There’s no shortage of new restaurants to check out this summer in the Seattle area. Some highlights: a new Mexican restaurant from the people behind Barrio, three new ramen houses, and four new Vietnamese noodle and banh mi spots.
Pablo y Pablo is the latest from the Heavy Restaurant Group, the people behind the Purple Cafe and Wine bars and neighborhood spots like Meet the Moon. Its latest, north of Gas Works Park, is a casual Mexican bar restaurant, though it won’t resemble the same company’s popular mescal spot Barrio on Capitol Hill. A dozen different tacos, from wild boar meatballs to lamb belly “carnitas,” are featured, along with Mexican comfort food with little Latin tweaks. There are beers from Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Like at Barrio, Pablo y Pablo also boasts a big agave spirits list, around 70 different mescals and tequilas. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant seats 75 inside and 30 out on the patio.
Tentenyu started in Kyoto, Japan, and expanded with two locations in California before opening on Capitol Hill in July. The owners saw a growing ramen market in the Seattle area, a spokeswoman said. Its Tentenyu Chashu ramen is supersized with 8 pork slices. There’s also a vegetarian ramen option.
Ba Bar expands with a third location in University Village. All the favorites, from spring rolls to its pho-ramen hybrid, are offered. This new Ba Bar will double as a test kitchen; expect banh mis, egg noodles and other new dishes to be launched there first before you see them at the Capitol Hill or South Lake Union branches.
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