a Tacoma branch.
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TACOMA — Red Star Taco Bar, anchored next to the Lenin statue in Fremont, has expanded to Tacoma. The new restaurant opened earlier this month downtown, with a menu Seattleites will find familiar: cocktails like the mezcal michelada, tequila Manhattan, and array of margaritas, and tacos, wings, tamales, and quesadillas. The Tacoma outpost is open for dinner and happy hour, but doesn’t serve lunch like the Seattle original does. Status: Certified open. 454 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma.

WOODINVILLE — Promising “a new take on the classic American roadhouse,” Woodinville Cut Shop opens today in a mid-century space involving a restaurant, bar, lounge, beer garden with a rock waterfall, and large patio with a fire pit. Throwback dishes like oysters Rockefeller, crab cakes, and chicken and dumplings grace the menu. The team includes Mike Meckling (Neumos, Runaway, Barboza), Michael Snow (Peso’s, Quinn’s Pub), and chef Chris Lobkovich (Shaker and Spear, Quinn’s Pub). Status: Certified open. 12801 NE 175th St.

QUEEN ANNE — A new Mexican restaurant called Sal y Limon has opened in Lower Queen Anne. The restaurant makes its tortillas from scratch and offers, on weekends only, menudo, which the company hypes as “a specialty dish that is so time consuming it is hardly found north of the border.” Behind the opening are Jesus, Alexis, and Lulis Magaña, who have operated restaurants in the Northwest for 20 years. Status: Certified open. 10 Mercer St.

April 20, 2018

Kathy Casey serves original cocktails at her new airport burger lounge, Rel’lish, in Concourse B.
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SEA-TAC — To complement Dish D’Lish in Concourse C, chef and cocktail maven Kathy Casey has opened a moderately upscale burger lounge, Rel’lish, in Sea-Tac International Airport’s Concourse B. Six burgers sport eyebrow-raising toppings like cheddar ale spread and hot Cheetos or banh mi fixings, while the excessive cheeseburger-inspired soup is heaped with fries and pickles. There are also breakfast sandwiches and other items for early travelers, plus plenty of wine, beer, and cocktails, like the Rel’Lish Bloody Mary made with Oola’s Aloo vodka and garnished with a pickled Washington green bean, asparagus, and pepper — pepperoni straw optional. Status: Certified open. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Concourse B.

SODO — Schooner Brewing (formerly Schooner Exact) has reopened its temporarily shuttered taproom and restaurant, under renovation since December thanks to some leadership changes. The space is split into two separate dining and drinking establishments: Schooner Provisions lunch counter, with sandwiches and beer during the day, and Schooner Beer Hall, with shuffleboard, 15 beers on tap, and brunch and dinner featuring the likes of chicken and waffle sandwiches or beer-battered fish and chips. Schooner Provisions is open, while Schooner Beer Hall opens Monday, April 23. Status: Certified open. 3901 1st Ave. S.

WOODINVILLE — At beer-only bar and bottle shop Hopheads, new to Woodinville today, kids aren’t welcome but dogs are. There are 24 beers on draft that can be enjoyed on-site or taken home in a growler, with an opening tap list including Black Raven, Lagunitas, Pfriem, and Bale Breaker. In addition to the suds, Hopheads serves warm pretzels and a few other bar snacks, and encourages patrons to order or bring food from area restaurants. Status: Certified open. 14141 Woodinville Duval Road, Woodinville.

April 16, 2018

Green Lake is now home to a Lunchbox Laboratory outpost.
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WALLINGFORD — Next door to its restaurant Thackeray on Stone Way, Heavy Restaurant Group (Purple, Barrio, and more) has opened a wine bar called Claret. Naturally, there are plenty of pours on a wine list of 200 bottles from around the world, with 50 available by the glass or half-glass. Sommeliers Eli Traverse and Janice Dean are on hand to walk customers through the options, and food — including dinner, brunch, and happy hour — comes from chef Elijah DiStefano. His dishes range from sardine toast to halibut and chips to coq au vin. There’s even a patio that seats 25. Status: Certified open. 3400 Stone Way N.

GREEN LAKE — Lunchbox Lab has replaced Greenlake Bar and Grill. The two franchises are run by John Schmidt, who hopes the change to Lunchbox will boost sales in the space. As with other locations, this outpost focuses on sauces made on-site, boozy Snoqualmie Ice Cream shakes, and weekly experiments like burgers or sandwiches including Nashville hot chicken on a biscuit bun as well as rotating mac and cheese options. Green Lake’s Lab is currently open daily 11 a.m. to close, and weekend breakfast is in the works. Status: Certified open. 7200 East Green Lake Drive N.

CAPITOL HILL Sorely underrepresented Lao food is the headliner at Capitol Hill’s new Lao Bar, from owner Carrie Bowen (Tangerine Thai) and her sister, chef Oula Sakounthong (formerly Savatdee Thai). But since there’s a fair amount of overlap between Lao and its neighboring Thailand, diners ought to have at least a passing familiarity with various papaya salads, meat skewers, and rice bowls, served alongside wine and original cocktails. A showstopper dish looks to be the nam khao, a rice salad with lettuce, herbs, and deep-fried rice balls and sausage. Brunch is coming soon, but for now there’s happy hour (served all day on Sundays) and dinner. Status: Certified open. 219 Broadway E Unit #14.

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