East Olive Way
By Marianne Hale
July 16, 2012
The burgeoning Capitol Hill ‘hood offers culinary and visual arts for the feasting.
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.
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.