Best bets for Seattle Restaurant Week, hot dogs given some extra love, the opening of Girin in Pioneer Square and more.

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SEATTLE RESTAURANT WEEK is the giant among restaurant promos, and it starts Sunday, with 165-plus Seattle-area spots serving up $30 three-course dinners (and some $15 two-course lunches). It runs from April 12 to 16 and April 19 to 23. To get the most for your money, head to pricier all-stars like Lark, Kisaku, Ma’ono, Miyabi 45th, Monsoon, Poppy, Restaurant Roux, Sushi Kappo Tamura, Tilth and Volterra. Remember you can peruse all the special menus online. Also: Make a reservation! And tip well (these things are hell for servers)! MORE>>>

THE FIRST STEP TOWARD $15 was a stumble for Tom Douglas, who introduced a 2 percent minimum-wage surcharge on his restaurants’ bills with a screed on his blog last week. He caught a raft of displeasure for the move and rescinded it just a day later. He also took down the blog post, saying his own “political comments” were “unnecessarily snippy and snarky.” MORE>>>

PLAY BALL, or rather watch the Mariners play ball while you eat a bacon-wrapped hot dog at Safeco. MORE>>>

MS. HELEN and her soul food are coming back to feed Seattle this fall — for real this time, it seems (unlike last time). Yay! MORE>>>

SUTRA will be closing. Due to, of course, new development, its Wallingford home will be torn down. But fans of its high-end vegetarian work have until October to go enjoy it. MORE>>>


GIRIN is the latest place to open in Pioneer Square, and it’s upscale Korean food from Brandon Kirksey, formerly of Italian spots Tavolàta, Rione XIII and Flour + Water in San Francisco. It’s run by Steven Han of Japanese restaurants Momiji, Kushibar and Umi Sake House. If all that sounds a little sideways, the interior alone makes it sound worth stopping in. MORE>>>

ART MARBLE 21 has taken the place of World Sports Grille in South Lake Union. It’s named after the building’s original 1921 occupant, a marble company, and aims to be less like, um, a “sports grille” and “more of a restaurant who offers sports viewing as well.” MORE>>>

IT’S BAO TIME is now open, selling Taiwanese favorites from its truck in South Lake Union. MORE>>>

CHICK-FIL-A has debuted in Bellevue, in case you missed all the hype. Prefer a chicken sandwich from a locally owned, non-chain spot? MORE>>>


THE SAINT has its seventh birthday party tonight, there’s a mezcal class at Mezcaleria Oaxaca tomorrow and MORE>>>

ANTHONY BOURDAIN is coming to the Paramount on July 27. It appears that tickets are on sale already, but you have to enter the code “unknown” (no one knows why). MORE>>>