The prestigious James Beard Foundation (named after the late, great cook and food writer) originally planned to announce this year's finalists tomorrow, March 25, at an event in Philadelphia. But last week, just like everything else, that event was canceled due to COVID-19, and the foundation postponed the announcement to an as-yet unannounced later date. So instead, we're taking this time to celebrate the Seattle restaurants that were nominated for James Beard Awards earlier this year, almost all of which are offering takeout or delivery. Below, you'll find details about how all of this year's semifinalists are responding to the coronavirus crisis, from Cloudburst Brewing's to-go crowlers to Homer at home. You can also find a complete list of Seattle restaurants offering takeout and delivery here.
Nominated for Best Chef: Northwest & Pacific
By Tae (Sun Hong)
This tiny hand roll sushi counter in Chophouse Row (which was also selected as one of Bon Appetit's 50 best new restaurants in the US last year) has takeout items including spam musubi and grab'n'go boxes.
Hogstone’s Wood Oven (Jay Blackinton)
If you happen to be sheltered in place on Orcas Island, lucky you—you can pick up pizza, BBQ, and wine to go from Jay Blackinton's farm-to-table restaurant on weekends between 4 and 7 pm. You can also order gift cards, merch, and a $1000 "future dinner party for when this shitstorm blows over" from their online store.
Homer (Logan Cox)
Famous for its Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-inspired wood-fired menu, Logan Cox's restaurant is offering a "Homer at home" takeout menu for lunch and dinner, featuring items like lamb ribs, a smoked sturgeon pate pita, and chai soft-serve. Pickup hours are Tuesday–Sunday from 12–2 and 4:30-8:30 pm. They also have a selection of pantry items on offer, including hummus, cookie dough balls, and a set of pita.
Hood Famous Cafe and Bar (Chera Amlag)
The beloved Filipino bakeshop is finally reopen for delivery, as of Thursday, April 2! You can order their "Yummies for Delivery" menu online, which includes ube cookies, mini cheesecakes, whole buko pies, and roasted coffee bags from Fulcrum Coffee Roasters.
Joule (Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi)
Though this stylish Korean restaurant is currently closed, Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's sister restaurant Revel, which specializes in "Urban. Comfort. Asian. Street Food," is open for takeout. Choose from menu items like short rib wontons, rice bowls, flourless chocolate cake, or the pay-as-you-wish "Fremont Family Meal," then text the restaurant to arrange a pickup time between 5–7 pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
Kamonegi (Mutsuko Soma)
This Japanese spot is acclaimed for its handmade soba noodles, which are currently out of stock through their mobile platform , but you can't go wrong with anything on this Japanese spot's menu—try their tempura or home-boil ramen. Their current hours ar 11:30–2:30 and 4-7 pm on every day except Monday.
Sawyer (Mitch Mayers)
You can now get menu items from Sawyer's playful, elevated-casual New American comfort fare menu at home. Their menu changes daily—past items have included gnocchi, pulled pork sandwiches, and choco tacos. On Sunday, they also had a takeout brunch menu (cinnamon roll monkey bread, anyone?), so keep your eyes peeled for future brunch specials to go. Orders can be placed through the Toast app for pickup between 4-8 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays and 10-2 pm on Sundays.
Archipelago (Aaron Verzosa)
This high-end Filipino restaurant with a Pacific Northwest spin appears to be closed, but their Facebook page encourages fans to sign Seattle Restaurants United's petition to help neighborhood restaurants.
Nominated for Best New Restaurant
Chef and owner Mike Easton's new West Seattle pasta mecca is now offering pastas, sauces, and wines for pickup between 4-7 pm, Tuesday-Friday.
Nominated for Outstanding Wine Program
The Central District French restaurant and natural wine bar has temporarily turned into a food and wine market. Stop in from 11 am–4 pm, Monday–Saturday, for items like duck confit, raclette mac n cheese, a la carte vegetables and meat, and plenty of wine.
Nominated for Outstanding Chef
Cafe Juanita (Holly Smith)
Kirkland's Northern Italian gem, which has been set in an understatedly elegant mid-century house near Juanita Beach Park for 20 years, is now offering a rotating selection of pastas, breads, salads, wines, and other menu items (including gift cards) as part of their "At Home with Cafe Juanita" program. Pickup can be arranged daily, with 24 hours' notice requested.
Nominated for Outstanding Hospitality
Two weeks ago, Canlis, Seattle's most recognizable name in fine-dining, announced that it would be shutting down its dining room and pivoting to three new concepts: The Bagel Shed in the morning, the Drive On Thru on weekday afternoons, and a Family Meal delivery service for weekday evenings. This week, however, Canlis announced that the Bagel Shed and Drive On Thru will close after this Wednesday, March 25. Instead, the restaurant will be expanding their Family Meal delivery service and adding a CSA Box delivery option featuring produce, meat, and eggs so you can "Nourish your family with goods from our favorite farmers."
Nominated for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer
Cloudburst Brewing (Steve Luke)
Head brewer and founder Steve Luke's Cloudburst Brewing, which opened in early 2016, has quickly gained national attention for his hop-focused beers. During the coronavirus pandemic, you can get their crowlers to go—from "9 am-6pmish" every day. As they write on Instagram, "The Governor says beer is essential, and we have to agree! Our beer stand at the brewery is still selling beer & merch to go everyday, while our healthy staff cleans & sanitizes all the things, all the time."
Nominated for Outstanding Baker
Saboteur Bakery (Matt Tinder)
If you live in Bremerton, this bakery that serves the best croissant Katie Herzog has ever had should already be your go-to spot for breads and pastries. Fortunately, during the coronavirus crisis so far, they've maintained regular business hours: As they wrote last Tuesday on Facebook, "We have always been to-go only so are allowed to operate as usual. Pizza will be returning tomorrow from 4-8 and may extend pizza days should our neighbors need an option while restaurants are closed!"
Nominated for Rising Star Chef of the Year
Adana (Shota Nakajima)
Capitol Hill's friendly Japanese restaurant that offers up crave-worthy comfort food and tasting menus is closed, but chef Shota Nakajima's new late-night bar Taku is, thankfully, now open as of two weeks ago. You can order the spot's specialty, kushikatshu (Japanese deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers), for pickup online, though you'll have to wait until they reopen for real to check out their "Fuckit Bucket," a bowl of kushikatsu skewers served over rice.