A Farewell Lunch at Juicebox
Owner Kari Brunson announced on social media that the plantful cafe on 12th Avenue will serve its last smoothies and flatbreads September 20, another previously healthy business erased by Covid. Man, Juicebox is the first meal I ate after my son was born, and was a precursor of the mindful, but not austere meals that have since inched into our aspirational mainstream. While Brunson’s plans for the space—a natural wine shop called Glinda, in partnership with the excellent Left Bank—are a bit of consolation, let this remind us all to support the small businesses we love on the regular.
Cumulus-Centric Spicy Noodles
Last week, Steve Luke opened the beer garden at the Ballard offshoot of his inimitable brewery—pretty exciting news all on its own. But somehow I didn’t realize Cloudburst brought in Capitol Hill’s lovely Sichuan and Yunnan restaurant, Plenty of Clouds, for the food service. The restaurant’s new blue food truck will post up at the beer garden from 2–8 on weekdays and 12–8 Saturday and Sunday to serve ma la noodles, flatbread sandwiches, and Sichuan pork dumplings. You can walk up for food, but the beer garden requires reservations.
Empanadas and Barbecue, Streetside
South Lake Union has joined the map of street-closure patios with an astroturfed expanse along Ninth Avenue North (between Thomas and John). Five nearby establishments—Gold Bar, Jack’s BBQ, Elm Coffee Roasters, Evoke Espresso, and Thomas St. Warehouse—have teamed up to serve food and drinks, and even some live music, Tuesday through Sunday from now through September 17.
Entrepreneurial Alfajores and African Cuisine
A new incubator-driven food hall called Spice Bridge has opened in Tukwila, creating a space where immigrant and refugee women can build their businesses—right now, via takeout and outdoor seating. While more vendors will arrive come October, the opening lineup looks amazing, with vendors dishing up Congolese grilled meats, plus cuisine from Argentina, Senegal and Gambia, and east Africa.
Diner Breakfast, But on a Patio
Pioneer Square’s highly underrated D&E has assumed a morning alter ego: a greasy spoon breakfast destination called Big Jon’s Breakfast Club. To call the menu robust is an understatement: omelets, scrambles, breakfast burritos, Nutella and banana waffles, and the house fried chicken inside wraps and atop waffles and biscuits. All this happens Tuesday through Sunday, from 8–2, for dine in, patio, takeout, and delivery.
- John Howie has launched its own high-end dinner delivery program, ferrying steak, crisp salads, and even amuse bouches across a broad swath of the Eastside.
- Oddfellows is the latest restaurant to add a mercantile; right now it stocks merch, wine, dinnerware, and pasta from Pasta Casalinga, but knowing Linda Derschang's talents for curating, this is gonna be good.
- Looks like How to Cook a Wolf Madison Park will open next week-ish, and the new Tavolàta (aka the former Super Bueno) will follow soon after.
- Oh, hey—here's a big list of the city's best barbecue spots.