Summer is on the out, and with it the swell of restaurant openings that leave foodies (and the journalists who cover them) both exhilarated and exhausted. But before you wipe clean that fork, let’s look at five more eateries to keep on your checklist. Given their building buzz, they just might prove the blowouts of the brand-news.
The Book Bindery
Patric Gabre-Kidan, the erstwhile business partner of Ethan Stowell, is heading the venture of Mike Almquist at 198 Nickerson Street. He partners with longtime friend and chef Shaun McCrain, a Seattle native who brings with him a storied culinary background that’s placed him at Michelin favorites the world wide. Last time we checked in with Gabre-Kidan, he expected construction would be complete September 15, with a soft open “probably somewhere around the 22nd.”
The Skillet diner
After years of trolling Seattle’s streets, the seminal burgers-and-more mobile goes brick-and-mortar. Though early reports have placed the retro diner on Capitol Hill come early spring, Josh Henderson is getting a head start recruiting sit-down regulars: He’s previewing the forthcoming menu —including seared sockeye, mac and cheese, poutine, spiced pork belly—at Mount Baker Club through September 15.
The contentious legal battle surrounding the proposed restaurant has kept Brasa mourners on tenterhooks: will or won’t Tamara Murphy open her latest kitchen in the Melrose Market? Murphy will, she’s confirmed. Construction is underway, and, cute, hanging flower baskets line the exterior. Look for it preholiday season.
The Matt of Matt’s in the Market stakes a claim on the Harbor Steps. Matt Janke’s no longer affiliated with the Pike Place mainstay, and here partners with Jill Buchanan and chef Mike Easton for a local, seasonal, and occidental menu. Considering the name (“lecosho” is the Chinook term for pig or swine), expect a porcine plate or two. There have been murmurs of live music and outdoor seating, too. The opening is imminent.
Din Tai Fung
The international dumpling canteen has fans in Anthony Bourdain and the Michelin folk, who just awarded the Hong Kong outpost with a star. Those hand-rolled soup dumplings, called xiao long bao, are the thing to order at the Bellevue branch when it opens in October or November, though note the $10-and-under lunch-dinner-late-night menu also offers rice and noodle dishes.