January Food News: Openings in Fremont & Cap Hill, CoffeeCon & More

January Food News: Openings in Fremont & Cap Hill, CoffeeCon & More
Looking back on a year filled with awesome food, it seems like Seattle's restaurant game hit new strides and in 2017, there will be no shortage of new places to try. For those resolving to learn to cook this month, utilize in-season ingredients from leafy greens like kale, roots like beets and radishes, plus leeks, and citrus. Regardless of where your food goals fall in the New Year, here’s the rundown of the latest from the Seattle food scene, including what’s new, what’s closing, and where you can have your next foodie adventure. Newish Bar Charlie Seaplane themed bar swoops in on Stone Way in Fremont. The relaxed neighborhood spot aims to maintain a chill vibe where people can get together and enjoy good food and drinks. Menu items include Hatch Chili Baked Mac and Cheese with Beecher’s Flagship, Poutine...
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Opa! It’s Omega Ouzeri

Opa! It’s Omega Ouzeri
Feast your senses on the subtly exotic temptations of Greece on Cap Hill. Once you step into Omega Ouzeri, you’ll know what I mean. On a warm day, there’s a gentle breeze coming through the open air window. Light from a window reflection floods the dining room. Blue and white décor somehow captures a postcard you’ve seen of Santorini. The hospitality makes it feel like you’re with family rather than on Capitol Hill. On a Thursday summer evening, the dining room is full of people enjoying life. Among them is Omega Ouzeri owner Thomas Soukakos. “Have you ever been to Greece?” Soukakos asks. You’ll be ready to start packing your bags before the entrée even comes out. Soukakos has been on the Seattle Greek food scene since 1993 but conceptually, Omega features the most modern take on Greek food. With...
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Dinner with Friends at Bar Vacilando

Dinner with Friends at Bar Vacilando
If you have ever traveled before then you know that there is something about being on the road that makes it easier to immerse completely in new people and new things – on the road, the stars shine brighter, the air smells sweeter, and the music is just easier to sing to. Such is life on the tropically white-washed and garden-clad patio, under the twinkling string lights at Bar Vacilando . The concept of the new gastropub on Capitol Hill is loosely inspired by this very idea; the limitless joys of world travel.  As such, the menu items at Bar Vacilando are pulled from the owners’ travel experiences, but they aren’t pointed toward one style or influence – it’s not a menu of monochromatic flavors, trends, or themes. Instead, the menu reads like a collaboration of travel stories including highlights...
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Feeling the Love From National Oyster Day

Feeling the Love From National Oyster Day
I developed a love for oysters when I lived in New Orleans. Oysters from the Gulf of Mexico never leave the menu in New Orleans. These oysters are meaty, and mild because of the fresh water from the Mississippi. From the famed Oysters Rockefeller to free oyster Fridays at Le Bon Temps Roule, New Orleans is a good place to kick off an oyster obsession. But being back in Seattle has taught me a thing or two about how lucky oyster lovers are here in the Pacific Northwest. Not sure where to start your own journey through the vast sea of oyster choices? Have no fear – you can still feel the love from National Oyster Day. Check out these Seattle favorites for Pacific Northwest oysters to get you started. And remember, you might just find a pearl. Happy shucking!...
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Raise the Roof: Best Seattle Rooftops

Raise the Roof: Best Seattle Rooftops
I think it’s safe to say that summer is dragging its heels this year which makes the rare Seattle rooftop time even more coveted. From the ever-popular Frolik, the tried and true Hard Rock Café, and the super sleek new hot spot, The Nest at the Thompson Hotel, Seattle is elevating the rooftop game. Get your rooftop rotation locked and loaded so that when the rays peek out from behind the July clouds… you’ll be lookin’ down on the suckers on the sidewalk. Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails Frolik’s hip urban rooftop bar is almost always packed. With a metropolitan modern aesthetic, fun cocktails, and gourmet bites, Frolik is the all-around go-to in Seattle rooftops. From the glow of the outdoor fires to the ambient décor, the vibe is a perfect fit for casual after work drinks or a date night...
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Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room’s Summer Menu

Something Old, Something New: The Dunbar Room’s Summer Menu
First Hill’s Hotel Sorrento has been on our radar since before the Space Needle. Built in 1909, the building was named a landmark in 2012. It's caught attention for everything from its luxurious rooms, popular event programs and haunted 4th floor. Amongst these Hotel Sorrento gems: The Dunbar Room. The Dunbar Room has revamped its menu to reflect fresh seasonal summer ingredients. The classy ambiance, dim lighting, and sophisticated vibe will stay the same. The new summer menu is ideal for a warm summer night on the front terrace of the hotel where the coal fire pit will burn well into the night – especially Thursday – Saturday with featured live music. While I didn’t get to try the famed burger (Chihuly swears by it), the new, subtly Italian-inspired menu is still worth writing home about. Elegant dishes with a...
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Savoring España in Seattle

Savoring España in Seattle
Get whisked away by the warm flavors of summer in Spain. From sharable tapas, fresh seafood and traditionally prepared meats, the cuisine of Spain has a rich culture of regional cuisines. Treat your palate to authentic slow-cooked paella, rich Asturian cheeses, and salty bacalao (cod) without stepping foot outside of Seattle. Tarsan I Jane Tarsan I Jane is a newly opened Fremont spot specializing in regional Spanish fare. Chef Perfecto Rocher grew up in Villalonga and Tarsan I Jane will appropriately specialize in wood-fired Valencian and Catalan cuisine. Sundays are "El dia de les Paelles” and guests can enjoy Chef Rocher’s perspective through a 5 course family-style meal. Try the Botifarra – all natural house-made blood sausage with chickpeas. The llangonissa is exclusive to the patio and is served on coques with caramelized onions and tomato based sabitxada sauce. Tip:...
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