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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


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 > > >

THE WESTY sports bar is open in West Seattle in a space that used to be a medical-marijuana dispensaryMORE > > >

BASIL & JAVI’S FRESH FOOD NOW is an all-vegan food truck now parked in Ballard. MORE> > >


PERCY’S & CO. in Ballard has a new chef with a good-looking resume: Derek May, formerly of Quinn’s, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, AQUA and Sushi Ran in San Francisco. And new sous chef Sam West trained at Brooklyn’s Marlow & Sons and Marlow & Daughters before working with May at Anchovies & Olives. Percy’s also looks especially old-timey-festive at the holidays… MORE > > >


A&J MEATS on Queen Anne closed last week after 63 years, to the neighborhood’s sorrow. But amid tons of rumors, second-generation owner Rick Friar — who had worked at the shop since he was 11 — tells me he has at least two parties interested in taking over (though he was not at liberty to say who). Stay tuned! MORE > > >

YOUR FAVORITE FAST-FOOD PLACE might be closed today (Thursday, Dec. 4); Washington fast food workers are joining another nationwide strike for a $15/hour wage. You really should read this for MORE > > >


REPEAL DAY: It’s tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 5), in case you need an excuse to drinkMORE > > >

WINTER BEER FEST: It’s also tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 5), in case you need an excuse to drink a lot of great beerMORE > > >

ST. NICHOLAS DAY: It’s this Saturday (Dec.  6) at Rhein Haus, which is donating 20% of the day’s proceeds to (the great) Treehouse. An excuse to eat, drink, and play bocce all day — it’s for the kids! MORE > > >

COMMUNION BRUNCH: It’s a pop-up from Monica Dimas (mkt., Monsoon, Spinasse, Le Pichet, Campagne) with “Mexican hangover food” for brunch throughout December, Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. at Nacho Borracho and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Rhino Room. December is a prime month for hangovers, and Dimas makes great food, so… MORE > > >

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