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This Week in Seattle Food News: A New Pizzeria, Build-Your-Own Bowls, and Birria in Ballard

March 3, 2023 Edition
March 3, 2023
Lark chef John Sundstrom's cheerful new spot Cora offers pasta and wood-fired pies. (Cora Pizza & Plates)
In this week's batch of food news, the team behind Lark debuts a new pizzeria, street eats slings customizable Levantine bowls in South Lake Union, and Birrieria Gourmet brings birria to Ballard. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates, from a "sober-curious" pop-up to Molly Moon's Ice Cream's Women History's Month flavor series. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Birrieria Gourmet Add to a List
The Ballard Mini-Pod recently welcomed this new birria truck, which replaced the vegan doughnut truck Dough Joy Add to a List . Offerings include quesabirria tacos, tortas, mulitas, birria ramen, birria en caldo, and more.

Cora Pizza & Plates Add to a List
According to a press release, Lark Add to a List chef John Sundstrom and his business partners Kelly Ronan and JM Enos reopened their casual Capitol Hill pizzeria Southpaw Add to a List as Cora, a neighborhood Italian restaurant focused on pizza and small plates, on Tuesday. The newly refreshed space features seating for 48, dark wood booths, banquettes with navy blue tabletops, and custom art prints inspired by vintage tomato labels, while the menu includes crispy fried fava beans, warm artichoke and white bean dip, rigatoni, spaghettini puttanesca, wood-fired pies, lemon budino, and more.
Capitol Hill
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Matia Kitchen and Bar Add to a List
The acclaimed Orcas Island restaurant, which shut down in January due to a fallout between chef Avery Adams and general manager Drew Downing and the restaurant's owners, has reopened under new ownership in a location in Eastsound. Reservations for March are now live, with future reservations set to be released on a monthly basis.
Orcas Island
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street eats Add to a List
Seattle-based mama group, the restaurant group behind Mamnoon Add to a List , Mamnoon Street Add to a List , mbar Add to a List , manna Add to a List , and hanoon Add to a List , hosted the grand opening of this spot serving customizable Levantine-inspired bowls in early February, according to a press release. Guests can choose from bases like basmati rice, hummus, or pita; proteins like chicken shawarma or beef kefta meatballs; vegetables like caramelized onions and pickled cabbage; sauces like roasted garlic tahini and labneh; and add-ons like spiced French lentils and house saffron pickles. Besides bowls, the menu also offers fatteh, balila, mujaddara, and "shawarminis" with filling options like lamb awarma and cauliflower al pastor.
South Lake Union
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HoneyHole Sandwiches Add to a List
Capitol Hill Seattle reports that the E Jefferson location of Capitol Hill's endearingly weird watering hole/sandwich shop HoneyHole has been inactive since January, with a paper sign in the window reading that the business is "temporarily closed."
Central District

The Kraken Bar & Lounge Add to a List  
Fremont's pirate-themed punk bar will close its doors for good this Saturday. If you'd like to pay your respects, you can help the venue bid farewell with a bang at its last ever show Add to a List , featuring local tunes from '90s-influenced punk outfit Cosgrove, pop-punk band The Subjunctives, alt-rock project Ol' Doris, trash punk trio Some Rules, and speed punk ensemble The Disorderlies.

Lowercase Brewing Add to a List
The award-winning brewery specializing in lagers, pilsners, and balanced brews revealed on Wednesday that it will close its Georgetown retail taproom on March 26 in order to shift its focus to producing canned beers, citing lack of neighborhood traffic as a factor contributing to the decision. The announcement notes, "In the coming year, we’ll be launching a brand-new can club, release delicious brews more frequently and make some bold forays into spaces rarely entered by small, local beer brewers. Not only are we going to continue making some of the area’s best lagers but we’re also bringing local back to 'big beer' in the Pacific Northwest. It’ll be a blast. Stay tuned!" The Georgetown bakery Deep Sea Sugar & Salt Add to a List plans to take over the space.


Ethan Stowell buys The Attic Alehouse
Chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell purchased the historic Madison Park dive bar The Attic Alehouse Add to a List , which has been around since the late '60s, this week. Stowell, who also purchased Pike Brewing Company Add to a List last year, plans to reopen the bar as early as this April, with subtle renovations, sports memorabilia, and a menu of pub grub such as nachos, fried chicken sandwiches, and burgers.

Zero-proof pop-up is headed to Seattle
Interested in trying out the "sober-curious" trend? The New York pop-up series Absence of Proof, which hosts alcohol-free gatherings with activities such as board games and icebreakers, plans to expand to Seattle. Its first local event Add to a List will be hosted at Cathedral Add to a List in Ballard on April 14 and will offer unlimited nonalcoholic beverages for guests.



Lil Woody's Burger Month Add to a List
The popular local burger joint chain Li'l Woody's has revealed the lineup for its annual Burger Month series, which features burgers dreamed up by local chefs. The final remaining special is “Ear Piggy Piggy” (Royal Ranch grass-fed beef and pork fat patty, crispy fried pig ear, Mama Lil’s peppers, dill pickles, spicy mustard, fry sauce, Lil Woody’s bun) from Evan Leichtling of Off Alley (available through March 6).
Li'l Woody's


32nd Annual PNA Wine Taste Add to a List
Admission to this annual wine lovers' festival gets you samples of 10 wines from local producers, plus live music from Tim Scallon and plenty of snacks. If you fall in love with a particular vintage, buy a bottle at the pop-up store—proceeds go to the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
 Phinney Neighborhood Association, 7:30-10 pm


Northwest Black Restaurant Week Add to a List
Black Restaurant Week, a national culinary campaign founded in Houston in 2016 with the goal of shining a light on local Black-owned businesses, is returning for its third annual event in the Northwest region. Several local restaurants, such as Island Soul Rum Bar & Soul Shack, Pam's Kitchen, Taste of the Caribbean, and Conscious Eatery, are participating with prix-fixe menus, specials, and more.
Various locations

Penn Cove Musselfest Add to a List
Thanks to the nutrient-rich outflow of water from the Skagit River, beautiful Penn Cove’s famous mussels grow full-sized in record time and are harvested young, making them impossibly firm, fat, and sweet. This annual festival, which bills itself as a celebration of all things “bold, briny, and blue,” features boat tours of the Penn Cove Mussel Farm, a mussel eating contest, mermaids, cooking demonstrations with local chefs, a waterfront beer garden, and the main event: a tasting competition with restaurants from all over Coupeville vying to have their mussel chowder declared the finest in town.

MARCH 6-12

The Stranger & EverOut present Seattle Nacho Week 2023 Add to a List
This winter, we're partnering with our sister site, The Stranger, to bring you Nacho Week! For one week only, some of Seattle's fave restaurants will be serving up specially crafted, full-sized plates of inventive, delicious nachos during Nacho Week. And while it's not a competition, you can bet your butt that these fun-loving chefs will be coming up with the most creative nacho combinations imaginable!
Various locations

MARCH 6-13

Taste Washington Add to a List
Immerse yourself in four days of pure oenophilia with this behemoth event billing itself as “the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event.” The Grand Tasting (March 11–12) unites more than 200 Washington wineries, 50 local restaurants, and a number of acclaimed local and national chefs, while other signature events include a dinner series, a seafood party, seminars, and more.
Various locations

MARCH 9-12

Barleywine Bacchanal XXI Add to a List
Barleywines are a particularly potent style of beer, boasting a whopping 6 to 11 percent or 8 to 12 percent alcohol by volume. Tap into your hedonistic side with the 21st edition of this annual festival highlighting the “biggest, boldest brews,” which will feature 24 hefty barleywines over the course of four days. Proceed at your own risk.
Beveridge Place Pub


Aroom Coffee Add to a List
If you binged season two of the Netflix reality series Single's Inferno and found yourself craving sweet corn coffee (contestant Jong-Woo's family owns a cafe that serves the Korean specialty), you're in luck: The Fremont coffee shop Aroom Coffee has concocted its own version of the drink, which will be available beginning tomorrow. They note, "The mild sweetness of sweet corn cream paired with our home-roasted black coffee [works] surprisingly well."
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The Flour Box Add to a List
Baker Pamela Vuong's Hillman City doughnut shop has unveiled its current lineup, available through March 12: matcha cream, orange cardamom, crème brûlée, and cinnamon cold brew.

Hillman City
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Molly Moon's Ice Cream
In honor of Women's History Month, Molly Moon's March seasonal flavors are all inspired by powerful women who "impacting our communities by advancing us towards greater equity, safety and humanity." The lineup includes Movie Night (a popcorn ice cream with homemade toffee chunks and milk chocolate ganache, inspired by writer Lindy West and her movie review newsletter Butt News), Corn Cheese (a Filipino-influenced caramelized sweet corn ice cream with toasted salty cheese crisps, inspired by writer Angela Garbes), Black Powerful (a black sesame ice cream with hot fudge swirls and chocolate cookie crumbles, inspired by artist, writer, and curator Natasha Marin), and The Usual (salted caramel ice cream with thick hot fudge ribbons, inspired by KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters). Ten percent of proceeds from each seasonal flavor will benefit an organization chosen by its honoree: the Northwest Abortion Access Fund, the Tubman Center for Health and Freedom, Cave Canem, and Washington Farmland Trust.
Various locations
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