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This Week in Seattle Food News: A New Korean Spot Opens, Dacha Diner Closes, and A Noodle Restaurant Is Coming Soon

March 25, 2022 Edition
March 25, 2022
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Grab craft cocktails and Korean comfort food at WeRo, which opened in Ballard this week. (WeRo)
Happy spring! This week, Ballard gets a new bar and restaurant with Korean comfort food, Capitol Hill's beloved Dacha Diner bids farewell, and Plenty of Clouds announces its upcoming spinoff Noodle/Bar. Read on for all of that and more culinary intel. For additional inspiration, check out our food and drink guide

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Aliberto's Jr. Add to a List
This local Mexican chain, which started in San Diego and now operates seven drive-thru locations in Washington, recently opened a SoDo outpost, serving tacos, combo plates, burritos (including California-style and carne asada fries burritos), quesadillas, enchiladas, tortas, tostadas, and aguas frescas.
SoDo
Pickup, delivery, dine-in, drive-thru

Denny Lodge Add to a List
The laidback bar Lodge Sports Grille, which has locations in Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Kirkland, and West Seattle, has expanded to South Lake Union, with a simple menu of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pub grub like fish and chips and mac and cheese, desserts, and a weekend brunch.
South Lake Union
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Kottu Add to a List
Syd Suntha, an alum of several food trucks (including the well-known Skillet Add to a List ) and Rupee Bar Add to a List , recently launched this Sri Lankan street food cart specializing in kottu roti, a dish consisting of diced roti stir-fried with scrambled egg, onions, chilies, spices, and optional meat and/or vegetables. The cart serves up three or four versions each night, with mix-ins ranging from mango chicken to jackfruit.
Various locations
Pickup

Salima Specialties Add to a List
This halal pan-Asian street food spot has landed in Skyway, with a menu that reflects the flavors of Cham cuisine (a type of regional cooking found in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Hainan). The menu features specialty beverages, bánh mì, samosas, taro fries, bao buns, shrimp fritters, lemongrass beef skewers, and "rotatoes" (a spiral-cut and fried potato snack on a skewer, also known as tornado potatoes).
Renton
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

WeRo Add to a List
Wes Yoo, who had bought the Ballard cocktail bar The Gerald Add to a List two years earlier, reconnected with his love of Korean comfort food in 2020 during the advent of the pandemic. Inspired by the food he ate growing up in Seoul, he started a Korean takeout pop-up, which quickly gained a loyal following. This week, Yoo reopened the Gerald as WeRo (a Korean word meaning "comfort," "upwards," and "to the stomach"), serving modern Korean food and cocktails. The updated menu, which is subject to change, offers 24-hour-roasted Yukon gold potatoes (a tribute to the kind often found at Korean highway rest stops), jeon (savory kimchi pancakes), fried wings, and ssam platters with steak or tofu.
Ballard
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Noodle/Bar Add to a List
Travis Post and Lisa Zack, the owners of the Sichuan/Yunnan restaurant Plenty of Clouds Add to a List  on Capitol Hill, plan to launch Noodle/Bar, a noodle-focused spinoff, in the former Feierabend Add to a List  space in South Lake Union on April 20, according to a press release. Inspired by the weekly "Noodle Night" specials at Plenty of Clouds, the upcoming spot will feature Chinese noodles made with Washington-grown wheat.
South Lake Union

CLOSURES

Dacha Diner Add to a List
Capitol Hill's beloved Eastern European, Russian, and Jewish restaurant, which was nominated for Bon Appetit's best new restaurants list in 2019, announced via Instagram this week that its last day will be this Sunday, March 27. In the announcement, co-owner Tora Hennessey wrote that the closure was due not to the pandemic, but to her husband and co-owner Tom Siegel's health issues. Co-owner Joe Heffernan has also left the business to enter the tech field. Hennessey and Siegel will be focusing their efforts on their first restaurant, the Independent Pizzeria Add to a List —they won't be serving Dacha menu items (like the popular khachapuri) there due to logistics, but Hennessey noted that a future pop-up is not out of the question.
Capitol Hill

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi adds weekend brunch
Last Saturday, Bellevue's swanky Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi Add to a List added a new weekend brunch menu, according to a press release. Items include steak and egg fried rice, chicharron chicken and waffles, and "Fruitopia" pancakes, with cocktails like the "Snuggly Duckling" (duck fat-washed Crown Royal, old fashioned bitters, and maple demerara) and the "Mang-Mosa" (Ciroc mango, fresh mango and mandarin juices, and sparkling wine).

Starbucks Seattle location unionizes
Seattle officially has its first unionized Starbucks: The workers at the coffee giant's Broadway and Denny location voted unanimously to form a union on Tuesday. Six other local Starbucks locations, including Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill, also have unionization efforts in the works, and five have filed petitions with the National Labor Relations board. 

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

In-Person Author Talk: Cathy Barrow, Bagels, Schmears and a Nice Piece of Fish Add to a List
Become your own bagel maker with writer Cathy Barrow's latest cookbook, which details the bagel-making process from start to finish. She'll share her tips and chat about Seattle's burgeoning bagel scene with local food writers Nancy Leson and Rebekah Denn.
Book Larder, Friday, 6:30-8 pm

Georgetown Bites Add to a List
At this annual spring food walk, you can scoop up edible offerings from a variety of vendors in Seattle's oldest neighborhood.
Georgetown, Saturday, 11 am-4 pm

The Big Taste Add to a List

Enjoy an embarrassment of booze at this tasting event with over 100 Pacific Northwest wines, beers, ciders, and spirits, plus barbecue from Carolina Smoke.
Magnuson Park Hangar 30, Saturday, 5-8 pm

2022 Oyster Slurp Grand Finale Add to a List
Gulp a dozen raw bivalves as quickly as you can for a chance to be crowned the next Oyster Slurp Champion.
Anthony's Fish Bar, April 1, 4-6 pm

Kirkland Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk Add to a List
Stroll through the galleries and boutiques of downtown Kirkland while you sip wine samples from tons of Washington wineries, distilleries, and breweries.
The Heathman Hotel, April 1, 5-9 pm

Li'l Woody's Burger Month Add to a List
The popular local burger joint chain Li'l Woody's is closing out its annual Burger Month series, which features burgers dreamed up by local chefs. This year's final special is the "Romesco Burger" with smoked paprika-spiced beef and pork burger, melty leeks, hazelnut-almond romesco sauce, escarole in parsley sauce, and mayo from Corson Building Add to a List chef Emily Crawford Dann (March 22-28). 
Various locations, through Monday

SPECIALS

The Flora Bakehouse Add to a List
Cafe Flora's charming Beacon Hill bakery is greeting spring with some stunning pink rhubarb Danishes (available on weekends only) and rhubarb hand pies.
Beacon Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Temple Pastries Add to a List
The Central District bakeshop has revealed some specials from its spring menu, including cacio e pepe croissants, strawberry cream cronuts, guava cream cheese croissants, lime leaf ginger cake donuts, and black forest tarts.
Central District
Pickup

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