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March 28, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Rainier Valley restaurant promotion is a “Plate of Nations”

Perhaps you’re a regular in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, as much at home in old Japantown as Little Saigon. Or you might be just as fixated on the wide world of food choices in White Center — where Vietnamese cafes and Mexican tiendas are a major draw. Maybe you get your cross-cultural fix on the…

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August 20, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Seattle Restaurant Week: Round 2, Food Lifeline and you

More than 120 Seattle restaurants are gearing up for round two of Seattle Restaurant Week set for Sundays through Thursdays October 17 through 28. (Yeah, yeah, I know: that’s two weeks, but who’s counting?) Restaurant Week made its debut in April, with 106 restaurants throughout King County offering $25 three-course dinners while some added…

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March 1, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Red Robin to close original Seattle location March 21

The original Red Robin, the storied student hangout at the south end of Seattle’s University Bridge, is closing March 21, its historic building deemed too expensive to maintain. “We’ve decided not to renew our lease,” said Jessi Klein, general manager of the eatery known for its big burgers and beer.

According to a company news release, the “decision was driven by the need for considerable investment to maintain the building and make the restaurant more efficient from an operations perspective.” As the restaurant to launch the brand more than 40 years ago, the first Red Robin location “has a rich history associated with it,” company president and Chief Operating Officer Eric Houseman said.

Here today. Gone later this month. The first Red Robin, at 3272 Fuhrman Avenue East near the University Bridge

It was 1969 when Gerry Kingen — now owner of Salty’s restaurants — bought the Red Robin tavern. “I ran it as a tavern for a couple-three years,” recalls Kingen, whose clientele included the university crowd and local houseboat habitues. “Before we put in food, we were serving burnt popcorn and plastic-wrapped sandwiches prepared in an infrared oven, doing about 12 grand a month — which was big money back then.”

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February 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Seattle Restaurant Week: chefs bite into big promo

New York City has it. So does Washington D.C., Chicago and San Francisco. Now a group of local restaurateurs plan to offer something that’s been generating excitement for diners in other urban centers: Restaurant Week. OK, so it’s two weeks, twice yearly, in April and October. The idea is to promote the heck out of the local dining scene at a price meant to drag you out of your nest and make you say, “Let’s go out to eat!”

When Seattle Restaurant Week kicks off April 18-29, more than 100 participating King County restaurants will offer three-course dinners for $25 Sundays through Thursdays. Some will also add a $15 three-course lunch. On tap are places large (Blueacre Seafood, assuming it opens as scheduled) and small (Brad’s Swingside Cafe), new (Emmer & Rye) and old (Madison Park Cafe), lesser-known (Huiyona) and nationally acclaimed (Canlis). Yes, you read that right: Canlis.

Canlis offers a million-dollar view of Lake Union. Never been? Opportunity knocks!

[Seattle Times Photo/Tom Reese]

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December 14, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Toulouse Petit offering $5 petit dejeuner — and that’s not all

A few weeks back, I treated myself (and my music lovin’ buddy Andrew Matson) to dinner at Toulouse Petit — the new New Orleans-styled Lower Queen Anne brasserie that’s had tongues wagging here, there and everywhere. Trust me: your tongue would wag too if you got a good look at Toulouse’s extensive dinner menu, showcasing seafood, steaks, charcuterie and the kind of dishes you’d expect to find if you were tooling around the French Quarter in search of something other than a frozen daiquiri. It’s a menu I’d be happy to show you, if only they’d get it up on their (presently non-existent) Web-site. Meantime, here’s some professional food porn — oops, I mean a photographic preview — to tantalize your tastebuds:

These `Barbecued Shrimp” are flown in from the Gulf Coast, and served over creamy corn grits. (photo: Lara Ferroni)

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December 1, 2009 at 8:17 AM

5 Point Cafe celebrates 80 years with new owners

Excuse me for heretofore ignoring the biggest news to hit dive-bardom and 24-hour eats: the sale and subsequent revitalization of Seattle’s 80-year-old 5 Point Cafe. When rumors of the potential closure of Belltown’s oldest bar went swirling in September, fans steadied themselves for the shock of having one less legendary watering-hole to cry in their beer and one less 24-hour joint to soak up their sins with chicken-fried steak. But it’s been up-periscope since.

“Alcoholics Serving Alcoholics since 1929,” as the bartenders T-shirts advertise.

[Photo courtesy 5 Point Cafe]

New owners David Meinert and Mandy Park took over last month, promising to keep the infamous periscope in the men’s room (offering a view of the Space Needle), updating the menu (they’ve brought back liver and onions and added the curry tofu scramble vegetarians loved at Capitol Hill’s late Green Cat Cafe), serving bottomless cups of Caffe Vita coffee and launching a senior citizens discount.

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November 9, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Duke’s giving it away again: chowder to the people

Quick on the heels of his latest giveaway (9000 chocolate chip cookies, doled out in the two weeks prior to Halloween), Duke Moscrip plans to shower the people with “Award Winning Clam Chowder.” In honor of International Chowder Day (say, Duke, what other nations are involved?) Chowder House crews will be dishing out 1,000 complimentary cups of chowder on Thursday, November 12 “all day, all night at all six Duke’s locations” — while supplies last. Armed with the knowledge that there’s no such thing as a free lunch, I shot Duke an e-mail and asked, so what’s the catch?

Don’t hide! Come out and get some chowder, says Duke.

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August 17, 2009 at 1:12 PM

Forgive me and take this free Taco del Mar taco. Please.

You’ve gotta love this one courtesy of Taco del Mar, whose latest promo — honoring Global Forgiveness Day — dispels the notion that love means never having to say you’re sorry. In in name of “spreading good karma, peace and love” they’re inviting you to go to their Web site and send customized e-cards to friends and loved ones, redeemable for a free taco on August 27. I intend to send one to my sister Jill, who will be celebrating her birthday August 27. And another one to my mother. Why? Because, as my mom said in a phone message just the other day (affect big-time Philadelphia accent and a voice dripping with familial venom): “This. Is. Your. Mother. Cawl me. I haven’t heard from you in months: M-O-N-T-H-S! Neither has your sister.”

Yo, mom: take two tacos and I’ll call you in the morning.

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March 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Jose Andres: From coast to coast, his name is on their lips

Last month L.A. Times restaurant critic Sherry Virbila gave his Beverly Hills hotter-than-hotspot “a rare four-star restaurant review,” insisting, “Los Angeles has never seen anything remotely like this exciting restaurant from Spanish chef Jose Andres.” Days later the Wall Street Journal profiled his rise to prominence as “the face of Spanish food in America.” And today the New York Times kicked-off a series that has critic Frank Bruni hitting the road for a national tour of significant new restaurants. Dateline: Los Angeles. Subject: Jose Andres. But last night, the four-star face of Spanish food in America was doing what everyone does when they come to Seattle: eating Dungeness crab.

Jose, hoisting a crab leg with his wife, Patricia, at Flying Fish

Perhaps you’ve been to one of his eight restaurants or charmed by his PBS persona on “Made in Spain.” And, who knows? Maybe you were sitting behind the chef on the Metro bus yesterday morning as he and wife, Patricia, headed to West Seattle’s Bakery Nouveau for breakfast. “I just wanted a cup of coffee and a pastry, but he wants this, and this and this,” Patricia says, using her finger to make a visual point.

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March 5, 2009 at 1:55 PM

Pioneer Square restaurants offering “stimulus package”

Seattle’s original Skid Road is now home to the historic and recently shuttered J&M Cafe — whose fate is pending in bankruptcy court, where attorneys continue to duke-out the details of a potential sale (the hearing’s scheduled for tomorrow). Meanwhile, elsewhere in the heart of Pioneer Square, a group of restaurant and bar owners are dealing with the economic skid plaguing them — and us — by banding together to offer a little financial relief.

They’ve created their own “stimulus package” featuring selected items and beverages at discounted prices. The deal: buy one item at regular price and the second will cost you ten-cents (offer not valid with other promotions, so leave those Entertainment Cards at home, OK?). Below is a list of the joints that will spare you a dime. Now get down there and show them some brotherly love!

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