Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Japanese Comfort Food and Taco Brunch

And Canlis's new chef unleashes his tasting menu.

By Allecia Vermillion and Greg Young August 21, 2015

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The new brunch at Neon Taco. Photo via Coven Productions and the Neon Taco Facebook page.


Breakfast and Lunch at Chop Shop
Ericka Burke's new restaurant, the anchor of Capitol Hill's Chophouse Row is now open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Weekdays things kick off at 8am with a $12 Euro buffet-style spread of toast and housemade preserves, granola, fruit, juice, coffee, etc. plus traditional breakfasty items. On weekends Chop Shop switches gears to a full-on brunch menu. Lunch is all about salads, sandwiches, and a few larger plates. Oh, there's also a new daily happy hour from 3 to 5:30 too.

Brunch at Neon Taco
Seattle Met Next Hot Chef Monica Dimas has added a Northwest-Mexican brunch to her permanent popup at Nacho Borracho. The menu has tacos, naturally, as well as dishes like baked eggs with hatch peppers and smoked poblano salsa, or a torta benedict. Brunch happens Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm. 


After more than four months in the kitchen, new executive chef Brady Williams debuted his new multicourse tasting menu this week, reports Bethany Jean Clement over at the Seattle Times. The price is the same—$145—but the number of courses is subject to change. Currently the lineup includes dishes like smoked albacore over hay and raw summer squash, though Williams is most excited about the 28 day-dry aged lamb. Williams is just the sixth head chef in Canlis's 64-year history; he arrived by way of Roberta's and Blanca in Brooklyn.


Suga opened its doors in the former Dot's Delicatessen space in Fremont recently to serve Japanese comfort food. Eater Seattle reports it was originally slated to open in January, and then stumbled onto a series of very positive Yelp reviews. 

Madrona Arms
Burke Shethar’s Madrona Eatery and Ale House is being replaced by Paul Johnson’s Madrona Arms, reports Eater Seattle. Johnson is responsible for such Irish-themed pubs as Finn MacCool’s in the U District, and the Chieftain near Seattle University. Madrona Arms is set to open in September.

Cafe Turko
Cafe Turko in Fremont is relocating 500 feet into the building next door, which comes with a bigger kitchen and lakeside deck seating. The cafe has been residing at it's current location for 24 years, with much success, but without a full kitchen. The cafe will be closed for a few days, and is expected to reopen late November. 


Hollywood Tavern
The Woodinville tavern says Jason Posey is its new senior chef; he's an alum of El Gaucho Bellevue, the Metropolitan Grill, and most recently a manager at Patxi's Pizza in Ballard.


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