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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

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

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 > > >

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November 28, 2014 at 3:17 PM

News you can eat: Stateside opens, Lark closes (for a minute) and more

Courtesy of Stateside

Courtesy of Stateside

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer

BRAND-NEW RESTAURANTS AND BARS:

STATESIDE on Capitol Hill is the big-deal Seattle opening this week, due to the pedigree of chef/owner Eric Johnson: He worked at Daniel Boulud in New York, then opened Jean-Georges Vongerichten‘s Paris and Shanghai restaurants. While its descriptions aren’t especially elaborate, Stateside’s menu is probably what you’d call “elevated” French-Vietnamese, given Johnson’s background and the price point of small plates for $5 to $12, larger ones $18 to $24. Stateside is small — about 20 tables — and it has a pretty, understated tropical-colonial look. It’s located on Pike Street, right between Six Arms and Victrola. MORE > > >

AMARO BISTRO, from the owner of Pike Place Market’s Il Bistro, Nick Wiltz, opened Monday in Bothell. Amaro will serve Il Bistro’s “tried-and-true favorites,” but your favorite thing at Il Bistro might well be its bar—home to a host of great barkeeps over the years, including Murray Stenson—and so far, information about Amaro’s bar program is scant. (Presumably, it’ll have lots of amari.) MORE > > >

In.gredients — yes, that’s how it’s styled — from John Howie is now open on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, for those there who don’t want to journey to his Seastar or John Howie Steak in Bellevue. MORE > > >

LITTLE SHEEP MONGOLIAN HOT POT already had an outlet in Bellevue; now the slick international hot-pot chain is in Seattle’s ID. MORE > > >

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Comments | Topics: Amaro Bistro, Lark, Masala of India

December 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

2013 Date Night Dining Awards

Amuse bouche at Epulo Bistro. Courtesy: ELD Images

Amuse bouche at Epulo Bistro. Courtesy: ELD Images

Last week, as I was putting the finishing puns on my own “Best Bites of 2013,” the third annual “Date Night Dining Awards” arrived in my inbox, courtesy of Eric and Diana Denson, a pair of avid and discerning eaters (and Seattle Times readers), just regular folks who happen to eat out almost as often as I do.

 

I first heard from Eric Denson at the end of 2011, the year he and his wife began a tradition of weekly date nights. “The sole purpose of Date Night is to eat our way across the greater Seattle area, focusing on different restaurants than our old favorites,” he explained. For fun, they decided to hand out awards, which they shared with me.

 

That began a correspondence wherein I eventually learned that the Densons have been married for 30 years. (Evidently date nights work!) From their South Snohomish County home, he commutes to work in Bellingham, she to Seattle. Besides food, they share a passion for belly-dancing, burlesque and baseball. Since 1998, they’ve had weekend season tickets to the Mariners so breakfast or brunch pinch hit for date nights during baseball season .

 

She collects cookbooks and (says he) is a fantastic cook. He (says she) is a grill master. Both are keen for new dining experiences but aren’t without issues: she is deathly allergic to seafood and no-reservations is a deal breaker for both. “The last thing we want to do after a long work week is drive someplace where we have to sit around hoping to get a table before we nod off.”

 

“I’d say we are both foodies but Diana is the one who loves dissecting the dishes,” said Eric. “I focus more on the emotional aspects of the experience, while she is the food scientist. It all fits because she is a scientist by trade and I’m a psychotherapist.”

 

He also takes pretty swell pix as you’ll see. I get a kick out of the Denson’s Date Night Dining Awards and thought you might too. They’ve given me permission to share. Happy New Year!

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Comments | Topics: Art of the Table, Book Bindery, Cafe Nordo

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