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 Christmas, they’ll be open from 3 to 7 p.m. MORE>>>
CAFE JUANITA will be temporarily occupying the former Lark space on 12th Avenue starting Feb. 4 while its Kirkland home is remodeled (it’ll return to Kirkland sometime in April). Note to Santa: Cafe Juanita is great, and they have gift certificates (the Seattle tasting-menu-only dinners cost $135 per person). MORE>>>
PHILADELPHIA FEVRE in the Central District has served its last cheesesteak after 31 years. Sad! MORE>>>
ELM COFFEE ROASTERS has at last opened its new cafe in Pioneer Square, next to (the great) Pizzeria Gabbiano. Owner Brendan Mullally is back in Seattle after a (long) stint at New York’s Joe; the bean-roaster is Drew Fitchette, formerly of Stumptown. MORE>>>
SALUT BISTRO (1715 N. 45th St., 206-633-9977) is newly open in Wallingford in the former Patty’s Eggnest spot. Chef Chris Marquez comes from Bill the Butcher and the Swinery; owner Joe Martin’s family used to own local bars, including the Crescent Lounge. Salut Bistro has no web presence yet; note that it is not the same as nearby invite-only Salut.
O’YEAH ASIAN FOOD is open where the beloved Malay Satay Hut used to be in the Chinatown International District. Chef/owner David Ding formerly owned O’Yeah Cafe in Houston; the Seattle O’Yeah has a karaoke room.
AGRODOLCE in Fremont celebrates its second birthday all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-21, with $2 food and cocktails. Sounds like a good party!
ROCKCREEK in Fremont is having an ugly Christmas sweater party on Sunday, Dec. 21. No specials on drinks to ease the sartorial pain, but the best/worst sweater wins a $50 gift card.
CHRISTMAS is happening. Don’t want to cook? See Zhu Dang above, or: MORE>>>
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RESTAURANT GRADING is finally coming to Seattle, bringing us up-to-date with Los Angeles c. 1997. MORE>>>
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