This week, Bainbridge Island's celebrated Hitchcock will morph into a Bavarian burger destination, the beloved Octopus Bar has opened a new takeout window, and a Vietnamese coffee shop has brought pandan waffles to Little Saigon. Plus, Chophouse Row gets some new residents with the upcoming openings of Meetea Cafe and Light Sleeper. Read on for that and more culinary updates. For additional inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.
NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
Like many other restaurants undergoing a more takeout-friendly pivot right now, chef Brendan McGill's acclaimed Bainbridge Island restaurant Hitchcock is rebranding as a Bavarian-inspired burger joint called Burgerhaus and will officially reopen for dine-in and takeout under the new name on Tuesday, November 10, according to a press release. The direction for the change was inspired in part by the popularity of McGill's past Sacka-Burgers pop-ups. The menu includes dry-aged pasture-finished Washington beef, chicken, lamb, and fish sandwiches, local and organic salads and vegetable dishes, sides, shakes, floats, and cocktails, like the "Alpine Smile" (cognac, gin, Zirbenz, Creme Yvette, lemon, raspberry gomme) and the "Yodel at Yer Boy" (gin, chartreuse verte, elderflower, vermouth bianco).
This new Taiwanese bubble tea shop opened in Greenwood in late October, serving drinks like Hong Kong milk tea and "panda milk" (black sesame swirled with milk and topped with salted cream cheese foam) as well as craveable street food bites like fried chicken skin, minced pork rice, popcorn chicken, chicken teriyaki, barbecue pork, and fried chicken sandwiches.
Katsu Burger & Bakery
The local Japanese fusion burger joint known for its towering deep-fried tonkatsu-style patties and unique milkshakes will celebrate the grand opening of its new outpost in Edmonds this weekend, Saturday through Sunday. In a first for the chain, this location also has a bakery, offering house-made milk brioche buns, mini pies, palmiers in matcha and kinako-black sesame flavors, cookies, and croissant-muffin hybrids. At the grand opening, they'll offer $5 Tokyo Classic burgers and will give away a free dessert sampler with all meal purchases while supplies last.
The charming French bistro L'Oursin has been closed for indoor dining, focusing instead on their Marché market area with groceries and prepared foods as well as their cheeky fast-casual pop-up Old Scratch, which serves burgers and fried foods. Now, in addition to those concepts, they're re-opening the indoor dining room for business once again, with a "Bistrot Parisien" three-course prix-fixe menu available from Wednesday-Saturday, starting next Friday, November 13. The pop-up is available for 12 guests each night with temperature screening and masks. Menus will change from week to week, but the starting menu will feature a choice of French onion soup or green salad, sturgeon-frites or boeuf bourguignon, and crème brûlée or cheese.
This Redmond-based bubble tea shop will be opening a location in the space vacated by Amandine Bakeshop this weekend, serving treats like loose-leaf milk teas, lattes, toasts, and taro desserts.
This Vietnamese coffee shop opened in Chinatown-International District's Little Saigon area in late October and offers classic Vietnamese coffee, pandan waffles, flan with coffee shaved ice topping, salted sodas, tea, and Vietnamese yogurt.
Sadly, karaoke is still a no-go in a pandemic, but at least there's this: After being closed for seven months, the Capitol Hill lounge and private-booth karaoke club is reopening with "Rock Box Remix," featuring a new menu and some clever programming. In lieu of renting a room for karaoke, you can purchase a board game from their gift shop or bring your own to play, play old-school Atari games, stream your favorite music, and stream shows from Hulu, Netflix, YouTube and other channels. You can book a room for free for two hours with the purchase of $10 of food and drinks per person. Reservations are limited to groups of six and under.
The Salty Shack
The beloved Octopus Bar closed last November and plans to reopen in their new home next to the shuttered Guild Theater soon. In the meantime, fans can enjoy food from their new nautical-themed takeout window, which opened in late October and serves sandwiches, hot dogs, and booze to go. Drinks include spiked lemonade, boozy hot drinks, drink combo "tackleboxes," beer, and house-made canned cocktails, such as the "No Ship Sherlock" (Jameson, ginger beer, apple cider/rosemary/cranberry syrup) and the "Knot Too Shabby" (pear and elderflower Absolut vodka, vanilla lemon syrup, soda), while food includes sandwiches, fried chicken, fries, tater tots, chili, pretzels, and other salty snacks. Food is also available for delivery.
Madison Park's charming, plant-filled vegetarian haunt Cafe Flora, which launched an outpost called Floret inside SeaTac in February 2018, is getting closer to opening their new bakery outpost, Flora Bakehouse, in Beacon Hill. The bakeshop was originally slated to open in 2020, but 2020 had, well, other plans, so the opening is now slated for January. When it opens, the menu will include lavender lattes, vegan cinnamon rolls, kabocha squash croissants, hummingbird muffins, and other wholesome treats.
This highly anticipated wine bar from chef Eli Dahlin (who has previously worked at Damn the Weather and Walrus and the Carpenter) and sommelier Ezra Wicks will open inside the former location of Bar Ferdinand in Chophouse Row in late November. The spot will feature naturally leavened wood-fired pizzas and other bar fare alongside natural wines, and the adjacent wine shop Wide Eyed Wines will stock the bar's entire inventory so that diners can take home their favorites.
This small-batch specialty microroaster with a cafe in Mount Baker appears to be in the midst of preparing to open a new location on Capitol Hill. An opening date has not yet been announced, but a bar has been completed in the space and a mural appears to be in progress. The location also recently posted an ad seeking a full-time barista.
POP-UPS AND EVENTS
Fremont First Friday Art
Gaze at Fremont Mischief's eclectic art collection and learn more about it with a guide made for the Art Walk. You'll even get a complimentary brandy hot toddy.
Northwest Chocolate Festival
If your chocolate obsession borders on pathological à la the Cathy comic strip, look no further than this two-day all-out cacao extravaganza focused on sustainability. This year, the festival will go virtual, with online workshops and talks from chocolate experts from around the world.
Online, November 7-8
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
In anticipation of a favorable outcome for the election, Cupcake Royale is offering a celebratory free "baby cake" or sticker with any purchase at all of their cafes on Saturday.
If you'd like to dive into a pile of cheesy carbs right about now, the Eastern European and Jewish diner has a new special chanterelle khachapuri, made with four cheese blend, chanterelles, and fontina cheese.
Where Ya At Matt
The roving New Orleans soul food truck has gotten into the autumn spirit with crispy pumpkin spice beignets.
Local 360 plans to reopen
Eater Seattle reports that the Belltown farm-to-table restaurant Local 360, which is named for its practice of primarily using ingredients grown within a 360 mile radius and closed down early on in the pandemic, is in the midst of updating their space and plans to reopen eventually, though details are still up in the air.