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This Week in Seattle Food News: Two New Vietnamese Spots, Vegan Doughnuts, and A New Patio

July 15, 2022 Edition
July 15, 2022
The whimsical vegan doughnut shop Dough Joy now has a location in West Seattle. (Dough Joy)
Culinary abundance abounds this week, as the new Vietnamese restaurants Crane's Landing and Toast Mi Green Lake arrive, the vegan doughnut spot Dough Joy expands to West Seattle, and Cafe Flora debuts a new patio. Read on for all of that and more tasty updates, from an upcoming lobster roll restaurant to a new business from the owners of the wine shop Left Bank, below. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Crane's Landing Add to a List
Owner Chap Le recently opened this new Vietnamese restaurant in the former Tangerine Tree Add to a List space atop Harvard Market. The spot serves pho, bánh mì, vermicelli noodles, fried rice, salads, spring rolls, side dishes, and more.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Dough Joy Add to a List
Plants and plant-based doughnuts, a match made in heaven: The popular vegan and LGBTQ-owned doughnut business Dough Joy, which operates a truck in Ballard Add to a List and a brick-and-mortar location on Capitol Hill Add to a List , opened an outpost in the Junction in West Seattle at the end of June, along with a plant shop cheekily named "Botanic at the Disco Add to a List ." 
West Seattle
Pickup, dine-in

Good Voyage Add to a List
The South Park wine shop Left Bank Add to a List will debut this spot specializing in "leisure and provisions" this Saturday. The new business will sling coffee and pastries by day and drinks and bites by night, and will feature a DJ and dancing beginning at 8 pm during the grand opening.
South Park
Pickup, dine-in

Toast Mi Green Lake Add to a List
This Vietnamese fast-casual joint based in Tacoma expanded to Green Lake last week, serving up a menu of bánh mì, rice bowls, salads, and beverages like milk tea and Vietnamese coffee.
Green Lake
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Hatback Bar & Grille Add to a List and Steelheads Alley Add to a List
The Mariners will unveil their new restaurant Hatback Bar & Grille (named in tribute to legendary outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.) and brewpub Steelheads Alley in August, just across the street from T-Mobile Park in SoDo. Hatback will serve classic American pub grub like burgers and pizza, while Steelheads will offer brews from celebrated Black-owned brewery Métier Brewing Company, which opened Add to a List a taproom in the Central District Add to a List last month.

Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls Add to a List
The Maryland-based seafood chain Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls plans to bring its signature East Coast specialties, including lobster rolls, shrimp rolls, and clam chowder, to downtown Seattle on August 4. The shop will be located near tourist favorites Pike Place Market Add to a List and the Seattle Art Museum Add to a List , just a stone's throw from fellow lobster roll purveyor Mar·ket Add to a List (located inside SAM).


Cafe Flora opens new patio
Madison Valley's longtime vegetarian mainstay Cafe Flora Add to a List opened up a new weatherproof outdoor dining area last week, complete with a fountain and a vaulted ceiling. The patio, which offers seating for 46 diners, will be open year-round and will be heated during the winter.

Barrio fires nine workers over tip dispute
The Heavy Restaurant Group's Capitol Hill restaurant Barrio Add to a List fired nine of its workers last week after they planned a temporary walkout in protest of a change in how tips would be distributed. The business recently transitioned from a 50-50 split of tips between front of house and back of house employees to an 80-20 split, with the majority of tips going to front of house employees. The restaurant also appears to add a 20% surcharge on every check that goes toward “wages, benefits, commissions and revenue share," which customers could mistake for a tip but likely goes toward base wages and benefits. The Stranger's Conor Kelley writes, "This is one to keep an eye on."

Starbucks closes five Seattle cafes
This week, Starbucks announced that it will be closing 16 of its shops, including five based in Seattle, allegedly due to "crime rates." Some of the stores in question have been organizing efforts to push for a union, leading many to suspect the move is an attempt at union-busting. Starbucks Workers United has filed a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, and workers at the stores have been striking in protest.



46th Annual Pig Roast Add to a List
Since the Danny Woo Community Garden's inception in 1975, the lively annual pig roast has kept the local community fed with succulent pork and joyful camaraderie. Drop by to help out and catch the roasting action on Friday, and/or come on Saturday for a potluck feast.


Columbia City Night Market Add to a List
This monthly market is the definition of a win-win situation—it's a short walk from the Columbia City light rail station, so you can decompress with an evening of local art, live music, and libations without worrying about finding a place to park.
Columbia City, 6-10 pm

Fremont Dungeness Festival Add to a List
On Ballard SeafoodFest Add to a List weekend, hop (crab walk?) over to Fremont to crack open some cold beers and crustaceans at the second annual edition of this event hosted by Revel, Local Tide, and Aslan Brewing.
Revel, 12-4 pm

15th Annual Summer Beer Taste: Beercraft Add to a List
Refine your palate with 10 tastes of beer at this annual neighborhood event with a selection from over 30 local breweries and cideries, plus free pub snacks like popcorn and pretzels and additional food available for purchase from The Barking Dog Alehouse.
Phinney Neighborhood Association, 4-7 pm

Reuben's and Friends Invitational Festival Add to a List
The perennial craft beer geek favorite Reuben's Brews will be joined by over 15 of their brewery pals, including pFriem, Hair of the Dog, Georgetown, Wander, Kings & Daughters, Fort George, and Alvarado Street. Check out a wide selection of hard-to-find lagers and ales alongside special beers from Reuben's and groove to tunes from DJ Deadpan.
Reuben's Brews, 11 am-9:45 pm

Georgetown Makers Market & Bar Hop Add to a List
Bliss out with a cold drink from Georgetown's coterie of breweries and wineries (including Lowercase, Jellyfish, Machine House, Great Notion, and Tinte Cellars) and inspect handmade wares from over 30 local vendors at this family-friendly market. Offerings will include jewelry, knit goods, home decor, metalworking, prints, soap, paintings, candles, and more.
Jellyfish Brewing Company, 12-5 pm

CID Food Walk: Summer 2022 Add to a List
Stop at a booth in Hing Hay Park to pick up a menu and spin a wheel for a chance to win prizes like gift cards and gift certificates, then stroll through Chinatown-International District checking out food specials and retail items at participating local businesses. 
Hing Hay Park, 11 am-4 pm


Celebrating National Ice Cream Day Add to a List
Set your alarms now: In partnership with WA Dairy, the Pastry Project (a nonprofit providing pastry and bakery job training to individuals with a barrier to entry) will dish out free soft serve cups or cones with one complimentary topping for the first 100 guests to show up on National Ice Cream Day.
The Pastry Project, 1-8 pm

Ice Cream Social with Frankie & Jos, Minor Figures, and Caffe Vita at The Gathering Space KEXP Add to a List
The plant-based creamery Frankie & Jo's is celebrating Ice Cream Day with an all-vegan ice cream social at the KEXP Gathering Space, hosted in collaboration with the hip coffee company Minor Figures (which makes oat milk and other products for coffee drinks) and Caffe Vita. The festivities will include free Frankie & Jo's ice cream and free Minor Figures cookie milk lattes for the first 25 customers, free Minor Figures swag while supplies last, and tunes from KEXP DJs, plus treats like affogatos, cold brew floats, and scoops for sale.
KEXP, 11 am-3 pm


Farm Dinner: Iron, Fire & Brine Add to a List
Get your fill of salty sea air and briny bivalves at this al fresco dinner with the seasonal farm-to-fire cooking company Tournant and Cooper Mountain Winery. You'll enjoy a family-style pescatarian dinner with Hama Hama oysters, clams, mussels, cedar plank fish, seasonal vegetables, and "something sweet," complemented by organic and biodynamic wines from Cooper Mountain and a selection of local beers.
Hama Hama Company and Store


In Person Author Talk: Nicole A. Taylor, Watermelon and Red Birds Add to a List
Nicole A. Taylor's new book Watermelon & Red Birds is the first-ever cookbook to focus on Juneteenth celebrations and shares recipes for summer-ready dishes like beef ribs with fermented harissa sauce and roasted nectarine sundaes. She'll chat about the release with Lionesse founder Olaiya Land.
Book Larder, 6:30-8 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


Stampede Cocktail Club Add to a List
The ever-inventive cocktail den is currently serving the showstopping Hotel Idlewild, made with milk thistle-infused rum, pear brandy, peach, oat milk and described as "weird, wild, and made for summer."

Tres Lechería Add to a List
Wallingford's resident tres leches specialist is branching out into the horchata world, serving the sweet rice-based beverage in no fewer than four flavors: original, Mexican chocolate, ginger honey, and tres leches.
Pickup, delivery

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