Even during the continuing challenges of the pandemic, 2022 in Seattle has seen plenty of exciting restaurant openings. Here’s a periodically updated list of some notable places in the area that have opened recently. More new restaurants are featured here.
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PIKE PLACE MARKET — A bar, restaurant, and literary and performance venue called the Rabbit Box has danced its way into 94 Pike St., renovating the space that Can Can Cabaret vacated when it moved to 95 Pike St. last fall. Owners Tia Matthies and Robynne Hawthorne are putting on events for children as well as adults in the beautiful art deco-inspired space; they’re also hosting resident artists, an uncommon move that will hopefully revitalize a performing arts scene that has struggled throughout the pandemic. The menu has cocktails like a Blackbird — featuring pomegranate liqueur, creme de cassis, and squid ink tincture topped with cava — alongside dishes like steak frites, miso-marinated black cod, local oysters, and beignets with hot chocolate.
PIONEER SQUARE — After showing proof of concept with a hugely popular pop-up, cookbook author Sara Upshaw opens her highly anticipated gluten-free Korean restaurant, Ohsun Banchan Deli & Cafe, on December 14. Expect about half vegan options among noodles, soups, stewed meats, and 10 or so seasonally rotating banchan, the kinds of fermented side dishes like various kimchi styles that typically accompany rice at Korean meals; the full menu will be available in January. At night, Ohsun will also serve soju, wine, cider, and gluten-free beer.
PIONEER SQUARE — One of the three renovated buildings that make up the new Railspur development now houses Cassette Club, Heard Coffee, and Hoot Beerdega: a bicycle club, a cafe serving Anchorhead coffee and alcohol, and a beer-focused bodega and hot dog shop, respectively, all from Michael Kraus. Another food business, Tacolisto, will join them in early 2023.
BALLARD — Owner Jen Barnes opened sports bar Rough & Tumble in the former home of Sawyer last week, giving fans of women’s sports an inclusive place to gather and watch their favorite teams without worrying about, say, a Sounders game preempting a showing of an OL Reign match — though the 18 screens here won’t exclude men’s teams like the Seahawks or the finals of the men’s World Cup. The classic pub fare from chef Tessa Roberts and the cocktails feature playful names like the Reignstorm burger and the Ice Bath, blending Uncle Nearest whiskey, Timber City ginger beer, lime, and mint. The 160-capacity venue also offers local wine, beer, and cider; pool tables; an all-ages section; and a covered and heated outdoor area.
BALLARD — Like most breweries, Reuben’s Brews has long hosted food trucks to complement its coveted beers; last week the brewery parked its own stationary food truck called Reuben’s Eats at its Taproom on 14th Avenue NW. Chefs Kirsten Ohlendorf, formerly of Chomp food truck, and Mark Abrahamsen, who met at the dearly departed Tilth in Wallingford, serve a short menu of customizable sandwiches, including a bratwurst made with Reuben’s pilsner and a fried chicken sandwich that you can top with “styles” like Kimcheese (kimchi, beer cheese, and garlic chile crunch), as well as sides like fries, Caesar salads, and doughnut holes.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — After 27 years, Tom Douglas & Co. has turned Etta’s Seafood Restaurant into Etta’s Big Mountain BBQ, modeled after a mountain lodge with plenty of TVs and high-tops with stools. Loretta Douglas’s casual new namesake serves the likes of smoked coho salmon, mushroom fry bread tacos, and applewood-roasted pork ribs alongside charred broccoli, jojos, and local beer, wine, cider, and cocktails.
DOWNTOWN — Level 1 of Westlake Center has a new food hall called Asean Streat, decorated brightly with colorful tablecloths, chairs, and milk crates hanging from the ceiling, as well as large video screens. It’s named for the street eats it serves from food carts representing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which comprises 10 countries, so you can order from a centralized kiosk to combine the likes of Thai and Laotian dishes like larb from Zaab Eli with Vietnamese from Phancy Pho.
DOWNTOWN — Kudedon Chirashi Bowl is a new sibling to nearby Pane Pane Gourmet Sandwiches, which draws downtown lunch crowds, particularly for its teriyaki meatball banh mi on fresh-baked French bread. Owner Young Chun is going for a similar formula at Kudedon on Fourth Avenue across from Rainier Tower, offering a quick, satisfying selection of rice or salad bowls you can order online. They’re topped with seafood, tofu, or beef, including the namesake Kudedon bowl with cubes of sashimi like tuna, salmon, and grilled eel plus shrimp, snow crab, tamago, roe, and microgreens.
RAINIER VALLEY — Halal food cart Mama Sambusa Kitchen has made the leap to a permanent home for the crispy sambusas filled with beef or veggies, spaghetti, lamb and rice bowls, cheesecakes, and other Somali street foods that Marian Ahmed (aka Mama Sambusa) and her daughter Chef Mohammed have perfected over the decades. The late-night hero stays open until 4 a.m., and will still focus primarily on to-go business as it only seats four for now; keep an eye out for brunch in the future as well.
BALLARD — With help from consulting chef and partner Ethan Stowell, iconic Pike Brewing Company expanded beyond Pike Place Market last week with the Pike Taproom, a 53-seat exposed-brick bar with shuffleboard, darts, and TVs that replaced another Stowell venture, Bramling Cross. Expect a menu that overlaps with those of the original Pike Pub and Pike Fish Bar, which also opened this year. That includes burgers, panko-breaded fried rockfish, gluten-free wings, loaded tots, and of course cocktails, cider, and beer from Pike and its Ballard neighbors, like the Stoup Brewing collaboration New Kidz on THIS Block IPA brewed for the new location.
DOWNTOWN — In November, chef Heong Soon Park (Bacco Cafe, Meet Korean BBQ) reopened Chan, his excellent Korean restaurant. The former Pike Place Market spot is now in a sleek space at the Paramount Hotel downtown, which used to house happy hour favorite Dragonfish Asian Cafe. You’ll find menu classics like bulgogi sliders, fried rice cakes, and Korean fried chicken; creative cocktails featuring the likes of Japanese whiskey, plum sake, and lotus root; and even lounge-only happy hour discounts from 4 to 6 p.m. Park also owns Spruce Cafe at the Paramount Hotel.
GREEN LAKE — It’s been over two years since Spud Fish & Chips closed its mid-century fish shack to make way for a new mixed-use apartment building; the restaurant, which has been in the area since 1940, reopened last week on the ground floor. The look is less nostalgically charming than the previous iteration, but it’s functional, and you can take your fried food to the lake or grab one of a handful of tables and counter seats and have your fish and chips, chowder, corn dogs, and onion rings with a local beer, cider, or orange wine.
BELLEVUE — Takai By Kashiba is the most exciting new sushi spot on the Eastside. It’s backed by Seattle sushi godfather Shiro Kashiba, of Sushi Kashiba, and the sushi bar is manned by one of his star apprentices, Jun Takai, who serves a 22-course omakase starting at $150, with a focus on nigiri made with aged fish.
BELLEVUE — Bar Moore is a new seafood-focused modern European cocktail lounge from longtime Barking Frog chef Bobby Moore. The French-leaning menu will serve snacks like oysters, poached prawns, charcuterie, and foi gras torchon.
DOWNTOWN — Sushi By Scratch Restaurants’ new 10-seat Seattle sushi bar offers perhaps the least traditional omakase in Seattle. It’s also easily one of the best, and the restaurant group received a Michelin star for its work in California. Reservations are completely booked out, but they refresh at the beginning of each month.
BEACON HILL — Sohn Mat By Tae is a new full-fledged Beacon Hill restaurant by Sun and Erin Hong, a big step up from the Chophouse Row hand roll spot By Tae, where Sun Hong first built a fanbase for his hand rolls before shutting the restaurant down in 2021. This restaurant has a full bar, a patio area, and has expanded offerings like grilled meats and vegetables.
CAPITOL HILL — Kōbo is star chef Shota Nakajima’s newest project, which offers chaotic pizzas that fuse elements of Detroit-style pizza and Osaka street food inside of Redhook Brewlab, right next to Nakajima’s fried chicken restaurant, Taku.
LYNNWOOD — Baekjeong Korean Barbecue, considered one of Los Angeles’ best KBBQ chains, now has a glossy new restaurant in Lynnwood’s Alderwood Mall. Beyond KBBQ, it also offers a la carte dinner and lunch options.
FREMONT — Popular pop-up Tio Baby’s, known for making some of the best stoner munchies in the city, now has a permanent bar in Fremont. The project marks a new, more casual era for owner Will Gordon, who was formerly a fine-dining chef at restaurants like Westward.
FREMONT — Ooink, one of Seattle’s best ramen restaurants, known for its Sichuan-inspired mala broth ramen and its ayam goreng (spicy Malaysian fried chicken), now has a second location in Fremont.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Altitude Sky Lounge is a glitzy new rooftop bar at the top of Seattle’s Astra Hotel offering charcuterie plates, a full bar, a deck area, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Lake Union, the Space Needle, and the Seattle skyline.
EVERETT — El Mariachi Birria, one of the most popular Mexican food trucks on the North End, now has a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Evergreen Way in Everett’s South Forest Park neighborhood. The restaurant is serving its beef birria in crispy quesatacos, in quesadillas, in tortas, and in birria ramen.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — Pike Fish Bar is the new restaurant inside of Pike Place Brewing serving panko-crusted fried seafood and chips and oysters on the half shell.
RENTON — Cafe Sabah and Lounge opened on Sunset Boulevard Northeast in Renton to serve some of the only Turkish food in the Seattle area (pop-up favorite Hamdi is also opening a Turkish restaurant in Ballard any day now). Though the menu is extensive, one highlight is pide, a kind of boat-shaped Turkish flatbread topped with meat and cheese.
SHORELINE — Sodam Chicken is one of the best Korean fried chicken restaurants that’s recently opened in the Seattle area. The kimchi and kalbi are well-executed as well.
MADISON PARK — Parlour Wines recently opened as Madison Park’s only dedicated wine bar after operating as a bottle shop for several months. Beyond being the neighborhood’s only wine bar, it’s probably the only business in the city that’s focused on Italian natural wines.
DOWNTOWN — Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, a Maryland-based seafood chain, is bringing Maine lobster to Seattle. The location opens on August 4. The chain has been a hit in U.S. cities like D.C. and Charleston. This is the first West Coast location.
DOWNTOWN — Seattle restauranteur Ethan Stowell opened a second location of The Victor Tavern at the base of the 2+U office tower near Pike Place Market on June 29. Perhaps Stowell’s most casual restaurant concept, The Victor Tavern caters to downtown office workers with a happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) menu featuring bites like beef tartare, spicy calamari, grass-fed beef burgers, veggie burgers, and fish and chips, served with $10 cocktails, $6 draft beers, and $7 glasses of wine.
DOWNTOWN — Renee Erickson’s newest business is King Leroy, a casual Northwest-style bar where you can order chicken wings, jalapeno poppers, and smoked oysters in the heart of the Denny Triangle.
WOODINVILLE — Walla Walla Steak Company, a steakhouse from Washington rancher and chef Dan Thiessen, now has a location in Woodinville’s historic Schoolhouse No. 23 with a connected taproom from Crossbuck Brewing. You can order from both businesses whether you’re seated in the steakhouse or the more casual taproom area, and the burgers are made with beef from Thiessen’s ranch in Eastern Washington.
C-ID — Pipa Mountain Hotpot, a new restaurant the Pacific Rim Center, has been all over local food influencer accounts recently for its aesthetically pleasing piles of marbled beef and simmering bowls chili-red broth.
U DISTRICT — Call A Chicken, or CAC, is a new franchise from the owners of Sizzle & Crunch, a popular Vietnamese grill with two locations in Seattle. The name will inevitably be butt of some UW student’s joke, but it’s serving a solid-looking menu of fried chicken dishes with fried gizzards, spicy fried chicken sandwiches, a couple of types of wings, and more.
ISSAQUAH — Renowned Seattle Caribbean sandwich shop Paseo now has a fourth location in Issaquah’s Lake Sammamish Shopping Center.
MADISON VALLEY — Kamp Social House opened near the end of July on East Madison Street, serving snacks like fried chickpeas and watermelon ceviche and dinner dishes like confit jerk duck leg and mushroom risotto. There’s also a solid list of cocktails, including half-and-zero-proof options.
SODO — The Mariners’ new restaurant Hatback Bar & Grille and brewpub Steelheads Alley will open in August in the old Pyramid Brewing building, just across the street from T-Mobile Park. Hatback will feature American classics like burgers, pizza, and oysters. Steelheads Alley will host resident Métier Brewing Company, one of Seattle’s two Black-owned breweries.
TACOMA — The former Tacoma Rhein Haus space now hosts golf simulator spot Stadium Golf and a location of Seattle Mexican restaurant Poquitos.
WEST SEATTLE — Admiral Dembow Room has reopened under the ownership of Mark Fuller, the man behind the recently closed legendary fried chicken spot Ma’ono. The pirate-themed bar is now having a new life, and the menu might even see the Ma’ono fried chicken sandwich soon, according to The Seattle Times.
LYNNWOOD — A Korean barbecue chain that’s been hailed as Los Angeles’ best KBBQ is coming to Lynnwood’s Alderwood Mall this month. Baekjeong was founded by a Korean professional wrestler in 2003 and was brought to Los Angeles in 2012 by Michael Chon and the Kijung Hospitality Group. Legendary Los Angeles Times food writer Jonathan Gold listed the restaurant a decade later on his famously competitive 101 Best Restaurants list. The Lynnwood restaurant will be the first in the brand’s history to have a larger menu, which includes new lunch and bar menus, but will continue to only use USDA Prime grade meats and better, with customer favorites like short ribs and pork jowl.
DOWNTOWN — Salt District is a new casual Italian restaurant on Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront by the owners of Elliott’s Oyster House and Metropolitan Grill (E3 Restaurant Group). John Vega, who previously ran E3 Restaurant Group’s catering program, is the restaurant’s executive chef. His menu includes snacks like cheese and charcuterie boards, sandwiches for lunch, and pasta, steak, branzino, and lamb osso bucco for dinner.
DOWNTOWN — Tiger Sugar, Taiwan’s premier brown sugar milk tea chain, has arrived in Seattle near Pike Place Market. The Instagram boba sensation entered the U.S. market in 2019 with two wildly popular locations in New York City. This is the chain’s first location in Washington, and it has plans to expand in the state.
FREMONT — Carnelian Bay, a new bar from the owner of Stampede Cocktail Club, Paul Shanrock, is “a luxury resort on a subtropical moon.” The sci-fi-themed immersive bar, where mystery narratives are told through the cocktail menus, is located on a patio next to Dreamland Bar and Diner (another one of his bars) and is serving craft cocktails with snacks like loco moco, kimchi pineapple pork belly skewers, and green papaya salads.
BALLARD — Wallingford takeout shop Secret Congee, a darling among local food critics for its experimentation with the humble Asian porridge dish, has relocated to a larger space on Seaview Avenue in Ballard with 14 indoor seats and 10 outdoor seats. The dishes are largely the same as at the previous location, with favorites like the slow-cooked beef and kimchi congee and the tom yum shrimp congee remaining on the menu.
BALLARD — Capitol Hill wine tasting room Aluel Cellars is opening a second location on Northwest Market Street this month, providing residents of Ballard with a good spot to sample Washington wines in a neighborhood without many dedicated wine bars.
GREENLAKE — Popular Tacoma banh mi shop Toast Mi has expanded into Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood. The shop serves classic banh mi sandwiches as well as rice bowls, salads, and drinks like milk and fruit tea.
GREENWOOD — Bar Sur Mer, a bar behind FlintCreek Cattle Co., is serving Spanish-influenced tapas in Greenwood. Owner Eric Donnelly took inspiration from San Sebastian’s ubiquitous pinchos bars for his new concept, where he’s serving snacks like marinated squid and clam salad served in a compound butter made with chorizo spices, beef tartare with uni, and tomato and manchego salad with yuzu, according to Seattle Met.
SLU — Lakeside, a fine-dining restaurant serving prix fixe dinners, is now open in South Lake Union’s new Lake Union Piers Development on the waterfront. The restaurant space will offer excellent views of Lake Union and the Seattle skyline, according to a press release.
CAPITOL HILL — A shop specializing in Korean corn dogs, simply named Korn Dog, is now open in Capitol Hill, providing an alternative for those who prefer oozing mozzarella and crispy batter to cream cheese with their hot dogs.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Brendan McGill’s newest restaurant is converting the former Hitchcock restaurant space on Bainbridge Island into an inventive seafood and vegetable restaurant called Seabird, scheduled to open June 9. The kitchen will be led by chef Grant Rico, who’s bringing some Japanese techniques (like using local kelp-based broths) to bring out the best flavors in local seafood. The space features a granite-covered raw bar where oysters will be shucked and art by local artists. In a bold and hopeful leap away from the pandemic restaurant reality, Seabird will be dine-in only.
MONTLAKE — Oxbow, a highly-anticipated bagel shop from Jesse and Kit Schumann, the owners of Sea Wolf Bakers, opened a couple of weeks ago next to Italian restaurant Cafe Lago. The sourdough bagels, served with a few spreads (salmon, sun-dried tomato, scallion) have already gotten a shoutout from food writer and bagel expert J. Kenji López-Alt. The shop is also serving espresso from Hyacinth coffee, beer and wine to-go, and pastries like scones and biscotti. It’s takeout-only for now, but seating will be added later (when the owners feel safer about COVID-19) along with pizza in the evenings.
CAPITOL HILL — Maripili Tapas Bar, the much-anticipated restaurant from former JuneBaby pastry chef Grayson Corrales, is finally open, serving tapas informed by her time recently working at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant in Galicia, Spain. Dishes in a sample menu include typical tapas like tortilla de patatas, charcuterie, and of course, Galician-style octopus.
CAPITOL HILL — Sankaku, which means triangle in Japanese, is Seattle’s first restaurant focused on the country’s most famous triangle-shaped food: onigiri, rice balls covered in nori and filled with pickles, preserves, and salted fish. The restaurant also serves home-cooking-style dishes like Japanese curry, vegetable side dishes, and house-made pickles.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Noodle/Bar is the new restaurant from the owners of Plenty of Clouds, a popular Sichuan and Yunnan restaurant in Capitol Hill. Chef Travis Post is using Washington wheat to make handmade noodles in dishes like dan dan mian. He’s also serving cold and hot chicken buckwheat noodles, all served alongside a robust cocktail list.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Manna, a new commissary kitchen and daytime cafe from the owners of Mbar and Mamnoon, is scheduled to open this month. The kitchen will supply grocery stores in the area with grab-and-go meals and other snacks, while the cafe will serve salads, sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.
SOUTH LAKE UNION — Bloom is a new fast-casual-style restaurant offering make-your-own bento boxes with choices of protein (like turkey meatballs, king salmon, and glazed tofu) along with grains, vegetables, and pickles) for the SLU lunch crowd. There are plenty of gluten-free and vegan options, and though the business focuses on health, Seattle Met reports the dishes are well-crafted and don’t skimp on flavor.
DOWNTOWN — Salt District, a new casual Italian restaurant from the owners of Metropolitan Grill and Elliot’s Oyster House, is scheduled to open on Pier 55 this month. The menu includes pasta, cured meats and cheeses, sandwiches, and classic Italian entrees like branzino. It’s also going to have a large cocktail and wine list.
PHINNEY RIDGE — Arc is a new restaurant serving food inspired by the mesh of Korean and Mexican cuisines found in Los Angeles, paired with wines from Baja California and cocktails, located in the former Park Public House space. It’s a collaboration between North Star Diner and Shanghai Room owner Travis Clark and a longtime bar manager for Tom Douglas’ restaurants, Todd Hamm.
WOODINVILLE — Cava Azul is a large modern Mexican restaurant scheduled to open June 20 in the center of Woodinville. Its 100-seat dining room will offer views of the kitchen, and it will be open seven days a week with brunch, lunch, and dinner services. Dishes include an aguachile calamari salad with radish and jicama and mole with half a chicken, paired with a selection of agave spirits and cocktails.
KIRKLAND — The owners of Mbar and Mamnoon are also opening a restaurant in Kirland’s Totem Lake this month called Hanoon. It will serve baked goods and lunch items and fast-casual meals for dinner. It was originally scheduled to open February, but the opening was delayed.
CAPITOL HILL — Kent-based restaurant and food truck Paperepas Venezuelan Food is bringing its empanadas, arepas, and plátanos to Capitol Hill. The new restaurant, located in the Broadway Building at 1620 Broadway, is opening in the next few weeks.
CAPITOL HILL — Marco Casas Beaux, the man behind the Boca Restobar restaurants, is opening an Argentine bakery and pizzeria on Capitol Hill. Argentina’s residents come from all over Europe, and Casas Beaux says its bakeries are packed with pastries from all over the continent, along with some uniquely Argentinian creations like medialunas — sweeter, smaller versions of French croissants. The Argentine pizza — a thick, cheesy pie verging on a deep-dish pizza — will be made with a naturally leavened dough and served alongside some classic Italian cocktails. The restaurant should be open in a few weeks and will be located at 426 Broadway E.
CAPITOL HILL — Money Frog, a pan-Asian restaurant from the owners of Taurus Ox and Hangry Panda, serves unorthodox dishes like a yakisoba cacio e pepe, Mongolian sukiyaki beef with chili peppers and chrysanthemum greens, and, staying true to the name, chicken-fried frog legs. Co-owner Khampaeng Panyathong says though the restaurant just opened, it’s moving next month to the former location of Adana, a space with more of a fine-dining vibe that’s closer to the center of Capitol Hill, while the current space turns into another location of Hangry Panda. It’s currently located at 903 19th Avenue E.
HALLER LAKE — Lotus Pond Vietnamese Cuisine is Aurora Avenue’s newest Vietnamese restaurant — and a favorite of Monsoon and Ba Bar co-owner Eric Banh. It serves all kinds of pho and noodles soups, vermicelli noodle bowls topped with grilled meat, shrimp, and shrimp cakes, as well as grilled beef wrapped in betel leaves at 12752 Aurora Avenue N.
DOWNTOWN — Slices USA, a Dallas-based high-end pizza chain owned by Michael Franzese, a former capo of New York’s infamous Colombo mob, recently opened in Downtown Seattle. You can try the the Sicilian-style pies at 809 Olive Way, Suite C.
DOWNTOWN — The George, the new full-service restaurant of Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel opened last month as part of a $25 million renovation of the hotel’s dining and lobby areas. Chef Thomas Cullen says he intends to make it the top restaurant in Seattle by achieving unparalleled breadth and quality in his menu with pasta dishes, sashimi, huge seafood boils and towers, dry-aged steaks, and more. The restaurant’s design, with vaulted ceilings and zigzagging green, black, pink, and white marble tile floors, is stunning. You can find The George at the back of the lobby area of the hotel, which is located at 411 University Street.
CENTRAL DISTRICT — Cafe Avole, an Ethiopian coffee roaster and shop in the Brighton neighborhood, has moved to the Central District’s Liberty Bank Building, right next to chef Kristi Brown’s Communion restaurant. The owners served free food during the pandemic at their last location and regularly hosted popups. The Liberty Bank Building is located on the corner of 24th Avenue and East Union Street.
BELLEVUE — Xi’an Noodles, which serves chewy house-made biang biang noodles drenched in chili oil at a counter-service restaurant with a few tables in the University District, opened its largest restaurant yet at 1075 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue last month. The new restaurant has an expanded menu featuring grilled lamb, beef, and chicken skewers dusted with cumin and chili powder, along with noodles, mango sago, and sweet red bean soup.
KIRKLAND — Kati Vegan Thai, which has a popular South Lake Union restaurant serving all-vegan renditions of classic Thai curries and rice and noodle dishes, recently expanded to The Village at Totem Lake mall in Kirkland. It’s located at 12540 120th Avenue NE #110, Kirkland.
BALLARD — Wero, a new modern Korean restaurant in Ballard, used to be the American gastropub The Gerald, until owner Wes Yoo decided to serve his cultural cuisine instead as part of his journey to embrace his Asian identity. Now, diners can find dishes like wagyu zabuton steak ssam served with a variety of banchan, gochujang wings, and Korean-style steak tartare on the menu. It’s located at 5210 Ballard Avenue NW.
BALLARD — Renton-based brewery Bickersons Brewhouse recently took over the former Peddler Brewing space at 1514 Leary Way NW in Ballard. Like Peddler Brewing, it will continue to host food trucks and monthly events like pun slams and astronomy nights.
SKYWAY — Salima Specialties’ second iteration has quickly turned turned into an important gathering place for King County’s Cham population, a mostly Muslim Indigenous group from Southeast Asia. The halal menu includes dishes like “Cham bao,” made with fluffy dough wrapping around shrimp, jicama, wood ear mushrooms, carrots, and a quail egg all cooked in toasted coconut milk, and a satisfying oxtail soup. It's located at 11805 Renton Ave S.
PIKE PLACE MARKET — Shama is Pike Place Market’s new fine-dining Moroccan restaurant that serves m’rouzia, a meltingly tender lamb shank with Moroccan saffron and a chicken dish cooked with bitingly sour preserved lemons and briny green olives, both served with fluffy couscous. The restaurant overlooks Western Avenue and is located at 1501 Pike Place #200.
WEST SEATTLE — Lillian Anaya Quintanilla has been selling her golden-brown, crispy pupusas and banana-leaf-wrapped tamales at farmers markets around the Seattle area for more than 10 years. In March, she finally opened her first restaurant, Lily’s Salvadorean Restaurant, in a spacious location at 2940 Southwest Avalon Way in West Seattle, which also has a full bar serving beer, wine, micheladas, palomas, and margaritas.