Alexandra's Macarons Opens and More Seattle Food News You Can Use This Week: October 30, 2020 Edition

October 30, 2020
The macaron shop Alexandra's Macarons opened a brick-and-mortar cafe in the Central District this week. (Alexandra's Macarons)

This week, Alexandra's Macarons has opened its new brick-and-mortar cafe in the Central District, El Gaucho plans to unveil its massive new flagship location, and the owners of Capitol Hill's craft cocktail and charcuterie destination Cure Cocktail have launched a new Hawaiian and Filipinx BBQ spot. Plus, Bastille begins a new chapter as the trendy cafe Sabine, and Jack's BBQ expands to a new location. Read on for all that and more food-world updates. For additional inspiration, check out our full food and drink guide, including our guide to Halloween food and drink specials and events.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Alexandra's Macarons and Cafe
Alexandra Greenwald's business, a familiar farmers market fixture known for its pink VW bus named "Gertrude" and its fanciful, French-style macarons, opened its first brick-and-mortar location in the Central District on Saturday, October 24. This week's macaron flavors include Double Chocolate Sea Salt, Chambord Raspberry, Spooky Salted Caramel, Golden Milk, Pumpkin Spice White Choco-Latte, and Earl Grey Tea. Other menu offerings include guava and cheese pop tarts and spiced apple peach pop tarts, loaves of country bread, balls of pizza dough, macaron ice cream sandwiches, and take-and-bake cookies. 
Central District

Bad Bishop
After you finish binging The Queen's Gambit, pay a visit to this chess-inspired cocktail bar, which re-opened recently after closing unexpectedly last year due to a burst pipe. The bar has a patio as well as to-go drinks, including bloody Marys.
Pioneer Square

Cornelly
The latest newcomer to Seattle's naturally leavened pizza craze is Cornelly. The pizzeria, which opened on October 22 in the former Toscana space next to Top Pot Doughnuts and Sol Liquor Lounge, comes from the duo Brett Phillips (an alum of How to Cook a Wolf and Tavolàta) and Sam Carroll, and serves fermented pizza, handmade pasta, and vegetable-centric small plates, as well as beer, wine, and cocktails.
Capitol Hill

El Gaucho
The swanky Seattle steakhouse, which closed its original Belltown location, will open its gigantic new flagship location in Belltown's Union Stables building this Tuesday, November 3, according to a press release. The opening marks the third location for the local chain. The new digs, which once housed over 300 horses used for pulling Seattle's streetcars and fire engines, feature cushioned booths, an indoor fire pit, four private dining rooms, and a view of the restaurant's beef aging room. El Gaucho also plans to open a location in Vancouver's Hotel Indigo in 2021.
Belltown

HaiDiLao
The wildly popular hot pot chain HaiDiLao, which opened a location in Seattle's Pacific Place mall in late September, has now opened its new Eastside location in Bellevue's Pacific Center. In addition to its Sichuan-style hot pots, the chain is known for its outstanding customer service and free entertainment, including "noodle dancers" who perform a stunning dance as they stretch dough into 10-foot-long ribbon-like swathes and must undergo four to six months of training, as well as a waiting area with hand massages, board games, and unlimited snacks. Due to the pandemic, the Bellevue location is currently only available for takeout and delivery through GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.
Bellevue

Jack's BBQ
Jack's BBQ, the barbecue joint owned by former Microsoft employee and barbecue nerd Jack Timmons (who's spent time at the BBQ Summer Camp at the Meat Sciences department of Texas A&M and paid his respects at Louis Mueller's, Snow's, Cooper's, and other legendary Central Texas barbecue names), will open a new outpost in the former space of Royal Bear Pub & Eatery in Algona (outside of Federal Way) on Saturday. Like the chain's other locations, the spot, which will be available for takeout and limited dine-in service, will serve up meaty offerings like brisket, pork ribs, and sausage, in addition to meat by the pound, side dishes, beer, wine, and cocktails. 
Algona

Remedium Island Grill
The owners of Capitol Hill's craft cocktail and charcuterie destination Cure Cocktail (home to Joe Wargo, who was named Seattle's favorite bartender by Stranger readers in 2019) near Cal Anderson have opened a Hawaiian and Filipinx BBQ spot called Remedium Island Grill in the former space of Adana, serving kamayan-style dinners, Hawaiian burgers, fried spam musubi rolls, loco moco, skewers, pork belly sisig, chicken adobo tacos, and pandan and ube waffles for takeout, delivery, and dine-in by reservation. Cure plans to move into the space when its lease is up in early 2021. 
Capitol Hill

Sabine Cafe Bar and Market
The Ballard bistro Bastille, which has been closed since March, re-opened as Sabine Cafe Bar and Market on October 28. The cafe is modeled on trendy counter-service spots like Los Angeles's Sqirl and Gjusta and features a counter with small plates like toast, bowls, and sandwiches available for takeaway, plus two patios and a dining room. There's also a cocktail menu, an espresso menu, and a market area with pantry items like coffee beans and chili crisp for sale.
Ballard

Taco City Taqueria
This Columbia City taqueria serving up street tacos, burritos, protein bowls, and quesadillas will have its official grand opening (which doubles as a Día de Muertos celebration) this Saturday. The festivities will include food and drink specials, music from DJ Polo, $5 margaritas and an $8 shot-and-beer deal, and a costume contest promising a $250 prize.
Columbia City

FUTURE OPENINGS

Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House
A Japanese restaurant called Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House, specializing in katsu, is headed for Capitol Hill this February. When it opens, the menu will feature katsu dishes, tonkatsu, and rice burgers, as well as an extensive selection of sake.
Capitol Hill

CLOSURES

Bloom Bistro
This short-lived White Center cafe, which opened in July, announced on Facebook last week that Sunday, October 25, would be its final day of service. The post read, "We are not backed by a large corporation, trust fund or big GoFundMe project and between the global pandemic, which doesn’t seem to be getting better, the situation with our electrical box being tampered with and not being able to collect any insurance money for the incident, and having to close for a week due to poisonous chemicals in the air, the odds were stacked against us being successful."
White Center

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Dynamite Chicken Pop-Up
Get Tender ‘N’ Tasty Fried Chicken by the bucket from Chef Adam Lee's pop-up at Ethan Stowell's Bramling Cross. Their eight-piece bucket meal comes with buttermilk brined fried chicken, charred scallion and cheddar biscuits, collard greens with bacon, potato salad, and key lime bars.
Bramling Cross, Ballard (Friday-Sunday)

Frelard Tamales Día de los Muertos To Go
Stop by the beloved, gay-owned tamale window on Halloween to pick up tamales and handmade sugar skulls to decorate at home. While you're there, the first 40 kids will get free bags of Mexican candy, the first 40 adults will get tastes of champurrado (a warm, chocolate-based drink), and you'll have a chance to win items like AirPods and tamales. You're encouraged to order your tamales ahead of time for pickup, as well as to wear "face paint and costumes that are not culturally insensitive" — as long as you're wearing a mask!
Frelard Tamales, Green Lake (Saturday)

Lake Stevens Harvest Market
Celebrate the Halloween harvest by browsing fresh produce, artisan food items, and more at the first Lake Stevens Farmers Market of the season. Costumes are encouraged, and there may also be candy giveaways. 
Lake Stevens Farmers Market (Saturday)

The Oeuf & Hoof: Fronch Bronch
Francophiles will want to flock to this French-inflected brunch pop-up by Ethan Stowell at his Madrona restaurant Red Cow. Brunch will be available in-person by reservation, as well as for takeout and delivery.
Red Cow, Madrona (Saturday-Sunday)

Seattle Restaurant Week
Frugal gourmands everywhere rejoice over this twice-yearly event, which lets diners tuck into prix-fixe menus at restaurants hoping to lure new customers with singularly slashed prices. This year, things will look a little different: To give the restaurant industry a much-needed boost during COVID-19, Seattle Restaurant Week is featuring more restaurants and more dining options and is extending the event to last an entire month. Restaurants will feature a variety of special meal offerings as $20 lunches and/or $35 dinners, including make-at-home meal kits, food and cocktail packages, in-house three-course meals, and more. It's a great opportunity to both support local restaurants and break out of your Postmates rut. In addition, Seattle Restaurant Week will also be partnering with Plate of Nations, an event run by the MLK Business Association to highlight southeast Seattle businesses.
Various locations, through November 21

Li'l Woody's Fast Food Month
For the month of October, local burger joint Li'l Woody's is cleverly recreating fast food favorites for its weekly specials. This week, the Li'l Crunch Wrap, Li'l Woody's interpretation of the Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme with chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, tostada, house-made queso, and grass-fed beef, wraps things up (pun not intended).
Various locations, through October

Nightmare on Wall Street
As a spooky-season tradition, Belltown’s award-winning tiki bar Navy Strength temporarily transforms into a “fully immersive haunting experience" each October, with libations inspired by classic and modern horror flicks. This year, they're bringing the spine-chilling immersive experience home to you with weekly cocktail kits for you to take home, make, and enjoy while watching the film they're based on, complete with popcorn, snacks, and your very own keepsake zombie glass. This year's lineup includes drinks inspired by MandyIt Follows, and more.
Belltown, through November 1

SPECIALS

D'ambrosio Gelateria Artiginiale
The Italian-inspired gelato shop is transitioning its scoops into autumn with new fall flavors like Spicy Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake, and Chocolate Crunch Pumpkin Pie.
Bellevue, Capitol Hill, Ballard
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Good Day Donuts
This White Center neighborhood donut shop is currently serving up banana fritters.
White Center
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Homer
Beacon Hill's Mediterranean hot spot is greeting the season with new soft-serve flavors: a vegan and dairy-free quince flavor and a cardamom milk flavor.
Beacon Hill
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OTHER NEWS

Bimbos Cantina gets an update
The longtime Capitol Hill hangout Bimbos Cantina has gotten a fresh coat of paint and some Plexiglass dividers and will debut an updated menu available for takeout or delivery on November 3, with the addition of new street tacos (including vegan "chicken" and "beef" options).