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September 3, 2020
Ice Cream, Beer, & Gift Boxes For Racial Justice: The Seattle Weekly Update
Seattle restaurant news for the week of 8/31/20.
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If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with Seattle restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeout specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates around the city.

After months of being closed, Seattle restaurants have been allowed to reopen. Check out Seattle Restaurants That Have Reopened, So Far for up-to-date info, along with our FAQ guide about what to expect when dining out in Seattle.

And for the full list of 100+ restaurants offering new and unique takeout specials organized by neighborhood, check out our guide here. And if you have any tips or questions, send us an email at seattle@theinfatuation.com.

WEEK OF AUGUST 31ST

  • Sweet Alchemy, an ice cream shop in the University District, is selling a few brand new pints in partnership with Intentionalist, an online directory of minority-owned businesses. These ice cream flavors are all collaborations between BIPOC-owned restaurants, bakeries, and espresso bars across the Seattle area. “Brew The Right Thing” has a Fulcrum Coffee base with a coconut caramel swirl courtesy of Jerk Shack. “Vegan Do This Together” is a dairy-free lemon flavor featuring jam from Off The Rez and pie crust from Pot Pie Factory. Last but not least, there’s “History In The Baking,” a chocolate ice cream with cookies and chocolate ganache made by Salvadorean Bakery. You can place your orders here from now until September 6th, and the pints will be available for pickup or delivery (within 15 miles of the city) between September 11-13th.

  • This isn’t the only Intentionalist collaboration happening at the moment - they’re also working with Savor Seattle, the Pike Place food tour company that recently sold Solidarity Boxes to support Black-owned businesses. Their newest box is bringing awareness to Hispanic Heritage Month by containing baked goods, snacks, beverages, and spreads from Hispanic-owned businesses, like Fulcrum Coffee beans to slices of Tres Lecheria’s horchata cake. Furthermore, Savor Seattle donates $5 from every box to Casa Latina, a non-profit that empowers Latino immigrants through various programs. You can order your box here for $149, and $9.99 local delivery is available for September 16th or 23rd.

  • Speaking of boxes, SoDo Urban Works has one of their own available for delivery, featuring every winery from their 1st Ave. S tasting district, (including San Juan Seltzer). Each box comes with 10 bottles of wine and costs $199 - you can place your order here.

  • Holy Mountain Brewing has partnered with Trees Brewing and People Power to release a new pale ale called People Power Ale. People Power is a craft beer organization that encourages breweries to create new beers - all they ask is that you call it “People Power” and donate at least 10% of sales to the ACLU. For Holy Mountain’s version, 20% of the proceeds are being donated. You can check out People Power’s website or Holy Mountain’s Instagram for more information. Mammoth in Eastlake is also selling Holy Mountain’s new beer in their refrigerator case.

  • Mt. Bagel has temporarily suspended delivery and pick-up orders of their incredible bagels. While this makes us sad, they’re also opening a permanent location in Ballard, which makes us not sad anymore. There’s no set opening date, so in the meantime, we’ll be eating the last batch we ordered (currently sitting in our freezer) as slowly as possible.

  • One of our favorite cocktail spots in town (that also happens to serve one of the best burgers, too) has officially reopened since the shutdown in March. Dead Line has seating available at 4pm daily, both in the dining room as well as outside on their small patio.

  • Archipelago, an outstanding Filipino restaurant on the top of our Best New Restaurants Of 2019 list, is serving halo halo for pickup this week only. This traditional dessert features plenty of Northwest ingredients like huckleberries, puffed wild rice from Oregon, ube, compressed melon, and shaved ice made from cider. Order yours here.

  • While Capitol Hill brunch spot Americana had closed permanently a few weeks ago, they are back open for business again. You can learn more on their Facebook page.

  • Dingfelder’s Delicatessen has a Rosh Hashanna menu available for pickup and delivery, featuring things like sliced brisket in gravy, smoked salmon by the pound, matzo ball soup, kugel, latkes, and challah. You can learn more on their Instagram.

  • Closings: Chaco Canyon Cafe, Silence Heart Nest, El Diablo Coffee Co, Hana Restaurant. For more permanent restaurant closures, head to our guide.

WEEK OF AUGUST 17TH

  • Rooftop Middle Eastern spot M Bar is now open on Sundays from 4-9pm. They’re still operating on a reservation-only basis.

  • Lowrider Baking Co. is taking a break next week - they’re cutting off all orders at noon on Wednesday, August 19th.

  • The final weekend of Bottlehouse’s “Summer Of Rosè” Market will be September 12-13th. It’ll be an end-of-summer celebration where you can buy bottles of pink wine, plants, and locally-made goods like postcards, buttons, and scarves.

  • Oddfellows opened a retail area they’re calling Oddfellows’ Mercantile. They’re selling merch, bottles of wine, bags of coffee, books, glassware, mugs, and fresh pasta from Pasta Casalinga.

  • Speaking of Pasta Casalinga, you can also now find their pasta for sale at The Fat Hen in Ballard.

  • The next Ethan Stowell pop-up is here. “Fat Cat Burgers” at Tavolata Capitol Hill starts Wednesday, August 19th, and will run until the 25th, from 12-8pm. You can expect wagyu burgers cooked in duck fat, homemade potato chips, and more.

  • Dantini, an excellent pizzeria pop-up that operates out of Harry’s Fine Foods on Sunday evenings, now has a vegan pie available. It’s topped with a red base, roasted and marinated sungold tomatoes, tofu ricotta, chives, and fresh basil.

  • While we’re on the topic of pizza, Bar Taglio (a Roman-style pizzeria Downtown from the same team behind Bruciato) is hosting a pop-up at Stoup Brewing. They’ll be selling slices on Thursday, August 20th, from 4-7pm.

  • One of our Best New Restaurants Of 2018, Wa’z, is now open for indoor dining, serving a seasonal tasting menu. You can make reservations by emailing info@wazseattle.com or calling the restaurant at 206-441-7119, but note that there will be no seating at the chef counter.

  • Closings: Steepologie Downtown. For the full list of permanent restaurant closures, check out our full guide.

WEEK OF AUGUST 10TH

  • Two exciting restaurant openings happened - Local Tide in Fremont, which serves seafood sandwiches, and Mezzanotte in Georgetown, which specializes in fresh pasta. For even more brand new restaurant openings, check out our full guide.

  • Salare has been operating as a relief kitchen since March, and they’ve now officially reopened for takeout. They’re featuring an African to-go menu, serving everything from trout escovitch to a burger topped with Junebaby’s pimento cheese - as well as cocktails (including spiked otter pops), pantry items like berbere and caesar dressing, and even a $36 lunch kit for kids that comes with four meals. For more information and to place an order, check out their online ordering platform.

  • We love Tarsan i Jane in Fremont for their outstanding paella (and olive oil gummy bears). But through Sunday, August 16th, they’re operating as a burger joint known as “XITA,” serving wagyu burgers, beer from Jimmy’s Bad Brewing next door, and snacks like Spanish potato chips, pickles, and chamomile pudding for dessert. To place a preorder, head to their website.

  • Roquette in Belltown was one of our favorite new bars last year, and after closing in March, they’ve reopened to serve to-go cocktails, bottles of liquor, and snacks for takeout and delivery. You can place a preorder online. And for even more takeout cocktails, click here.

  • A couple of Ethan Stowell restaurants have started new pop-ups. From Wednesday, August 12th, to Tuesday, August 18th, Rione XIII will be known as “A Fish Betwixt,” serving tempura-fried halibut sandwiches, old bay fries, cocktails, and lemon bars. Tavolàta in Belltown will be known as “Lotta Tàcos,” serving ceviche, elote, tacos, frozen margaritas, and spiked horchatas.

  • Some of the best fries and sandwiches in the city are coming back - Honeyhole will be reopening for takeout only starting August 15th. Mark your calendars.

  • Closings: Copal, Pacifica. For a full list of Seattle restaurants that have closed permanently during the pandemic, check out our full guide.

WEEK OF AUGUST 3RD

  • Through this weekend, both Mamnoon and Mamnoon Street will be donating 20% of all their dine-in and takeout revenue to the Lebanese Red Cross. You can learn more on Mamnoon’s Instagram page.

  • French wine bar L’Oursin opened a brand new takeout operation called Old Scratch, serving a bunch of sandwiches - like smashburgers, popcorn shrimp, smoked BBQ tofu, and one of our favorite new fried chicken sandwiches in town. They’re still selling pantry items and bottles of wine, too.

  • If you’ve ever eaten a taco (or taco salad) from Marination Ma Kai, you know about their phenomenal creamy, sesame-y “nunya sauce.” They sell it by the jar, but they also offer nationwide shipping if you want to send some across the country so somebody else can experience the same joy. They’re sold in packs of two jars for $22, and you can order those here.

  • Holy Mountain Brewing has been only open for curbside pickup since March. They’ve just opened a brand new patio on the side of their tasting room in Interbay, complete with a few spaced-apart tables and some plants for decoration. You’ll have to make a reservation on their website, and they’re keeping the party limit to four people for a maximum of 90 minutes per table. Beer pickup is still available.

  • Hood Famous Bakeshop is now serving ice cream churned with their homemade ube cookies. You can learn more about it on their Instagram, and if you still have frozen dessert on the brain, check out our guide to the best ice cream in town.

  • FlintCreek Cattle Co. is an excellent steakhouse, and for the first time, they’re selling meal kits. You can order these online as you would takeout, and delivery is available upon request.

  • Hot Cakes is collaborating with Umami Kushi this Saturday, August 8th, by serving Umami Kushi’s orange-rose-cinnamon sugar-topped beignets, filling them with a yuzu whipped cream, and then finishing them with some cardamom-roasted pistachios.

  • Matt’s In The Market and Radiator Whiskey are both open for dine-in service indoors, but they’ve also set up some tables on the street as a “pop-up patio” at Pike Place, just outside the staircase you take to get to each of these spots.

  • Closings: Nate’s Wings & Waffles, Americana.

WEEK OF JULY 27TH

  • Milk Drunk has finally opened just in time for the second half of summer. Thiis takeout counter from the same team behind Homer serves fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, mozzarella sticks, and soft serve ice cream with dips. Head to our New Restaurant Openings for more spots to know about.

  • Maneki, the oldest (and one of the greatest) Japanese restaurants in Seattle, launched a GoFundMe to help support them during this time.

  • Two Seattle classics have reopened for dine-in service: Damn The Weather and Bar Melusine. For more restaurants with open dining rooms, check out our Reopenings Guide.

  • On Sunday, August 2nd, there will be a “walkabout party” on Beacon Hill. The free, informal event from 4-8pm with a live DJ set encourages people to support local businesses like Musang, The Station, Mike’s Shaved Ice, Bar Del Corso, and more while properly socially-distancing.

  • If you read our new Dantini review, you’ll see that it’s official: pizza pop-ups are here to stay. On Sunday, August 2, brand new pop-up Pizza Romeo will be in Vif’s parking lot in Fremont from 3-7pm. You can place your preorder here, but time slots are selling out quickly.

  • From their commissary kitchen near Seward Park, Umami Kushi has set up a takeout window where you can now walk up to grab yakitori and okasu pans. They’ll be open on a case-by-case basis (so stay posted on their Instagram), and you can place a preorder here.

  • Vinnie’s Wine Bar has reopened as a retail wine market, with a new menu of sandwiches and snacks available for takeout. You can check out their Instagram for more information.

  • We all know that the tacos at Marination Ma Kai are excellent. But for the first time ever, they’re serving breakfast tacos, and will open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 9am to serve them.

  • It’s that time again - once a year, Frankie & Jo’s sells vegan and gluten-free ice cream sandwiches in partnership with a bakery that supplies the cookies. This time, the team at Hot Cakes are making the cookies, paired up with Frankie & Jo’s brown sugar vanilla ice cream in the middle. Sandwiches are $10 each, there’s a limit of two per person, and they’ll be available at their Capitol Hill, Ballard, and University District location.

  • After Friday, July 31st, Il Nido will temporarily close for a break, lasting at least through the end of August. You can learn more information on their Instagram.

  • Citing the recent bar restrictions mandated by the governor, Rose Temple will temporarily close for a month.

WEEK OF JULY 20TH

  • Due to a contact of a part-time employee testing positive for coronavirus, Homer, a Beacon Hill Meditteranean spot, will temporarily close. Stay updated on Instagram to find out when they’ll be back.

  • Korochka Tavern, a Lake City Russian bar with delicious beet mules and the best pelmeni dumplings in town, lost their lease last year. We were really sad about it - but they’ve just reopened at a new space in Wallingford, serving takeout and to-go cocktails as well as taking reservations for indoor seating. We are no longer sad now. To book a table, DM them on Instagram.

  • As of Friday, July 24, Meet Korean BBQ is open for outdoor seating on their brand new patio. Check out their Instagram for updates.

  • Savor Seattle, a Pike Place-based company that hosts food tours around the market, is selling the second version of their Seattle Solidarity Box, a curated box of snacks, baked goods, and more from seven (for $89.99) or 12 (for $149.99) different local Black-owned businesses. A portion of the box proceeds go toward the Seattle chapter of Black Lives Matter, and you can check out a conversation we had with Savor Seattle founder Angela Shen here.

  • As of July 30th, there will be some new restrictions in place for restaurants and bars in Phases One and Two of reopening. To learn more about what the governor’s mandating, click here.

  • Closings: College Inn Pub.

WEEK OF JULY 13TH

  • When restaurants shut down, one of the places we were most upset that temporarily closed was Musang. That’s because we had only been there once since they opened at the beginning of the year, had a delicious meal, and really wanted to go back. And now, we can as they’re open for dine-in patio service. You can read more about it here.

  • Spinasse, otherwise known as our favorite restaurant in the entire city, has reopened for dine-in service. If you’re comfortable dining in, you can make a reservation for a table here, and if you aren’t, you can still order takeout online.

  • Bateau is officially open for dine-in service on Friday, July 17th. They’ve moved their takeout and market operation next-door to Bar Melusine to make way for dining-room seating to happen again. To keep things streamlined, they’re serving a $125 per person preset menu - you can learn more on their Instagram.

  • The Pastry Project is an organization that provides free baking training for individuals with financial and economic barriers. On July 18th, they’re hosting a virtual chocolate peanut butter tart workshop for $50. You can purchase your tickets here.

  • Speaking of pastries, Porkchop & Co, an excellent brunch spot in Ballard, is selling mini huckleberry handpies to benefit Fair Fight Action, an organization that brings awareness to election reform to help end voter suppression. Each pie is $3.

  • A bunch of great restaurants, bars, and bakeries have reopened for takeout. Included in the mix are Deep Sea Sugar & Salt (earl grey layer cake here we come), Matt’s In The Market, Radiator Whiskey, Momosan, and Stateside. Plan accordingly, and if you want something different, you can choose between over 450 options on our Delivery & Takeout Directory.

  • An employee from Supreme’s U District location has tested positive for coronavirus. Both of their locations are now temporarily closed.

  • Grillbird, a teriyaki spot that also had an employee test positive, will open back up next week, as the entire rest of the team tested negative.

  • The Washington State Fair is unfortunately cancelled this year - but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip to Puyallup and eat your annual Krusty Pup or purchase way too many Fisher scones. The fairgrounds have been transformed into a giant drive-through, selling fair food to go for the first three weekends in July.

  • Pasta Casalinga is a terrific Italian counter-service spot in Pike Place Market. For the first time ever, you can buy their fresh pasta by the pound at Willmott’s Ghost in South Lake Union.

  • If you’re a healthcare worker, you can bring your medical badge for a free meal at Kamonegi. They do request that you call them to place your order in advance. Kamonegi’s number is 206-632-0185, and you can learn more on their Instagram.

  • Eden Hill Provisions has started a subscription program for a few different boxes you can get shipped to your door monthly. There’s a family dinner for four (delivers every Monday for $125), two bottles of wine (bi-weekly on Mondays for $60), baked goods like a cheesecake or tray of brownies (monthly for $18), and a pantry box (monthly for $75).

  • For a long time, we’ve been wondering what would replace the late Tallulah’s (since it’s not going to be a Taco Bell after all). Bounty Kitchen’s third location will officially be moving into the space on 19th Ave. Stay updated on their Instagram.

  • Opus Co., an outstanding farm to table spot in Greenwood, is serving takeout cocktails now. If you purchase a rice bowl or other entree, you can add on a negroni or a Manhattan. And if you want to know where else in the city to get a cocktail to go, we’ve got you covered.

  • Lady Jaye is now operating a general store, selling unique cuts of meat and other to-go items like cocktail syrups and salts. This is in addition to their regular takeout and dine-in service on their back patio.

  • Closings: Jules Maes Saloon.

WEEK OF JULY 6TH

  • Canon has reopened as a Take-Out Emporium and Mercantile, serving to-go orders of bottled cocktails and food like seafood rolls and burgers. For more information, click here.

  • Canlis continues to be the ultimate shapeshifter since closing their dining room in March. With their newest project, they’re dumping sand onto their massive parking lot to make way for The Canlis Crab Shack. For $59.95 per person, you’ll receive a family-style seafood meal with homemade potato chips and smoked salmon dip, a whole Dungeness crab, roasted corn, heirloom tomato carpaccio, parker house rolls, and a berry galette. Tickets to book a table in advance go on sale on Friday, July 10th at 1pm.

  • Speaking of seafood, Ethan Stowell Restaurants has their focus on shellfish as well. Pinchy Bois, which is their aptly-named weekend pop-up operating out of where Bramling Cross used to be in Ballard, will be selling lobster in whole and roll form. That’s along with old bay french fries and drinks like wine, beer, and frozen watermelon margaritas. Meals are available for takeout or you can dine at a couple patio tables they’ve set up. Place your preorder here.

  • Addo has expanded their pantry program, selling Puerto Rican staples like sazón, adobo, and sofrito, along with beans, rice, and more. Place your order here and get 5% off your entire purchase if you use the code below.

  • Later this month, The Whale Wins will reopen as a casual counter-service spot. They’ll be open from 8am-8pm serving food for dine-in, takeout, and delivery, as well as espresso, CSA boxes, grocery items, and bottles of wine. If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to eat at the restaurant before the transformation happens, you can make a reservation here.

  • Some of the best ice cream in town, which happens to be vegan and gluten-free, is now available in the University District. Frankie & Jo’s U Village location is officially open as of Saturday, July 11th. Check out their website for more information.

  • As of Tuesday, July 7th, the “No Mask, No Service” mandate becomes official. Businesses, including restaurants and bars, are now required to refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering. For more information, check out this extremely detailed government document.

  • Left Bank, our favorite spot for natural wine, now has online ordering. Plus, for the first time ever, local delivery is available for any purchase, not just their Friday night wine club. Check out what’s available here.

  • There have been recent Coronavirus outbreaks among employees at Duke’s Seafood on Alki Beach & Grillbird Teriyaki in West Seattle. Both have temporarily closed until further notice.

  • Closings: Cuoco, Brave Horse Tavern, Zheng Cafe, Bamboo Garden

WEEK OF JUNE 29TH

  • On July 1st, Ciudad, a great Meditteranean spot that specializes in grilled meats, will be opening their outdoor courtyard for dine-in seating. Head to their Instagram for more information and to check out their 4th of July specials.

  • Ethan Stowell Restaurants have started opening their patios for dine-in service also. Outdoor seating is now available at Red Cow, Tavolàta Capitol Hill, and Frēlard Pizza Company.

  • If you want to learn even more which restaurants have outdoor dining right now, check out our guide to open patios in Seattle.

  • Buddha Bruddah, one of our favorite spots for a plate lunch, is now operating as a BBQ in their parking lot. They’ll be grilling some of their menu items to-order like guava chicken and Hawaiian beef.

WEEK OF JUNE 22ND

  • Westward is back. This summer staple was sold to the Sea Creatures team in 2018, and after renovating the Lake Union space, their incredible waterfront patio is open for reservation-only dining with a brand new menu. Head to their Instagram to stay updated on hours and other information.

  • If you’ve run out of ways to make watching a movie on your couch more exciting, watch one in your car instead. Canlis has transformed their parking lot into a drive-in theater, serving burgers, fries, ice cream sandwiches, and popcorn. Tickets are $50 (which doesn’t include food or drinks) and all of the ticket proceeds support the Black Farmers Collective. They’re currently sold out, but you can try your luck by joining their waitlist.

  • Bottlehouse has opened up a “Summer Of Rosé‎ Market” this weekend (June 27th and 28th). There are over 30 different bottles of rosé to choose from, and you even get a taste of their frosé‎ while you look around. Reservations are required to shop, and you can make one by calling 206-708-7164. Plus, their patio is also now open, and they’re doing a burger pop-up every Friday from 3-9pm.

  • Our favorite dish of 2019 has returned - Lady Jaye is once again serving the fried bologna sandwich that made us say, “If you time-traveled and brought this sandwich for lunch in elementary school, all of the other schoolchildren would be pooling their Dunkaroos and Gushers together to try and trade you.” Also, they’ve unveiled a brand new patio space that’s open for dine-in service.

  • You can now order one of Bar Del Corso’s delicious blistered margherita pies again, as they were serving a condensed version of their menu (without pizza) since March. Their back patio is also now open for reservation-only dining. Head to their website for more information.

  • Greatest Hit and oyster specialists The Walrus And The Carpenter has reopened for dine-in service.

  • Plenty of restaurants, bakeries, and breweries around Seattle are offering specials to celebrate Pride. Check them out here.

  • Closings: After 40 years of pouring and serving beer (plus some cheesy bread that was particularly satisfying after a few pints), Bill’s Off Broadway has permanently closed.

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