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December 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Making Spirits Right: broVo’s Amaro

  When it comes to holiday cheer, make mine a Manhattan. The classic recipe calls for rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters, but nowadays variations abound: bourbon instead of rye, Carpano Antica in place of vermouth, or a dash of orange bitters to call out the spicy notes of the rye. Lately I’ve been experimenting…

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December 19, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Renee Erickson’s Narwhal oyster truck shut down by the health department

Narwhal will not be at the Westlake and Lenora food pod today because of unforeseen circumstances. Apologies to all who came for our food! — Narwhal (@narwhaltruck) December 18, 2014 Renee Erickson’s Narwhal oyster truck was shut down by the King County Public Health department on Wednesday around noon (the “unforseen circumstances” in the…

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December 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

News you can eat: Zhu Dang opens, Philadelphia Fevre closes, restaurant grading on the way

RESTAURANT NEWS: ZHU DANG is brand-new  in the space where ill-fated nightclub The Social used to be, serving “updated Chinese food” on Capitol Hill. One of its exec chefs comes from dumpling paradise Din Tai Fung; the other has cooked at Joule, Revel, Nell’s and Café Campagne. Impressive credentials. And if you don’t feel like cooking on…

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Comments | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Dot's, Philadelphia Fevre

December 16, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Benihana owner takes over Dot’s space in Fremont

The small Fremont storefront that used to be Dot’s — chef Miles James’ deli that didn’t survive its transformation into a bistro earlier this year — will house a new venture in 2015: a Japanese restaurant called Suga. The owner is Eriko Sugawara, who has owned the Benihana franchise downtown for 18 years. Suga, she says, is…

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December 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Paseo to reopen; new owner plans no changes

Employees of Paseo, home of some of Seattle’s best and most beloved sandwiches, stand outside the locked restaurant Tuesday. Paseo has abruptly closed its doors. This location is at: 4225 Fremont Ave N Seattle, WA

Employees of Paseo, home of some of Seattle’s most beloved sandwiches, stand outside the locked restaurant last month after it closed when its owner filed for bankruptcy. A new owner is reopening it. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Sandwich lovers of Seattle, rejoice! Paseo is coming back, and quickly.

A federal judge approved the bankruptcy sale today, and the new owner, Ryan Santwire, said the beloved Fremont storefront will be reopening as soon as possible. And yes, he promises that the famously delicious, infamously messy Paseo sandwich will be just like you remember it.

“We got the people, we got the stuff,” Santwire said. “When it’s all said and done, it should be just opening the doors again.”

He plans zero changes. “People loved it the way it was,” he added.

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December 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM

You can get Sun Liquor’s famous eggnog starting…right now

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(Update Dec. 17:  Don’t have a car to get to Total Wine? Here’s your chance to score a bottle if you’re around Capitol Hill. Sun Liquor will be selling its eggnog today, starting at 4 p.m. at its distillery at 512 E.Pike St. for $45. It usually sells out.)

Rain or sleet, doesn’t matter. Every Christmas, hundreds of folks line up in front of Sun Liquor for the bar’s famous eggnog.

Now you don’t have to wait in the cold. Sun Liquor’s famous 30-day aged eggnog is available, starting Dec. 12 at

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December 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

News you can eat: Paseo comeback?! Santa Fe Cafe closing; free cupcakes

Matthew Crane lights a candleand leaves a flower in front of Paseo restaurant located at 4225 Fremont Ave N Seattle, WA . He once told a friend that a sandwich here would change your life.  (Ellen  M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

Matthew Crane lights a candle in front of Paseo  in Fremont after the beloved sandwich shop closed in November. Now it seems it may reopen. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The week in Seattle food:

PASEO appears poised to reopen! After its sudden closure a month ago, both the Fremont shop and the Paseo name have been purchased — at a quickie auction held in a hallway, in case the story needed more drama — for $91,000, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. While the recipes were not a part of the sale, with the help of former cooks and the use of former suppliers (like Macrina for bread and Sea Bend Meats for pork), the re-creation of the city’s (if not the world’s) most beloved sandwich won’t be rocket science. We’ll have more news here tomorrow.

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December 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM

News you can eat: Manolin opens, A&J Meats closes, and more

At Manolin: smoked Arctic char, turnip, brown butter, and mustard, $9.

Brand-new Manolin is from alums of Renee Erickson’s restaurants, down Stone Way from The Whale Wins.

The week in Seattle food

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

Manolin's menu: Click to enlarge

Manolin’s menu: Click to enlarge

MANOLIN is brand-new in Wallingford/Fremont, down the street from The Whale Wins, and it looks great. Owner Rachel Johnson worked at the Whale, while other-owner Joe Sundberg comes from The Walrus and the Carpenter; Whale-and-Walrus owner Renee Erickson is having her company holiday party at Manolin, which is maybe the world’s best endorsement. See the opening menu at right. MORE > > >

LARK reopens tonight at 952 E. Seneca St., behind the Garage, just a few blocks from its original location. The new Lark joins Trove in the nascent multipartite-restaurant trend: It’s also got an oyster-and-other-raw-fish-and-aperitif-and-amaro bar called Bitter/Raw, with sandwiches-and-pie place Slab Sandwich + Pie coming soon, all from John Sundstrom. Much excitement surrounding this one… MORE > > >  and EVEN MORE > > >

CANTINA LEÑA is a downtown order-at-the-counter Mexican spot, with slushy-machine margaritas, tortillas made with masa ground on-site, and a 10-foot-long raised fire pit (for cooking, not for sitting around). In fact, it’s an all wood-fired kitchen, “no gas burners or electric ovens here.” Tom Douglas made it (of course). MORE > > >

HIMALAYAN SHERPA HOUSE is open in the former Eva space in Green Lake/Tangletown, serving Nepalese, Indian, and Tibetan food made by Mt.-Everest-climbing chef Jangbu Sherpa. MORE > > >

KATSU BURGER — which reopened in Georgetown at the end of September, to fans’ huge relief — now has a second location in Bellevue, bringing the gigantic Mt. Fuji burger closer to Eastside mouths. MORE > > >

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November 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

News you can eat: Stateside opens, Lark closes (for a minute) and more

Courtesy of Stateside

Courtesy of Stateside

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

STATESIDE on Capitol Hill is the big-deal Seattle opening this week, due to the pedigree of chef/owner Eric Johnson: He worked at Daniel Boulud in New York, then opened Jean-Georges Vongerichten‘s Paris and Shanghai restaurants. While its descriptions aren’t especially elaborate, Stateside’s menu is probably what you’d call “elevated” French-Vietnamese, given Johnson’s background and the price point of small plates for $5 to $12, larger ones $18 to $24. Stateside is small — about 20 tables — and it has a pretty, understated tropical-colonial look. It’s located on Pike Street, right between Six Arms and Victrola. MORE > > >

AMARO BISTRO, from the owner of Pike Place Market’s Il Bistro, Nick Wiltz, opened Monday in Bothell. Amaro will serve Il Bistro’s “tried-and-true favorites,” but your favorite thing at Il Bistro might well be its bar—home to a host of great barkeeps over the years, including Murray Stenson—and so far, information about Amaro’s bar program is scant. (Presumably, it’ll have lots of amari.) MORE > > >

In.gredients — yes, that’s how it’s styled — from John Howie is now open on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, for those there who don’t want to journey to his Seastar or John Howie Steak in Bellevue. MORE > > >

LITTLE SHEEP MONGOLIAN HOT POT already had an outlet in Bellevue; now the slick international hot-pot chain is in Seattle’s ID. MORE > > >

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November 28, 2014 at 1:22 PM

So what’s Seattle’s best Thai restaurant?

Wiley Frank prepares pad thai at Little Uncle, at 1509 E. Madison Street, in Seattle Wa, January 20, 2012. Frank and his wife Poncharee Kounpungchart("PK") have a little Thai walk up stand selling great Thai street food. (Courtney Blethen Riffkin/ The Seattle Times)

Wiley Frank prepares pad Thai at the Little Uncle take-out shop on Capitol Hill in 2012. Frank and his wife, Poncharee Kounpungchart (“PK”), now also have a Little Uncle  sit-down lunch spot in Pioneer Square.  (Courtney Blethen Riffkin/ The Seattle Times)

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times food writer

Now that it’s been officially established that Thai food is more popular than pizza in Seattle — we’ve got twice as many Thai restaurant as Washington, D.C., three times as many as Denver, and four times as many as Boston, with one Thai restaurant in Seattle for every seven Thai residents — there’s no doubt that the debate about Seattle’s best Thai restaurant will be resurrected for the millionth time. Everyone’s got his or her favorite, and, this being the United States of America, we’ve got to determine, once and for all, which Seattle Thai restaurant wins the Seattle Thai Restaurant Super Bowl … or something. Right?!

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