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This Week in Seattle Food News: Dick's Is Back, Ethan Stowell Opens Another Victor Tavern, and a Wu-Tang-Themed Dinner Is Coming This Fall

June 24, 2022 Edition
June 24, 2022
Ethan Stowell's bar Victor Tavern features upscale pub grub like the "Truffle Smash" (Gruyère, truffles, mushrooms, and truffle aioli). (Victor Tavern)
This week's batch of food news brings the long-awaited return of Dick's Drive-In on Broadway, a new Chinese restaurant, the arrival of the second location of Ethan Stowell's Victor Tavern, and an over-the-top Wu-Tang Clan-themed dinner. Read on for all of the details. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Alki Phở & Bar Add to a List
Owners Lynda Nguyen and Bien Le launched this Vietnamese restaurant in the former J&J Public House space on June 13, with a menu that includes fried rice, stir-fried noodles, phở, vermicelli bowls, salads, sandwiches, and more.
West Seattle
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ChiHo Bistro Add to a List
This family-owned Chinese American restaurant soft-opened in Belltown on June 8, serving handmade dumplings, noodle dishes, and specialties like Hong Kong five-spice braised beef and mapo tofu.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Dick's Drive-In Add to a List  
Capitol Hill's cruel famine of orange-foil-wrapped Deluxe burgers and greasy fries is mercifully over at last: After a six-month hiatus for construction, Dick's iconic Broadway location, immortalized in Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Posse on Broadway," reopened on Thursday.
Capitol Hill

Maria Sabina Mexican Restaurant & Bar Add to a List
This Mexican restaurant recently opened in South Lake Union. Taco filling options include brisket, pork, asada, cochinita pibil, chicken tinga, chorizo, al pastor, and veggie. The menu also features ceviche, enchiladas, flan, and Mexican lava cake.
South Lake Union
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Seattle Pizza and Bar Add to a List
In addition to classics like pepperoni and sausage, you'll find Indian-inspired pizza toppings like tandoori chicken and paneer tikka at this newly opened pizzeria and bar in Belltown. The spot also serves garlic bread, wings, fish and chips, fries, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and calzones.
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Victor Tavern Add to a List
Local chef and restaurant mogul Ethan Stowell will debut the second location of his "modern urban tavern" Victor Tavern, which also has a location in South Lake Union, next Wednesday, June 29. The new outpost is on Second and University Street downtown, near Seattle Art Museum, Pike Place Market, and the Seattle Waterfront. The casual pub features bar snacks like wings, pretzels, burgers, sandwiches, and fries, with a cocktail menu devised by Ethan Stowell Restaurants' executive beverage director Erik Carlson. 
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

West of Chicago Pizza Company Add to a List
This Chicago-style deep dish pizzeria has been slinging pies out of a takeout window in the KBM Commissary Kitchen since April 2019. On July 1, they'll launch their first brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former Chaco Canyon Add to a List space, according to a press release.
West Seattle
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Eaglemount Tasting Room Add to a List
The Port Townsend-based winery Eaglemount Wine and Cider is set to open a tasting room inside the Zephyr mixed-use apartment building on Capitol Hill on August 1.
Capitol Hill


Wu-Tang Clan-themed dinner coming to Seattle
Syd Suntha, the owner of the up-and-coming Sri Lankan cart Kottu Add to a List , is channeling his passion for Wu-Tang Clan into an extravagant experience for the ages. At an upcoming event, which will cost $60,000 to produce, Suntha will feature nine TBD chefs (a nod to Wu-Tang's nine members) and will serve 36 courses in tribute to the iconic hip-hop group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Dishes, like the "Ooh Baby, I Like it Raw" (an albacore dish with beets, roasted chilis, and amarantha) and the "One Blood Under W" (blood sausage and brioche), will derive inspiration from Wu-Tang lyrics, and local mixologist Friendly Gomez will craft themed cocktails, like the "Ghost-Trace Killah" (Buffalo Trace bourbon, maple, lemon, mint, and egg white). Other attractions include a Wu-Tang-themed escape room, live painting, and cello covers of Wu-Tang songs. Suntha is also entering an Eventbrite contest that could land him $10,000 more for his event budget, which could mean him bringing in some "special guests" (possibly members of Wu-Tang?). The date for the event has not yet been set, but it's slated for September or October and will cost around $333 to attend.

Seattle chefs appear on TV
You can tune in to watch multiple local chefs represent Seattle on the small screen this week. First, Conversation Add to a List chef (and recent Chopped winner) Kaleena Bliss and Barkada Add to a List owner Bryan Madayag are competing on the West Coast team on the Food Network's new show Beachside Brawl. In addition, you can catch Seattle-born Graham Elliot and former Kenmore resident Nikki Tomaino Allemand on PBS's new Great American Recipe, which premieres tonight at 9 pm.



Kirkland Urban Block Party Add to a List
Stroll through Kirkland Urban and try Washington wines at 14 different local businesses.
Kirkland Urban, 5-8:30 pm


Block Party Grand Opening Add to a List
The local community-based organization Clean Greens, which is focused on food and social justice, will kick off its season with free barbecue and plant-based meals, a live band, DJ tunes, kids' games, raffles, local vendors, a live cooking demo from the "Kitchen Mechanic" Josh Humphrey, and other family-friendly activities.
Clean Greens Farm and Market, 11 am

Edmonds Wine Walk Add to a List
Traipse through quaint downtown Edmonds on a summer evening and try Pacific Northwest wines at various local businesses.
Downtown Edmonds, 5-8 pm

Italian Liqueur Tasting Add to a List
Refine your palate by tasting a variety of Italian cordials, aperitivos, digestivos, and liqueurs produced by the Meletti family.
Esquin Wine Merchants, 2-4 pm

Coco Pandan Pop-Up Add to a List
Scarf pandan treats from the pop-up Coco Pandan.
Hello Em, 2-6 pm

Lager Fest Add to a List
An abundance of crushable lagers, including Reuben's Pilsner, Wolfsburg Helles, Pre-Prohibition Lager, a Kveik Lager, and Světlé Pivo, plus some guest taps from other Pacific Northwest and European breweries, will dominate the taps at Reuben's Brews.
Reuben's Brews, 11 am

Sweet Tooth Pop-Up Add to a List
Sate your sweet tooth with a selection of confections from local vendors at the South Lake Union Saturday Market.
South Lake Union Saturday Market, 11 am-4 pm

Time for Pink Wine! Add to a List
Refine your palate by tasting six drastically different rosés, in a spectrum of hues ranging from "pale onion skin" to "deep magenta." Fresh salmon spring rolls will be available for your snacking pleasure.
Hot Stove Society, 5-6:30 pm

Seattle Pride Beer Garden Add to a List
Elysian's third annual Pride beer garden will feature a drag extravaganza hosted by Londyn Bradshaw, with performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 star DeJa Skye, Dion Dior Black, Moltyn Decadence, DonnaTella Howe, Rowan Ruthless, and Issa Man, plus music by DJ Jane Don't. A portion of the proceeds from every pint of Elysian's Cake Topper will be donated to Seattle Pride.
Elysian Brewing Company, 12-10 pm


TotFest Seattle Add to a List
Celebrate the delightfully squishy-crisp deep-fried potato product at this festival featuring 15 different dishes, ranging from Reuben sandwich tots to crispy pork belly banh mi tots to tequila jalapeño popper tots, plus over 50 craft beers, ciders, and seltzers.
Magnuson Park Hangar 30


Cider Rider Add to a List
Hop on your bike and pedal your heart out on this ride that starts at the Lynnwood Costco and ends with crisp ciders at the Republic of Cider tasting room in SoDo.
Republic of Cider, 9 am-5 pm

Howdy Bagel Pop-Up Add to a List
Get your hands on the queer-owned, Tacoma-based business Howdy Bagel's coveted boiled dough rings.
Chuck's Hop Shop Central District, 11 am-3 pm

Back Alley Block Parties Add to a List
During the last Sunday of every month this summer, Black & Tan Hall will host joyful community gatherings with local chefs, vendors, live music, DJ tunes, and dance performances.
Black & Tan Hall, 1-6 pm

Solstice Dinner Party + Andean Agave Tasting Add to a List
Celebrate Inti Raymi, the Quechuan solstice festival which marks the start of the Incan new year, with Chawar, a producer of the unique and little-known Andean agave spirit miske. You'll get to taste all four expressions of Chawar's miske while enjoying a meal with traditional Ecuadorian elements.
Eight Row, 5:30-9 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: Romy Gill, On The Himalayan Trail Add to a List
Indian food writer chef and food writer Romy Gill will discuss her newest cookbook On The Himalayan Trail, which shares the history of the cuisine of Kashmir and Ladakh and includes over 80 recipes, with local journalist Ruby de Luna.
Book Larder, 6:30-8 pm


Li'l Woody's
The local burger chain is celebrating Pride weekend with its newest weekly special, made in collaboration with organizers of Taking Black Pride Add to a List : a sandwich with chipotle mayo, a pepper honey fried chicken breast, Hills bacon, Swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced pickles, and sliced red onions.
Ballard, Capitol Hill, White Center
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Raised Doughnuts Add to a List
The Central District doughnut destination has revealed its upcoming July flavors: strawberry shortcake, black sesame mochi, sweet corn, bacon blue cheese blueberry, chocolate crunch cruller (Fridays only), and blackberry serrano (Saturdays and Sundays only).
Central District
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WeRo Add to a List
The modern Korean bar and restaurant in Ballard recently added an enticing pork belly ssam dish to its menu, served with charred napa cabbage, mustard greens, and apple geotjeori (which they liken to "unfermented kimchi") and topped with shiitake chips.
Pickup, dine-in

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