This week, the Seattle food scene is abuzz with hype-worthy openings: an Iron Chef star has opened his new ramen restaurant in Seattle, the fast-food behemoth Shake Shack has come to Kirkland, and Bok a Bok has brought its fried chicken and kimchi mac and cheese to the University District. Read on for that and more, like an upcoming spiked seltzer drinking destination in SoDo. For more ideas, check out our Washington Cider Week calendar and our full food and drink calendar.
Siblings Trinh and Thai Nguyen opened their new modern Vietnamese restaurant Ba Sa (named for a type of catfish frequently used in the Vietnamese dish ca kho to, a Nguyen family favorite and now a signature dish at the restaurant) on Bainbridge Island on Wednesday, September 4. The two were exposed to the restaurant industry at an early age due to their parents running the restaurant Pho T&N in Poulsbo, and later went on to pursue culinary careers—Trinh trained at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education, while Thai cut his teeth at Daniel Boulud’s famed restaurant Restaurant Daniel and returned home to run Pho T&N after his parents retired in 2018. The new restaurant serves Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine with French techniques and locally sourced ingredients, along with sake, beer, and seasonal cocktails.
According to a press release, chef Brendan McGill of Hitchcock opened Bar Taglio, a Roman-style bar and pizzeria, inside downtown Seattle’s historic building The Exchange today. Guests will be able to purchase Roman-style pizza al taglio (“by the cut”) with toppings such as salami, bologna, chanterelle and lobster mushrooms, “carbonara” (guanciale, onion, black pepper, and egg yolk), and potato rosemary. Drinks include Italian wine and cocktails like Negronis Americanos, Bellinis, and Sgroppino, as well as other libations made with Italian liqueurs, aperitivi, and amari.
Bok a Bok
The raved-about, Korean-inspired fried chicken chain Bok a Bok, which originated in White Center and also has locations in Capitol Hill and Burien, opened an outpost in the former home of Pizza Ragazzi in the University District on September 5. Diners can look forward to the chain’s menu of crispy, crunchy fried chicken, kimchi mac ‘n cheese, boozy slushies, yuzu chicken sandwiches, crispy tater tots with Korean chili salt, and other Korean-inspired fast food.
Celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto, who rose to fame on Iron Chef, opened a location of his acclaimed ramen and yakitori izakaya restaurant Momosan inside the International District’s Publix building (also home to Hood Famous Cafe and Bar) on September 5. The spot features Morimoto’s tonkotsu and tsukemen (noodles with broth for dipping), bites like roasted duck tacos in crispy gyoza skin and seared jellyfish with yuzu soy, signature beers produced in collaboration with Rogue Ales, and wines made in collaboration with Mondavi. Fans will also get a chance to glimpse a live ramen demonstration by Morimoto and get signed posters at an event this Saturday.
Get ready for Shackburgers, crinkle-cut fries, and frozen custard “concretes”: On Saturday, September 7, the wildly popular fast-casual burger chain will open a location in the new Kirkland Urban development, which will also house future locations for Dough Zone Dumpling House, Caffe Ladro, Evergreens, Mud Bay, QFC, and an unnamed restaurant from Heavy Restaurant Group (which also owns Purple Cafe and Wine Bar, Pablo y Pablo, and Barrio, among others). The first 100 diehard Shake Shack fans in line will receive a special Shake Shack Yeti tumbler. The chain also plans to open a location in University Village, though an opening date has not yet been set.
OTHER FOOD NEWS
San Juan Seltzer and Ethan Stowell Restaurants partnering for new venture
With this summer’s White Claw craze, spiked seltzer mania has come to a head. SoDo-based alcoholic seltzer producer San Juan Seltzer has decided to take advantage of the demand for boozy bubbly water and will open San Juan Seltzery Taproom, Kitchen, and Bar inside its production space sometime this month. The spot will focus on spiked seltzer, of course, but will also serve seltzer cocktails, beer, wine, cocktails, espresso, and non-alcoholic drinks. Ethan Stowell Restaurants will design the seafood-centric food menu, which includes fish and chips, Dungeness crab cakes, burgers, clam chowder, and moules frites.
Joshua Henderson puts the brakes on Poulet Galore
Chef and restaurateur Joshua Henderson, who currently owns Quality Athletics, has canceled his plans to re-open Poulet Galore, his erstwhile walk-up rotisserie chicken shop, in the former space of Volterra in Ballard. Henderson told Eater Seattle the project was simply too expensive, with “big build-outs and big debt,” and is putting the space up for sale as he mulls over other potential projects, like a pizza restaurant and bar. He’s also scoping out less expensive locations in Lopez Island, north Redmond, and West Seattle.
The Baltic Room gets a new owner
The Baltic Room, a Capitol Hill nightclub that was originally opened as a piano bar by restaurateur and business owner Linda Derschang in 1997, has been purchased by new owner Rachel Keith, who previously worked as the manager of female-owned pot shop Mary Jane in Kirkland, earlier this month. Keith has made some renovations to the longtime nightlife fixture and plans to put measures in place to improve security.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
The Amaro + Cheese Tasting Experience
For an eminently Italian pairing, the fromage pop-up Gilbert’s Cheese Experience (led by Beecher’s cheesemonger Brian Gilbert) will team up with Cedar & Spokes mixologist Justin Thimmesch for an evening of amari and artisan cheese. Each ticket will include four samples of amari (savory, earthy, spicy, and “cherry cola-sweet”), one amaro cocktail, four samples of artisan cheese, and assorted snacks.
Everett Beer Week 2019 Kick-Off
Usher in a week full of craft beer festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with mayor Cassie Franklin, a ceremonial tapping of a special brew created in collaboration with Everett Breweries, a curated tap list, and food from local vendor Los Tamaahles.
At this fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo, traipse through the zoo exhibits after-hours, peer at critters, and indulge in wildlife-inspired cocktails and cuisine from big-name Seattle chefs, including Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants), Edouardo Jordan (Junebaby, Lucinda Grain Bar), Melissa Martz (TanakaSan), Quinton Stewart (Ben Paris), Jack Timmons (Jack’s BBQ), Derek Simcik (Conversation), and Tori Mann (Lola). Some of the zoo’s “ambassador animals” will also be present, meaning you might get to hobnob with raccoons, owls, armadillos, porcupines, and pot-bellied pigs.
Cider Summit Seattle
Cider Week is coming: For 11 whole days, fermented fruit drink aficionados can let their enthusiasm run rampant with cider pairings, tap takeovers, brunches, special bottle releases, and other events stretching from Seattle to Spokane. The biggest of these is the Cider Summit, where guests can try nearly 200 beverage options, plus food from Capitol Cider and other vendors. Cideries in attendance will include well-known names like Locust Cider, Seattle Cider, Schilling, Finnriver, Portland-based Reverend Nat’s, and many others. In the “heritage cider” pavilion, you’ll also find more obscure sips like Mirabelle Plum cider from Eugene’s WildCraft Cider Works and Witch’s Broom Gin & Brandy Spiced Fall Cider from British Columbia’s Sea Cider.
San Gennaro Festival
This Georgetown Italian street fair features vendors selling authentic wares (including lots of food), a beer and wine garden, children’s activities, and a stage with live Italian music.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
5th Annual Sweet Corn Festival
Kick off harvest season with a festival dedicated to all things corn: roasted corn, kettle corn, corn mazes, and corn shucking contests, to be specific.
Aslan Farm-Infused Beer Tasting
Get your daily serving of vegetables in the form of beer infused with seasonal locally sourced produce from Whatcom County farms. A food truck offering those bounties in the form of noshes will also be onsite.
Author Becky Selengut Cooks At The Magnolia Farmers Market
Local author Becky Selengut, whose book How to Taste explains the scientific principles of how salt, acid, sweet, fat, bitter, bite (heat), aromatics, and texture combine to create a flavor and teaches cooks of all levels on how to rely on their taste buds to tweak dishes, will demonstrate how to make a dish from her book.
Beers Made By Walking Tapping
These beers were made by walking—that is, they were inspired by nature hikes taken by 11 Washington breweries over the summer, led by Washington Wild. Drink the results at this special tapping.
Beside the Bine: The Humanity of Hop Cultivation
During peak hop harvest time, sip a zippy brew and hear about the history of hops from local historians Liz Garibay and Brian Alberts.
Broken Bar Day
Sometimes Theo Chocolate bars get smashed to smithereens, but you can pick up the pieces at this event, where shattered shards will be on sale for $10 a pound. The first 10 people in line will also receive two free bars of Theo’s newest flavor.
Cheese, Tequila and a Mexican Feast
This “cheesemonger’s dinner” will feature a Mexican-inspired tasting menu with cheese and homemade sauces paired with tequila from Casa Noble. While you nosh, you’ll learn about how cheese is made, the importance of buying local produce, and sustainable tequila production.
Happy Tails Wine Walk
Rally your canine companions and human friends and walk to different wineries to sample their wares. Proceeds will benefit Homeward Pet.
Reuben’s Brews 7th Anniversary Party
Family-owned Reuben’s Brews has made a name for itself both locally and nationally, accruing an impressive 200 medals just in its first six years. Now, to mark its seventh anniversary, the brewery will unveil its Now and Then IPA and rerelease the same five beers it had on tap when it opened its doors in 2012. The festivities kick off in the brewery’s taproom at 11 a.m., where the first 100 beer lovers to show up will get commemorative glassware. After noon, you can head to the original pilot brewery where it all began (which will offer a special pint glass to take home), and finish the day at the Brewtap, which will award a special prize to guests who hit up all three locations.
Single-Origin Chocolate Tasting Class
Taste cacao from a variety of different regions all over the world and learn about cacao farming and the process of making chocolate from bean to bar.
Westland Distillery – Garryana 4|1 Release Party
Be among the first to sample the fourth release in Westland’s Native Oak Series and snack on complimentary nosh courtesy of Woodshop BBQ. The nonprofit organization Forterra will be present to drop conservation knowledge, while the Oak Harbor Garryana Oak Society will hawk hand-crafted goods.
Cold Plate x Puffle Up
Thai-style rolled ice cream and Hong Kong-style bubble waffles (or “puffles”) are two of the trendiest street foods around. This pop-up will combine the two for maximum Instagrammability.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
Culture de la Biére Day at Métier
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a cicerone (or certified beer professional), the Chicago Brewseum will host a 90-minute workshop by Jackie Dodd (“The Beeroness”) detailing how to prep for the Cicerone Certified Craft Beer Server exam. Next, Jackie will join Black Heritage Society president Stephanie Johnson-Toliver and Seattle brewing industry veteran Larry Rock to discuss African-American contributions to the brewing industry and diversity in modern beer culture. The event will raise funds for the Black Heritage Society of Washington State.
Parking Lot Pig Roast
This porky outdoor feast benefiting White Center Food Bank promises “two pigs, seven chefs, and a DJ.”
Rose Wrap-Up Garden Party
Give rosé season (and summer) a proper sendoff by tasting a variety of pink wines in the garden.
Seahawks Season Opener Viewing Party
Avail yourself of happy hour prices while you watch the Seahawks season opener and snag free empanadas with every Seahawks touchdown.
Seahawks vs. Bengals Season Opener
Take advantage of discounts on Breezy Town Pizza’s thick deep-dish slices and drink specials while you take in the game.
Seahawks vs Bengals Viewing Event!
Watch the Seahawks opener on Ounces’ hefty screens while enjoying food truck fare and beer on tap.