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Dining Out For Life returns this Thursday at five Queen Anne restaurants

April 21st, 2014 by Laura

Dining Out 2014This Thursday, April 24, five Queen Anne restaurants will participate in the 21st Dining Out For Life. Over 150 Seattle restaurants are taking part in the event where more than 30% of the day’s proceeds are donated to Lifelong.

Lifelong is a Seattle-based community health organization that helps those with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses by delivering food, housing, and health services. It’s easy to help, just plan on eating out on Thursday night at one of the participating restaurants.

Five Queen Anne restaurants are participating: Betty, Crow, LloydMartin, McMenamins Queen Anne, and Ponti Seafood Grill. Of special note, McMenamins Queen Anne is a “Golden Fork” restaurant, it will donate 50% of its proceeds to the cause.

The fundraiser runs all day, and restaurant patrons will have a chance to win a cruise for two or a Dining Out For Life prize package. Thanks to diners and to the participating Queen Anne restaurants!

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Taylor Shellfish opens its doors this Wednesday

April 19th, 2014 by Laura

Taylor ShellfishBack in November, we posted on the new Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location for Taylor Shellfish – and, fast forward to now and they’re set to open to the public this Wednesday, April 23 at 4pm.

According to Taylor Shellfish: “Our menu is centered around our farm to table fresh shellfish. We will serve our oysters both raw and baked, steamed clam and mussels along with chowders, crab, geoduck and salads. We will accompany our menu with wine, beer and cocktails.”

The new spot has a casual atmosphere and feel, designed for all shellfish lovers. You can check out some of their offerings in the photos to whet your appetite prior to Wednesday’s opening:

Taylor Shellfish menu

Stop by Taylor Shellfish at 124 Republican St (in the EXPO Apartments building) starting this Wednesday and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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Kraken Congee returns to Grub with one-year anniversary pop-up on Monday

April 2nd, 2014 by Laura

Grub is closed on Mondays, and owner Sharon Fillingim continues to turn her restaurant spot over to new and innovative pop-up concepts, providing Queen Anne with new one-night-only dining experiences.

Kraken CongeeThe next pop-up at Grub is the celebratory return of Kraken Congee. On Monday, April 7th, Kraken Congee is marking its one-year anniversary with a menu of new and old items at Grub.

According to Kraken’s Garrett Doherty, Kraken Congee will be “re-releasing fan favorites like the award winning Pork Belly Abodo with Lugaw, Five Spice Duck Confit, and Longanisa Dumplings. You’ll also find new dishes that have risen from our winter slumber, like Octopus and Kimchi Congee and a special Thai Style Whole Fried Red Snapper. “ You can check out the menu below:Kraken Menu

Kraken Congee’s service begins at 5 pm and runs through 9pm. They’re not taking reservations, so plan ahead to get to Grub at 7 Boston St on Monday.

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Portion of 5 Spot meals will benefit Oso Landslide beginning this Sunday

April 1st, 2014 by Laura

We’ve been on the lookout for Oso landslide benefits around Queen Anne, and here’s the first – 5 Spot is hosting a “Chow Chompin’ Family Meal Deal” with a portion of each meal going to people affected by the Oso landslide.

Chow for Oso runs from this Sunday, April 6th – Thursday, April 17th and here’s the meal deal:

chowforosoEnjoy a three course dinner and choose from four appetizers, four entrees, and four desserts for $28, with $5 from each Adult Chow Chompin’ Meal going to the American Red Cross to assist the victims of The OSO Landslide.

Have kids? Bring them along and we’ll give the little whippersnappers a three course kids meal for 2 bits (that $.25) per year up to age 12. It’s a sweet deal for the whole family, so come on in and join us for some good times, at great prices for a good cause!

Thanks to 5 Spot for this fundraising effort! If you know of a business or organization raising funds for the Oso Landslide, let us know.

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LloydMartin celebrates April Fool’s Day with Chicharron pop-up

March 30th, 2014 by Laura

Last year, LloydMartin marked April Fool’s Day with Diversion, a Spanish-inspired pop-up from head chef Sam Crannell – and they’re doing it again, celebrating the first of April with a completely new one-night-only restaurant concept.

ChicharronThis year, LloydMartin become Chicharron for a night as a Mexican pop-up restaurant complete with food, drinks, music, and décor inspired by Frida Kahlo and the Day of the Dead. The staff will even be sporting attire inspired by Mexican culture to get everyone in the spirit of the pop-up.

All menu items will be at a price point of $16 or less, with dishes such as Queso Fundido with Mushrooms or Housemade Chorizo, Guacamole, Chips and Salsa, three kinds of ceviche, and several tacos selections with fresh house made tortillas. Chicharron will also have a snow cone machine for margaritas and beverages will include Mexican Coke, Cuba Libres, beer and shots. Plus, all drinks will start at $5.

Chicharron will be open on April 1st only, from 4-10pm. No reservations will be taken for the evening, so stop by at 1525 Queen Anne Avenue N to celebrate April Fool’s Day (Tuesday) with a culinary surprise.

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Lahi pop-up at Grub this Monday focuses on modern Filipino cuisine

February 28th, 2014 by Laura

grub logoGrub is opening its kitchen this Monday, March 3rd for a Lahi pop-up hosted by Chefs Irbille and Justin from the Aragona.

The pop-up will showcase modern Filipino cuisine; Lahi (La­He) in Tagalog “represents lineage, ancestry, a people, a tribe. It speaks about the terroire, the land we are from and the land we now call home as 3rd generation.”

The pop-up opens its doors at 5pm on Monday, and there is open seating with no reservations. First-come, first-served, and here’s what you can get either as a 5-course tasting menu ($40) or a la carte selections:

Lahi Pop Up Menu

1st Course: Sinigang 6
Tamarind soup + glass noodles + longanisa dumpling

2nd Course: Pinakbet 10
Garlic prawns +hearts of palm + watercress + kalrabi +anchovy sauce

3rd Course: Kare Kare 12
Braised beef cheek + eggplant + kabocha squash + peanut sauce + shrimp gel

4th Course: Dinuguan 12
Braised pork tongue +currants + calamansi tapioca + pickled sweet peppers + blood sauce

5th Course: Ube 8
Yam pound cake + yam ice cream + burnt coconut + spiced chocolate dirt + pistachios

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Dick’s Drive-In celebrating 60 years with a party at the Queen Anne location

January 30th, 2014 by Laura

Dick's 60thIf you’re a fan of Dick’s Drive-In’s burgers, fries, and shakes, and want to help celebrate with live music, mark your calendars. This Friday, January 31st, the Queen Anne location will be hosting the final 60th Anniversary celebration, with live music by the British Beats from 7pm to 9:30pm.

The restaurant will also announce the Dick’s Deluxe Fan winner at the Queen Anne party, and it’ll be serving 10 cent Cokes all day Friday at all locations.

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New shabu shabu spot Roaring Bowl now open on Lower Queen Anne

January 29th, 2014 by Laura

roaringbowlEarly this month, a sign was up in the window of the EXPO Apartment buildings stating that Roaring Bowl was “hiring” – well, the new shabu shabu spot quietly opened its doors last night at 516 1st Ave N.

The new Asian-inspired restaurant focuses on shabu shabu, and also offers Gamjatang and Robota grill. Roaring Bowl’s shabu shabu provides diners with an interactive experience, where they cook thin slices of meats, seafood, and/or vegetables in a hot broth at their table, seasoning the soup to their tastes.

Roaring Bowl menu itemRoaring Bowl has an open kitchen concept with three main menu concepts – in addition to shabu shabu, they’ll also serve Gamjatang, a spicy Korean pork bone soup, and Robota Grill, where chefs grill and serve chicken kushiyaki style, Korean kalbi (beef short ribs), and tograshi brined pork belly.

Owned by Northwest native Sean Kaywood, the restaurant will serve high quality, seasonally sourced local ingredients such as wild salmon, kurobota pork belly, and Painted Hills beef. Kaywood’s travels in Asia inspired him to bring the flavors of Japan, Korea, and China to his new restaurant.

Roaring Bowl will be open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, with one hour of complimentary parking available at the EXPO Building.

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Agave Cocina & Tequilas to open early this summer

January 19th, 2014 by Laura

If you’ve walked by the EXPO Apartments building lately, you’ve likely seen the sign for Agave Cocina & Tequilas along the 1st Ave N side of the building (along with a note for Roaring Bowl – more on them soon).

Agave soon signOwner Federico Ramos says the family owned and operated restaurant will be opening in early summer – they’re shooting for a May 2014 grand opening.

The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown location will be the third Agave in the area. Other locations are in the Issaquah Highlands and Redmond Town Center. You can check out their fare online, and note, they’ll be serving tequila and cocktails too.

According to Ramos, Agave serves contemporary Mexican cuisine, and they use fresh natural ingredients (organic when possible), with no preservatives, trans-fats or lard. Agave makes all of its food from scratch, including sauces, fillings, tortillas, and guacamole, and many of the restaurant’s specialty cocktails are made with fresh juices and purees.

The Agave family is looking forward to opening its third location in Queen Anne, just in time for summer!

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The Golden Olive to open in Sam’s Sushi spot

January 7th, 2014 by Laura

Golden Olive SamsOver the holidays, a reader wrote in to ask about Sam’s Sushi – Sam’s is closed and a sign is up in the window announcing “The Golden Olive” coming soon.

Nothing is coming up in business or liquor license applications for the new Mediterranean restaurant. All we know at this point is that it’ll replace Sam’s at 521 Queen Anne Ave N sometime this month (January).

The Sam’s awning and signage is still up, so an educated guess on “when” would be late January.

If you know anyone at The Golden Olive, let us know.

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Portage no more, Cioppino takes its place

November 28th, 2013 by Laura

Cioppino storefrontA reader tipped us to a change at 2209 Queen Anne Ave N last night – not sure how I missed this one, but the signage must have just gone up or I was totally oblivious when I walked by the other day (possible when you have a hyper puppy in tow)… Local French restaurant Portage is now Cioppino Ristorante Italiano.

Searches are turning up pretty much nothing on the new spot; the sign is up, but the menu in the window is still Portage’s last menu (and, it’s Thanksgiving, so no one is around as you can see in the photo).

According to a November 2nd post on Portage’s Facebook page, the owners “are moving on to a new venture in Fremont on 36th street this winter. Portage has a new owner who will continue to satisfy your foie gras fix.”

Stay tuned for more info on what looks to be a new Italian spot on Upper Queen Anne!

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Seattle Restaurant Week begins Sunday, featuring a dozen Queen Anne restaurants

October 8th, 2013 by Laura

It’s that time again, Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday, October 13. There are actually two weeks of dining specials at participating restaurants – October 13-17 and October 20-24.

SRW 2013Participating restaurants offer 3 course dinners for $28 (some also have 3 course lunches for $15) at more than 160 local restaurants – and 12 of them are on Queen Anne.

Restaurant Week reservations fill up fast, so start booking your spots. You can make your reservations for any of the following Queen Anne restaurants online. The links below will take you to the individual restaurant pages so you can check out the menus in advance and make your reservations:

Betty Restaurant & Bar

Chinoise Café

Collections Café

Crow Restaurant & Bar

How to Cook a Wolf

Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge

Ponti Seafood Grill


Ten Mercer

The Melting Pot

Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge

Triumph Bar

Additional restaurants outside of our neighborhood are listed on the Seattle Restaurant Week web site, where you can also search and sort by neighborhood. Happy eating!

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