Badass, Brick-and-Mortar Bagels
The former Tom Douglas juice and coffee counter inside Via6 will soon be home to some astonishingly good bagels. For months now, Andrew Rubinstein has hinted at a brick-and-mortar bagel shop in the works near the Spheres. The baker originally set up shop in Ethan Stowell’s Cortina Café, and has been running a robust delivery program since the pandemic struck, ferrying salted rosemary or shallot bagels and tubs of schmear to doorsteps all over town. Rubinstein Bagels is aiming for a mid-October open, and will add lunch, breakfast sandwiches, and Olympia Coffee to his carb-centric lineup.
Socially Just S’Mores
I literally fist pumped upon seeing the Pastry Project’s announcement that they’re taking over the space next to London Plane in Pioneer Square. Co-founders Heather Hodge and Emily Kim (who has great taste, btw) are both Molly Moon’s veterans who offer formal training to aspiring bakers and pastry chefs who face various barriers to gaining experience in the industry. The Pastry Project is activism and social change at its most thoughtful, and all the pop tarts and s’mores ice cream sandwiches (accessed via the org’s monthly goody box membership) are just a bonus.
School Lunch from Salare
Edouardo Jordan took his time retooling his original restaurant for our new reality. Salare returned this week for takeout and delivery with one of the town’s most carefully conceived pandemic makeovers. Jordan’s got a la carte dishes, but also an experience dinner that immerses two diners—from food to a short history to a curated playlist—in a particular food culture, like the inaugural ode to Jamaica. A snack- and drink-filled happy hour kit and burger kits sound fun, but the four-day supply of items for kids' lunches is goddamn genius. Now we just need someplace for our kids to actually go so I can put these in a lunchbox…
Multiple Rounds of Boozy Otter Pops
Only snobs and killjoys can resist this summer’s proliferation of boozy Otter Pops—one of the more festive outcomes of pandemically relaxed liquor laws. The first I saw were Bar Harbor’s Cape Cod-der Pops, then the Cocktailsycles over at Nue in flavors like “rumchata” and grapefruit bellini (order a pack of 20 for $80!). The names are half the fun, from Salare’s five-pack of Slaughter Pops (see above) to Scotter Pops at Canon, named in honor a fellow bartender.
A Bucket of Popcorn at Paseo’s Drive-In
The sandwich legend’s SoDo location has organized a new Saturday night drive-in movie series that let you consume massive, messy sandwiches and knock back tiki drinks in the comfort of your vehicle while viewing classics, like E.T. Or you could bring a folding chair (and a mask, and probably a jacket) and experience it all al fresco.
- Damn the Weather is back!
- The return of Roquette: Hooray for Erik Hakkinen’s Belltown cocktail destination reopening its doors for takeout wine, beer, spirits, and handsomely bottled cocktails.
- One of Seattle’s most charming patios rides again: Brimmer and Heeltap’s garden is open again for dinner service; their new daytime garden cafe, Red Arrow Coffee, lives on.
- Soi, the big-flavored Isan restaurant that quietly serves some of the most fun meals on Capitol Hill will debut its second location, at Kirkland Urban, in mid-August, complete with an extensive bar situation and a patio-like sunroom with firepits.
- Ooh, on Monday nights, new West Seattle teriyaki spot Grillbird becomes Grillburger, serving singles, doubles, a teriyaki burger, katsu sandwiches, and waffle fries.