This post written with valiant Chow intern Christina Spittler.
A * means we would like to try it NOW.
* BLIND PIG BISTRO in Eastlake: Where Sitka & Spruce started out, then Nettletown lived, chef Charles Walpole (Anchovies & Olives, Marjorie) has installed his own first restaurant venture. “Blind pig” is another name for a divey speakeasy where they’d “charge customers to see an attraction (such as an animal) and then serve a ‘complimentary’ alcoholic beverage, thus circumventing the law” (per Wikipedia). There will be no live pigs (and presumably no complimentary alcoholic beverages) at the Blind Pig, though that would be fun.
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* THE INNKEEPERin Belltown: The Innkeeper comes from the team that created Black Bottle, the popular (and good) Belltown gastropub. Located where Marco’s Supper Club used to be, it has two TVs, a menu with Central/South American small plates, and, according to Seattle Magazine, interior design that is “conducive to decompression.” Despite the name, do not expect to find an innkeeper at the Innkeeper, or an inn—sadly, there are no beds.
* ROOKIE’S in Columbia City: Our friend Jill who lives in Columbia City says this sports bar is really well-designed, with “big booths! Kids in restaurant area, but separate bar area! Super cool floor that looks like a former basketball court!”
* PINKY’S KITCHEN in Wallingford: Freddie Rivas (Rancho Bravo Tacos) and Andrew Bray (former Bizzarro owner) bring you another reason to hang out in a parking lot in Wallingford. This “pig ‘n’ chips” food truck—parked across the street from the Rancho Bravo one—serves up Southern-inspired barbecue like boneless rib sandwiches (how?!), mac and cheese, coleslaw, and mini-sandwiches with pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken. Also on the menu: five signature sauces, including one with the words “sassy” and “mollassy” in it.
* MONTANA on Capitol Hill: Montana is a no-nonsense cocktail bar where the Buck used to be (with a less virulent Old West theme). Owners Rachel MurphyMarshall (Oddfellows, Delancey, and the Rachel of the delicious Rachel’s Ginger Beer) and Kate Opatz (Lark, La Bete, Matt’s in the Market) feature Rachel’s namesake beverage, hard cider, rotating microbrews, Fernet, and—a first—force-carbonated cocktails, all on tap.
· HEIDELBERG HAUSin Ravenna: The city of Heidelberg lies in southwestern Germany and is home to a gothic castle, as well as an annual Ball der Vampire (Ball of the Vampires). Seattle’s Heidelberg Haus is situated in Ravenna (where Bernu’s Fine Indian Cuisine used to be) and is home to modern German fare.
· CHINO’S in Capitol Hill: They originally planned to open a food truck, but husband-and-wife co-owners and cocktail enthusiasts Mari and Walter Lee ended up going straight to bricks-and-mortar with their Taiwanese/Mexican street-style restaurant. It’s where Oasis Cafe used to be on Capitol Hill.
· SHIP CANAL GRILLin Eastlake: Where Kristos Eastlake used to be is now the Ship Canal Grill, a nautical-themed sports bar decorated with old-timey photographs from the “construction era” of Seattle. The SCG has a Northwest-inspired menu (e.g., fish and chips, steamed mussels, and confusingly, gyros), pool tables, flat screen tee-vees, and, according to Seattle Metropolitan, a “Dawg Den” where husky fans can howl at each other, lick themselves, and watch football undisturbed.
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* KAFE BERLIN on First Hill: Kafe Berlin is a German-influenced cafe located fittingly on the first floor of the German Heritage Building on First Hill. They serve German sausages and pretzels, and, confusingly, panini and pastries from the Little Prague Bakery in West Seattle.
* HIGHLINER in Interbay: The divey Highliner Tavern got a makeover (courtesy of neighboring Wild Salmon Seafood Market, according to Eater Seattle), and now it is this.
· HARBORSIDE in South Lake Union: Formerly a branch of McCormick and Schmick’s (and still under that management), Harborside lured executive chef Peter Birk away from Ray’s Boathouse to the south side of Lake Union. There’s reportedly an upscale upstairs and a bar/bistro downstairs, with both serving only sustainable seafood.
· HOOK & PLOW in Belltown: Hook & Plow is at the Marriott Waterfront, which describes it as “American”—it’s where Todd English’s Fish Club and then Restaurant 2100 (no one knows) used to be. The chef reportedly came from a Marriott in Orlando.
* BB RANCH in Pike Place Market: BB Ranch is a “ranch-to-plate” full-service butcher shop in the Pike Place Market, specifically in the Corner Market Building, where Fero’s Meats used to be. Owner William von Schneidau was Bill of local butcher chain Bill the Butcher, which initially would not divulge its purportedly local/organic meat suppliers, nor label its meats by source (since this article in The Stranger appeared, Bill the Butcher has become more transparent in its labeling and suppliers); Von Schneidau parted ways with the company, with some litigation involved. At BB Ranch, Northwest-raised “primal cuts” of meat are cut to order (and labeled by origin), and house-made jerky, sausage, and marinades are also available.
* MT. TOWNSEND CREAMERY in Pike Place Market: This cheese shop is in Pike Place Market, near the pig, and is home to the (awesome) Seastack, an award-winning soft cow’s milk cheese touted as a “Pacific Northwest original.” Also available: other outdoorsy-named cheeses (e.g., New Moon, Cirrus, and Camp Fire).
* A LA MODE PIESon Phinney Ridge: This is A La Mode’s first retail location; their made-to-order pies are also available on their website. Good pie, with $5 delivery to all Seattle neighborhoods!