Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Cheesecake Factory Set for Westfield Mall

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson awards two and a half stars in her review of Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub and Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub (255 S.W. 152nd St., Burien; www.elliottbaybrewing.com, and 4720 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; www.elliottbaybrewing.com), while Leigh Haddix considers Calamity Jane's (5701 Airport Way S., Seattle). ... The paper reports The Cheesecake Factory (thecheesecakefactory.com) soon will be serving its namesake desserts at Westfield Shoppingtown Southcenter. The restaurant is scheduled to open in late fall and is part of a more than $220 million mall expansion. seattletimes.com ... The PI's Kristin Dizon reviews Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N.), while Claudia Rowe considers Gorgeous George's Mediterranean Kitchen (7719 Greenwood Ave. N.), and the paper also notes 21 Acres' Dinner on the Farm at 21 Acres near Woodinville (21acres.org). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman stops by Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe (4757 12th Ave. N.E., www.chacocanyoncafe.com), Tango Restaurant (1100 Pike St., www.tangorestaurant.com), Cafe Presse (1117 12th Ave., www.cafepresseseattle.com), and Old Village Korean Restaurant (15200 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline), and also blogs a visit to Filiberto’s Italian Restaurant (14401 Des Moines Memorial Dr., Burien). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Erica Barnett goes out in search of Frito Pie and finds some at Smarty Pants in Georgetown (6017 Airport Way S). thestranger.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

County Bans Trans-Fat at Chain Eateries

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Carol Ostrom reports, "Despite objections from restaurant owners and food-industry officials, the King County Board of Health on July 19 banned artificial trans fat and required nutrition labeling for menu items in chain restaurants." ... Nancy Leson gives three stars to Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle), while Providence Cicero visits Kokoras Greek Grill (6400 ½ California Ave. S.W., West Seattle; www.kokorasgreek.com). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly's Cheap Eats visits Uli's Famous Sausage (1511 Pike Place Market, ulisfamoussausage.com). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews the not-so-underground restaurants VagabondMeal (dinner@codenamevagabond.com to join the mailing list) and One Pot Meal (www.onepot.org). .. The $13 column visits Ballard Sunday Farmers Market. ... Mike Seely stops by Chelan Cafe (3527 Chelan Ave.), while Maggie Dutton considers Seattle's Best Tea (506 S. King St.) and blogs Shoofly Pie Company (4444 California Ave. SW.) seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement reviews Matt's in the Market (94 Pike St, Seattle) and Taste (1300 First Ave, Seattle). thestranger.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Monday, July 16, 2007

'Bon Appetit''s Top Tables Features Brasa

The August 2007 Bon Appetit magazine's Top Tables feature includes: Seattle's Brasa (2107 Third Avenue, brasa.com); Boulder, Co.'s The Kitchen (1039 Pearl St., thekitchencafe.com); Brenham, Texas' The Inn at Dos Brisas (9400 Champion Drive, dosbrisas.com); Kansas City's Bluestem (900 Westport Road, bluestemkc.com); Chicago's Crust (2056 W. Division St.); Atlanta's The Farmhouse (10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Palmetto, serenbe.com); and San Francisco's Plumpjack Cafe (3127 Fillmore St., plumpjack.com). epicurious.com/bonappetit

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives three stars to Ray's Boathouse (6049 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle, www.rays.com) and notes the opening of The Local Vine wine bar (2520 Second Ave., No. 113, Seattle, www.thelocalvine.com), whose consulting chef is consulting chef is Jason Wilson of Crush. ... Leson also reports: Julia's, famous for its breakfasts and carrot cake, made its belated Queen Anne Hill debut in mid-June (at 1825 Queen Anne Ave. N., www.eatatjulias.com) ... Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N.) already has eliminated lunch ... Ebb n' Flow (2114 N. 45th St.), previously known as Jitterbug and long-loved as the Beeliner Diner, has closed ... Faltering The Wellington, in Columbia City (4869 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, www.thewellington.biz) is on the sales block. seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly reviews SAM (1300 First Ave., Seattle Art Museum, tastesam.com) and notes the closings of Ovio Bistro in West Seattle, Dandelion in Ballard, Honda Teriyaki in Bellevue, and Green Papaya on Capitol Hill. ... Kristin Dizon visits Geneve Cafe (4459 Fremont Ave. N), while Lisa Stiffler stops by Flame Burgers (2123 Queen Anne Ave N.). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews TASTE Restaurant (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., www.tastesam.com), while the 13 Dollars column visits Canalis (2576 Aurora Ave. N.). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Angela Garbes reviews Geraldine's Counter (4872 Rainier Ave S, Seattle). thestranger.com ... The Puget Sound Business Journal reports, "When a small Vashon Island eatery lost its contract to supply food on state ferry boats last December, it also lost two-thirds of its revenue. Five months later, Sound Food Cafe closed its doors for good, ending more than three decades in operation. Now, Sound Food owners Bill Dorn and Norm Vork have filed breach of contract and misrepresentation claims against Washington State Ferries."

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Chef Nockold's Bistro Dandelion Wilts

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson reports: Dandelion (5809 24th Ave. N.W.), the beloved Ballard bistro that was the longtime dream of chef Carol Nockold, was to close July 8, says owner Connie Palmore, who co-founded the sunny little cafe with Nockold in 2004. She expects to turn the keys over to new owner Jeff Birkner mid-July, and says that Birkner plans to reopen as an upscale Tex-Mex cafe and bar; Via Tribunali made its long-awaited Queen Anne debut late last month (at 317 W. Galer St., Seattle), six months later than expected. ... Karen Gaudette reports Mark Randolph has taken over as executive chef at Seattle's Palisade (palisaderestaurant.com), armed with 15 years of experience in the culinary industry. ... Providence Cicero gives three stars to Made In Kitchen (701 Eighth Ave. S., Seattle; www.mikbistro.com) and stops by The Stone House Cafe (16244 Cleveland St., Redmond). seattletimes.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement reviews Daily Grill (629 Pike St), while Angela Garbes rates Oliver's Twist (6822 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle). thestranger.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews Betty Bar & Restaurant (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N.), while Maggie Dutton considers Tap House Grill (1506 Sixth Ave., www.taphousegrill.com), Mike Seely stops by Dennis' Snacks (516 Third Ave., King County Courthouse, Pioneer Square) and Courthouse Cafe (700 Stewart St., Federal Courthouse, uscourthousecafe.com) and 13 Dollars visits Dahlia Bakery. ... John Metcalfe blogs about Grillside (605 15th Ave. E), while Jess Thomson notes the July 7 opening of Julia's Indonesian Kitchen (910 N.E. 65th St.). seattleweekly.com ... AmateurGourmet.com visits Crave & The Baguette Box.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Kurrent to Take Over Green Papaya Spot

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Providence Cicero awards two and a half stars in her review of Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketplace (1501 17th Ave. E., Seattle, www.alwaysfreshgoodness.com), while Tan Vinh considers Salvadoran spot Mi Chalateca (9710 Aurora Ave. N., Seattle). ... The paper reports the scheduled July 21 opening of Kurrent Restaurant and Ice Bar (600 E. Pine St., kurrentseattle.com). The new Capitol Hill eatery is taking over The Green Papaya's spot along the Pike/Pine corridor and will feature a 50-foot ice bar, live DJs after dark and a seafood-heavy menu for lunch and dinner and late-night bites, with flavors from around the globe crafted by executive chef Matt Baer (formerly of Marco's Supperclub, Salty's on Alki Beach, Seattle's World Trade Center and Bell Harbor Conference Center). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Kristin Dizon reviews T & T Seafood Restaurant (22511 Highway 99, Edmonds), while Kristen Bolt considers Columbia City's Verve. ... Leslie Kelly notes the upcoming openings of: Heathman of Portland is opening a new hotel this summer in Kirkland, its signature restaurant Trellis to be helmed by Brian Scheehser, formerly of the Hunt Club; The Local Vine (2520 Second Ave.) on July 5, featuring more than 80 wines by the glass and a menu developed with input from Jason Wilson of Crush; Stumptown Coffee Roasters from Portland's Seattle cafe/coffeehouse in late August. She also notes the recent openings of: Via Tribunali on Queen Anne, Jimmy's on First (1046 First Ave. S), Bimbo's Cantina (1013 E. Pike St.), Mae Ploy Thai (6421 15th Ave. N.W.), Calamity Jane's (5701 Airport Way S.), The Daily Grill (at 629 Pike St.), Pho Tai (1216 E. Pine St.) and the much-delayed reopening of Matt's in the Market (94 Pike St # 32). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews veggie Thai joints In the Bowl Vegetarian Noodle House (1554 E. Olive Way) and Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine (1718 N. 45th St.), while the 13 Dollars column considers Cream Cheese Bagels & Sausages (corner of First and Washington), and Jess Thomson's Happy Hour drops by Barking Dog (705 N.W. 70th St.). ... Chris Kornelis blogs about eating the Alder-Planked Alaskan Salmon at The Brooklyn (1212 Second Ave.), while Kauffman blogs about dining at Rocking Wok Taiwanese Cuisine (4301 Interlake Ave N.), and Adriana Grant notes the June 27 opening of Saké Nomi (First Ave. and South Main Street). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement reviews Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle), while Marti Jonjak stops by Buddha Bar (2222 Second Ave). thestranger.com ... Seattle magazine features Veraci pizza, veracipizza.com. seattlemag.com ... Starbucks Corp. said it's expanding the fare it serves for lunch at 4,400 of its U.S. locations, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Nationally, the Seattle-based coffee giant said it's adding a tomato mozzarella salad and a corn and black bean salad topped by grilled chicken at its stores that currently offer lunch. Regional additions to the luncheon menu have also been made, including white chicken curry with couscous, albacore tuna penne, champagne pasta salad, bowtie pasta with goat cheese, and Asian sesame noodle salad. Starbucks also added a new raspberry mocha frappuccino blended coffee drink to its menu. Starbucks launched its lunches in a few test markets in 1998 and added more stores in 1999. Slightly less than half of the company's nearly 9,500 U.S. stores sell lunch.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com