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This Week in Seattle Food News: Simply Soulful Returns, SoDo Gets A New Sports Bar, and Milk Bar Is Coming Soon

February 24, 2023 Edition
February 24, 2023
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The Mariners' new SoDo bar Steelheads Alley pays homage to Black baseball history and features beer from Black-owned Métier Brewing Company. (Steelheads Alley)
In this week's batch of food news, the treasured soul food destination Simply Soulful celebrates its grand reopening in the Central District, and the Mariners' new sports bar Steelheads Alley pays tribute to Black baseball history in SoDo. Plus, we finally get an answer to when Milk Bar is opening in Bellevue, and local spots like The Sitting Room, Lazy Cow Bakery and Cafe, and Holy Mountain Brewing are going all out to celebrate Twin Peaks Day. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Big Fish Sushi Add to a List
This family-owned sushi restaurant with locations in Bothell and Sammamish recently expanded to Kirkland, with a menu of appetizers, sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, teriyaki, ramen, and more.
Kirkland
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

SHIO by sugo Add to a List
The sustainable hand roll bar Sugo is hosting the grand opening of its new bar and lounge area on Saturday. The menu includes boozy boba cocktails and Japanese street food.
Pike Place Market
Dine-in

Simply Soulful Add to a List
Rejoice: The beloved soul food cafe Simply Soulful, known for its signature sweet potato pies, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and other comforting specialties, celebrates its grand reopening Add to a List in the Central District's Jackson Apartments building today with a ribbon cutting ceremony, a spoken word performance by Michelle Antoinette Montgomery, a musical performance by Lady A, art by M. Curry Designs, and other special guests, plus prizes. The longtime Seattle favorite first opened in Madison Valley in 2014.
Central District
Pickup, dine-in

Steelheads Alley Add to a List
Named for the 1946 Seattle Steelheads Negro League baseball team, this new SoDo sports bar brought to you by the Mariners aims to honor "the rich and diverse sports history of baseball and softball in the Pacific Northwest." The new spot is led by resident brewer Rodney Hines of Métier Brewing Company and serves an exclusive lineup of specialty craft beers brewed onsite by Métier in additional local beer and a menu of pub grub from neighboring Mariners bar Hatback Bar & Grille Add to a List .
SoDo
Pickup, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

The Jilted Siren Add to a List
Capitol Hill Seattle reports that the former Kedai Makan Add to a List space on Capitol Hill is set to be taken over by the Jilted Siren, a "small plate exploration of Spice Trade Route flavors" from industry vet Amy Graham. Graham will sling herbal-infused tincture craft cocktails and cocktails made with Lyre's non-alcoholic spirits, while chef Jonas Van Dyke will be in charge of the food menu.
Capitol Hill

Milk Bar Add to a List
It looks like we finally have an update on when pastry chef Christina Tosi’s nostalgic dessert empire Milk Bar, known for sparking crazes like cereal milk ice cream and cake truffles, will land in the Seattle area: The New York-based chain plans to open an outpost on the second level of Nordstrom's Bellevue location on March 23.
Bellevue

SPECIALS

Boat Bar Add to a List
Renee Erickson's marine-minded bar is taking full advantage of crab season with its new Dungeness crab doughnuts. In addition to crab, the sweet and savory special features salmon garum caramel, parmesan, and horseradish.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Lazy Cow Bakery and Cafe Add to a List
In honor of Twin Peaks Day, the plant-based bakery is offering slices of Agent Dale Cooper's cherished cherry pie today only.
Fremont
Pickup, dine-in

The Sitting Room Add to a List
Another option for celebrating Twin Peaks Day: The Sitting Room has a lineup of no fewer than 10 Twin Peaks-inspired cocktails, including the "Damn Fine Negroni" (Monkey 47 Gin, local Rainier cherry-infused Campari, Carpano Antica Formula) and "It Doesn’t Get Any Bluer," named in reference to a line uttered by David Lynch in the show's third season (Bimini Coconut Gin, Astobiza White Vermouth, Carpano Dry Vermouth, Campari foam, and an eye-catching blue rose ice cube). Not only that, but they'll also have some cherry pie from the retro North Bend diner Twede's Cafe Add to a List , best known as the filming location for the iconic Double R Diner.
Queen Anne
Pickup, dine-in

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Tea Tasting: The Process of Oolong Add to a List
Learn all about the traditional semi-oxidized Chinese tea at this free community session open to the public.
Fuel Coffee, 4-5 pm

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

Outer Planet Brewing Eighth Anniversary Week Add to a List
Outer Planet Brewing will celebrate eight trips around the sun with a new anniversary barleywine release, half off growler fills, a special anniversary flight with a guided tasting, discounted merch, and live music with Windchime Weather.
Outer Planet Craft Brewing, 4-10 pm

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Twin Peaks Day Celebration Add to a List
In the words of Twin Peaks' legendary Agent Dale Cooper: "Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don't plan it. Don't wait for it. Just let it happen." You might do very well to let that present be a cherry pie "that'll kill ya" from local pop-up Ben's Bread, a "damn fine cup of coffee" from Stamp Act, and a cold beer from Holy Mountain.
Holy Mountain Brewing, 11:30 am

Winterhop Brewfest Add to a List

At this annual festival, join hordes of other beer lovers to try Pacific Northwest brews from over 30 breweries and take in local music in various downtown Ellensburg businesses and venues.
Downtown Ellensburg, 12-5 pm

Alki Beach Winter Food Truck & Beerfest Add to a List
As daredevils attempt the annual Polar Plunge into the punishingly icy waters of Puget Sound, the Mobile Food Rodeo will provide warming sustenance for plungers and onlookers alike with plenty of food trucks, plus beers on tap from a dozen local breweries. All proceeds will go towards Special Olympics.
The Alki Bathhouse, 11 am-5 pm

SAD Winter Beer Fest Add to a List
Stave off the winter blues with Figurehead Brewing's SAD (Strong and Dark) Outdoor Winter Beer Festival, which will feature plenty of hearty beers, live music, warm German-style pretzels from Kaffeeklatsch, and steaming bowls from Midnite Ramen.
Figurehead Brewing, 12-6 pm

FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 5

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

FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 6

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. Remaining specials include the "Paju Jr." (Royal Ranch beef patty, American cheese, kalbi sauce, kimchi cucumber coleslaw, gochujang aioli, and Lil Woody’s bun) from Bill Jeong of Paju (February 21-27); and the “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 (February 28-March 6).
Li'l Woody's

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