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This Week in Seattle Food News: Two New Waterfront Restaurants, A Sci-Fi-Themed Bar, and A Seafood Destination on Bainbridge Island

June 10, 2022 Edition
June 10, 2022
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Step into another world at the new sci-fi-themed bar Carnelian Bay. (Carnelian Bay)
Feeling adventurous this week? Why not make plans to enjoy a waterfront meal at LAKESIDE or Salt District Italian Kitchen, take a ferry ride to the new Bainbridge Island seafood spot Seabird, or get transported into a sci-fi flick at the otherworldly Carnelian Bay? You'll find details on all of those and plenty of other dining options below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Broadway Wok Add to a List
The longtime Capitol Hill fixture Wedgwood II Vegetarian Thai Add to a List closed on May 1 and has transitioned into Broadway Wok, Capitol Hill Seattle reports. The restaurant is under new ownership and serves a mix of Thai and Chinese cuisine.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Carnelian Bay Add to a List
The patio of Fremont's splashy neon Dreamland Bar & Diner Add to a List  has been transformed by its owners into a separate sci-fi-themed concept called Carnelian Bay, complete with a grotto wall, a tiger fountain with menacing light-up eyes, neon-accented booths, "tropical space-age cocktails" like toasted marshmallow daiquiris, and "oceanic bites" like honey walnut torpedo shrimp. The new bar officially opens today.
Fremont
Pickup, dine-in


Happy Lemon Add to a List
This Taiwanese chain known for its boba drinks and bubble waffles soft opened a location inside the Empire Way Shopping Center in Hillman City at the end of May.
Hillman City
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

LAKESIDE Add to a List
According to a press release, this aptly named waterfront restaurant will open at Lake Union Piers (formerly Chandler's Cove) next Thursday, June 16, serving a seasonal Pacific Northwest menu with some Central American influences alongside local beer, Washington and Oregon wine, and cocktails with locally distilled spirits.
South Lake Union
Pickup, dine-in

Métier Brewing Company Taproom Add to a List
The celebrated Black-owned brewery Métier Brewing hosted the grand opening of its long-awaited taproom in the Central District last weekend. The new brewery also features a cafe from fellow Black-owned business Umami Kushi Add to a List , known for its savory Japanese stuffed buns and other baked goods. Beer options include Métier Pale Ale, Coconut Porter, Horizon IPA, Pilsner Kolsch, and United IPA.
Central District
Dine-in

Pagliacci Šilšul Add to a List
The longtime pizza staple Pagliacci debuted its newest location in the former Red Mill Totem House Add to a List space across from the Ballard Locks on Thursday. The business worked with the local consulting organization Headwater People to learn more about the area's original inhabitants, a band of Duwamish people called the Šilšulabš, and named the location Šilšul in their honor. Though the building has been remodeled, its original logs and carvings by Northwest Coast artist Jimmy John have been preserved. To celebrate the opening, the new location will also give out free slices to customers from 11 am-3 pm on June 25.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Salt District Italian Kitchen Add to a List
Another new waterfront restaurant: The E3 Restaurant Group (Metropolitan Grill Add to a List Elliott's Oyster House Add to a List , and Lobster Shop Add to a List ) recently opened this casual restaurant inspired by the coastal cities of Southern Italy on the historic Pier 55, according to a press release. The kitchen serves burrata, meatballs, bruschetta, specialty salads, cioppino, lamb ossobuco, cocktails, and wine.
Waterfront
Pickup, dine-in


Seabird Add to a List
Brendan McGill's seafood and vegetable-focused restaurant Seabird opened in the former space of his Bainbridge Island restaurant Hitchcock on Thursday, according to a press release. Executive chef Grant Rico's menu includes Dungeness crab custard, uni French toast, Chinook salmon crudo, sablefish, a "seacuterie" platter, wood-fired halibut, whole roasted yelloweye rockfish, and king salmon, with desserts like seaweed ice cream (!) and honey sorbet with milk granita. The restaurant also features a raw bar with local oysters, spot prawns, geoduck, green sea urchin, Dungeness crab, and more. Drinks range from the "Seabird Old Fashioned" (rye whiskey, sorghum syrup, and wild cherry bark and kombu bitters) to the "Parabolic Martini" (shellfish-rested Highside gin, vermouth blend, and Suze). 
Bainbridge Island
Dine-in

FUTURE OPENINGS

Cava Azul Add to a List
This contemporary family-owned Mexican restaurant is set to open in the heart of Woodinville on June 20, with brunch, lunch, happy hour, dinner, cocktails, and a selection of over 100 tequilas.
Woodinville

Manna Add to a List
The Mamnoon restaurant group plans to launch this fast-casual cafe and commissary kitchen in South Lake Union later this month. The new spot will offer coffee, pastries, salads, and sandwiches and will supply grab-and-go meals to local retailers.
South Lake Union

CLOSURES

Biscuit and Bean Add to a List
This Ballard brunch favorite bid farewell to the neighborhood last month. The restaurant is planning to open a location in Los Angeles soon, and its Lake Stevens location will remain open. Fans will be heartened to know that the TBA business set to take over the Ballard space will continue to serve the spot's famous biscuits.
Ballard

Money Frog Add to a List
Well, that was fast: After only seven weeks of business, this new pan-Asian bar and brunch spot from Hangry Panda Add to a List owners Joe and Lucy Ye and Taurus Ox Add to a List co-owner Khampaeng “KP” Panyathong has shut down its Capitol Hill location in the former Vios Cafe & Marketplace Add to a List space. An owner told Capitol Hill Seattle that the quiet residential area "wasn’t the right neighborhood" for the bar. However, this isn't the end: Money Frog will be moving into the former Remedium Island Grill Add to a List space closer to the center of Capitol Hill by the end of the month, and the team plans to open something new in the 19th Ave E space, possibly an "express version of Hangry Panda."
Capitol Hill

Seven Stars Pepper Szechwan Restaurant Add to a List
After almost 20 years of business, this beloved Little Saigon spot has closed permanently. Owners Michael Creel and Yong Hong Wang cited multiple break-ins and a black market in the parking lot of Ding How Center, where Seven Stars was located, as factors contributing to the closure, saying they felt unsafe. The Stranger's Rich Smith previously praised the restaurant, writing that they made his "favorite bowl of dan dan noodles in the city."
Chinatown-International District

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Top Chef alum Evelyn Garcia comes to Taku
Houston-based chef and former Top Chef contestant Evelyn Garcia will be the latest food celebrity to pay a visit to fellow Top Chef alum Shota Nakajima's Capitol Hill restaurant Taku Add to a List . The two culinary stars will collaborate on a brisket rice bowl with yuzu kosho teriyaki glaze, peanut nuoc cham, crunchy chicken bits, herbs, and pickles, available for pickup from 12-3 pm (or until sold out) on June 25. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Lambert House, a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the greater Seattle area. Pre-orders will be announced on Nakajima's Instagram later this month and are likely to sell out, so keep your eyes peeled if you have your heart set on a bowl.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

FRIDAY, JUNE 10

Jones Soda You-Pick Market Add to a List
Jones Soda will celebrate the reopening of its offices with $1 individual sodas, $10 12-packs, mix-and-match 12-packs, and other deals, plus freebies like stickers and a drawing to win a free custom 12-pack.
Jones Soda Co., 12-5 pm

SATURDAY, JUNE 11

Burgundy Wine Tasting Add to a List
Sip some buzzy new Burgundies selected by the Esquin staff.
Esquin Wine Merchants, 2-4 pm

Rosé All Day! Add to a List
Taste through a variety of Washington rosés, including flights, glass pours, and bottles, while enjoying your own personal spread of tapas provided by Surrell chef Aaron Tekulve.
Surrell, 2 pm

Rosé Market and Tasting Add to a List
John Sundstrom's celebrated Capitol Hill restaurant will preview six special new rosés, each with their own breezy Mediterranean pairing. Look forward to combos like Librandi Ciro Doc Rosato Calabria 2021 with pissaladière (a flatbread with black olives, caramelized onion, anchovy, and thyme), Wölffer Estate Summer in a Bottle Cotes de Provence 2021 with hand-slimed Ibérico ham, and Gaia 14-18 Agiorgitiko Peloponnese 2020 with grilled lamb merguez.
Lark, 12-3:30 pm

Seattle Donut Fest Add to a List
Sample some of the most coveted fried dough offerings from across Seattle and the Pacific Northwest at this festival featuring various doughnut shops and trucks.
Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 10 am-4 pm

Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk Add to a List
Walk the streets of downtown Snohomish and visit participating shops to sample sips from local wineries.
Downtown Snohomish, 3-8 pm

White & Rosé Release Add to a List
Be among the first to try Elsom Cellars' brand new 2021 albariño & 2021 rosé, complemented by fine fromages selected by cheesemonger Rachael Lucas (AKA "Cheese Lady Rachael").
Elsom Cellars, 12-6 pm

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Bacon Eggs & Kegs Add to a List
This festival revolves around the combination of savory, gut-busting breakfast foods and heady booze. Day drinking is encouraged with more than 70 craft beers, ciders, and seltzers, plus mimosas, boozy root-beer floats, Irish coffee, and a 30-foot Bloody Mary bar with dozens upon dozens of toppings (including tater tots, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, veggies, herbs, pickles, puffed Cheetos, bacon, and pork rinds). You're probably going to want to clear your schedule for that requisite post-brunch nap.
Lumen Field, 11 am-3 pm

TUESDAY, JUNE 14

Joy Wilson: Joy The Baker Magazine Add to a List
Famed baker and cookbook author Joy Wilson, known for her winningly warm voice on her food blog Joy the Baker, will drop by the Book Larder to celebrate the summer 2022 release of Joy the Baker Magazine with a demonstration of her fried blueberry hand pies recipe. She'll also sign copies of the magazine, which are included in the ticket price.
Book Larder, 6:30-8 pm

THURSDAY, JUNE 16

All You Can Eat Crawfish and Shrimp Add to a List
Feeling gluttonous? Stuff your face with as much crawfish and shrimp as you can handle in one hour and 45 minutes. Giveaways for prizes like Mariners tickets, Phin Coffee gift certificates, vouchers for free five-pound buckets of seafood, and ice cream macarons will also take place throughout the day.
Crawfish King, 12 pm

SPECIALS

Cupcake Royale
Make the most of berry season with Cupcake Royale's new blackberry mascarpone cupcake, made with coconut cake and topped with a swirl of blackberry mascarpone frosting, a dollop of blackberry jam, and toasted coconut chips.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

How to Cook a Wolf
Ethan Stowell's cozy Italian restaurant recently introduced a colorful spring vegetable dish with roasted rainbow carrots, sun-dried tomato pesto, pickled red onion, parsley, ricotta salata, and paprika.
Madison Park, Queen Anne
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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