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South Lake Union Social Club Opens Restaurant High Tide to the Public

Plus, the Capitol Hill Farmers Market debuts its anticipated new location, and Queer/Bar is back

A black serving platter displays a row of six oysters with champagne mignonette
Dinner items at the Collective’s High Tide restaurant include Baywater oysters and other locally sourced seafood dishes.
High Tide [Official Photo]

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South Lake Union Social Club Opens Restaurant to the Public

The Collective — a three-year-old social club/coworking space in South Lake Union — is opening its restaurant, High Tide, to the public through Labor Day. Up until this point, the large 8,000 square-foot space, with an expansive patio, had been available for members only, but the company is apparently looking to expand its reach to generate more business, at least for the time being. On the High Tide menu are Pacific Northwest seafood and meat dishes, such as Dungeness crab nachos with roasted tomatoes and a mornay cheese sauce, Baywater Shellfish oysters with champagne mignonette, and Kurobuta bone-in pork chops on top of corn waffles with apple bourbon gravy. And on the drinks side are an extensive mezcal selection, natural wines, and beer from local purveyors like Urban Family and Metier. High Tide has onsite dining (with a covered canvas tent, heaters, and fire pits outside), but the restaurant also offers to-go orders, Monday through Friday, via a takeout window on the corner of Dexter and Harrison. Reservations go through Open Table.

Capitol Hill Farmers Market Debuts Its New Location

It was a good weekend for one open-air market to make a move. On a warm, sunny Sunday, April 18, the Capitol Hill Farmers Market officially unveiled its new home at Barbara Bailey Way, a long-planned relocation from its former set up at Broadway and East Pine. It’s part of an ambitious new plaza above Capitol Hill Station, which will include more retail operations, including an H Mart. Moving to the new space allows the year-round market to add more vendors, even as COVID-related measures continue to limit capacity for the time-being. Despite the restrictions, hot foods are back at the market after a 2020 hiatus, and vendors this spring include El Chito Tamales, Indian Candy, Kaffeeklatsch, Loki Fish Company, and Patty Pan Cooperative (there’s online ordering for pickup, too, via the WhatsGood app). “The market will continue to grow and expand with this year’s growing season and in years to come with the support of the neighborhood,” says Neighborhood Farmers Market executive director Jennifer Antos.

Queer/Bar Reopens, with Takeout Snacks and Outdoor Seating

After remaining shuttered for most of the past year, Capitol Hill’s popular nightlife destination Queer/Bar has reopened, with seating both inside at limited capacity and on a new outdoor patio. And it looks like the long hiatus hasn’t hampered its ambitions — the bar is already rolling out some events, including viewings of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” and Sunday brunch with a full menu of scrambles, Macrina pastries, and French toast. For those who are hungry but don’t want to dine onsite, takeout window Baby Baby Bar Food serves up a variety of comfort food and drinking snacks, such as chicken katsu sandwiches, fries, breakfast burgers, Seattle dogs, and bottles of mimosas to go.