Capitol Hill


Lucky 8’s China House Merely Passable [CLOSED]

The tongue-in-cheek suburban American Chinese spot disappoints

If you grew up, as I did, in suburban America, you likely ate at a place similar to the Chinese restaurant of my youth, the Golden Wok. Chunks of pork were fried in a stiff batter and served in a pool of ruby gloss; chicken was fried and then topped with a mellow sauce and…


Best Happy Hours at Restaurants

For half-price wine lists, cheap cocktails and sublime dishes we’d happily pay twice as much to eat.

A puny dish of sodden calamari, a sad plate of flabby, lukewarm wings, a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon—it’s the dreaded not-so-happy hour, wherein a restaurant offers you “bargains” like these if you get there early enough. That’s just not going to cut it. Our mission: Discover the restaurants with the absolute best food served…


Tarboo for Her

The great minds behind Tarboo finally have a ladies line.

Never underestimate the power of a woman. Last year, Pun(c)tuation shop creative director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes and designer Matt Noren collaborated to create an in-house men’s line for the shop (called “Tarboo,” after the Hood Canal inlet) and, while their handmade, lumberjack-like shirts got an enthusiastic response from local dudes, their biggest fans were women clamoring…


Pie Takes the Cake Again

Cake versus pie? Judging from the responses I’ve gotten since finding out that I would have the privilege of judging the epic rematch of last year’s Cake vs. Pie competition last night, people are not wishy-washy on this matter. I’ve heard many a definitive statement to the effect of “Pie. Duh”; or “Clearly pie.” And…


Restaurant Preview: Momiji is Really, Really Pretty. And it Has Pretty Food, Too.

Every detail in the pristine space that is now Momiji (the magnum opus of Steven Han’s Japanese restaurants) — from the tables, hand-carved by master woodworker Craig Yamamoto, to the ethereal, cloud-like lighting fixtures woven from traditional Japanese paper fibers by artist Yuri Kinoshita — has been masterfully planned by Han’s dream team of artisans….


Red Tricycle Recommends: Seattle’s Kid Friendly Indoor Market

When seasonal neighborhood farmers markets end in early fall and rainy days revisit the Emerald City, the indoor shops at Capitol Hill’s indoor Melrose Market offer families the chance to discover fresh food and artisan goods and the opportunity to grab lunch inside a recently restored warehouse. With Doug Fir beams and exposed brick, the…


Sneak Peek: Jamie Boudreau’s Canon, Opening Later This Week!

Jamie Boudreau finally gets to eat his cake. A Canadian who escaped a far more sober life as a would-be physiotherapist, he has established himself as one of the Northwest’s most respected bartenders, with stints at Tini Bigs, Vessel (now defunct), his own cocktail show on the Small Screen Network, and a standing reputation as…


Eat Yourself Silly this Sunday at the 12th Avenue Festival

Today I accidentally referred to the 12th Avenue Festival as the 12th Avenue Food Festival in conversation. Same difference, if you ask me. There’s so, so much good to eat on that street. This Sunday, from noon until 6pm, 12th Avenue between Madison and Pike Streets will shut down so that hungry folks like you…


New Hangouts on Capitol Hill

Following the renovation of Capitol Hill’s historic Oddfellows building, myriad new shops, restauran

Following the renovation of Capitol Hill’s historic Oddfellows building, myriad new shops, restaurants and hangouts have opened their doors along three hot blocks of Pine Street, between 11th Avenue and Broadway. This hip microhood is fit for both day jaunts and late-night outings; here, you’ll find the street that never sleeps.   EAT + DRINK…


Ba Bar Opens Today on Capitol Hill

Eric Banh doesn’t want anyone making a big deal out of Ba Bar. “I don’t want the hype,” he said last night at a soft opening preview. “This is street food done simple.” Coming from the guy who takes Vietnamese and Asian cuisine to just about the most sophisticated level you’ll find in Seattle and…


Attack of the Foodie Tours

Seattle Food Tours and Savor Seattle begin the season of the roving feast

Now that it’s almost summer, spring is finally here. That means a new season of food tours that incorporate walking, eating, learning stuff, eating, more walking, and more eating. I tagged along last week on Seattle Food Tours‘ revamped Belltown Restaurant Tour, which in its third season has evolved from a snacky trek through Belltown…


Bar Ferd’nand Brings a Mellow, Airy Vibe to Capitol HIll

Open since last summer, open-air, wine-centric Bar Ferd’nand blends casual with romantic.

Open since last summer, open-air, wine-centric Bar Ferd’nand (1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.5882; blends casual with romantic. Owned by Matthew Dillon of neighboring Sitka & Spruce, Marc Papineau and Jared Baily, this intimate bar is perfect for a cozy second date or an impromptu wine appreciation session.   THE VIBE: Mellow, rustic and airy, Bar Ferd’nand…

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