That's real crab in that Tiger Eye. Photo via Gaba Sushi Facebook page

OPENINGS

Gaba Sushi
The second outpost of this healthier-than-usual sushi restaurant has opened on in the U District (4507 University Way NE). The original location in Pioneer Square was the first to bring GABA rice, a sprouted brown rice, to Seattle. All of the rolls are under $10 and go beyond the usual offerings with names like Flaming Crab, Hot Kiss, and Tiger Eye.

Tray Kitchen
Chef Heong Soon Park opens his new restaurant that's all about dim sum-style service (but not dim sum-style food). The first official service is Saturday, November 1. Here, have a look around.

Crazy Pho Cajun
The food of Vietnam meets the culinary traditions of the Gulf Coast at this ID newcomer (the first Crazy Pho Cajun location is in Federal Way). The bestselling item: Cajun pho with crawfish and andouille sausage.

COMING SOON

Chick-fil-A
The addictive, yet controversial Southern fast-food institution is returning to Washington with three new locations. According to the Seattle Times, the chain will open restaurants in Bellevue, Lynwood, and Tacoma in early spring. Come get your chicken sandwiches, waffle fries, and anti-gay sentiment.

Seattle Meowtropolitan
It was only a matter of time before the cat cafe trend reached our shores. Puns are mandatory.

Two Beers Brewing
The SoDo brewery is expanding, but its brand new taproom will be right next door to its current location for your imbibing convenience. The move means more than 24 taps, seating for 100, pool, skee ball(!), and an outdoor space for the warmer months.

Slate/Amandine in Chophouse Row
A collaboration between Slate Coffee Roasters and Sara Naftaly of Le Gourmand fame will soon bring superior coffee and baked goods to the Chophouse Row development taking shape at 11th and Pike. The currently unnamed space will highlight Slate’s various coffees and Amandine’s pastries, more importantly, its macaron. Spring is when this collab will come to life, much like the rest of Seattle.

Shaker and Spear/Pennyroyal
This double-sided project involves a restaurant and separate bar with menus from Tulio chef Walter Pisano. Shaker and Spear will serve up seafood and the bar, Pennyroyal, a European atmosphere, with a rotating punch bowl and jar of mussels to snack on. Both are set to open with the Palladian Building’s transformation into a Kimpton hotel in January.

SHIFTS & SHAKEUPS

Jason Franey Is Leaving Canlis
Big news. The restaurant is about to embark on a search for its sixth chef in 63 years. Here are some suggestions for how that should go down. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop blog has more details on the great gig Franey has lined up for himself in Northern California.

HAPPY HOURS

Chippy’s Fish and Drinks
Let the tidal wave of joy wash over you as you read the news: Chippy’s now has a happy hour. Ethan Stowell's fish and chips shop in the Kolstrand Building will offer happy hour Mon–Fri for one short hour from 5–6pm,. The shrimp cocktail and smoked clam dip will run you a mere $5, the fried oyster sandwich and fish & chips $8, a Rainier $2, and finally a sweet $3 for a draft cider. If that’s not enough for you, Seattle Met just named the restaurant one of our 10 best new restaurants. Ready, go.

ACCOLADES

Erik Liedholm Wins the Somm Slam
The sommelier and distiller won the 2014 Somm Slam at the Fifth Annual StarChefs.com competition this past week. It involved rapid-fire questions, pairings, and a blind taste test to identify ingredients. Liedholm has been sommelier for all things John Howie for some time now and is currently heading up Wildwood Spirits, the new distillery in Bothell adjacent to Howie's Beardslee Alehouse project.

 

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