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This Week in Seattle Food News: Donburi, Sushi Donuts, and Pineapple on Pizza

November 3, 2023 Edition
November 3, 2023
Get acquainted with "sushi donuts" at the newly opened Greenlake Sushi and Roll. (Greenlake Sushi and Roll)
Welcome to November! After you finish your reserves of discounted Halloween candy, check out the latest crop of openings, from a downtown donburi restaurant to a Green Lake sushi spot. Plus, HoneyHole's owner has gone missing, the downtown PCC is closing, and the Seattle food scene remembers influential chef Thierry Rautureau. You'll find all of that and more below. For more ideas, head to our food and drink guide.


a stir List
According to a press release, Capitol Cider List owner Julie Tall has joined forces with Locus Wines List co-owners Ton Yazici and Rich Burton to reopen Capitol Cider as this new concept combining "Northern Mediterranean influences with seasonal Northwest harvest." The new spot had its grand opening on Thursday, October 26, and features a full cider, wine, and bar program, as well as a 100% gluten-free menu with vegan and vegetarian options.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Donburi House List
The team behind Sushi Kudasai opened this new downtown donburi destination in late October, offering rice bowls, poke, and bento boxes with green tea-infused rice, as well as ramen and salads. 
Pickup, dine-in

The Greater Good List
Underbelly List owner Rachel Wilcox and her husband host the grand opening of this community-centric bar and restaurant in the former space of the cider bar The Noble Fir List today, serving "good yet inexpensive bar food in an atmosphere where you can feel comfortable dressed up in date night attire or dressed down in jeans and a hoodie."
Pickup, dine-in

Greenlake Sushi and Roll List
This new sushi spot took over the former Tapas Lab List space in Green Lake at the end of October, with menu items ranging from yellowtail crudo to "sushi donuts" (seasoned rice arranged in a ring shape with tobiko, avocado, sashimi, a scoop of imitation crab, and three pieces of nori).
Green Lake
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Ananas Pizzeria List
Taurus Ox List co-owner Khampaeng Panyathong plans to open this new dive bar slinging Laotian-inspired pizza in First Hill later this month. ("Ananas" means "pineapple" in many different languages—a not-so-subtle dig at all of you pineapple pizza haters.) 
First Hill


PCC List
The bougie-granola grocer PCC Community Markets List announced earlier this week that it will close its flagship downtown store. As Hannah Krieg wrote on Slog: "Everyone online freaked out. Some people thought the sky was literally falling, others, even those who lived near the PCC, expressed ambivalence."


HoneyHole's owner goes missing
Have you seen this man? According to HoneyHole List employees, owner Evan Bramer, who took over the restaurant from previous owners Kristin and Patrick Rye in July, appears to have disappeared without notice, leaving workers unpaid and unequipped to run the popular Capitol Hill sandwich spot. 

Chef Thierry Rautureau dies at 64
James Beard Award-winning Seattle chef Thierry Rautureau (aka the “Chef in the Hat”), known for his trademark fedora and his French restaurants Luc List and Loulay List , died at 64 due to pulmonary fibrosis on Sunday. The food community has collectively mourned his loss, with friends like Tom Douglas sharing fond memories of the gregarious man.



Black Lagoon Halloween Bar Pop-Up Past Event List
Break out your best goth finery: The swanky cocktail lounge Rob Roy is hosting Black Lagoon, a ghostly Halloween-themed experience proclaimed "Canada's Best Pop-Up Bar" by Canada's 100 Best in 2022. The experience, dreamed up by bartenders Erin Hayes and Kelsey Ramage in New Orleans in 2019, features dungeon-esque decor and deliciously morbid libations like the "Hellfire Fizz" (Lot 40 Dark Oak Rye Whiskey with carrot, turmeric, fresh lemon, Lustau Amontillado, Greek yogurt, Bitter Queens Caribbean spice bitters, absinthe, and seltzer), the "Book of Blood" (a take on the classic margarita with Montelobos Mezcal, Piment d'Espelette (Chile Liqueur), fresh beet, fresh lime juice, miso falernum, and absinthe), and the "Death Rattle" (Lustau Brandy, Lustau Amontillado Sherry, pineapple and lime juice, spiced oat orgeat, saline, and Bitter Queens Caribbean spice bitters).
Rob Roy, 4 pm

Seattle Restaurant Week 2023 Past Event List
Seattle Restaurant Week is actually two weeks, but we're not complaining—it's double the "chance to celebrate and support our culinary community" through menus curated especially for the occasion. With a variety of unique prix fixe and combo meals at various price points, it's a great time to branch out and try something new. Nearly 200 restaurants are participating this year—read our picks here.
Various locations

Nightmare on Wall Street at Navy Strength Past Event List
After recently coming to the realization that I've missed out on a big chunk of the essential horror film canon, I've been making up for lost time by watching classic slashers nearly every day—'tis the season, right? (I'm currently working my way through the High School Horror series curated by the Criterion Channel, which includes cult favorites like Ginger Snaps, Battle Royale, and Suspiria, and highly recommend it.) If you'd like to join me, I suggest adding an extra dimension to your viewings by partaking in some cinematic cocktails from Navy Strength. As they do each year, the award-winning Belltown tiki bar has temporarily transformed into a “fully immersive haunting experience" called Nightmare on Wall Street, with libations inspired by staples of the genre—for example, the Carrie-inspired "Telekinetic Energy" (aged rum, cherry, Bénédictine, pineapple, dry curaçao, citrus, and FIRE) and the intriguing Hereditary homage "Family Secrets" (bourbon, spiced cranberry, molé, orange peel, and citrus). Devilish decor, ghoulish glassware, and frightening film soundtracks contribute to the spine-chilling milieu.
Navy Strength, 4 pm-12 am


Polish Fall Bazaar Past Event List
Partake in a 50-year-old tradition and join Dom Polski for a fall bazaar. You'll be able to browse the upstairs selection of amber, gifts, crafts, Bolesławiec pottery, and other wares and stop at a dessert booth with pastries and hot tea and coffee. Plus, enjoy a delicious Polish feast with options such as soup (pickle soup or white borscht), cabbage rolls, pierogi, sweet cheese crepes, kielbasa, and more. Best of all: They'll have frozen bags of pierogi, pyzy, and meat or mushroom uszka for sale, so you can stock your freezer with comfort food for fall and winter.
Dom Polski (Polish Cultural Center), 12-5 pm

Very Good Food Tour '23 Past Event List
Bay Area-born rapper and producer P-Lo, a founder of the HBK Gang (a hip-hop collective that counts a little-known up-and-coming artist named Kehlani among its members), is celebrating Filipino-American excellence with a tour across the country with stops at some acclaimed restaurants along the way. In Seattle, he'll come to Kilig, Musang chef Melissa Miranda's new "panciteria and bulalohan" in Chinatown-International District. The free event promises conviviality and community, with exclusive food and drink specials, music, and merch—it's sure to be a joyful time.
Kilig, 3-6 pm


Homer List
Too cold for soft serve? Never. The Beacon Hill favorite is swirling up smoked maple and apple butter flavors topped with apple caramel and candied pecans for a few more weeks.
Beacon Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Paper Cake Shop List
The bakery from James Beard-nominated chef Rachel Yang of Joule and Revel and former Saint Bread pastry chef Gabby Park is paying tribute to the K-pop sensation BLACKPINK with a gorgeous new cake of the same name, featuring vanilla cake with black sesame Oreo buttercream, quince jam, and squiggles of quince gelée.

Spice Waala
In celebration of Diwali, the Indian street food spot Spice Waala is serving a special sit-down four-course meal on Monday, November 13 at its Ballard location, with dishes like panipuri three ways and Kashmiri dum aloo. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to grab yours soon!

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