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This Week in Seattle Food News: A New Bar from Renee Erickson, Mexican Korean Food, and A Kenji-Approved Bagel Destination

June 3, 2022 Edition
June 3, 2022
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The new restaurant Arc is bringing Mexican Korean cuisine to Phinney Ridge. (Arc)
There's no reason to settle for mediocre meals this weekend, as Renee Erickson launches her new bar King Leroy, the restaurant Arc brings LA-style Mexican Korean cuisine to Phinney Ridge, and the Sea Wolf Bakers crew opens the new cafe and bagel shop Oxbow. Plus, Métier Brewing debuts its Central District taproom, Portland's vegan Jewish deli Ben & Esther's plans to expand to Capitol Hill, and the team behind Dreamland Bar & Diner prepares to unveil an otherworldly sci-fi-themed bar with tropical cocktails. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Arc Add to a List
North Star Diner and Shanghai Room Add to a List owner Travis Clark and longtime Tom Douglas Restaurants veteran Todd Hamm aim to emulate the Mexican Korean cuisine found in Los Angeles' Koreatown with this funky restaurant and lounge, which opened in the former Park Pub Add to a List space on May 20. Mexican American chef Brandon Lancaster, who grew up in LA, serves dishes like "kimcheese" fries, drunken mojo stew, huarache con carnitas, and grilled cabbage with lemon aioli and chili crisp.
Phinney Ridge
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King Leroy Add to a List
Famed Seattle chef and restaurateur Renee Erickson opened this new bar in the former Kiki Ramen Add to a List space in South Lake Union this week, near Erickson's Amazon Spheres spots Deep Dive Add to a List  and Willmott's Ghost Add to a List . The establishment pays homage to classic Northwest dives with bar snacks, beef jerky, sandwiches, fried chicken wings, a full bar serving classic cocktails, a pared-down wine list, and a selection of beer and cider by the bottle and can. The spot will also donate some of its proceeds to fund culinary school scholarships at Seattle Central Community College. 
South Lake Union
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Métier Brewing Company Taproom Add to a List
The celebrated Black-owned brewery Métier Brewing will host the grand opening of its long-awaited taproom in the Central District this weekend. The new brewery also features a cafe from fellow Black-owned business Umami Kushi Add to a List , known for its savory Japanese stuffed buns and other baked goods. Beer options include Métier Pale Ale, Coconut Porter, Horizon IPA, Pilsner Kolsch, and United IPA.
Central District
Dine-in

Oxbow Add to a List
Seattle's burgeoning bagel scene can now count another entrant among its ranks: Brothers Jesse and Kit Schumann, the owners of the acclaimed Sea Wolf Bakers Add to a List , recently opened this highly anticipated cafe spinoff next to Cafe Lago Add to a List in Montlake. Options include bagels, coffee, quiche, spreads, and "other humble offerings." Local food writer and noted bagel enthusiast J. Kenji López-Alt granted the bagels his coveted seal of approval and wrote that "it all looks super promising."
Montlake
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FUTURE OPENINGS

Ben & Esther's Add to a List
And more bagels are on the way: The popular Portland-based Jewish deli Ben & Esther's, which recently expanded to San Diego, announced on social media this week that it plans to open an outpost in the "heart of Capitol Hill" this summer. The exact location has not yet been revealed.
Capitol Hill

Carnelian Bay Add to a List
The patio of Fremont's splashy neon Dreamland Bar & Diner Add to a List has been transformed by its owners into a separate sci-fi-themed concept called Carnelian Bay, complete with a grotto wall, a tiger fountain with menacing light-up eyes, neon-accented booths, "tropical space-age cocktails" like toasted marshmallow daiquiris, and "oceanic bites" like honey walnut torpedo shrimp. The new bar is scheduled to officially launch on June 10.
Fremont

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Car crashes into Coastal Kitchen 
A driver crashed a sedan into the front of Coastal Kitchen Add to a List on Capitol Hill this Tuesday, destroying the restaurant's front entrance. No serious injuries were reported. Coastal Kitchen has temporarily closed to rebuild the entrance and has not yet announced when it will reopen.

Saint John's catches fire on Memorial Day
In other news related to doors on Capitol Hill being destroyed, a rubbish fire burned down the front of Saint John's Bar and Eatery Add to a List at 4 am on Memorial Day. The Seattle Fire Department could not determine whether the fire was intentionally set. Luckily, the business completed its repairs and was back open by Wednesday.

Guy Fieri road trips through Washington in new series
This week, the flamboyant, bleach-haired Food Network personality Guy Fieri cruises through Washington in an episode of his new series Guy's All-American Road Trip, in which he rides through the U.S. in an RV with a caravan of family and friends. In the episode, which airs tonight on the Food Network at 9 pm ET/PT, the Mayor of Flavortown ventures up the West Coast, with a stop at a gingerbread bakery and a diner in Leavenworth as well as destinations in Oregon and California. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

Food Truck Friday Happy Hour Add to a List
Groove to DJ tunes, take advantage of a full bar, and nosh on food truck fare from Birrieria Pepe El Toro and Sam Choy's Poke to the Max. Plus, Laina's Ice Cream will offer discounts on their handmade scoops.

Renton Wine Walk Add to a List
Amble through downtown Renton, sample wines from over 20 different wineries, and get to know the winemakers in person.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

Ekéko Drinking Snacks Add to a List
Scarf drinking snacks from the Latinx pop-up Ekéko.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

Plan C: A Bake Sale for Choice Add to a List
This bake sale organized by the pop-up bakery Ben's Bread will feature delectable baked goods from vendors all over Seattle, including the London Plane, Saint Bread, Lark, Deep Sea Sugar & Salt, Muriel's, Companion Bakes x Ayako & Family, Salmonberry Goods, and more. All proceeds will benefit several organizations supporting abortion rights, including Planned Parenthood, the Louisiana Yellowhammer Fund, and National Network of Abortion Funds.

Bourbon, Rye and Scotch Tasting Event Add to a List
Brush up on the finer points of brown spirits with this free tasting.

DrinkWell: Zinfandel of Dry Creek Valley Add to a List
Oenophiles will flock to this wine and food pairing event, featuring 15 winemakers pouring Zinfandel and other wines from California's Sonoma County alongside appetizers and buffet bites from chef Michael Mina's restaurant Bourbon Steak.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7

Spring Morel Dinner Add to a List
Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi's acclaimed restaurant Joule will celebrate the abundance of spring with a meal that puts a special focus on morel mushrooms, with dishes such as asparagus and morel spring rolls, mala short rib roasts, and miso vanilla ice cream with morel honey and apricots.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

In Person Author Talk: Chris Taylor & Paul Arguin, Fabulous Modern Cookies Add to a List
Take your cookie game to the next level with Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin's new book Fabulous Modern Cookies, which imparts the secrets to baking creations like pumpkin snickercrinkles, coffee bean crunchers, and bronze butter chocolate chip cookies.

SPECIALS

Piroshky Piroshky Add to a List
Pike Place's esteemed pastry purveyor debuted two new flavors this week: a savory breakfast scramble piroshky with spinach, eggs, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, cheddar cheese, and sausage, and an orange cream piroshky with a fresh orange juice and vanilla cream filling inside a fluffy vanilla bread.
Pike Place Market
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Rachel's Bagels & Burritos Add to a List
The Ballard brunch spot crammed the flavors of a classic bacon cheeseburger into a breakfast burrito with its latest creation, made with dry-aged Beast & Cleaver Add to a List ground beef, American cheese, pastured eggs, potatoes, iceberg lettuce, grilled onion, and special sauce.
Ballard
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Salt & Straw
In preparation for summer, the artisan ice creamery has unveiled a series of June flavors inspired by picnic season, including Pink Rosé & Watermelon Sorbet, Baked Brie & Fig Cheesecake⁠, Deviled Egg Custard with Smoked Black Tea⁠, Chocolate Nocino Cherry Pie, and Cinnamon & Honey Fried Chicken (which contains fried chicken croissants made in collaboration with local legend Ezell's Famous Chicken).
Ballard, Capitol Hill, Kirkland
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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