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Staying Power: Two Seattle Institutions Mark Big Milestones

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Cody Bay

While the last week or so saw its usual share of food news from relative newbies – Marination Ma Kai opening, Chino's closing and the answer to the is-it-or-isn't-it Fuji Bakery mystery – two grand-dames of the Seattle restaurant world were quietly kicking off new chapters in their very admirable histories. Read more »


Increase Your Food & Drink I.Q. at 3 Educational Events

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Cody Bay
Wormwood Society founder Gwydion Stone serves up absinthe knowledge and glass pours.

The kids are back in school! Don't let them be the only ones out there soaking up new knowledge – here are a few educational opportunities you could, um, soak up as well.   Read more »


If You Eat One More Ice Cream Cone This Summer, Eat This One

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The pretzel cone with Bluebird's salted caramel ice cream at Sweet Mickey's in Ballard

So, Labor Day happened. I guess that means summer is unofficially over, but I'm not buying it yet. And according to a pretty inspiring weather forecast for the rest of this week, neither is the sun. For those of you who aren't quite satisfied with the amount of summer you got over the last three months, the reminder that the official end of the season doesn't come until September 21st should be a welcome one. Clearly, what this all means is that a) the sun is still out, and b) you should eat more ice cream. Read more »


Sneak Peek! Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen

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When new things happen in Ballard, they usually get done well, but they don't often get done big. Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen, the new concept from the boys behind Matador, makes its presence known from the get-go in a big way: a large neon cowboy boot giddy-upping off the side of a former mill house that looms large over the Ship Canal. Read more »


Kill the Keg Happy Hours + Free Burgers

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Cody Bay

Death to Kegs!

Something about drinking wine from a keg makes people want to do other off-kilter, Bacchanalian things, like glug it from mason jars, paper cups or directly from the spout, or, say, try to drink an entire keg of it in one sitting. Read more »


Opening Today! Skillet Counter at the Armory

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Skillet's signature frying pan marks the counter's twirling stools

The construction covers are off and the doors open this morning to Skillet's new concept at the Armory at the Center House. The crown jewel of the new kingdom of food offerings in the completely redesigned space, the Counter, as they're calling it, is predominantly just that: a large, open kitchen enclosed by a long curved counter, which is flanked by extra patio seating. Read more »


New Distillery Alert! 2 Bar Spirits to Open in Sodo

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For Nathan Kaiser, it's all about the hard work of his grandfather and his grandfather's fathers before him. Five generations of his family worked the land of the 2 Bar Ranch in Texas, which still exists to this day and conjures images of the era when men were men, and by that I mean in a very Marlboro sort of way. Read more »

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FareStart's 20th Anniversary Bash Resembles an 'Avengers' Gathering

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Inside the FareStart restaurant

What was originally a party featuring 20 Northwest restaurants and 20 local breweries and wineries has mushroomed well beyond the symbolic number 20, but no one seems to be complaining. About half a dozen additional restaurants just announced include Robin Leventhal of Crave Catering and Top Chef fame, Lecosho's Matte Janke, Jeremy McClachlan of Salty's on Alki, plus new winery additions like Goose Ridge Estate, Kestrel Vintners and Rotie Cellars. Read more »


9 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

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Cody Bay

Yep, it's time to show mom how much you love her, and everyone and their mom wants to help you do it. Here are a few of the special Mother's Day dining events going around town.

Lunchbox Laboratory says, “Hey, Mom. Show us your tats!” Moms willing to reveal some inked skin on Mother's Day get to scarf down their divine burgers, hand-dipped shakes and other goodies at both the Seattle and Bellevue locations for free. lunchboxlaboratory.com Read more »


An Even Tastier Reason to Go to the Space Needle for Dinner

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Cody Bay

Awesome as it is, most of us usually feel like we need a good reason to have dinner at the Space Needle's restaurant, SkyCity. Your Uncle Bob and Aunt Harriet are visiting from Muskogee. Your boyfriend wants to put a ring on it. Read more »


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