Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Pike Street's 1200 Bistro Shutters Doors

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Ellen Banner reports on the Aug. 2 closing -- for an ownership and management change, and for at least a month -- of 1200 Bistro (1200 E. Pike St.) while Leson gives two and a half stars in reviewing Marcello Ristorante (7115 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle. 206-527-4778 www.marcelloseattle.com), and Providence Cicero visits Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream (21106 86th Ave. S.E., Maltby; 360-668-8535, www.snoqualmiegourmet.com). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Kristin Dizon reviews Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketplace (206-328-3155, 1501 17th Ave. E., alwaysfreshgoodness.com) and Rancho Bravo Tacos (211 N.E. 45th St.). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews Tibet First (4741 12th Ave. N.E., 525-5784), while Chris Kornelis visits Shuckers (411 University St., Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 621-1984), and Mike Seely considers Ecola Seafood Restaurant & Market (208 N. Spruce, 503-436-9130, Cannon Beach, Ore.) seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement stops by Sake Nomi (76 S Washington Street, Seattle, 206-467-SAKE). thestranger.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Reviewers Rate Opal, Matt's in the Market

IN THE NEWS: Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews Opal (2 Boston St., www.opalseattle.com), while Maggie Dutton considers Silver City Restaurant & Brewery (2799 N.W. Myhre Rd., www.silvercitybrewery.com), Chris Kornelis blogs about a visit to Frontier Room (2203 First Ave., Belltown, www.frontierroom.com) and John Metcalfe blogs about a visit to Saito Japanese Cafe & Bar (2120 2nd Ave.). ... Mike Seely reports the closing of Flynn's Cafe. seattleweekly.com ... The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives two and a half stars to Matt's in the Market (94 Pike St., No. 32, mattsinthemarket.com), while Leigh Haddix considers Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine (1718 N. 45th St., Seattle). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly awards two stars in reviewing Cafe Presse (1117 12th Ave., cafepresseseattle.com), while Lisa Stiffler considers Kokoras Greek Grill (6400 1/2 California Ave. S.W.) and Kristin Dizon visits JaK's Grill (4548 California Ave. S.W.). seattlepi.com ... Seattlebonvivant.typepad.com reviews Crazyberry (131 Broadway Ave E., Seattle). ... Seattlest.com reviews 35th Street Bistro (709 N. 35th St.), and Elysian Tangletown (2106 N 55th St., Seattle).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Monday, August 13, 2007

'Bon Appetit' Features Seattle's Cremant

Bon Appetit magazine's September 2007 Restaurant issue features three finalists in a list of quintessential versions of six American classics: pizza, steak, tacos, hamburgers, fried chicken, and ribs. Winner will be announced on the Food Network on Aug. 18 (Good Eats with Alton Brown, 6 and 10 pm CDT). The finalists:

PIZZA: Pizzeria Bianco, Phoenix; DiFara Pizza, Brooklyn, NY; Pizzeria Mozza, Los Angeles
STEAK: Peter Luger Steak House, Brooklyn; Cut, Los Angeles; Doe's Eat Place, Greenville, Miss.
TACOS: Taco Taco Cafe, San Antonio; Taqueria del Sol, Atlanta; South Beach Bar & Grill, Ocean Beach, Calif.
Hamburgers: Bobcate Bite, Santa Fe, NM; Taylor's Automatic Refresher, St. Helena, Calif; The Meers Store and Restaurant, Lawton, Okla.
FRIED CHICKEN: Willie Mae's Scotch House, New Orleans; Price's Chicken Coop, Charlotte, NC; Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenn.
RIBS: Charles Vergos Rendezvous, Memphis; 17th Street Bar & Grill, Murphysboro, Ill; Jaspers, Plano, Texas.

The magazine also features favorite restaurant recipes, including: Lucia's in Minneapolis-St. Paul; Eve in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dali Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Somerville, Mass.; Binkley's Restaurant in Cave Creek, Ariz.; Kelly Liken Restaurant in Vail, Colo; Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles; and Park Kitchen in Portland, Ore. ... And the mag also features 12 small restaurants and their recipes, including: The Little Owl, New York City; The Good Fork, Brooklyn; La Laiterie at Farmstead, Providence, RI; Cremant, Seattle; Bonne Soiree, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Hatfield's, Los Angeles; Canteen, San Francisco; Revolver, Findlay, Ohio; Le Pigeon, Portland, Ore; and Komi, Washington, DC. epicurious.com/bonappetit

IN THE NEWS: Gretchen Mathers, an operating partner with Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and founder of restaurant chain Gretchen's of Course, died Aug. 7 in Seattle at age 66 after an ongoing struggle with cancer, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. ... The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives two and a half stars to Yama at the Galleria (Bellevue Galleria, 550 106th Ave. N.E.; www.yamagalleria.com), while Providence Cicero considers Don Chuy Latin Cuisine (19725 40th Ave. W., Lynnwood; www.donchuylatincuisine.com). ... Leson notes the recent openings of The Local Vine (2520 Second Ave., No. 113, Seattle; www.thelocalvine.com), and Julia's (1825 Queen Anne Ave. N.), the elimination of lunch at Betty (1507 Queen Anne Ave. N.), the closing of Ebb n' Flow (2114 N. 45th St.), and the possible closing of troubled The Wellington, in Columbia City (4869 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, www.thewellington.biz). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly gives two stars to Opal (2 Boston St., opalseattle.com) and visits Pecos Pit (2260 First Ave. S.), Stell's (3310 Third Ave. W.), and The Crumpet Shop (1503 First Ave.). seattlepi.com ... Seattle Weekly's Sean Ludwig visits Scoop Du Jour (4029 E. Madison St.), while Brad Hole blogs a visit to Palermo Gourmet Pizza (2005 NW Market Street,Ballard). seattleweekly.com ... Seattlest.com stops by Latona Pub (6423 Latona Ave. NE, Seattle) and Szechuan Noodle Bowl in the International District.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Critics Weigh In On Spazzo, Marjorie

IN THE NEWS: The Seattle Times' Providence Cicero gives two and a half stars to Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar (16499 N.E. 74th St., Redmond Town Center; www.spazzo.com), while Nicole Tsong considers Hiroki Desserts (2224 N. 56th St., Seattle). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly gives two and a half stars to Marjorie (2331 Second Ave., trenchtownrocks.com), while Kristin Dizon visits Dish D'Lish (5136 Ballard Ave. N.W., kathycasey.com). seattlepi.com ... The Puget Sound Business Journal profiles Canlis Restaurant's executive chef Aaron Wright. seattle.bizjournals.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews Somali eateries Marwa Restaurant (15035 Pacific Hwy. S.) and Salaama Restaurant (13820 Tukwila International Blvd.), while the paper blogs about visits to Georgetown Truck Stop (5327 Denver Ave. S.) and Grinders (19811 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Angela Garbes reviews the Japanese eateries Kisaku (2101 N 55th St, Seattle) and Vi Bacchus (1401 Broadway, Seattle). thestranger.com ... SeattleBonVivant.typepad.com visits Sitka & Spruce (2238 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle).

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com