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This Week in Seattle Food News: Milk Bar is Here, WeRo Does Rice Bowls, and Marjorie Says Goodbye

March 24, 2023 Edition
March 24, 2023
Our Milk Bar prayers have been answered. (Milk Bar)
We've finally made it to spring, and things are looking up: Christina Tosi's legendary dessert chain Milk Bar has landed in Bellevue, Girl Scout cookies (and a Samoa-inspired cake from Deep Sea Sugar and Salt) are here, and the Cherry Blossom Festival has arrived in the U District. Read on for all of that and more updates, from the closure of Capitol Hill's iconic restaurant Marjorie to events like Plate of Nations. For more ideas, check out our list of 10 Seattle Cocktail Week 2023 events you should know about, three mushroom specials to try while waiting for season two of The Last of Us, and our food and drink guide.


Bapshim by Wero List
Wes Yoo, who bought the Ballard cocktail bar The Gerald List in 2018, 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 popular Korean takeout pop-up, then reopened the Gerald as Wero List , a spot serving modern Korean food and cocktails, last March. Now, Yoo is debuting a new concept: Bapshim by Wero, a fast-casual lunch service serving customizable Korean rice bowls. Named for a Korean word that translates to "rice power," the business offers proteins like bulgogi ribeye and spicy pork. Bapshim is now available for takeout and delivery and is slated to open for dine-in within the next month.
Pickup, delivery

Milk Bar List
Cue the excited screaming: Pastry chef Christina Tosi’s nostalgic dessert empire Milk Bar, known for sparking crazes like potato chip cookies and cake truffles, has at last arrived in the Seattle area. The New York-based chain opened a grab-and-go counter on the second level of Nordstrom's Bellevue location yesterday. The Stranger's arts editor Megan Seling has the scoop—she recommends the "tongue-tickling" cereal milk soft serve and the signature Milk Bar pie, which she calls a "dense, chewy, salty, crunchy slice of buttery decadence."


Koko's Restaurant and Tequila Bar List
The Pacific Beach-based eatery and tequila bar Koko's is set to open a location in the former Heritage Distilling List space on Capitol Hill.
Capitol Hill


20 Oz Tea List
This Eastlake boba shop announced on Instagram earlier this week that its last day will be on March 31, writing, "We have truly enjoyed serving you all for the past six years...This is not a goodbye but a see you later!"

Bok a Bok List
The local fried chicken chain closed the doors of its Burien location on Monday. In an Instagram post, the business wrote, "We have decided not to resign our lease but are happy to say this location will remain a restaurant and another beloved Seattle mainstay will be taking over the space in the near future." (Start placing your bets!)

Heritage Distilling Co. List
The small-batch craft distillery has decided not to renew the lease of its Ballard location. Its other tasting rooms remain open.

Marjorie List
It's the end of an era: Chef Donna Moodie's beloved restaurant Marjorie, which opened in Belltown in 2003 and moved to a larger location on Capitol Hill in 2010, announced this week that it will close on March 29. Tickets are available for a "last night celebration Past Event List " with "great food, fantastic craft cocktails, fun, wine, and, of course, dancing." A note in the event description hints at future plans: "As the Marjorie era comes to a close, be sure to keep an eye out for our new prospects on the horizon."
Capitol Hill



Sour Beer Day Past Event List
Try three pucker-inducing new beer releases from Lucky Envelope, including boysenberry and "TropiCoolShip." The food truck Po'Boy & Tings will be onsite to sling New Orleans-inspired eats.
Lucky Envelope Brewing, 12 pm

Georgetown Bites Past Event List
Known for being Seattle’s oldest neighborhood, industrial-gritty Georgetown has become a culinary destination in its own right, with a high concentration of underrated under-the-radar gems. At this annual spring food walk, you can scoop up all those and other offerings from more than 30 different vendors, including grilled cheese and tomato bisque from Brother Joe, fish tacos from El Sirenito, slices from Flying Squirrel Pizza Co., full-sized gold bars from Fran's Chocolate, tavern burgers from Star Brass Works Lounge, Thai iced tea and ginger lemonade from Voi Ca Phe, and more.
Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, 11 am-4 pm


U District Cherry Blossom Festival
Past Event List It's spring, which can only mean one thing: It's time once again to admire gently wafting pink cherry blossoms in full bloom at the University of Washington Quad. To celebrate, over 70 U District businesses have come together to offer cherry blossom-themed food and drink specials and discounts on retail items. Before or after your petal-gazing excursion, stop by and enjoy treats like cherry blossom frappes from Sip House, the "Shinkansen Express" (a strawberry gimlet with blossom-infused Japanese gin) at Shultzy's, cherry fritters from Donut Factory, sakura ice cream from Sweet Alchemy, pink custard croissant taiyaki at Oh Bear Cafe & Teahouse, and more. 
Various locations across University District


Plate of Nations Past Event List
Each spring, the MLK Business Association's dining promo Plate of Nations presents a two-week-long opportunity to sample the rich and varied cuisines of Rainier Valley, with shareable menus priced at $25 and $35. They promise that this year's lineup is set to be "the best yet," with over 30 participating restaurants, including Bananas Grill, Habesha Cafe, The Original Philly’s, Taco Street, Othello Wok Teriyaki, Emma’s BBQ, The Comfort Zone, Royal Cafe, Buddha Bruddah, El Quetzal, and more.
Various locations across Rainier Valley


Seattle Cocktail Week Past Event List
This spirited weeklong event puts a spotlight on the movers and (cocktail) shakers of the Seattle bar scene with special libations available at participating venues, plus tours, the industry-only Bartender's Circle Summit, and more. Saturday’s Carnival of Cocktails Past Event List event will feature pop-up cocktail bars, classes, tastings, experiences, food, take-home spirits, and other festivities.
Various locations


Deep Sea Sugar and Salt List
Greet Girl Scout cookie season with a cake inspired by the best cookie—Samoas, obviously. Deep Sea Sugar and Salt's version involves coconut cake, a coconut milk and condensed milk soak, chocolate ganache, cream cheese frosting, and house-made coconut shortbread.

Macrina Bakery
Spring is here, and Macrina Bakery has concocted the perfect seasonal treat: a mini lemon lavender mousse cake, featuring lavender cake layered with lemon mousse and honey-vanilla Bavarian cream and coated in a lemon-lavender mirror glaze.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Marination List
You've got just about a week left to catch Marination's fan-favorite POG (passion orange guava) cream-filled malasadas, which will be replaced with a new flavor at the end of the month.
Belltown, Columbia City, West Seattle
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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