Bite Box brings breakfast & lunch to W McGraw this month
We first wrote about Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture in June, when the spot next to Five Corners Hardware was getting the first taste of its new facelift. Now, final touches like custom windows and an 8’ glass door are all that’s left to complete the transformation of the 1950 building at 307 W McGraw St. Sharon plans to open Bite Box at the end of October.
In the meantime, amidst construction chaos, Sharon has been busy crafting a menu for Bite Box, which is billed as “fast casual fare” for neighborhood breakfasts and lunches. The staff has already been privy to a taste test of menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle.
The menu also features some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads. Plus, you can expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages range from Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.
According to Sharon:
“My objective and vision was to design a space for business luncheons and meetings to the businesses around me, as well as my fellow neighbors. The current menu will be offered all day on the days we’re open. I hope that my customers will feel that Bite Box is similar to smaller cafes in various neighborhoods found not only in Seattle but throughout other cities. With a smaller menu and space, I’m able to keep it personal, something that is very important to me.”
If the construction schedule stays on track, expect Bite Box to be open by the end of the month. You can see the new, warm and inviting interior in the photo from Bite Box’s Facebook page to the right. Stop by and welcome Sharon back to the Queen Anne restaurant roster!
Windy City Pie moves into Batch 206’s Interbay spot this weekend
Seattle favorite Windy City Pie is making a move this weekend from SODO to Interbay, bringing Chicago style pizza to our neck of the woods. Windy City Pie is busy this weekend setting up a new kitchen inside the Batch 206 Distillery at 1417 Elliott Ave W and already taking orders for pickup.
While Windy City Pie won’t be making deliveries this weekend, production at the new Interbay location starts today, October 1st, with normal business hours. Plus, it will have an oven that is 12 times larger than the SODO one, and there’s parking at Batch 206 to make pickups more convenient.
Per their Facebook page (where you can find more photos of their pies, like the one above):
“We anticipate our new equipment will result in a superior product and a massively increased capacity. As we adapt to that increased capacity and production workflow, we’ll be able to streamline ordering in ways we simply could not do in our SoDo location due to our small oven.”
Windy City Pie also promises a future collaboration with Batch 206 Distillery, so it’s here to stay, which is very good news for Queen Anne, Interbay, and Magnolia residents alike. How do you order your pie? Go here.
And, if you’re not familiar with Windy City Pie, last month it claimed the title of “favorite pizza” out of 32 Seattle pizzerias in a Seattle Times reader poll.
Chalk this move up to a win for the neighborhood!
Toulouse-Petit closed during food-poisoning investigation
Toulouse-Petit Kitchen & Lounge (601 Queen Anne Ave N) has been temporarily closed down by King County heath officials as they investigate possible food poisoning at the restaurant.
According to King County Public Health, six out of seven people from the same party ate at the restaurant and became ill with symptoms consistent with a bacterial infection such as Salmonellosis or Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli. The potential food source is still under investigation, but Public Health notes that the party had consumed food items that may increase the risk of foodborne illness, including raw beef and raw egg.
Public Health investigated the restaurant today and found “several problems including room temperature storage, inadequate refrigeration and improper cooling of potentially hazardous foods and cross contamination, which resulted in temporary suspension of the restaurant’s permit.”
Toulouse-Petit will be allowed to reopen after making corrections and Public Health is confident that the outbreak has ended.
End of an era as Ponti Seafood to close its doors on July 2nd
After 25 years, Ponti Seafood Grill will close on July 2nd, as owner Richard Malia looks to retirement. Malia opened Ponti in Novmeber 1990 with Chef Alvin Binuya, who returned to Ponti in 2009 for the final 7 years of Ponti’s run.
According to Malia:
“The past few years have been our most successful of the 25 years we’ve been in business. I’m 69 and ready to pursue other business interests and spend time in service to the community. I didn’t do this on my own, and I owe both the community a lot for the support we’ve received, as well as my loyal employees. It has been a wonderful 25 years.”
Instead of a new restaurant, the Ponti building and land have been sold and will become the new home of the Queen Anne Elks club, which is currently located at 302 Queen Anne Ave N. That property has been sold to Greystar for the Uptown Flats project.
If you’re a wine collector or just enjoy good wine, take note: Ponti’s wine inventory will be sold at or below wholesale prices for home use (bottle or case) from June 12-July 2.
Three Queen Anne restaurants to participate in Dining Out for Life this Thursday
On Thursday, over 100 restaurants in the Seattle metro area will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong’s Chicken Soup Brigade food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the community.
Plan on eating at McMenamins Queen Anne, The Other Coast Café, or Lloyd Martin this Thursday if you want to stick around the neighborhood and help out Lifelong. If you’ll be venturing further afield for lunch or dinner, you can search for participating restaurants online.
This year, McMenamins is repeating its performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong.
Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.
Campfire BBQ moves in next door to Citizen
About 10 days ago, a reader let us know that Citizen has a new roommate at 706 Taylor Ave N – then, the flu hit me and derailed my plans on digging for more BBQ info. Now that I’m feeling a bit better, the blog posts are stacked pretty high in the queue. But, let’s first get to the new BBQ joint, Campfire BBQ, that’s set up shop in Citizen’s parking lot.
For now, you can get Campfire BBQ on Saturdays and Sundays, 3pm-8pm each day. And, once they finish spiffing up the little parking lot – which won’t take much longer – the little smokehouse-inspired wagon will be open 4-5 days a week. And, this is good news for Queen Anne. I’ve had Campfire BBQ at other roving locations, and it’s the real deal. Queen Anne is lucky to have this gem at the bottom of the hill.
In part, Campfire BBQ’s new location is due to the entrepreneurship of Suzana Omos, owner of Citizen (right next door) and Citizen Six (housed in the Number 6 Cider taproom on Elliott Ave W). She secured the rights to use the parking lot adjacent to Citizen and wanted to make it a great outdoor space for the neighborhood. She reached out to Campfire BBQ and the rest is now history in motion.
I reached out to owners Stefan and Julie Giles, they described Campfire BBQ’s history as follows:
“We started Campfire BBQ in 2012 … Campfire began as a hobby for Stefan as he tried to satisfy the cravings of family and friends that found the Texas style BBQ they were craving to be an elusive beast in the Northwest, but soon turned into a thriving small business as word of mouth spread and demand grew. With his father hailing from Texas and his mother from Germany, you could say that Stefan literally has BBQ imprinted on his DNA.
Campfire BBQ only uses quality ingredients and sources meats that are local, organic and sustainable whenever possible. All of our BBQ is done slow and low over a real wood fire – an hour and a half per pound on average.”
Plus, we hear on reader-authority that bones are available for Queen Anne pups, so a dog-friendly business to boot! Check out a Queen Anne View reader’s dog, Latte, to the left, with a free Campfire BBQ bone she carried all the way home…
Stop by Citizen this weekend and watch for expanded service in the near future!