In addition to being the largest to date, Molly Moon’s brand new Bellevue location is also a pastry shop where you can see Molly’s kitchen team bake all of the ingredients that make up their gourmet ice creams.
Molly Moon’s Ice Cream via Instagram
Another nice summer weekend is here. This is the perfect time to re-open places like Hotel Sorrento and Matt’s in the Market for al fresco dining. In addition, this weekend the new walk-in soft serve and roast chicken sandwich window brings Milk Drunk to Beacon Hill and the fast-paced Vietnamese spot Mai’s Kitchen to Capitol Hill. Read on for all of that and more of the latest updates for the food world. For more ideas, check out our full personal food directory, take-out and delivery directory, and our guide to Seattle farmers markets.
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NEW OPENINGS & RETURNS
Alma Mater Tacoma
Social distancing in the Southend? Tacoma’s “Slim Profit” arts and performance space opened an outdoor restaurant and counter service on Thursday, July 30th. The terrace is open Wednesday through Sunday and offers breakfast items like vegetarian hashish, cheesy eggs and bacon, as well as other happy hour snacks things like smoked trout dip and vegan croquettes. They also have beer, wine, and cocktails.
People who love this nautical and Mediterranean-inspired hilltop hangout will be delighted to know that the outdoor seating area reopens with limited capacity every day from 2pm to sunset.
Hood Famous Bakeshop
The ube cheesecake, buko pies and other sweet treats are finally coming back into our lives in this Ballard bakery. Pre-order for collection for next week.
Hotels in Sorrento
The historic hotel has taken its break to work out a new dining concept, which will be announced on Saturday 1st August together with the reopening of its outdoor garden. You can sign up for the VIP list that is the first to be reserved for reservations.
Trang Nguyen’s new fast-casual spot in the former Sémillon Bakery & Café serves Vietnamese standards “based on a Chipotle-like simplicity,” reports the Capitol Hill Blog. You can choose your base (be it phở, a rice platter, a vermicelli bowl or a banh mi) and your protein for a custom-made product or opt for special menu items like Mai’s chicken wings or spicy beef noodle soup.
Matt is in the market
Post Alley Standby announced a pop-up terrace this week. Starting Saturday August 1st, enjoy a Northwest-inspired lunch and dinner in front of the Pike Place sign. It is accessible for the time being, but you can make reservations starting Tuesday 4th August.
The soft-serve walk-in window with seasonal flavors at the renowned Beacon Hill Restaurant Homer was an instant hit. Now the owners (couple Logan Cox and Sara Knowles) have opened Perihel Brewery in the same building as a fast-casual restaurant with lots of soft serve (with additional products like waffle cones, dips and toppings) and fried chicken sandwiches.
Molly Moon’s ice cream
Molly Moon Neitzel’s gourmet ice cream chain opened a brand new location in Bellevue today, July 31st. They call it their “Bellevue flagship location” as it’s the largest in the chain and also the location of an on-view pastry shop where Molly’s kitchen team can bake brownies, cookie dough, and other ingredients that make up their ice creams . They are celebrating the reopening by giving away only 100 free children’s shovels to the first 100 children (up to 12 years of age) today and donating 10% of sales to the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.
The picnic tables and some indoor tables at this location in Ballard, Sri Lanka are ready for you Wednesday through Sunday. Make a reservation or go in person (or keep ordering food for pickup).
Two doors down
Two Doors Down, Erin Nestor and Rebecca Denk’s laid-back bar in Madison Valley (so named because it’s two doors away from their other bar, the Bottleneck Lounge), has opened a second location in the former space of Meg’s Hamburgers. Expect burgers (including Impossible and Beyond options for vegans and vegetarians) as well as local beer and cider on tap. They are currently open for takeaway, online ordering and delivery are in the works.
FUTURE OPENINGS & SPECIALTIES
According to a press release, the popular natural market chain will be welcoming a new location in Eastside on August 12th.
Marcus Lalario already has a new project in store for the former space of his now closed Bar Ciudad in Georgetown, reports Seattle Met. Mezzanotte, which opens on Wednesday August 5th, celebrates Larlario’s northern Italian roots with things like slim tajarin, rigatoni Carbonara, Cacio e Pepe and Tripoline in Ragu.
River, Forks, Gorge & Cork
The folks at ROAM Beyond work with local restaurants to bring you two weekends of socially distant restaurants and cabins on the banks of the River Canyon. The first round (August 6-9) includes a wine tasting with Morgan Lee from Two Vintners Winery and John and Gretchen Bookwalter from J. Bookwalter Winery, an evening burger bar with Josh Henderson, and a farm-to-table dinner with Mike Easton from Il Nido. The other weekend (August 20-23) features the same people offering slightly different things.
Capitol Hill restaurant brings its flavors from the northeastern Isaan region of Thailand to Kirkland in August. All the menu items you love can be found on 10th Ave, as well as classic and tropical cocktails.
NEW SPECIAL OFFERS
Brendan McGill’s Roman-style pizzeria has launched a range of pick-up and delivery meal sets. “We hope these kits can help people organize a small rooftop gathering, a lakeside picnic, or a movie night in the back yard,” says McGill. Choose from a salumi box with three types of salumi, homemade focaccia, olives and chic almonds. a pizza lunch with a whole margherita or pepperoni pizza and a Misticanza salad; a pizza party with a whole margherita pepperoni pizza, a large Misticanza salad, a salumi box and cauliflower or polpettine; and more options.
Ethan Stowell is celebrating the 2020 MLB season with two classic stadium deals: Burgers and Wings. Every day of the pop-up, they give away a Mariners jersey to a happy customer and free Mariners face masks to the first 500 guests every day. Choose the burger package for a Beefstorm apple wood grill cheeseburger on a potato bun with aged cheddar and all the ingredients plus roasted and peach-colored cobbler, or choose the burger and wings package for all that and half a dozen Dynamite Hot Wings with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. This home opener popup will last until August 2nd.
HAP’s Burger & Taps
The cozy burger joint Mercer Island is celebrating its first anniversary with a time-limited offer: Buy a regular burger and get a free children’s burger from July 31 to August 3.
Infinity pool + bar
It’s not much fancier than the outdoor infinity pool and bar at the Four Seasons. Ethan Stowell’s Goldfinch Tavern, also located in the five-star hotel, has launched a summer pop-up where you can eat half-shell oysters outdoors, the goldfinch burger with beecher cheese, lobster master and peach cobbler paired with smoked, shaken and stirred libations.
Get your steak fries at this Central District French bistro before they switch to burgers (and more) on Monday August 3rd to see their new southern-inspired pop-up Old Scratch, a revival of their off -Menu smashs on Monday evening from the COVID era burger.
The pink door
One dollar from every Black Lives Matter cocktail (made with fresh strawberry puree, Crater Lake Ginger Vodka, St. Germain, and lemon) goes to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Enjoy yours on their outside deck overlooking the Puget Sound.
Capitol Hill’s only chicken and parmesan sandwich specialty (check out) will be popping up at Ethan Stowell’s Rione XIII for cheesy-crunchy bliss for two weeks. Enjoy your Chicky Chicky Parm Parm sandwiches, french fries, cocktails and freshly squeezed lemonade every day through August 11th for food or take away.
Tarsan and Jane
Starting Friday July 31st, the prestigious Fremont Valencian restaurant will be offering pick-up burgers and pork sandos from XITA (named after Tarzan’s chimpanzee friend) for three weeks. You can also add snacks and desserts, as well as a Blood Orange Honey Wheat Ale or Imperial IPA from Bad Jimmy’s.
Anthony Dao (the man behind the pizza pop-up Romeo) will be tossing three types of cakes in the Fremont cafe and wine bar parking lot on Sunday August 2nd, made with seasonal produce and locally sourced grains. Pre-order online for collection.
The First Hill location of this cozy Indian restaurant is closing after seven years in business. They put a sign outside their door to reassure customers that their location in the University District is alive and well and they are currently offering pickup and delivery.
Skillet’s charmingly started Airstream trailer no longer serves you burgers, poutines and chicken sandwiches. They are closing permanently, in part due to COVID-19 setbacks. Thankfully, Skillet’s physical restaurants remain – the Capitol Hill and Regrade locations are open for dining, takeaway, and delivery.