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This Week in Seattle Food News: Italian Wine, Seafood Month, and Studio Ghibli-Inspired Cocktails

July 22, 2022 Edition
July 22, 2022
The "Catfish Corner Signature Sandwich" from the legendary Jackson's Catfish Corner is just one of four specials for Li'l Woody's upcoming Seafood Month. (Li'l Woody's)
We've got all the culinary intel you need as you head into your weekend, including an Italian natural wine bar in Madison Park, a Korean spot and a Filipino cafe worth driving up north for, Li'l Woody's lineup for Seafood Month, and where to find Studio Ghibli-inspired cocktails. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Ballard Coffee Co. Add to a List
Queen Anne Coffee Co. Add to a List owner Brianne Ryan and her fiancée Amanda Morgan opened this café and bakery in the former space of the beloved Biscuit & Bean Add to a List earlier this month. The spot serves pastries, sandwiches, salads, and Fulcrum Coffee—but perhaps the best news of all is that it's continuing to serve Biscuit & Bean's famous flaky biscuits.
Pickup, drive-thru, dine-in

Bapmukja Add to a List
This Korean spot launched in Lynnwood at the beginning of July, with street food-inspired dishes like spicy tuna kimbap, aglio e olio tteokbokki, omurice, "hangover ramen," and spicy noodles with pork belly or short ribs.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Enseamada Cafe Add to a List
Last week, this Filipino cafe soft opened in Everett, serving delights like ube pancakes, sisig plates, lumpia, adobo chicken bowls, and its namesake baked good, ensaimadas (a brioche-like treat), plus drinks like sea salt crema coffee and calamansi green tea.
Pickup, dine-in

Parlour Wines Add to a List
This Italian natural wine shop, which opened in Madison Park last October, reopened as a wine bar in early July. Husband-and-wife owners Brendan and Amber Casey hail from Brooklyn, where they ran the original location of Parlour Wines before moving to Bremerton in 2020. Brendan previously worked at the cult-favorite Tuscan restaurant I Sodi in New York's West Village, where he picked up an infatuation with Italian wines.
Madison Park
Pickup, dine-in


Cityside Bars Add to a List
Lumen Field plans to add this 6,300-square-foot food and beverage area in the north end of the stadium this fall, according to a press release. The space will include two 40-foot-wide bars with drink rails facing the field, plus an oversized outdoor gas fireplace and "Pacific Northwest-themed finishes."

Ohsun Banchan Deli and Cafe Add to a List
This week, Kimchi Halfie food blogger and Korean Barbecue at Home author Sara Upshaw revealed on Instagram that she's locked down a location for her upcoming banchan-focused brick-and-mortar shop, Ohsun Banchan Deli and Cafe. The shop is expected to open in the former Berliner Doner Kebab Add to a List space in Pioneer Square sometime this summer.
Pioneer Square


Li'l Woody's announces Seafood Month lineup
If you couldn't get enough of Li'l Woody's Burger Month, in which the local fast-food chain offers new burger specials created in collaboration with local chefs each week, allow us to introduce you to their Seafood Month Add to a List , which runs from August 2-September 2. The business is giving the Burger Month format a fishy spin, with four limited-time seafood sandwich creations. This year's lineup includes the Seatown Rub Shack & FishFry with pan-seared Bristol Bay salmon, Rub with Love salmon rub, fennel relish, and toasted shallot remoulade from Tom Douglas (August 2-8); the Catfish Corner Signature Sandwich with fried catfish, shredded lettuce, American cheese, dill pickles, and tartar sauce from Terrell Jackson of Jackson's Catfish Corner Add to a List (August 9-15); the Frank's Fried Oyster Sandwich with fried oysters, Frank's remoulade, pickled jalapeños, romaine, and a potato bun from George Hofgren of Frank's Oyster House & Champagne Parlor Add to a List (August 16-22); and the Surf and Turf Burger with a petrale sole and chorizo patty, green romesco, shredded iceberg and radicchio, and sliced tomatoes from Jonathan Ragsdale of Estuary (August 23-29).

Jones Soda launches THC beverages

Long known for its quirky flavors, the local beverage business Jones Soda Add to a List is breaking into the THC industry with a new line of cannabis-laced sodas called Mary Jones. The products will include sodas in four flavors (root beer, berry lemonade, orange and cream, and green apple), and the brand is also working on THC gummies and carbonated candy tablets.



Canton Bebop Pop-Up Add to a List
Chef Christine Li will serve up her unique take on "soy sauce Western" cuisine, exploring the foods of the Chinese diaspora in Western culture with Cantonese influences. This time, the menu features a "wife and wife sandwich" (a queer nod to the Sichuanese dish “husband and wife beef,” made with braised beef, chili oil, slaw, and coriander on sesame griddle bread), a vegan version (glass noodles, bean sprouts, sweet potato, celery, yuba, chili oil, slaw, and coriander on sesame griddle bread), and "eight treasure" flan. Trans POC will receive a sandwich and beverage for free.
B-Side Foods, 4:30 pm until sold out


Bremerton Summer Brewfest Add to a List
Hop the ferry to Bremerton and taste samples from 30 different Washington breweries, including Reuben's, Jellyfish, Fremont, and more.
Bremerton Boardwalk


BBQ Wines from the Southern Hemisphere! Add to a List
Find out how vino from the Southern Hemisphere can enliven your next backyard cookout. You'll get to taste five wines, including Oyster Bay rosé, Dashwood sauvignon blanc, Jacobs Creek shiraz, Santa Rita carménère, and Clos de Siete red blend.
Esquin Wine Merchants, 2-4 pm

Blueberry U-Pick Add to a List
Pluck all the fat, ripe blueberries you can manage from Ecolibrium Farms' bushes. You'll be able to walk away with the fruits of your labor for $5 a pint, ready to tuck into pies and other baked goods or just to munch on by themselves—and you won't be charged for any berries you happen to pop into your mouth while picking.
Ecolibrium Farms, 9 am-1 pm


Bubbles & Brunch Add to a List
Procrastinators, rejoice—no reservations are required for this Sunday brunch bash, complete with food and drink specials, local artisan vendors, and DJ tunes. Guzzle sparkling wine and nosh on sweet and savory brunch dishes.
The Stonehouse Cafe, 10 am-2 pm

Club Sandwich: House and Food Patio Party! Add to a List
Fuel up with delicious seasonal shokupan sandwiches from a collaboration between pop-up Companion Bakes and Ayako & Family before you get your booty on the dance floor. House DJs Miles Mercer and MxWix will provide the tunes.
Timbre Room, 4-8 pm

Cousomeh Collective Presents Community Food Drop-in Add to a List
The Creole word "cousoumeh" is loosely defined as "to allow ingredients/food to simmer or marinate for an extended period of time." The Cousoumeh Collective, which consists of Trinidadian mental health specialist and chef Joshua Cabral, Barbadian visual artist/writer/curator Katherine Kennedy, and Trinadadian visual artist Shanice Smith, applies this mindset of mingling to their events, which provide a safe space for Caribbean people and people of the diaspora with a focus on sharing food together.
Wa Na Wari, 12-5 pm

Virtual Author Talk: Anna Higham, The Last Bite Add to a List
Award-winning pastry chef Anna Higham will discuss her newest book The Last Bite: A Whole New Approach to Making Desserts Through the Year, which imparts wisdom on how to invoke all of your senses and intuition to create original desserts, with chef and author Nicole Rucker. Grab a copy to learn how to impress your friends with seasonal treats like strawberry granita and gooseberry sherbet.
Online, 12-1 pm


Damp & Dry July Add to a List
Rethinking your alcohol consumption this summer? Whether you decide to go "damp" (reduce your intake) or fully "dry" (abstain from booze altogether), participating local businesses have you covered with a selection of special low-alcohol and zero-proof sips. One dollar from each drink sold will go to Peer Seattle, which provides mental health resources and addiction recovery services for the LGBTQIA+ community and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.
Various locations

Eastside Beer Week Add to a List
Show some love for the beer-makers up and down Washington's I-405 corridor by visiting 32 breweries (or as many as you like) offering special beer releases in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.
Various locations


Bar Sabine Add to a List
Want a drink that will whisk you away to the whimsical world of your favorite Miyazaki film? Bar Sabine bar director Justin Fox recently created a lineup of Studio Ghibli-inspired cocktails, with beverages like the "Kiki's Magical Melon" (genmaicha tea-infused vodka, green apple liqueur, sake, honeydew, lime leaf, and cinnamon syrup), the "Spirit of the Forest" (a "Pacific Northwest mojito" with spruce rum, KIYOMI rum, Chareau, Douglas fir, maple, mint, and lime), "The Wind Rises" (a take on the classic Paper Plane cocktail with Compass Box artist blend Scotch, cherry blossom agrodolce, sandalwood vermouth, heirloom alchermes, and lemon), and the "Fantastic Mr. Turnip Head" (Suntory Toki, Strega, yuzu liqueur, pistachio citrus, and milk).

Musang Add to a List
Melissa Miranda's smash-hit Filipino restaurant introduced a new summer brunch special: ube French toast with a luscious purple ube creme anglaise, Willamette Valley blueberries, Chantilly cream, and pinipig (a flattened rice dish).
Beacon Hill
Pickup, dine-in

Ridgewood Bottle & Tap Add to a List
Cool off this weekend with two refreshing new slushie specials at this draft-focused bottle shop: a tiki-inspired "Tai Me On" slushie and a POG slushie made with Claim 52 Brewing's orange coconut milkshake IPA, passionfruit, and guava.
Phinney Ridge
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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