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This Week in Seattle Food News: Vegan Donuts, Lebanese Tacos, and Oysters Galore

May 17, 2024 Edition
May 17, 2024
The downtown oyster bar Half Shell is the newest addition to Tom Douglas's empire. (Half Shell)
Oysters reign supreme in the Seattle food scene this week, as local culinary heavyweights Tom Douglas and Brendan McGill debut new oyster bars and the L'Oursin sibling Bar Bayonne introduces a daily oyster happy hour. Plus, Dough Joy and Situ Tacos launch brick-and-mortars in Ballard and the team behind Ba Sa brings their new restaurant Ramie to Capitol Hill.


Dough Joy List
Psst: A little birdie told us that the popular queer-owned vegan doughnut shop and espresso bar opened its new location in the former space of Cupcake Royale List 's Ballard outpost today. 

Guillotine List
Off with their heads: Seasoned bartenders Colin Smith and Andrew Larson opened this new bar and restaurant touting "wellness and more" in the former Witness List space on Capitol Hill last week. The spot features upscale menu items like "seacuterie plates," oysters, beef tartare, battered foraged vegetables, and trout almondine pasta, as well as classic cocktails like Negronis and gimlets.
Capitol Hill

Half Shell List
Tom Douglas's casual barbecue joint Etta's Mountain BBQ reopened on Sunday as a new seafood-inspired concept called Half Shell, featuring oyster, crab, salmon, seafood towers, fresh local catches, steaks, and burgers. Their "Pearl Bar" serves martinis, spritzes, and other cocktails. I'm particularly intrigued by the savory "dirty martini dip" (Castelvetrano olives and blue cheese with a side of chips).
Pike Place Market

Oyster Cellar List
Even more oysters! Hitchcock Restaurant Group chef/owner Brendan McGill recently reopened his downtown pizzeria Bar Solea as a bivalve bar inspired by the bygone "oyster cellars" of New York City, with a selection of shellfish sourced directly from local farms and a range of cocktails and wine.

Ramie List
Trinh and Thai Nguyen, the siblings chef/owners behind the Vietnamese restaurant Ba Sa List on Bainbridge Island, will host the grand opening of their new restaurant in the former Omega Ouzeri List space on Capitol Hill next Wednesday, May 22. The concept is inspired by the duo's travels throughout Vietnam and the culture of nhậu (loosely translated as the "art of eating and drinking with no particular purpose"), with interpretations of dishes like bánh tiêu, bắp cải cuộn, and giò giả cầy. I got to stop by the media preview tasting last night and especially liked the gỏi cá (hamachi crudo with lime leaf, herbs, ramps, stinging nettle oil, thinh, and garlic chips with kumquat nuoc cham) and the longan rose cocktail (nhãn-infused iichiko silhouette shochu, rose, kumquat, lemon bitters, and soda).
Capitol Hill

Seasmith List
Matthew Wendland, the owner of Burien Press List , Moonshot Coffee List , and Fable List , debuted this new coffee shop above Capitol Hill Station this week. I'm excited to have a new WFH cafe option in the area and dropped by yesterday—I'm a fan of the lavender latte and the Fruity Pebbles cookie.
Capitol Hill

Situ Tacos List
Local drummer Lupe Flores (who plays in Wild Powwers, Tacos the Band, and LORBO) reopened her acclaimed Lebanese-Mexican taco operation (formerly based in Belltown's Jupiter Bar List ) in the former Bitterroot List space in Ballard this week. Stranger contributor Caro Myers previously wrote, "Lupe’s menu is simple and her tacos taste unlike anything I've ever tried.”

Stone Way Cafe List
After a 20-month-long hiatus due to its original location's demolition, this beloved Wallingford cafe reopened its doors in a new nearby location on Wednesday.


Eight Row List
This James Beard-nominated restaurant plans to close in June due to its lease ending; Seattle Met reports that the owners hope to reopen in a new location eventually but have not yet secured a space and are uncertain of the timeline for a possible return.
Green Lake



Book Signing with Kat Lieu Past Event List
Seattleite Kat Lieu, also known as the founder of the wildly popular Facebook group Subtle Asian Baking and the author of Modern Asian Baking at Home, is back with her second cookbook, Modern Asian Kitchen. The book aims to empower home cooks to create myriad meals from a variety of Asian cultures, including air fryer Taiwanese popcorn chicken, Sichuan-style fish-fragrant eggplant, homemade pho, weeknight bibimbap bowls, and much more. Lucky Envelope will release a special Gochujang Chocolate Cream Stout brewed in collaboration with Kat (inspired by her gochujang chocolate mochi cake recipe), and she'll be at the brewery to sign copies of the book. Plus, Octopus Knitting will sling knitted and cross-stitched goods, and JD Duong will sell baked goods.
Lucky Envelope Brewing, 4-6 pm

Book Signing: The Paris Novel by Ruth Reichl Past Event List
As a restaurant critic for the New York Times in the 1990s, legendary food writer Ruth Reichl gained renown for her acerbic observations and penchant for donning disguises to maintain her anonymity in restaurants, and she went on to become the editor-in-chief of the now-defunct Gourmet magazine. Reichl has since penned five best-selling memoirs as well as a cookbook and a novel, has won six James Beard Awards, and is known for her warm voice and fierce advocacy of home cooking. In her latest fictional work, The Paris Novel, she tells the story of Stella, a woman who receives a one-way ticket to Paris after her estranged mother dies. Of course, Reichl's cozy ode to the City of Light is full of sparkling descriptions of decadent French cuisine, vintage fashion, and dazzling art, making it a perfect escapist romp for when you're consumed by wanderlust.
Book Larder, 2-3:30 pm


Cookbook Dinner Series at Delancey: Rooted Kitchen, Ashley Rodriguez Past Event List
Perhaps you've picked up a copy of the cult favorite mushroom field guide All That the Rain Promises and More or spotted Alexis Nikole's delightful foraging videos on YouTube before and thought to yourself that you'd like to try your hand at tracking down your own food in the wild. After all, we do live in the bountiful Pacific Northwest. Local food writer Ashley Rodriguez, creator of the award-winning blog Not Without Salt, is here to help your dreams become a reality with her newest cookbook, Rooted Kitchen, which contains a gorgeous collection of recipes that promise to help you connect to the natural world, along with preserving, fermenting, beginner foraging techniques, and mindfulness activities. She'll join the acclaimed pizzeria Delancey for a five-course spring meal inspired by the book, with wine pairings included.
Delancey, 6-9 pm


Scoops at Stoup Past Event List
Ice cream and beer may not be a combo that immediately springs to mind when you think of iconic pairings, but why not? Stoup Brewing will aim to change your mind with the second edition of "Scoops at Stoup" event, which will feature the plant-based creamery Frankie & Jo's classic brown sugar vanilla flavor in fizzy, creamy floats made with your choice of Stoup's beer or root beer. Not into beer? An affogato option with coffee will also be available.
Stoup Brewing, 6-9 pm

MAY 17-24

Seattle Beer Week 2024 Past Event List
Seattle’s craft-beer scene is always alive and bubbling with activity, but during Beer Week, that geeky enthusiasm gets kicked into high gear, with a stacked lineup of beer dinners, festivals, socials, pub crawls, and releases galore. A handful of this year's highlights include Cask-O-Rama (12 casks from Seattle breweries on the bar top) at Beveridge Place Pub on May 17, Stour Fest (a dual celebration of stouts and sours) at Brouwer's Cafe on May 18, a beer can derby at the Pine Box on May 19, and a wing sauce tournament at Queen Anne Beerhall on May 22.
Various locations


Bait Shop List
The nautical-themed Capitol Hill favorite introduced a brand new cocktail menu on Wednesday, with intriguing drinks like a savory everything bagel-inspired martini, Szechuan Aperol spritz, and "Alexander the Grape" (made with melted grape popsicle syrup and garnished with gummy fruit snacks).
Capitol Hill

Bar Bayonne List
Last oyster-related tidbit, I swear: L'Oursin List 's Basque-inspired sibling just added a new daily happy hour deal with a cold dozen of oysters and a bottle of organic Cava or Basque orange wine available for $50 from 12-4 pm daily.
Central District

Deep Sea Sugar & Salt List
The acclaimed Georgetown bakery announced that it will be making as many of its fan favorite Girl Scout-inspired Samoa cake slices as possible this week and that 100% of proceeds through Sunday will be donated to the FAJR Scientific and Operation Olive Branch Perinatal Project in support of Palestine. Every dollar raised will be quadruple-matched (!!!) so you can have your cake and know that you're making the most of your donation, too.

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