East Olive Way

The burgeoning Capitol Hill ‘hood offers culinary and visual arts for the feasting.

wake up
Beloved Dinette (1514 E Olive Way; 206.328.2282; dinetteseattle.com) has a brand-new neighbor: Stop by Crumble & Flake Patisserie (1500 E Olive Way; 206.329.1804; crumbleandflake.com) for one of chef/owner Neil Robertson’s much-craved croissants and cinnamon rolls or a seasonal macaron. But take heed: Treats are to-go only, and, at press time, were selling out as early as 10 a.m. Meanwhile, the forced closure (due to a slated mixed-use development) of beloved B&O Espresso (204 Belmont Ave. E; 206.322.5028; b-oespresso.com) has been rumored for years, but the 36-year-old dessert house keeps on keeping on.

hang out
Stop in at recently opened Blindfold Gallery (1718 E Olive Way, Suite A; 206.328.5100; blindfoldgallery.com) to experience work by Seattle artists, such as August’s featured photographer, George Ciardi, known for his spooky industrial landscapes (8/9–9/9). Peek into the headquarters of Rachel’s Ginger Beer (rachelsgingerbeer.com), where the tasty, all-natural nectar is handcrafted, then head next door to Montana (1506 E Olive Way; 206.422.4647; montanainseattle.com), the brand-new dive with a small-town Western vibe that dispenses the fruits of Rachel’s labors on tap, along with 10 beers. Stop by on a Sunday around 5 p.m. and score barbecued vittles (less than $10) from one of the weekly visiting dinner chefs.

eat and enjoy
Dine in style at May newcomer EVO Tapas Kitchen & Cabaret (1715 E Olive Way; 206.328.5293; evo-seattle.com), which serves up flatbreads ($8), croquettes ($6), truffled popcorn ($6) and more small plates alongside live music and other diversions (including, recently, Lady Gaga-themed vaudeville). The chic space (with a gorgeous patio) and neighboring dance club, The Social (1725 E Olive Way; thesocialseattle.com), were both designed by celebrated Seattle architecture firm Pb Elemental. For more dining, coupled with offbeat entertainment, head to Arabica Lounge (1550 E Olive Way; 206.347.6093; arabicalounge.com), which, depending on the night, serves up dinner or innovative (and sometimes odd) exhibitions (check website for details), such as 250 pounds of icing smeared on a guess-that-flavor wall.

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

The Best Local Socks to Buy Now

This city has a thing for socks. From top toe protection to no-slip all-stars, we’ve found the best bets for restocking your sock drawer

(From left to right)

1.  Sock It to Me
This Portland-based company has the corner on the whimsical-sock market. Go for the women’s Shakespeare-themed “Taming of the Shoe” or the men’s Multi Player gaming sock for a silly but sophisticated fashion statement. $11.50–$12, sockittome.com

2.  Darn Tough
The name says it all. Based in Vermont and manufactured exclusively in the U.S., these mid-calf, micro crew hike/trek socks are sure to keep your tootsies dry and happy on a hike. The fun colors will make you even happier to take off your boots at the end of the day. $20, available at REI.com

3.  Peony and Moss
Founded by Seattle local Eva Spitzer, Peony and Moss brings the pretty with these high-quality cotton socks. We like the Scandinavian pattern knee high, but the thigh high works well with the high-booted crowd. $30–$32, peonyandmoss.com

4.  Mod Socks
Bellingham’s Mod Socks pays serious homage to its Northwest roots with its “Bigfoot Loves Washington,” a women’s knee sock, and the “Bear Necessities” crew sock for men. $10, modsocks.com

5.  Strideline
This Seattle-based company took the city by storm with its skyline lacrosse sock. Now it has come up with a new digital ink technology that brings photo-realism and hometown pride to your feet. Get the new skyline, Husky Stadium or the Sounders sock just in time for soccer season. $16–$18, strideline.com

6.  Balega
The unique left/right construction and deeper heel pocket of these crew socks make them a favorite in local specialty running shops, such as Super Jock ’n Jill. Balega’s ultralight quarter sock, $13, has been called the sheerest, lightest sock on the market and has garnered lots of hard-core running fans. Available at Fleet Feet Sports Seattle, Capitol Hill, 911 E Pine St.; 206.329.1466; fleetfeetseattle.com