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Udon Takeout Window: Wallingford’s Monopoly on the Japanese Food Scene Lives On

Sandwiched between an auto parts store and an apartment building on the corner of Stone/45th, you wouldn’t expect to find a Japanese udon takeout window; unless you are in Wallingford, and then it all makes sense. The northern Seattle neighborhood has one of the largest concentrations of Japanese food in Seattle, and the udon takeout window […]

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Brimmer & Heeltap: The Neighborhood Restaurant You Wish Were in Your Neighborhood

  As a SAMBAR loyalist, I’m ridden with skepticism and a bad attitude walking towards Brimmer & Heeltap for the first time. I’m ranting to my man: “What?! They removed the partition between the late Le Gourmand and SAMBAR? And the signature red awning is gone? This…..” I open the door and stop in mid-sentence. […]

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La Bodega: Better Than Paseo?

As the Uber driver drops me off at the address I have given him, his forehead crinkles with that parental concern as he asks, “Are you sure this is where you want me to drop you off for lunch? I don’t see nothing on this street.” Tucked in a little protective nook behind a tree […]

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Fremont “Upstairs” Has Arrived

When do you know a neighborhood has “made” it? I polled a few people and the answers vary: ” When it’s got a bar, convenience store, and a greasy diner all within a few hundred yards. ” “When all the lawns look nice and people don’t litter them with Miller beer cans.” “When parking becomes […]

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SNEAK PREVIEW: Le Petit Cochon – Here, Piggy Piggy

If you consider yourself a carnivorous adventurer who craves some fun when you eat out, then Derek Ronspies’ 2nd floor Fremont nose to tail restaurant, Le Petit Cochon, is for you. But let’s be clear. We are not talking about satiating the appetites of simpleton beefcakes whose idea of a superb meal is pounding six […]

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Umami is…

Trying to describe umami is like trying to explain how a punch in the face feels. The concept of umami is somewhat abstract until you taste it and then BOOM, it hits you. “Think savory, aged cheese, shrimp paste, fermented fish, mushrooms.” It’s the fifth flavor, after sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. After explaining it, […]

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Top 4: These Places Are About to Get Serious

The best spots don’t seem to stay obscure for long: Word is out that Dot’s Delicatessen is churning out more than just wieners, everyone is winning at The Whale Wins, and the queue for steak tartare and Anna’s cocktails at The Walrus and the Carpenter seems to outnumber the line to visit The White House. […]

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Pop-up Picnic Chef Spotlights: Il Corvo and Aragona

You have just over a week to purchase your tickets for Seattle’s first pop-up picnic. The One Night Only event is going down on August 10th at Cal Anderson Park. It is all about people grubbing on street food made from 12 of Seattle’s finest chefs. Get your arse in gear and grab a ticket so you […]

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Chico Madrid Makes This Chica Muy Happy

I have always sought out that low key neighborhood restaurant, the one where I can easily step out of my door in flip flops and a ponytail with a newspaper in hand: casual, no-frills, good food sans the drama, and no reservations or hype. Well, I have finally found it, in my former neighborhood of […]

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Li’l Woody’s Doubles Down in Ballard

With all the questions I have been getting from friends and followers about the Li’l Woody’s burger spot that opened in Ballard this past Monday, you would think Woody’s is serving cronuts or some new food fad that involves butter, pastry and fried bacon. The five-day old Ballard Li’l Woody’s is a larger version of […]

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