Tuesday, September 25, 2007

El Gaucho Steakhouse Set for Bellevue

IN THE NEWS: After years of effort, father and son restaurateurs Paul and Chad Mackay have finally secured a spot for an El Gaucho steakhouse in downtown Bellevue, The Puget Sound Business Journal reports. The Mackays secured space at the City Center Plaza building late last month. The office tower is now under construction on the southwest corner of Northeast Sixth Street and 110th Avenue Northeast. seattle.bizjournals.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews Julia's Indonesian Kitchen (910 N.E. 65th St., 522-5528, www.juliasindokitchen.com), while Mike Seely considers Alki Tavern (1321 Harbor Ave., 932-9970), Chris Cornelis visits Fritz European Fry House (Bremerton Harborside), and Adriana Grant stops by Stumptown Coffee Roasters ( 1115 12th Avenue). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Chris McCann reviews Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai (1718 N 45th St, Seattle, 206-632-1484), while Marti Jonjak hits happy hour at Del Rey (2332 First Avenue, Seattle, 206-770-3228). thestranger.com ...

The Seattle Times's Providence Cicero gives two and a half stars to Taste Restaurant (Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; 206-903-5291. www.tastesam.com) and also visits Miro Tea (5405 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; 206-782-6832, www.mirotea.com). ... Karen Gaudette notes: the opening of The Frontier Café (corner of Third Avenue and Cherry Street, 206-340-4401) . ... Stix Billiards & Brewhouse now is Stix Pizza & Brewing Co (1001 Fairview Ave. N., Ste. 2000, Seattle, 206-749-9088, stixbilliardsandbrew.com). seattletimes.com ... The P-I's Leslie Kelly reviews Latona Pub (206-525-2238, 6423 Latona Ave. N.E., 3pubs.com), while Kristin Dizon considers Vietnamese spot Five Seasons Grill (9724 Aurora Ave. N., 206-522-5550) and Victrola Cafe & Roastery (310 E. Pike St., 206-624-172, victrolacofree.com). ... Kelly notes Pick Quick Drive-In (4306 Pacific Highway E. in Fife), Stan's on 828 Rainier Avenue South, and XXX Root Beer Drive-In out Issaquah way (98 N.E. Gilman Blvd.) seattlepi.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Longtime Russian Restaurant Owner Dies

IN THE NEWS: The PI's Rebekah Denn gives three stars in reviewing Restaurant Zoe (206-256-2060, 2137 Second Ave., restaurantzoe.com), while Leslie Kelly visits Blue Dog Kitchen (5247 University Way N.E., 206-632-5132), hits mom-and-pop burger stands, including By's (east of Starbucks central on Fourth Avenue South), Ranch Drive-In (18218 Bothell Way N.E.), and Zesto's in Ballard (6416 15th Ave. N.W.). ... Levi Pulkkinen writes the obituary for Lydia Venichenko Ballard, 76, longtime owner of the former Kaleenka, a Russian restaurant that operated for 25 years near the corner of First Avenue and Virginia Street in downtown Seattle, who died in August. The restaurant closed in 2000. seattlepi.com ... The Stranger's Bethany Jean Clement has the dollar tacos at Alki Tavern (1321 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle 206-932-9970) and notes the late-fall opening of chef Matthew Dillon (Sitka & Spruce)'s new restaurant The Corson Building (5609 Corson Ave). thestranger.com ... Blogger Bay Area Bites visits Top Pot Doughnuts (2124 5th Avenue, Seattle, 206-728-1966). kqed.org/weblog/food ... Seattle Times' Providence Cicero reviews Café Presse (1117 12th Ave., Seattle, 206-709-7674, cafepresseseattle.com), while Nicole Tsong visits Boulangerie Nantaise (2507 Fourth Ave., Seattle; 206-728-1874, www.boulangerienantaise.com). seattletimes.com ... Seattlest.com visits Entre Nous (216 Stewart St., 206-905-1633), Le Petit Organic Café (2229 5th Ave. 206-441-3845), and Caffe Fiore (3125 NW 85th St). ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman gobbles goat at area eateries Lola (2000 Fourth Ave., 441-1430, www.tomdouglas.com/lola), Rosticeria y Cocina el Paisano (9615 15th Ave. S.W., 763-0368) and Kokiri (32703 Pacific Hwy. S., 253-838-4288). seattleweekly.com ...

Zagat Buzz reports that to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the James Beard Foundation is hosting a series of food festivals and special dinners in 20 cities nationwide. The events kick off on September 18th in New York with a lavish menu inspired by Beard at Four Seasons. The celebrations continue the next week with elaborate dinners cooked by first-rate toques in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Short Hills, NJ and Washington, DC. All of the events are unique, with different chef lineups and dining formats ranging from gala dinners to walk-around tastings, so check the individual city pages for details. Though prices for the dinners vary, all of them will be followed up on September 29th with special events at local Williams-Sonoma stores where chefs will be offering cooking demos, book signings, specialty food tastings and kids' educational activities free of charge. For more information about the event, logon to www.jbftasteamerica.com. zagat.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Openings Include How to Cook a Wolf

IN THE NEWS: The PI's Leslie Kelly awards three and a half stars in reviewing Lark (206-323-5275, 926 12th Ave., larkseattle.com), while Kristin Dizon's Cheap Eats considers Elliott Bay Pizza Co. (2115 Queen Anne Ave. N., 206-285-0500). ... Kelly reports the expected October opening of How to Cook a Wolf (at the top of Queen Anne Hill) notes the openings of Tidbit (in the former XO Bistro at 2359 10th Ave. E.), Cafe Sweet Posie (2315 N.W. Market St.) and Linda Derschang's latest, Smith (332 15th Ave. E.). seattlepi.com ... Leslie Kelly blogs that Lisa Nakamura has left the downtown Asian fusion restaurant Qube, and sous chef Joseph Conrad has stepped into the lead role in the kitchen. lesliekellywhineanddineblog.blogspot.com ... The Seattle Times' Nancy Leson gives one and a half stars to Daily Grill (629 Pike St., Seattle; 206-624-8400, www.dailygrill.com), while Providence Cicero considers Shultzy's Bar & Grill (4114 University Way N.E., Seattle; 206-548-9461, www.shultzys.com). seattletimes.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman reviews the new Café Presse (1117 12th Ave., 709-7674, www.cafepresseseattle.com), while Mike Seely goes off in search of Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and finds them at Elo's Phily Grill (3431 Airport Way. S., 467-8989), Philadelphia Fevre (2332 E. Madison St., 323-1000, www.phillysteakshop.com), and Philadelphia Cheese Steak (1400 23rd Ave. E., 328-0500). seattleweekly.com ... The Stranger's Angela Garbas reviews Oceanaire Seafood Room (1700 Seventh Ave, Seattle, 206-267-2277). thestranger.com ... Seattlest.com notes the closing of Daly's Drive-In in Eastlake.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Peet's Coffee Founder Alfred Peet Dies

IN THE NEWS: The Oregonian reports that Alfred Peet, founder of Peet's Coffee & Tea -- the predecessor and inspiration for Seattle-based Starbucks -- died Aug. 29 at his Ashland, Ore. home at age 87. Peet opened the original Peet's store on the corner of Walnut and Vine in Berkeley, Calif. in 1966, and eventually added shops in Menlo Park, in Oakland and another in Berkeley across from the Claremont Hotel. Although he retired in 1983, Peet never fully gave up his passion in coffee. He continued to consult with coffee companies and was often known to drop by coffee stores and taste samples of coffee beans with its proprietors, his company said in a statement. oregonlive.com ... Seattle Weekly's Jonathan Kauffman does wine and tacos in the Yakima Valley, while John Metcalfe considers Saito's Japanese Cafe & Bar (2120 Second Ave., 728-1333, www.saitos-cafe.com) and Chris Kornelis blogs about a breakfast visit to Mitchelli's Restaurant (84 Yesler Way, Pioneer Square). seattleweekly.com ... The Seattle Times' Marc Ramirez features the Shanty Cafe, while Providence Cicero gives three stars in reviewing the Queen City Grill (2201 First Ave., Seattle; 206-443-0975, www.queencitygrill.com) and also visits Columbia City Bakery (4865 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; 206-723-6023). seattletimes.com ... The PI's Leslie Kelly reviews King Falafel Grill (8102 Greenwood Ave., 206-783-1445) and Matt's in the Market (206-467-7909, 94 Pike St., Suite 32, mattsinthemarket.com) and notes Angie Roberts (Flying Fish) has been named executive chef at BOKA (1010 First Ave.). seattlepi.com ... The Stranger's Paul Constant reviews Da Pino (4225 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, 206-356-8502), while Bethany Jean Clement considers Tap House Grill (1506 Sixth Ave, Seattle, 206-816-3314). thestranger.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com