NUE on Capitol Hill: Owner Chris Cvetkovich worked in video games for 15 years, but he never owned an Xbox — he spent his free time cooking and traveling. Nue (pronounced “new”) makes street food from all over the world, using modernist techniques but without any “big dog-and-pony show about it.” Cvetkovich is taking a collaborative approach with chefs Joseph Swain and Glynn Ward, and the menu is extremely intriguing. MORE>>>
ROSE PETALS in White Center: Ms. Helen is back! The Seattle great — beloved for her work at her Ms. Helen’s Soul Food, then Deano’s, the Silver Fork and the first edition of Rose Petals (on MLK) — is once again making her famous oxtails, catfish, black-eyed peas, collards and more. Don’t walk, run to this one! MORE>>>
COASTLINE in West Seattle: Owner Aaron Shepherd says he has burgers in his blood — his aunt and uncle own Red Mill. The beef at his new place is all grass-fed, and the buns are made in-house by baker Robert Prieto, who’s worked at the Dahlia Bakery, Columbia City Bakery and Macrina. It’s where Shoofly Pie used to be, and it sounds really good. MORE>>>
CHAVEZ on Capitol Hill: The neighborhood’s first opening of 2015 (after 27 openings last year, no joke) involves former Cantinetta chef Gabriel Chavez making Mexican food in the style of his hometown of Durango. Menu items like chiles en nogada and langostino and crab tamales distinguish Chavez from the 20 other Mexican restaurants on Capitol Hill (also no joke). This place also sounds very tasty… help!? MORE>>>
MISC. FOOD NEWS
MOON TEMPLE: The beloved Wallingford dive bar/Chinese restaurant closes forever this Friday. It will be replaced by a CVS Pharmacy, which will be the third drugstore in a two-block radius. And so the blandification of Seattle continues … Goodnight, Moon Temple.
KING DONUTS: The founders of the Rainier Beach doughnut shop were robbed and brutally beaten last Friday night (warning: the detail about Chea Pol Hay’s teeth may haunt you). Their kids, who now run the shop, are raising money for their medical expenses, and you can help.
THE WHALE WINS: Renee Erickson’s between-Wallingford-and-Fremont restaurant is the only one in Seattle that makes the first-ever National Eater 38 essential restaurants list, with only Pok Pok representing Portland. Which doesn’t seem fair for two of the best (and getting-better-all-the-time) restaurant cities in the country, does it?
MOLLY MOON’S: All the M.M.’s ice cream shops are reopened and scooping after an unfortunate shutdown (as are all the Full Tilts). And here’s Molly Moon Neitzel supporting $15 an hour for Seattle and a living wage for everyone on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog (who knew they had one?).
NACHO BORRACHO: The food’s been a little lacking at this Capitol Hill Mexican bar, but that should change at the end of the month, when chef Monica Dimas is taking over the kitchen. She’s worked at Monsoon, Spinasse, Le Pichet, Campagne and mkt. — her nachos are probably pretty good.
THE CAN CAN: The Pike Place Market cabaret has two new chefs, and they’re identical twin brothers: Kelly and Kyle Connor. They both attended Le Cordon Bleu; Kelly’s worked at the 13 Coins and Local 360. (Trivia: Can Can performer Neon Keon also has a twin brother who occasionally guest-stars in the Can Can’s shows.)
PIKE BREWING COMPANY: The Pike Place Market standby hosts the annual Old Bawdy House Party, i.e., the tasting of six archived vintages of Old Bawdy Barley Wine and the attendant ruckus, tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 9. MORE>>>
THE BOOK LARDER: Fremont’s community cookbook store hosts a celebration of the latest issue of Cherry Bombe, with creative director Claudia Wu and editorial director Kerry Diamond in the house, on Monday, Jan. 12. MORE>>>
CHIPPY’S: Ethan Stowell’s Ballard fish-‘n’-chips place hosts Fremont Brewing, with $3 Fremont beers (with food purchase) and fish-fry batter made with Fremont’s Pale Ale instead of the usual Rainier (but still also made with vodka, which evaporates super-fast to make Chippy’s extra-crunchy crust), on Monday, Jan. 12. MORE>>>
BAR FERD’NAND: January is Cider Month at this Capitol Hill wine bar/shop, and Laura and Wes Cherry are hosting a free tasting of Dragon’s Head Cider, which they make on Vashon, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. (Related: Neighboring Sitka & Spruce now has a bar.) MORE>>>
THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER: Renee Erickson hosts chef Jeremy Sewall of Boston’s Row 34, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Lineage, cooking dishes from his new “The New England Kitchen” on Thursday, Jan. 15. MORE>>>