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This Week in Seattle Food News: Two New Thai Restaurants, Gyros, and Crab Fat Coconut Curry

October 21, 2022 Edition
October 21, 2022
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Find lesser-known Thai specialties at Fern Thai Eatery & Bar, which opened on Capitol Hill this week. (Fern Thai Eatery & Bar)
As the smoke dissipates and rain settles over Seattle at last, it's time to breeze into the weekend with some cozy fall meals. We've got you covered with all the latest openings, including two new Thai spots and the reopening of the Laotian restaurant Taurus Ox, as well as specials like Local Tide's clams in crab fat coconut curry. Plus, find out about events happening this weekend, like Seattle Restaurant Week 2022. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

OPENINGS

45th Vegetarian Thai Add to a List
This vegetarian street food-focused Thai restaurant debuted in the Wallingford neighborhood last month, serving dishes like khao soi, Thai-style sukiyaki, curries, noodles, and mango sticky rice.
Wallingford
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Fern Thai Eatery & Bar Add to a List
Another new Thai spot: Bellevue's Fern Thai opened a Seattle location in the former Soi Add to a List space on Capitol Hill this week. Like the original, the new location serves well-known favorites like panang curry and pad thai as well as harder-to-find dishes like Hat Yai-style fried chicken wings, kaeng hang le (a northern Thai pork curry), and Northern Thai sausage.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Gyro First Add to a List
This Mediterranean spot opened on First Hill earlier this month with a menu of staples like gyro sandwiches, falafel, hummus, baba ghanoush, and Greek fries.
First Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Taurus Ox Add to a List  
The Laotian restaurant Taurus Ox recently moved into the former space of Money Frog Add to a List , the bar that Taurus Ox owner Khampaeng “KP” Panyathong opened along with Joe and Lucy Ye of Hangry Panda Add to a List  in the space once home to Vios. (Money Frog resided there for just seven weeks before moving into its current spot on 15th and Pine.)
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Keys on Main Add to a List  
According to a press release, a dueling piano bar called Keys on Main is set to take over the space of the beloved LGBTQ+-friendly venue and nightclub Re-bar Add to a List , which announced back in May 2020 that it would not be reopening, on Friday, November 4.
Denny Triangle

Otherworld Wine Bar Add to a List
The team behind the pop-up Juice Club, which Stranger contributor Jordan Michelman called "a roaming series of natural-wine bottle parties with an experiential, interactive bent," may be close to opening their upcoming wine bar in the former Artificial Limb Co. space: Capitol Hill Seattle reports that the state approved the business's liquor license last week.
Capitol Hill

CLOSURES

King Wha Add to a List
This longtime Chinese and Korean mainstay closed on October 3 after a staggering 46 years of business due to owners Lien and Lin Yu's retirement.
Burien

Viet Wah Supermarket Add to a List
Chinatown's beloved grocer, which has been open for nearly 41 years, shut its doors on September 30, as its building has been sold to an apartment developer. However, a sliver of hope remains: The owners are open to reopening in the neighborhood if they can find a suitable location.
Chinatown-International District

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

A Spooky Fall Affair Add to a List
The sustainable cafe Bake Shop promises a "generous number of glass pours of special fall wine," hot cider, two types of soup with melty grilled cheese, a Halloween fair-inspired raffle, and other fall festivities at this cozy pop-up and party. The event will also feature a market and DJ tunes.
Bake Shop, 3-9 pm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23

MOHAI Mercantile Literary Series: Modern Asian Baking at Home Add to a List
Seattleite Kat Lieu, also known as the founder of the wildly popular Facebook group Subtle Asian Baking (which boasts over 150,000 members), will discuss her debut cookbook Modern Asian Baking at Home and show how to make one of her signature treats. The book divulges the secrets to achieving sweet and savory baked goods like miso-mochi brownies, milk bread, lemony matcha macarons, scallion pancakes, and more.
MOHAI, 2-4 pm

Future Primitive Ghoul Fest Add to a List
Get a little ghoulish with pumpkin carving, cold beer, Afro-Latin cuisine from the pop-up Lenox, and Halloween treats. Costumes are encouraged, so break out that fake blood or sheet with cutout eyeholes.
Future Primitive Brewing, 2 pm

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27

Diwali Feast Add to a List
Celebrate the Festival of Lights by partaking in a multi-course Diwali meal prepared by acclaimed chef Preeti Agarwal, composed of dishes like kanchkolar kofta (a Bengali-style curry), pesarattu (a type of dosa), and junglee maas (goat meat curry).
Meesha, 5:30 pm and 8 pm

OCTOBER 21-31

House of Spirits: A Haunted Cocktail Soirée Add to a List
This spooky cocktail party revolves around the Goya-inspired tale of Francisco and Molly Vega, who find themselves haunted by a "strange entity" in their home Casa Vega after the mysterious death of their child Little Magpie. Guests are encouraged to don their most dramatic finery, be it Halloween costume or a period-accurate outfit. The night holds themed miniature craft cocktails, magic, tarot readings, roaming ghosts, live music, secret games, giant Ouija boards, and more in store.
DAR Rainier Chapter House

OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 5

Seattle Restaurant Week 2022 Add to a List
In a change from years past, this year's Seattle Restaurant Week is no longer just about finding a great deal—it's a "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 price points ranging from $20 to $65 per person, it's a great time to branch out and try something new.
Various locations

TUESDAY-SATURDAY THROUGH OCTOBER 31

Nightmare on Wall Street Add to a List
Continuing a spooky-season tradition, Belltown’s award-winning tiki bar Navy Strength will temporarily transform into a “fully immersive haunting experience,” with libations inspired by horror films like MidsommarMandyIt FollowsChild's PlayXCarrieThe Thing, and more. They’ll switch out their usual kitschy drinkware for vessels like pumpkins and Jason Voorhees–masked tiki mugs, and employ ingredients like “candy corn orgeat.” Frightening horror-film soundtracks will contribute to the spine-chilling milieu. This year, the bar is accepting reservations for groups of 20 people or more, as well as private events.
Navy Strength, 4 pm-12 am

SPECIALS

Jude's Old Town Add to a List
As this cozy Rainier Beach neighborhood spot puts it: "Would you like fire to produce something other than smoke for you?" Then look no further than their "S'more to Love" cocktail, made with bourbon, amaro, crème de cacao, and lemon and topped with a roasted house-made Mexican chocolate marshmallow.
Rainier Beach
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Little Tin Goods & Apothecary Cabinet Add to a List
Alternatively, if you'd like to break out of the grey haze with a verdant beverage, try Little Tin's "Lei Over," a "botanically elevated" take on the Tokyo Tea cocktail: London dry gin, vodka, coconut and lemongrass-infused sake, orange blossom, honeydew melon liqueur, coconut cream, a house lemon-lime shrub, and fresh citrus. You can even add a dose of ceremonial matcha for even more greenery.
Ballard
Pickup, dine-in

Local Tide Add to a List
In anticipation of crisp fall weather, this popular Fremont seafood spot has added a new seasonal special: local Manila clams in a crab fat coconut curry with a side of "Grandma's rice." The dish utilizes the luxurious crab fat from the over 100 pounds of Dungeness crab that the business goes through each week.
Fremont
Pickup, dine-in

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