Just in time for the deep, shivering humidity of fall, we get a new fondue spot in the international Chinatown district and plenty of cafes and cafes in other neighborhoods. But the big winners are vegans and fans of Mexican food, especially tacos and tamales. See below.
Ba Bar Green is the vegan grand opening of the year, located in the storefront of the popular Vietnamese noodle house Ba Bar in South Lake Union. Chef and co-owner Eric Banh has put together a Southeast Asian vegan and vegetarian comfort food menu that includes plant-based meat-based sandwiches and noodles, a banh mi with vegetable protein flavored with the chorizo and noodle soup with plant-based products such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Meat, tofu, and an egg substitute made from mung beans. Discover the Malaysian kabocha and sweet potato laksa curry with coconut milk, tofu cracklins, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onions, chili oil and rice noodles. Pro Tip: Order online if you don’t want to wait long.
Kricket Club is the follow-up of chef Preeti Agarwal at his Indian restaurant Fremont Meesha. It’s a similar concept: small plates and tapas-style starters served as a family. Located in the former Salare space in Ravenna, the Kricket Club takes inspiration from New Delhi and Mumbai for its street food, from papadi chaat potato masala to spicy chicken paratha flatbread. Larger portions for dinner include goat biryani and lentil rice risotto. The cocktails are tweaked with ingredients from South Asia, including a mezcal drink with pomegranate, harissa and rose. A better deal, however, are single malts and scotch, 2-ounce castings that cost $ 2-3 less than what you’d pay in bars on Capitol Hill and Ballard. The 97-seat restaurant is packed on Fridays and Saturdays. Save yourself the headaches and make a reservation, or go on slower weekdays. If you are afraid to eat in the dining room, reserve a table in the covered and heated terrace.
Rubinstein Bagels by the Amazon Spheres expands with an outpost in the heavily pedestrianized area around 15e Avenue East on Capitol Hill, in the former The Wandering Goose space. In our growing bagel scene, owner Andrew Rubinstein is already planning to open three more outposts next year in downtown Redmond, Shoreline and a third Seattle branch in Eastlake. (For those missing out on The Wandering Goose’s stellar fried chicken, cakes and cookies, this bakery has reopened inside the Tokeland Hotel in Willapa Bay).
One of the best Mexican spots to open this year, Maiz moved to Pike Place Market, with its preparations that make the early morning grind of heirloom and organic Oaxacan grains for the corn tortilla tacos of the day. A range of rotating tacos with three to four simmered meat options are available daily, from chicken chili verde to grated beef machaca. Also, they sell some of the best tamales in town. Maiz comes from the same family behind the Mexican restaurant Sazon in Ballard and Queen Anne. The taco counter is located near the new tenant, Seattle dumpling company, who makes his namesake street food with beef noodle soup, pan-fried buns and onion pancakes. On a related note, Kitchen & Market, a gourmet boutique offering cooking demonstrations and meal kits, is also opening at Pike Place.
Your new hockey haunt, 32 Bar & Grill, debuts inside the Kraken Community Iceplex in Northgate, a giant 300-seat indoor and outdoor dining room. My colleague, food writer Jackie Varriano, discovered the menu, which ranges from grass-fed rib eye with chimichurri and line-caught king salmon, to the usual sea bass of burgers, pretzels and poutine. Executive Chef Brandon Cathey, former Arctic Club and Patagonian at the downtown Charter Hotel, oversees the extensive menu. (Also, here are other bars in town where you can catch Kraken games.)
Our call for new Korean fried chicken joints is growing every month, but the latest, Pelicana on Capitol Hill, is the biggest name to open in Seattle since Bonchon opened on First Hill in 2019. The South Korean chain known for its sweet and spicy chicken is hugely successful in the Asian community, with around 2,000 locations around the world.
Speaking of chicken, The chicken offer Makes a splash on Phinney Ridge, featuring Filipino-inspired fried chicken with six side options, pancit noodles with crispy potatoes sprinkled with Sichuan salt, chili peppers and fried garlic.
Wait. There is more … Cookie’s Country Chicken, the popular fried chicken sandwich pop-up that debuted during the pandemic in Pioneer Square, has found a permanent home in the former Golden Beetle space in Ballard. These popular chicken breast sandwiches always cost around $ 10. For fans of the thick chicken gravy over lumpy mashed potatoes, there is now a more gourmet variation – a poutine with added chicken nuggets. Cookie’s Country Chicken plans to offer take out starting this weekend while renovating its 2,800 square foot dining room.
Trendy pies opens Ballard by Katsu Burger branch on Northwest Market Street. My coworkers Varriano and Jade Yamazaki Stewart have just come out of their sugar spike after their dive into the best apple pie deals in town, and a hint, A la Mode has made the cut.
Stumbletown Ballard offers a wide range of $ 9 sandwiches made with ciabatta bread from the stellar Sea Wolf Bakery.
Made in house in Fremont serves Korean-inspired cuisine with vegan and vegetarian options as well as bowls of bibimbap with garlic chicken or bulgogi rib eye. The cafe comes from the same team behind the quick and casual Bopbox rice bowl spot in Georgetown.
Seoul Bowl-Westlake opens in the United States District Court building, serving a limited menu of rice bowls and Korean fried chicken sandwiches.
IJ Sushi Burrito offers Mexican-Asian fusion such as shrimp tempura burritos to students at its latest branch in the University District.
Food company in the central district extends to Green Lake. The opening was delayed due to a few break-ins in their restaurant even before the doors opened. A mile south of this lies Christine Restaurant, with its eclectic menu of frog legs and beef liver. For the less adventurous, there is always the reliable burger and the truffle fries.
The people of Westlake have more curry and biryani takeout options now that Mother India cuisine opened in this neighborhood.
Suddenly we are inundated with lobster rolls. The last: Daddy Lobster opens inside the Belltown Black Cat Bar, featuring a hot and cold take on the lobster roll as well as burgers, pulled pork and other sandwiches.
Indigo cow serves Hokkaido soft serve milk ice cream by its window next to Yoroshiku ramen restaurant in Wallingford. The owner suspects his shop may be the first Hokkaido-style soft-serve in the United States.
Ideal for this wet and windy season, Hot Pot of Happy Lamb opens in the international district of Chinatown.
Californian channel Nekter Juice Bar comes to Broadway East on Capitol Hill with its cleansing juices, smoothies, and acai bowls.
Coffee side: Underground cafe serves adaptogenic mushroom drinks, including coffee with these medicinal mushroom extracts. At Ballard, the Miami-inspired coffee shop Papa Changó Cafe specializes in pastelitos (similar to an empanada) and serves coffee con horchata. coffee addict, the Vietnamese craft coffee that was a surprise hit in Columbia City, is expanding to Greenwood. Café Vita at KEXP opens inside Seattle Center, and Cafe Leon debut in the university district.