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This Week in Seattle Food News: Gold Bar Moves to Capitol Hill, Wayward Vegan Says Goodbye, and Shota Launches a Smash Burger Pop-Up

August 19, 2022 Edition
August 19, 2022
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Enjoy Latin American bites and Caribbean-inspired cocktails at the chic Gold Bar, which just landed on Capitol Hill this week. (Gold Bar)
This week, South Lake Union's glitzy Gold Bar relocates to Capitol Hill, the beloved Wayward Vegan bids farewell, and Taku chef Shota Nakajima debuts a new summer smash burger pop-up at Redhook Brewlab. Read on for details on all of that and more culinary developments. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Casablanca Express Add to a List  
Abdel-haq “Hawk” Asfour, owner of the Hawk Dogs hot dog stand, recently opened this "Moroccan Mediterranean" restaurant Capitol Hill in a space previously slated for the Comet Tavern Add to a List 's expansion. Dishes include shakshuka, hummus, gyro salad, chicken shawarma, falafel, hot dogs, and fries, including variations like "Casablanca fries" (topped with gyro or shawarma meat, garlic sauce, feta, and parsley) and Seattle dog-style fries (topped with cream cheese, chopped beef hot dogs, and caramelized onions).
Capitol Hill
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Gold Bar Add to a List
The glam, glittery South Lake Union bar Gold Bar moved into the former space of Dacha Diner Add to a List on Capitol Hill on Thursday, according to a press release. The spot serves Caribbean-inspired cocktails alongside Latin American snacks and features a walk-up window with to-go cocktails as well as an outdoor patio. Co-owner Zach Huntting says in the release, "I always wanted to open a bar or coffee shop on Capitol Hill, someplace to be a focal point for community, art and music, but I didn't have the experience to get a lease. The knowledge we gained and the success of South Lake Union gave us what we needed to commit to a long-term lease on the Hill. We're really excited to welcome people into our new home; the historical, stand-alone building is beautiful, and the revamped interior has a fun, intimate, almost sultry vibe: think date night becomes impromptu dance party."
Capitol Hill
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CLOSURES

Wayward Vegan Add to a List
Roosevelt's beloved vegan comfort food destination announced last Saturday that it will be closing in the next few weeks. The farewell Facebook post read, "It is with heavy yet hopeful hearts we regret to inform you we are closing Wayward. What began in a tiny neighborhood house nearly 14 years ago, has grown into something so big and beautiful it's almost too magnificent to quantify. But like all good things, sometimes you have to let them go to see what else is out there, and the time has come for us to do just that." The cafe will scale back hours to 9 am-4 pm until the projected closure date of August 30, which is subject to change depending on product and staffing, so be sure to check for updates and head over soon if you'd like to say goodbye.
Roosevelt

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Shota Nakajima launches a summer smash burger pop-up
Top Chef fan favorite Shota Nakajima began hosting a new smash burger pop-up Add to a List at Redhook Brewlab Add to a List , located next door to his restaurant Taku Add to a List , on Tuesday, according to a press release. The pop-up will run for the next few weeks and features burgers with a crispy-edged beef patty and melted Tillamook cheddar, topped with charred miso aioli and pickles. Other options include a vegetarian version (with tofu ranch and cabbage pickle onion slaw), tater tots, and a refreshing Napa cabbage salad with miso dressing and fresh herbs. Redhook head brewer Joel Kosic recommends the light-bodied SMaSH Pale Ale (Single Malt and Single Hops) beer as an ideal pairing.

Reuben's Brews wins award
On Tuesday, the judges at the prestigious US Beer Tasting Championship proclaimed Reuben's Brews Add to a List PNW Crush the national grand champion in the Hazy IPA category. The winning beer is brewed entirely with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest, including Azacca, Strata, and Mosaic hops.

General Porpoise plans to add liquor license
Renee Erickson's filled doughnut enterprise General Porpoise appears to be preparing to add alcohol to its offerings. The business recently filed for a liquor license with the intention of adding beer and wine to its lineup and is also expanding its menu to include quiche and sandwiches.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market Add to a List
At this annual event commemorating Pike Place Market’s anniversary, more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and other vendors commune on the cobblestones during a balmy August evening, as the sun sinks low in the sky and casts a soft glow, and guests soak up food, drink, and live music. In attendance this year: swanky farm-to-table joint Aerlume; handcrafted pasta makers Pasta Casalinga; charmingly old-timey ice cream parlor Shug’s Soda Fountain; plus countless others and a litany of local beer, wine, and spirits producers. Proceeds go to the Pike Place Market Foundation, which aims to support the market’s community by providing housing, childcare, healthy food, and other services. The night will also include a "Golden Raffle."
Pike Place Market, 7-11 pm

Food Truck Friday Happy Hour Add to a List
Soak up the sun, scarf food truck fare, treat yourself to a scoop or two from Laina's Handcrafted Ice Cream, and check out hand-crafted wares from local vendors, all while a DJ provides chill vibes. A full bar will also be open for service.
Stone House Cafe, 5-9 pm

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

Taste Edmonds 2022 Add to a List
Edmonds offers up its best for this family-friendly weekend festival of food, drink, and music. There will be a beer garden, a wine garden, and food vendors as far as the eye can see, plus bouncy houses, kids' activities, and performances from the Fleetwood Mac tribute band The Little Lies, the Queen tribute group Queen Mother, the Mötley Crüe tribute Motley 2, Eden, The Davanos, Cloud Cover, One Love Bridge, Robbie Dee’s Tribute to Elvis, School of Rock Lynnwood, and more.
Frances Anderson Center, 12-9 pm

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20

CHOMP! 2022 Add to a List
Settle in for a celebration of local food at this free festival featuring a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, zucchini races, a petting zoo, and more. Oh, and did we mention the Drive-By Truckers will be there?
Marymoor Park, 10 am-6 pm

CID Food Walk: Summer 2022 Add to a List
Stop at a booth in Hing Hay Park to pick up a menu and spin a wheel for a chance to win prizes like gift cards and gift certificates, then stroll through Chinatown-International District checking out food specials and retail items at participating local businesses.
Hing Hay Park

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

Bubbles & Brunch Add to a List
Procrastinators, rejoice—no reservations are required for this Sunday brunch bash, complete with food and drink specials, local artisan vendors, and DJ tunes. Guzzle sparkling wine and nosh on sweet and savory brunch dishes.
Stone House Cafe, 10 am-2 pm

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5

Li'l Woody's Seafood Month
If you couldn't get enough of Li'l Woody's Burger Month, in which the local fast-food chain offers new burger specials created in collaboration with local chefs each week, allow us to introduce you to their Seafood Month, which runs from August 2-September 2. The business is giving the Burger Month format a fishy spin, with four exclusive seafood sandwich creations. This year's lineup includes the Seatown Rub Shack & FishFry with pan-seared Bristol Bay salmon, Rub with Love salmon rub, fennel relish, and toasted shallot remoulade from Tom Douglas (August 2-8); the Catfish Corner Signature Sandwich with fried catfish, shredded lettuce, American cheese, dill pickles, and tartar sauce from Terrell Jackson of Jackson's Catfish Corner (August 9-15); the Frank's Fried Oyster Sandwich with fried oysters, Frank's remoulade, pickled jalapeños, romaine, and a potato bun from George Hofgren of Frank's Oyster House & Champagne Parlor (August 16-22); the Surf and Turf Burger with a petrale sole and chorizo patty, green romesco, shredded iceberg and radicchio, and sliced tomatoes from Jonathan Ragsdale of Estuary (August 23-29); and the Lil Woody's Fillet-O-Fish with beer-battered Alaskan pollock, "pickle-y" tartar sauce, shredded lettuce, and American cheese from Li'l Woody's chef Cory Alfano (August 30-September 5).
Various locations

SPECIALS

Bake Shop Add to a List
This all-day café is embracing summer produce with a salad made with local organic heirloom tomatoes, blanched green beans, apricot tarragon vinaigrette, crispy black lentils, and Lost Peacock Creamery feta.
Queen Anne
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Ridgewood Bottle & Tap Add to a List
Cool off with the draft-focused bottle shop's trio of new slushies: the "Ricardo Tubbs" (Urban Family Brewing Add to a List 's Strawbarb with strawberry and rhubarb), the "Miami Vice" (a half and half mix of the shop's "Pina Karlada" and "Ricardo Tubbs" slushies), and the "Key Lime Pie Karlada" (the "Pina Karlada" with added key lime juice, whipped cream, Nilla wafer crumbs, and graham cracker crumbs).
Phinney Ridge
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Saint Bread Add to a List
The Portage Bay bakery is putting a seasonal spin on its turkey sandwich with fermented tomato aioli, farm-fresh heirloom tomatoes, turkey, bacon, provolone, and tender Little Gem lettuce.
Portage Bay
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