This Week in Seattle Food News: Bizzarro Opens A New Location in White Center, Pizza Comes to Chophouse Row, and Feierabend Says Farewell

December 18, 2020
Wallingford's much-loved Bizzarro Italian Cafe opened a second location in White Center this week. (Bizzarro Italian Cafe)

This week, Wallingford's quirky Italian restaurant Bizzarro Italian Cafe launches a new White Center outpost, Feierabend announces that it will close for good, and wood-fired pizza comes to Chophouse Row. Plus, Dough Zone arrives in Renton, and Oola Distillery plans to move to Georgetown. Read on for that and more essential updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Bizzarro Italian Cafe
According to a Facebook post, the eccentric Italian cafe in Wallingford, beloved for its wacky decor and its handmade pasta, opened a second location in the former space of Noble Barton in White Center this week.
White Center
Pickup or delivery


Cheddarboy Popcorn
This company serving popcorn in flavors like jalapeño white cheddar and birthday cake, as well as hot dogs loaded with different toppings, has its grand opening in Kent this Saturday, December 19. The first 50 customers to show up will receive a free bag of popcorn with a purchase of $20 or more, and the 50th customer will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
Kent
Pickup or delivery

Dough Zone
The dumpling chain has opened an outpost at the Landing in Renton, serving its same menu of juicy xiao long bao (tender little meatballs and a puddle of broth encased in a delicate wrapper), q-bao (fat, fluffy-crisp pork buns seared in a pan), lacy pot stickers, and other Chinese dishes. The chain also recently started offering frozen dumplings as a to-go option. A Kirkland location is also in the works.
Renton
Pickup and delivery


Light Sleeper
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 announced on Instagram that they are now serving lunch to-go inside the former location of Bar Ferdinand in Chophouse Row. The spot currently features naturally leavened wood-fired pizzas, soups, and salads as well as an extensive selection of natural wine. The adjacent wine shop Wide Eyed Wines also stocks the bar's entire inventory so that diners can take home their favorites.
Capitol Hill
Pickup

Fire & the Feast
The Feedme Hospitality & Restaurant Group has opened this Pacific Northwest-inspired Italian restaurant serving handmade pasta and pizza with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in downtown Edmonds. The menu features dishes like Swiss chard cacio e pepe, pizza with pepperoni and poached quince, and "Nonna's lasagna," as well as tiramisu, Cosmic Crisp apple panzerotti (Italian hand pies), and Nutty Squirrel gelato.
Edmonds
Pickup

Parish Northwest
This new restaurant, which opened at the end of November, is serving Southern fare with a Pacific Northwest influence. Dishes include house-made sausage, crab salad, oyster bisque, gumbo (served NOLA-, PNW-, or Cajun-style), mac and cheese, red beans and rice, étoufée, and "Parish po' boys" with a choice of Maryland softshell crab, Alabama catfish, gulf prawns, and fried chicken.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, or in-person


Pogacha
The now-closed European restaurant Pogacha in Bellevue has re-opened for pickup or delivery in Mercer Island, serving small plates, house-made pasta, seafood, meat, pizza, and its namesake wood-fired Croatian flatbread. Dine-in will arrive in early 2021.
Mercer Island
Pickup or delivery


QED Coffee
This small-batch specialty microroaster with a cafe in Mount Baker has opened its First Hill location.
First Hill
Pickup

Seatown Market & Fishfry
Perhaps in an attempt to cater to the growing trend for takeout-friendly comfort food, Tom Douglas's Seatown Seabar & Rotisserie next to Pike Place Market has reopened as Seatown Market & Fishfry, serving clam and bacon chowder, salmon burgers, oysters, and a newly added menu of fried fish, including cod, yearling oysters, Pacific calamari, wild gulf shrimp, and a seafood combo. The spot also now sells to-go cocktails, full dinner boxes with pot pie or clam chowder, and seafood hors d'oeuvres platters.
Pike Place Market
Pickup, delivery, or in-person


Tanuki Izakaya
This recently opened Japanese restaurant in the U District serves yakitori, nigiri, sashimi, donburi, pressed sushi, tempura, and appetizers like chicken karaage and takoyaki.
University District
Pickup or delivery

CLOSURES

Feierabend
After 14 years of business, this German pub in South Lake Union will close after service on December 23, most likely for good: The building's lease ends in April and owner Chris Navarra told Eater Seattle that its landlords have "not been very helpful" during the shutdowns. The pub will be open this Saturday and next Tuesday and Wednesday for any patrons hoping to pay their respects before it's gone.
South Lake Union

OTHER FOOD NEWS

Chef Jason Stratton takes over the Standard Brewing kitchen
Local chef and restaurant consultant Jason Stratton, who's formerly served as the executive chef of Spinasse, Mamnoon, and mBar and competed on season 13 of Top Chef, is now cooking at the pint-sized Standard Brewing in the Central District. Stratton plans to keep about half of the menu the same and is adding specials like lamb sloppy joes to the menu.

Oola Distillery moving to Georgetown
The local craft distillery Oola Distillery is exiting its Capitol Hill home and moving to Georgetown at the beginning of the new year. The new space in Georgetown will open on January 6 and will be around three times the size of the original location. The owners have plans to open a small sales and tasting room in Capitol Hill in the future.

POP-UPS AND EVENTS

Rose Temple Holiday Pop-Up
The Capitol Hill cocktail den will offer homemade eggnog, bourbon and vodka cocktail kits, and merch for all your last-minute shopping needs.
Capitol Hill, Friday, 4-9 pm

Holiday Boozar
Need a cup of cheer? Browse Salt & Iron's boozy take on the holiday bazaar, with festive to-go cocktails, curated wine packages, cocktail kits, and other potent potables, plus partnerships with local artists and vendors.
Edmonds, Friday-Sunday

Flying Lion Brewing's 7th Annual Socially Distanced Dark Beer Fest
Dark times call for dark beers: Flying Lion will be holding a socially distanced version of their annual dark beer extravaganza, with tables available by reservation and an extra day to space out attendance. Over 30 dark beers, including cellared favorites, special releases, and limited brews, will be available. Plus, Flying Lion will release a collaboration brew made with Counterbalance Brewing, and Brownrigg Hard Cider will create a dark cider just for the occasion.
Rainier Valley, Friday-Sunday

Miracle on 2nd
In 2014, New York bar owner Greg Boehm temporarily transformed his space into a kitschy Christmas wonderland replete with gewgaws and tchotchkes galore. Now the pop-up has expanded to more than 100 locations all over the world and will be returning to Belltown’s Rob Roy this year. The specialty cocktails are no ordinary cups of cheer: Beverages are housed in tacky-tastic vessels (a drinking mug resembling Santa’s mug, for example), bedecked with fanciful garnishes like peppers and dried pineapple, and christened with irreverent, pop-culture-referencing names like the “Bad Santa,” the “Yippie Ki Yay Mother F**r,” and the “You’ll Shoot Your Rye Out.” This year, the pop-up will be available for to-go orders only, with "a lot of amusing decor and twerking Santas to elbow bump as you walk through to pick up your take-home kits. Photo ops, a chance for a quick shot, and 15 minutes of holiday delight will all be yours!" Nearby sibling Navy Strength will host the spin-off holiday-tiki-themed pop-up called "Sippin' Santa," which asks you to "imagine Santa on a surfboard instead of a sleigh and palm trees instead of pine," with patio tables available by reservation and cocktails, glassware, and kits available for takeout.
Belltown, Friday-Sunday

Poindexter's Good Cheer Shop
Stop in to Poindexter's Coffee for a market with natural wine, holiday spirits, local gifts, vinyl, and even a "Santa phone." Local pop-ups Pizza Romeo and Spellbound Kookies are popping up this Saturday and Sunday.
University District, Friday-Sunday

Ugly Sweater Christmas Weekend and New Beer Release—Winter Ale, Son of a Nutcracker
Brewing Savage Co. will unveil their new winter ale Son of a Nutcracker. Don your most heinous knitwear to receive 25% off all beer on tap, and enjoy covered and heated outdoor seating. On Saturday, the food truck Mexicuban will sling its signature Latin fusion fare.
Kirkland, Friday-Sunday

Canon Mercantile
The James Beard-nominated "whiskey and bitters emporium" Canon is currently hibernating for the winter, but they'll be open for a day for all your last-minute shopping needs, selling bottles, a limited assortment of cocktails, and other merch.
Capitol Hill, Saturday, 1-5 pm

Bread, Butter, and Love
The local pop-ups Doughbaby and Clara's Canning Co. will come together to sling freshly baked bread, grass-fed organic butter and spreads, and gifts, available for online pre-order and curbside pickup at Synthesis Studio.
Hillman City, Monday, 4-9 pm

Holiday Weekend Pop-Up
This pop-up market at Melrose Market will feature food, drinks, and gifts from local makers, including pasta from Mixtape Pasta, cold-pressed juice from roJo juice, onigiri from Sankaku, cocktail kits from Aswad, seasonal pies from Grayseas Pies, natural wine from Marseille, local meats from Rain Shadow Meats, gifts and home goods from Butter Home, and clothing, plants, and home goods from Glasswing.
Capitol Hill, Saturday-Sunday

SPECIALS

Mighty-O Donuts
The vegan donut chain is offering candy cane crunch donuts through December 24.
Various locations
Pickup or delivery

Macadons
Not sure what to get your baby Yoda-obsessed friend for Christmas? This macaron bakery is selling gift sets decorated with a tiny likeness of The Child enjoying a bright blue space macaron.
White Center
Pickup or delivery

Nana's Green Tea
The South Lake Union matcha cafe has chocolate matcha cakes available for the holidays.
South Lake Union
Pickup or delivery