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The Fried Chicken-Pocalypse Hits Capitol Hill

Plus, it’s now pretty easy to get Seattle’s most hyped pizza, and more news of the week

A line of people outside of a Dave’s Hot chicken in the rain.
The line outside Dave’s Hot Chicken on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, December 5.
Harry Cheadle
Harry Cheadle is the editor of Eater Seattle.

On Tuesday, in the middle of the “atmospheric river of rain” that drenched the entire Northwest, passersby on Capitol Hill were treated to a grim sight: a line of people huddled under hoodies and umbrellas waiting for chicken.

In fairness, this wasn’t just any chicken, it was Dave’s Hot Chicken, the Nashville-style Los Angeles–based chain that got a vital bit of early publicity from Eater LA back in 2017 and has since spread all over the U.S., plus Canada and the Persian Gulf. The Dave’s on 12th Avenue and Pike Street, which opened on Saturday, December 2, is the first of 10 locations planned for the Seattle area, reports Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

A day earlier and a block away, on 12th and Pine, Mt. Joy opened its own fried chicken sandwich–focused restaurant. This is the first brick and mortar location for the in utero chain, which is aiming to one day have hundreds of locations. Founded by uber-successful Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell and tech entrepreneur Robbie Cape, Mt. Joy sells regeneratively farmed chicken, which it says is better for the environment, farmers, workers, and consumers. It may not have the national profile of Dave’s, but Mt. Joy is certainly aiming high.

Capitol Hill was already awash in fried chicken. There’s Shota Nakajima’s karaage spot Taku, the incredible spicy fried chicken sandwich at ramen specialists Ooink, and far too many Korean fried chicken joints to list here. There’s some logic to this, as the Hill is a big drinking destination and fried chicken is a major genre of drunk food — also, chicken is the most popular meat on the planet. But surely, we’ll at some point reach a point of Maximum Fried Chicken Density, soon, right? Though the lines at Dave’s indicate there is still somehow more demand than supply.

Moto Pizza now accepting walk-ups

For some time now, Moto has been the most talked-about pizzeria in Seattle, at least in part because of the mystique created by its months-long waiting list. That waiting list is kaput, founder Lee Kindell declared on Instagram this week. “I am announcing right now: We are doing walk-ins! You can actually come to the door of any Moto and pick up a pizza,” the pizzaiolo said with his characteristic enthusiasm. This is good news for anyone who wanted to see what all the fuss is about. Moto has locations in West Seattle, Edmonds, and Belltown — and probably more on the way.

Bar Solea ‘hits pause’ and closes

Brendan McGill’s Bar Solea, a downtown pizza-focused Italian restaurant, opened just over a year ago, and now it’s closing — at least for now. “We’re temporarily turning off the lights,” McGill, who owns Hitchcock Restaurant Group, said in a press release. “We look forward to coming out of hibernation once folks decide to return to the office in our part of downtown Seattle.” The last day of service will be December 23. Downtown’s recovery from pandemic lockdowns has been a closely watched story this year, and the latest indicators show that only about half of downtown office workers have returned to their desks.

Project 9 Brewing gets into the coffee and breakfast game

Project 9 Brewing, the Maple Leaf brewery that focuses on an ever-changing lineup of eclectic pale ales, is now open in the mornings in the form of Full Tank Coffee. According to the Instagram announcement, this coffee shop will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, with plans to expand to seven days a week starting in 2024. There is coffee (obviously) as well as pastries from well-regarded bakery Zylberschtein’s and breakfast sandwiches from the Sammich food truck. It’s a welcome addition to a neighborhood that is long on coffee drive-thrus but a bit short on great sit-down breakfast options. Uh, there’s also beer if you’re having that kind of morning.

Bar Solea

822 1st Avenue, , WA 98104 (206) 682-7460 Visit Website

Project 9 Brewing Company

1409 Northeast 80th Street, , WA 98115 Visit Website