If you’ve tired of the cold and snow as quickly as I have, it’s time to embrace the springtime by getting out of the house. And though it’s not quite patio season yet, there are plenty of opportunities to eat and drink well this month; here are some ideas to get you started:
Check out the coolest new pop-up.
For all of you asking me where to eat late, head to White Center to experience Sin Reglas. This new late-night dinner series—held at Bok a Bok from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays—explores international street food like tikka masala with made-to-order naan or hearty pozole with churros. Walk-ins only; follow @sinreglaspopup on Instagram for the most up-to-date info.
Fall in love with the jibarito.
Chef Eric Rivera is anything but predictable—and I mean that in a good way. His Ballard project Addo is constantly evolving, but one bit of consistency is his dedication to inspired Puerto Rican food. Wednesday through Friday lunches, he’s now serving a menu of his greatest hits—slow cooked pork with rice and beans, his mama’s flan, etc.—alongside some newcomers, like the jibarito: a pork sandwich with fried plantains in place of the bun. Find it all in Lechoncito, his restaurant-within-a-restaurant.
Support your local James Beard Awards nominees.
This week, the James Beard Foundation announced its semifinalists for the big awards in May—among them, many of our favorites, from Sushi Kashiba to Sawyer. Finalists will be announced this month, but remember that even making the short list for these prestigious awards is a very big deal.
Drink with the best of them.
Seattle Cocktail Week kicks off March 3 and features more than 50 spirits-based events, plus drink specials at dozens of the city’s best bars and restaurants. The most epic tasting opportunity happens on March 9 at Bell Harbor Conference Center, but pace yourself: Taste Washington, with over 200 participating wineries, starts March 28. You’ll need those in between weeks to recover.
Flex your mussels.
We are so damn lucky here—one of many reasons is our proximity to Penn Cove, where you can eat some truly amazing mussels in Coupeville (on Whidbey Island) and look out onto the mussel farm in the cove beyond. You can do that anytime, but March 2 and 3 is Penn Cove’s annual Musselfest, when participating chefs showcase this local seafood and farm tours are available. It’s an excellent opportunity to wander this adorable town and eat some good food.