September Food News: Prost!

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photo credit: Alabastro Photography l Fremont Oktoberfest 2016

As summer winds down and so does the steady stream of new restaurants—at least for now.  Getting ready for fall means being basic with PSLs, grilling fresh corn from the farmer’s market, and warming up with hearty soups from Marmite. And enjoying the final days of sunshine means finally trying out one of Seattle’s new restaurants of getting out to enjoy your neighborhood’s Oktoberfest celebration. 

Newish

The Halal Guys
This world renowned spot opened their Pioneer Square location last month serving up either a sandwich or platter with choice of chicken, gyro meat, or falafel. Avoid the lines and get it delivered or try swinging by for an evening snack—they’re open until 10 pm.

Commonwealth
Nestled in the alley between 3rd and 4th is the new bar from the team behind Pintxo and Bar Abajo. The Southern-style bar focuses on bourbon but also slangs craft cocktails on tap like their negroni. Dim lighting, comfy seating, and simple but thoughtful decor set the mood for a pre-date night drink or reunion with friends. Happy hour starts at 4 with $4 pints, $2 off food items like mac and cheese, and $2 all craft on draft. 

Jupiter
Murals in the back alley between 2nd and 3rd Ave marked the spot for Jupiter when creation started last summer. The transformation of the alley made Jupiter one of Belltown’s most anticipated openings. The illusive bar held its grand opening on September 14th welcoming the 2nd street regulars into a space filled with art installations, pool, pinball machines, jukebox and the 10 player arcade game: Killer Queen. 

Closing

Vestal
South Lake Union’s Vestal closed mid-August stating “Despite an amazing staff and effort we weren’t able to make these concepts work in this location.” 

Contadino
Six short months after replacing Ernest Loves Agnes, the Cap Hill Italian restaurant Contadino and Cantadino Pizzaria quietly shuttered.

Foodie Adventures

Fremont Oktoberfest, September 22 – 24th
If you missed your chance to jet to Germany this year, don’t fret because you can still celebrate Oktoberfest in Fremont. Eat spätzle, bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels and taste as much beer as your heart desires. With music, chainsaw pumpkin carving, and more there’s no reason not to say “Prost!” General Admission Tickets: $25 for 5 tasting tokens.

New Orleans Food + Funk Festival, September 29th, 6 – 10 pm 
Journey to the enchanting land of the South for the second annual New Orleans Food + Funk fest at WaMu theater. Soulfully inspired food from the likes of Roux, Where Y’at Matt, and Toulouse Petit and others means a feast beyond your wildest dreams. Think: shrimp and grits, fried chicken, Po’ boys, red beans and rice, crawfish, Oysters Rockefeller, beignets and more. Headlining performances by The Soul Rebels and Pimps of Joytime. General Admission Tickets:  $33.

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