New Year = New Popups and Special Dinners
Pizza at Hitchcock, wallet-friendly family meals at Cure, and burger nights at Local 360.
The restaurant is saying farewell to its excellent Monday-night Americana menu, since its mastermind, sous chef Keegan O'Brien’s, is leaving to work at Blind Pig Bistro. After his final Americana on January 21, Monday nights at Hitchcock will be all about wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Hitchcock Delicatessen employee Brandon Thompson (a veteran of Via Tribunali, Tutta Bella, and Queen Margherita) will be serving as pizzaiolo at the new weekly popup, called Bruciato in reference to the blackened blisters that denote a well-fired pizza crust. He and chef Brendan McGill's new Monday menu also includes southern Italian small plates like arancini, olives, chilled seafood plates, and tiny meatballs known as polpettine. Brace yourself for that return ferry ride with a selection of Italian liqueurs like amaro, grappa, and vermouth. Side note: James Pech is stepping up to take over O'Brien's sous chef role.
This one was new to us, but over at Voracious, Naomi Bishop recently recounted her visit to this charming Capitol Hill bar for its monthly “family meal” popup. On the second Monday of each month, a mere $12 to $15 gets you a three-course dinner that includes a food-friendly beverage, which might include beef stroganoff, or chowder with a housemade biscuit. The next one happens January 14, and the menu gets posted on Twitter, Facebook, and such the day before. Dinner kicks off at 7 and lasts until the food runs out. No reservations for this one.
Every Monday in January, the Belltown locavore haven is serving up its burgers along with the house fries and a locally brewed draft for $13 in honor of the new year. Burger options include a chicken-bacon burger, lentil burger, and a Painted Hills grass-fed beef number topped with red onion jam and arugula aioli. More details on the menu here.