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January 2, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Second Helpings of Dahlia Lounge and more

The bar at Dahlia Lounge. Photo by Ken Lambert/Seattle Times Today’s review of Dahlia Lounge is the ninth in a Seattle Times series called “Second Helpings.” Introduced last August, the series evaluates restaurants that haven’t been reviewed in 10 years or more, but many of them have had much longer life spans. Dahlia Lounge, the restaurant…

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Comments | More in Restaurants | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Dahlia Lounge, Il Terrazzo Carmine

December 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

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

The interior of Zhu Dang, now open on Olive Way (and open on Christmas Day). (Photo courtesy of Zhu Dang) 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…

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

August 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Second Helpings: Cafe Juanita

The big news that Café Juanita will be spiffed up and expanded to include a bar, hopefully by spring, came on the eve of the 3.5-star review that appears today in The Seattle Times. Chef/owner Holly Smith told me she has signed a letter of intent to purchase the Kirkland property, which will allow her to make some long-overdue renovations to the 62-year-old building that once housed a winery.

Holly Smith / Photo courtesy of Cafe Juanita

Holly Smith / Photo courtesy of Cafe Juanita

“I’m super excited. It’s been a long road to get this done,” Smith said. “The look and feel of Cafe Juanita is very much loved so I am not interested in changing that really. Adding a bar means guests can come enjoy us in a more spontaneous relaxed manner, or enjoy a drink before or after dinner. Ideally there will be spring and summer seating on the patio with food coming primarily from the bar for that space….There is a lot to do and not a ton of budget…but I’m optimistic that we will do things on the list that guests can appreciate as well as those things necessary that no one ever sees. It’s a house remodel after all and we all know the realities of old houses!”

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Comments | More in Food and Restaurant News, Restaurants | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Holly Smith

August 1, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Second Helpings: The Herbfarm

The Herbfarm’s chef Chris Weber and one of his creations: Smoked vegetable broth with Sun Gold tomato, zucchini, squash blossoms, ham and egg–all raised on the restaurant’s farm. Photo: Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times If any dish captures the essence of summer it’s the gorgeous one pictured above. As the opening number on The Herbfarm’s July…

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Comments | More in Restaurants | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Nancy Leson, Providence Cicero

December 11, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Café Juanita, the people’s choice

The people have spoken—that is, the roughly five million people who make reservations and write reviews on OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation system. Hats off to chef Holly Smith and her team at Café Juanita, the only Washington state restaurant to make OpenTable’s 2013 roster of the 100 Best Restaurants in America.

Holly Smith, chef'/owner of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland

Holly Smith, chef’/owner of Cafe Juanita in Kirkland

 

The list was culled from a field of roughly 19,000 restaurants nationwide. The top 100 were selected based on reviews from verified OpenTable diners between November 14, 2012, and November 15, 2013

 

“It feels great to be on a list that is guest generated,” says Smith. “These reviews come only after a guest has dined with a restaurant and therefore it reflects happy guests.

 

It’s well-deserved recognition for the 13-year-old Kirkland restaurant, a favorite with critics from the start. In a 3.5 star review in the The Seattle Times in July 2002, Nancy Leson wrote, ” Innovation, artistry, and superior ingredients are key to the kitchen’s success.”

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Comments | Topics: Cafe Juanita, OpenTable, Providence Cicero

November 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Seattle restaurateurs get real with Nancy Leson at Town Hall: Come on down!

What’s hot? Oh, let’s not! Instead, join Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson Thursday, Nov. 14 at Town Hall when the Seattle Times, in partnership with the Seattle Public Library, hosts a panel of chefs and restaurateurs who’ve been around long enough to know that being great trumps being new. How do they keep it real?…

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Comments | Topics: Cafe Juanita, Hajime Sato, Holly Smith