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All You Can Eat

Trend-setting restaurants, Northwest cookbooks, local food news and the people who make them happen.

November 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

News you can eat: The Nov. 21 week in food

Why is this man laughing? Because he's sushi master Shiro Kashiba and he has a new restaurant opening. (Betty Udesen/ The Seattle Times)

Why is this man laughing? Because he’s sushi master Shiro Kashiba and he has a new restaurant opening. (Betty Udesen/ The Seattle Times)

by Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

SPAGHETTI WESTERN is open on Capitol Hill, serving barbecue and, yes, spaghetti. Spaghetti Western is chef/owner Aleks Dimitrijevic’s revamp of his La Bête; he says it’s “a lot more fun,” and it’s definitely more down-home, with Western knickknacks, tin trays, and Sergio Leone–style movies playing on screens above the bar (silently). The layout, good lighting, and basics of the space are unchanged, however, and lest you think the prices have gone considerably down-market, the Bolognese on the opening menu is $20. But the pasta’s all made in-house, and given how good La Bête was, it’ll probably be great. MORE > > >

GOOD BAR opens tomorrow in Pioneer Square, next door to Mike Easton’s (excellent) Pizzeria Gabbiano. It’s brought to you by Kamala Saxton and Roz Edison, of Marination fame, with Josh Kelly (Dahlia, Quinn’s, Marination) in the kitchen and Adam Kachman (Portland’s Trifecta Tavern and Le Pigeon, the French Laundry) running the bar. The gorgeous former Japanese Commercial Bank space got a minimalist, elegant rehab, retaining the original c. 1900 dentil molding, light fixtures, and bank-vault door (though there is one flatscreen). Drinks from the marble-topped bar include a Cognac Sazerac and a variation on a Hemingway daiquiri made with lime shrub; new-classic small plates are more modestly priced than most, from $3 to $15. MORE > > >

CAFÉ BARJOT, open since summertime on the west side of Capitol Hill, just started serving dinner, and — this is exciting—the chef is Nick Coffey, formerly of Sitka & Spruce. The menu looks simple and lovely, the cocktails look interesting without being overcomplicated (Jay Kuehner came up with them), and the space is tiny but marvelous. MORE > > >

CRAZY PHO CAJUN is open in the International District, brought to you by the son of the woman who opened the original Pho Bac. His girlfriend is from Louisiana, and the Vietnamese-Cajun thing has been working for them at their original spot in Federal Way since 2012. Most popular dish: Cajun crawfish pho. Sounds good. MORE > > >

BANNISTER is open in the Central District, next door to Tougo Coffee and from the same owner, Brian Wells. He calls it “a traditional charcuterie, cheese, and wine bar.” The chefs are Kathryn Padberg and Rebecca Cooley, the “cheese curator” is Sully McGinnis (Kitchen Sink Project), and the wines are selected by Jake Kosseff (Miller’s Guild). MORE > > >

KANAK INDIAN CUISINE is open on 15th on Capitol Hill—it’s family run, serving Indian cuisine that’s “traditional with an American touch.” It’s where Harissa Lebanese Cuisine used to be. MORE > > >

WESTSIDE PUBLIC HOUSE is a new sports bar where A Terrible Beauty used to be in West Seattle. MORE > > >

CHERRY STREET COFFEE HOUSE is now open on Pine at Bellevue; it’s the tenth edition of the rapidly expanding local chain (three more are currently in the works). MORE > > >

EXCITING SUSHI NEWS: Shiro, formerly of the famous Shiro’s in Belltown, is opening a new sushi restaurant in Pike Place Market, where Campagne (later Marché) used to be. As Nosh Pit puts it, “In conclusion: This is amazing.” MORE > > >

BOOZE NOW COMES TO YOU: It’s wet outside… get your booze delivered (with the $5 fee waived until the new Internet bubble bursts, I mean, until the end of the month). MORE > > >

HELP: This Sunday’s fundraiser dinner for local chef Tyler Moritz (Lark, La Bête, Stoneburner, and, most recently, the Zig Zag) is sold out, but you can still donate to help him with his fight against cancer. MORE > > >

STOP IT!: Whoever keeps breaking into DubSea Coffee in White Center. MORE > > >

PASEO: Let the healing begin. MORE > > >

LONG READS:

French people—who are apparently divided between snobby Paris types and good, clean-plate-club peasants—are being educated as to the utility of doggie bags. MORE > > >

Yes, you can eat strawberries year round, but at what real cost? It goes back to a World War I chemical weapon that British troops called “vomiting gas.” And Strawberry Shortcake (the terrible character, not the great dessert). MORE > > >

Mark Bittman and Michael Pollan believe we need a national food policy. Do you? MORE > > >

 

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