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Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!

By Chelsea Lin

Cascade Coffee Works is now making sweet latte art in South Lake Union.

The new softly open location of Seattle Coffee Works—the “by the people, for the people” neighborhood coffee shop—is not a sellout. Yes, it’s at Amazon’s doorstep, and you’ll likely line up for a morning cup with many a blue-badged employee from the high-rise offices upstairs.

But owner Sebastian Simsch is quick to point out that Cascade Coffee Works (as this location is known)—housed in the new building that incorporates the 1927 corner brick facade of Troy Laundry, just blocks from a P-Patch and community center—is part of the historic Cascade neighborhood, which has been doing its own thing long before South Lake Union all but swallowed it up.

Now, with ongoing construction, it’s simply a neighborhood in transition. And that transition provides a blank slate for Simsch and his team, who have built three successful coffee shops around the city, each with a distinct character that caters to the surrounding ’hood’s needs. Ballard Coffee Works has a kids’ play space and lots of food options. Capitol Coffee Works has an experimental flare—particularly in the treatment of coffee as fruit—and is open later. What will the Cascade shop look like? Simsch said he wasn’t not sure yet when we spoke earlier this year.

A bigger kitchen provides some creative liberty when it comes to food (right now, they’re planning to sell Standard Bakery pastries, Sunshine breakfast tacos and house-made sandwiches for lunch); more fridge space allows for lots of cold brew coffee and happy-hour beers; immediate access to the “coffee geek” young professionals means brewing classes and weekly tastings. Shots will be poured from a custom Seattle-made Synesso MVP espresso maker.

But that’s just the beginning. Simsch says he’s open to creating whatever the neighborhood wants. As he’s worked to bridge the gap between the coffee pickers who “live on $1 a day” and the $4 latte drinkers here in Seattle, he’s hoping this new location, which has its grand opening November 8, will act as an equalizer—where the neighborhood’s homeless population, tech employees and residential families can meet eye to eye over a cup of directly sourced, environmentally responsible coffee.

Will his plan work? “We’ll see,” Simsch says.

Cascade Coffee Works
1130 Thomas St.; 206.340.8867

Syndicated from SeattleMag.com.

Food and fun are on the docket for events in June in South Lake Union! Check out some of our highlighted favorites…

Throughout June: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout June, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.

Mondays in June: Monday Midday Meditation
12:15pm | 415 Westlake
Get your week off to a great start with meditation. Monday Midday Meditation is led by experts Tay and Val, who will guide you through focusing, fueling and flowing through meditation in this rejuvenating event. Click here to purchase tickets.

June 1: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, June 1st, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

June 3: Art on the Fly
12pm | Denny Park
Celebrate the arts, music and dance with food and fun at Art on the Fly, a community event on June 3rd, in tandem with the SLU Saturday Market. There will be numerous outdoor performances, free dance classes, vendors of arts and crafts, food trucks and more.

June 4: Cavatappi Wine Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a special wine dinner this month, featuring wines from Cavatappi, a Nebbiolo and Sangiovese-focused winery with Peter Dow at the helm. Complementing the wines will be a five-course dinner with Mediterranean dishes. Tickets are $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

June 6: Drink & Draw at the VUDE
5pm – 8pm | The VUDE
Sip wine and color at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charitable Event, Drink & Draw at The VUDE on June 6th. Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee, proceeds from this event support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and cover three tastings of Hand of God wines, light appetizers, one raffle ticket and access to adult coloring books for fun! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale.

June 10: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, June 10th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

June 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
In their monthly art and wine event Caffe Torino is hosting local artist Jiamin Zhu and her collection titled, The Silk Road. These stunning photographs on canvas are reflections of fantasies and fairy tales encountered on Jiamin’s journey of cultural migration from the east to Seattle.

June 24: South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour
10am – 12pm | REI
Get a closer look at the neighborhood, and examine the key ingredients for urban revitalization on the monthly South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour. Participants will learn about strategies for urban design and architecture, engage with master planning projects as well as private-public ventures, and find out about unique experiments in development. This month, the tour is on Saturday, June 24th and includes the Stackhouse Apartments, 400 Fairview, Denny Park, 9th and Harrison, and St. Spiridon’s.

June 24: Get Out & Boat Fest
11am – 12pm | Chandler’s Cove
The annual Get Out & Boat Fest is coming up on June 24th, with free 45-minute rides on power and sailboats, education on nautical terms and techniques, and more. This family-friendly event includes kids activities, live music, and food vendors.

June 24: Seattle Outdoor Cinema 25th Anniversary
6pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, now known as the Seattle Outdoor Cinema. The main event is an outdoor showing of Rogue One on a 55 foot inflatable screen. This free family-friendly screening on June 24th will have food trucks, a charity beer garden, and lots of fun.

June 30: Beer Camp Across America
5pm – 9pm | South Lake Union
The largest craft beer festival in America comes to South Lake Union on June 30th. Beer Camp Across America features hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and fun! Tickets are $55 – $75 ($40 for designated drivers).

By Megan Hill

Hoping to capitalize on the still-booming South Lake Union scene, The Grilled Cheese Experience food truck has opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant to complement its melty mobile operations.

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The restaurant landed last month at 434A Yale Ave N, near REI and the frenzied Amazonia construction zone. Owner Mark Amatangelo says he’s long looked to set down roots for his business born on wheels, and South Lake Union was a natural fit given its explosive growth, workday lunch crowd, and the success of other truck-to-restaurant concepts in the area, like Skillet and Marination.

The Grilled Cheese Experience serves — you guessed it — tricked-out grilled cheese sandwiches with additions like house-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and sunny side up eggs. The truck will continue to operate; on any given day, it offers just a handful of sandwiches from a master menu of about 12 to 14. The restaurant provides Amatangelo the opportunity to sell almost his entire repertoire at once, save for the seasonal creations. You may see some specials rotate through, too.

Amatangelo is waiting on a liquor license, so he’ll soon be able to serve beer and wine alongside the sandwiches. At that point he’ll also extend his hours, which currently run only Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Syndicated from Seattle Eater

The long-awaited Uwuajimaya spin-off, Kai Market is now open (as of today, May 3rd) in South Lake Union! The market offers sashimi, a poke bar, and delicious grab-and-go meals for lunch and dinner with cold noodle packaged salads and bento boxes. Kai also has a live seafood tank with oysters and crabs, which will soon also feature lobsters. Fresh fish fillets are on ice for purchase as well.

“We’re hoping as the neighborhood grows, that people will eat a lot of seafood,” Warren Huch, store director told the Seattle Times.

To encourage this, Kai Market will host cooking classes and other workshop for hands-on interest in the seafood and Asian-inspired cuisine the market sells.

In addition to prepared meals and fresh seafood, Kai Market offers staple Asian packaged foods, condiments, snacks, and more. There’s a growler-fill bar with sakes, beers and a kombucha.

“Kai Market is about options. The lunch crowd can stop in for a hand-crafted bento box in the dining area, while the after-work crowd can take home fresh seafood and a carefully curated selection of quality Asian products for which Uwajimaya is known,” said Denise Moriguchi, President of Uwajimaya Inc., in a release. “We were excited to try something new and loved the idea of a store with a smaller, more intimate footprint in a growing, vibrant neighborhood like South Lake Union.”

The establishment is running a couple of specials over the next few days in celebration of the opening:

  • May 3rd: Free Kai Market snack bag with purchase (first 250 customers)
  • May 4th: Free 500mL Ito-En Oi Ocha Tea with purchase of any poke bowl
  • May 5th: Free Chocolate Pocky or Hi-Chew with purchase (first 250 customers)

Online ordering and catering options will be coming soon.

Get ready to enjoy some fun, food and music events this May in South Lake Union!

All May: Chandler’s Crabfest
Get your fill of crab this month at Chandler’s Crabhouse in South Lake Union! The restaurant’s crabfest lasts all May, with 10 different menu items priced $40 and under. There are five different types of crab, with 12 different preparations – enjoy and explore!

Throughout May: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout May, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th.

May 4: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, May 4th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

May 11: Family Reunion: Chuckanut and Pfreim Brewery Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern’s annual Seattle Beer Week dinner is reuniting Pfreim Family Brewers and Chuckanut Brewing for a delicious brewery dinner on May 11th! Brave Horse’s Chef Brian is working up a menu to compliment the beers from these two great breweries. The cost is $60 per person. Call 206-971-0717 to reserve your spot!

May 13: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, May 13th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch
10am – 3pm | Chandler’s Crabhouse
Happy Mother’s Day! Head to Chandler’s Crabhouse on Mother’s Day to enjoy a complete brunch. For $39 per person, the prix-fixe brunch includes your choice of a starter and entree. Add-ons are available, such as a Crab Cocktail Trio, USDA Filet Mignon, or Alaskan King Crab. Chandler’s also offers a couple of kid-friendly options.

May 18: Third Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health
7pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
First Church of Christ, Scientist Michelle Nanouche will be doing a talk for the Third-Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health A Talk, titled “Finding God, Finding Health.”

May 20: Herbs & Spirits Class at Cicchetti
1pm – 3pm | Cicchetti
Cicchetti is hosting a fun workshop on May 20th, featuring herbs and spirits for liqueurs, liquors, and more. You’ll learn how to capture the essence of garden herbs as you make four cocktails – each paired with delicious dishes. The cost is $80 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

May 26: Back to Bach by Emerald City Music
8pm – 11pm | 415 Westlake
This music event, Back to Bach, examines Bach’s influence on Western music, from percussion to piano and everything in between. Musicians from Lincoln Center, the Curtis Institute and other groups will be performing in a relaxed atmosphere. The cost is $45 (students only $10 admission), and includes an open bar.

There’s lots happening with food and fun throughout April in Lake Union! Check out these Lake Union events…

All April: Edible City Month
MOHAI celebrates the culture of food with Edible City Month in April. Experience a month of culinary exploration in this city-wide salute to Seattle’s innovative urban palate. Unique culinary events and programs will take place across the city April 1-30, including book signings, a live broadcast of KIRO radio’s Seattle Kitchen with Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, a food science fair, and more. In addition, diners are invited to collect receipts from participating restaurants and establishments to unlock special museum pricing to see Edible City: A Delicious Journey.

April 6: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, April 6th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

April 8: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Ave N
Seattle-area artists, crafters, makers, and artisans will display their work for sale from 11am until 5pm on Saturday, April 8th. The Seattle Makers Market is a not-for-profit arts group dedicated to providing space and opportunity for local artists, artisans, and makers to showcase and sell their work, and to create and encourage a thriving and diverse community of artists and makers in the Puget Sound area and beyond.

April 9: Cast Off! Free Public Sail
10am – 5pm | Center for Wooden Boats
Take a sail in classic wooden boats during this free event! The Center for Wooden Boats is hosting a free public sail on Sunday, April 9th. Rides last approximately 45 minutes and can be reserved throughout the day. Space is limited and rides fill quickly, so arrive early to sign up.

April 13: Seattle Kitchen Live at MOHAI
7pm – 8:30pm | Museum of History and Industry
Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, two esteemed Seattle chefs, bring their long-running Seattle Kitchen radio show to MOHAI. See their conversation in action, as they discuss, argue, and laugh about a broad range of topics connected to the city’s food scene. Cost: $15 MOHAI members / $20 public.

April 16: Easter Brunch at Serafina
9:30am – 2:30pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a two-course brunch menu in celebration of Easter! Look for seasonal offerings including rhubarb, fava beans and local cherries. Patio seating will be offered if the weather is agreeable. The brunch is $35 per person (not including gratuity or tax), plus a kids menu for $12/child. Make your reservation: 206-323-0807.

April 22: Edible City Science Fair
10am – 4pm | Museum of History and Industry
Celebrate Earth Day at MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming, and sustainability at the Edible City Science Fair. Enjoy hands-on displays, demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State. Discover some of the latest innovations in food science! The science fair is open to visitors (and exhibitors!) of all ages. Free for members; included with museum admission.

April 29: Tequila – Not Just Salt & Lime Cocktail Class
1pm – 3pm | Serafina
Explore the history of tequila from Mexican tradition, through Spanish distillation techniques and methods for aging in this fun class from Serafina and Cicchetti. You’ll learn how fine agave spirits are made, styles available and cocktail-crafting tips. Four cocktails will be paired with dishes. Cost is $80 per person (not including gratuity or tax). Reservations required.

Dine Around Seattle returned for 2017 on Sunday, March 5th, and a couple of SLU restaurants are participating! Dine Around Seattle is a little bit more fun than Seattle Restaurant Week, in that the restaurant isn’t limited to the three-course prix-fixe format of appetizer, entree, and dessert. Instead, Dine Around Seattle allows a little bit more flexibility, so that the restaurants can show off the things that they specialize in. After all, Dine Around Seattle is intended to support local businesses and what better way to do that than by letting the restaurants show off their best?

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According to the program’s website, “For fifteen years, Dine Around Seattle has connected tens of thousands of residents with the best of Seattle’s restaurants, contributing millions to our local economy and strengthening our community.”

Dinner at participating restaurants ranges from $22 or $33, to $44 depending on the restaurant and their offering. Chandler’s Crabhouse, Vestal and Flying Fish are all participating,

Dine Around Seattle continues Sunday to Thursday each week through March 23rd, so visit these SLU restaurants and enjoy a discounted meal, while supporting local businesses. Enjoy!

Daniels Broiler, situated on the shores of Lake Union, has been a Seattle landmark of fine dining for what seems like forever. With its sweeping views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Gasworks Park in addition to its incredible menu of USDA prime steaks and chops, all prepared impeccably, Daniel’s has always been the go-to venue for holiday and celebratory meals, fine craft cocktails and some of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy.

Recently, people have been up in arms as rumors swirled regarding the possible closing of Daniel’s Lake Union location, due to Vulcan Real Estate’s plans to redevelop the pier on which it sits. Those fears were somewhat put to rest this week when the Seattle Times reported that Daniel’s on Lake Union will not close, but will merely move to a nearby location, still along the shores of South Lake Union. It seems fabulous steaks and sweeping Lake Union vistas will remain on Daniel’s menu for years to come, and we’ll drink to that!

Over the years, Daniel’s Broiler has become a local fine dining legend in the Seattle area, synonymous with delicious, high-end meals, superb craft cocktails, incredible views and live music, outstanding service and a seemingly never ending parade of Seattle’s most interesting and beautiful people to be found on any given night, enjoying a bite or a sip. However, many of us who have grown up in the Seattle area, (particularly those of us under a certain age) know very little of the famed steakhouse’s origins.

Daniel’s has been owned and operated by The Schwartz Brothers Restaurant group since 1981, and has changed very little since its beginnings at the Leschi Marina in 1980, but it’s true roots go much deeper than that. Daniel’s Broiler was started by a man named, well, Daniel, believe it or not. Daniel Jack Sandal, to be specific.

Daniel Sandal, a born and bred Seattleite, grew up in The Emerald City’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduated from the now closed Lincoln High School, and got his start in the food industry at the World-Famous Pike Place Market. Daniel’s Grandfather, Dan Zido, founded “Dan’s Better Meats” in Pike Place Market in 1910, and it was there, (in a space at the market that is now known as the home of Italian favorite, Il Bistro) that Daniel began his love affair with meat, as a third-generation butcher.

Eventually the butcher shop moved upstairs in the market, to where you will now find “Don and Joe’s Meats” (unsurprisingly, Don and Joe are related to Dan, and have kept the family tradition of quality cuts alive in Pike Place). Dan took over the family business when his father retired and decided to expand their wholesale business drastically, with their meats soon being featured at Seattle’s finest restaurant, including Canlis, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The Space Needle and plenty more. He also started a daily-delivered, fresh-ground meat patty service for local favorite burger joint, Dick’s Drive-In, helping to make those burgers we all know and love so darn scrumptious.

In the Early 1970’s, Dan began his foray into the restaurant world as a restaurateur himself, co-founding Benjamin’s with partner Arnold Shain. The success of Benjamin’s fueled Dan and Arnold to continue on in the restaurant game, with the opening of The Gasworks Restaurant, but eventually, they parted ways as partners.

In 1980, at the ripe, young age of 40, Daniel decided it was time to start his own place, a place for steaks and chops so terrific, people would fall in love, and that they did. The vision for the original Daniels Broiler was to be Dan’s own take on the fine dining he had grown up with in Seattle, drawing heavy inspiration from places like Canlis, but staying true to the steakhouse theme with top quality steaks and chops consistently available and prepared perfectly.

Daniel’s was a sort of experiment for Dan, as he had only ever opened and operated restaurants with partners prior to Daniel’s Broiler. He was once quoted as saying “I wanted to see if I could do it, I did it on my own so I didn’t have to deal with other’s dreams and problems and wouldn’t be at anyone else’s mercy.” And do it, he did. Daniel’s Broiler became a success from the very beginning, in its original home, located on the glistening shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina.  At the time, this was a convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue residents, until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was built.  Today, the original Daniel’s location serves the Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Washington Park, Madison Park and Denny Blaine neighborhoods and a slew of long-time customers. 

Since being purchased by the Schwartz Brothers in late 1981, they have made very few changes to Dan Sandal’s original concept for the restaurant. The Schwartz Brothers did expand the Daniel’s brand to include locations in Bellevue (opening in 1989) and the location we all know and love, on the shores of Lake Union (since 1999), where Dan and Arnold’s first venture, Benjamin’s, once lived.

Dan Sandal passed away in 2012, but left behind a much loved and delicious legacy in Daniel’s Broiler. While many people find success in the Seattle restaurant scene, few reach the iconic status of Daniel’s Broiler, nor do they stand the test of time, untarnished and as beloved as ever the way Daniel’s has.

Daniel’s Broiler has been a Seattle staple for over 35 years, in 3 different locations, and it doesn’t appear that that will be changing anytime soon. While the Lake Union location may be moved slightly to make way for the inevitable growth and changes of a bustling city, it’s good to know it won’t be going far.

By Megan Hill, for Seattle Eater

South Lake Union’s restaurant scene continues to go bananas, and the Central District’s Vietnamese favorite, Ba Bar, has recently joined the fray.

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The new Ba Bar opened earlier this month as the headquarters for the restaurant’s popular pastry program. Now, you can grab macarons, kouign amanns, croissants, doughnuts, and more starting at 7 a.m. on weekdays in SLU.

Much of the rest of the menu is the same as the Central District location, but expect chef/owner Eric Banh to start introducing additional options soon, like mi quang, a bright yellow turmeric-infused rice crepe with a thick stock served with items like pork spare ribs, prawns, chicken, and squid. Banh also promises upcoming family-style meals on weeknights.

Eater paid Ba Bar a visit to scope out the space, which feels reminiscent of its original counterpart, with modern flourishes and edgy graphic art. A major departure from the first location is the central bar, though, which ties together a much larger space. Check it out for yourself.

500 Terry Ave N, (206) 623-2711, website. Open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.