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Courtesy of Stateside
Courtesy of Stateside

By Bethany Jean Clement

Seattle Times Food Writer


STATESIDE on Capitol Hill is the big-deal Seattle opening this week, due to the pedigree of chef/owner Eric Johnson: He worked at Daniel Boulud in New York, then opened Jean-Georges Vongerichten‘s Paris and Shanghai restaurants. While its descriptions aren’t especially elaborate, Stateside’s menu is probably what you’d call “elevated” French-Vietnamese, given Johnson’s background and the price point of small plates for $5 to $12, larger ones $18 to $24. Stateside is small — about 20 tables — and it has a pretty, understated tropical-colonial look. It’s located on Pike Street, right between Six Arms and Victrola. MORE > > >

AMARO BISTRO, from the owner of Pike Place Market’s Il Bistro, Nick Wiltz, opened Monday in Bothell. Amaro will serve Il Bistro’s “tried-and-true favorites,” but your favorite thing at Il Bistro might well be its bar—home to a host of great barkeeps over the years, including Murray Stenson—and so far, information about Amaro’s bar program is scant. (Presumably, it’ll have lots of amari.) MORE > > >

In.gredients — yes, that’s how it’s styled — from John Howie is now open on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, for those there who don’t want to journey to his Seastar or John Howie Steak in Bellevue. MORE > > >

LITTLE SHEEP MONGOLIAN HOT POT already had an outlet in Bellevue; now the slick international hot-pot chain is in Seattle’s ID. MORE > > >


METROPOLE AMERICAN KITCHEN & BAR closed in October after almost two years at Eighth and Pike (which is longer than any of the 117 Asian fusion restaurants that preceded it lasted). Now the space will become a branch of longtime Northgate favorite MASALA OF INDIA, which makes good sense for the convention center location.

LARK is closed, but only for a few days; it’s moving just a few blocks, from its original sort-of-Capitol-Hill-sort-of-CD location to a space at 952 East Seneca, behind the Garage. The new Lark’s target opening date is next Thursday. MORE > > > 


AN EXCELLENT COOKBOOK PARTY happens on Tuesday at Tom Douglas’s Palace Ballroom, with at least 20 local cookbook authors selling and signing their books, including Renee Erickson (A Boat, A Whale and a Walrus) Becky Selengut (Shroom and Good Fish) and Kate Lebo (Pie School). TICKETS > > >

In case you missed it, here’s why you should not call yourself a foodie.

And in other killjoy reading, here’s why you should not have eaten turkey yesterday (and it’s not because you ate waaaaaay too much.)


Two improbably cute people have raised $50,000 to open the world’s first vegan meat shop in Minneapolis… now they want $10,000 more. I think this is real?