Another Bok a Bok? New York-style pizza? This batch of new restaurant openings runs the gamut.
By The Pound, the fancy deli with a speakeasy-inspired bar in the back, opens at the corner of ast Olive Way, off Harvard Avenue East. There’s sandwiches, soups and salads, and yes, you can buy meat by the pound. The project is from the folks behind the cocktail bar Alchemy in West Seattle. But its talented chef Larkin Young, according to Eater, has left. Bok a Bok, the popular Korean wings joint in White Center, opens on Capitol Hill and got so busy over the weekend that it ran out of wings. Posted on its Facebook: “You ate all our chicken so now we need to start over from scratch.” The much-anticipated Princi bakery opens inside the popular Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Capitol Hill. Eater reports that instead of a menu, the staff will tell you what pastries and baked goods “are currently available, a selection that will change throughout the day.” The Japan-based Danbo Ramen, which has two branches in Vancouver, B.C., is also on Capitol Hill, which seems to be the hub for good ramen these days. And here some readers were complaining that the Eastside was getting all the good ramen. Also on the Hill, Neko, the cat café opens on Pike Street. Nearby, Itto’s, the popular Moroccan-and-Spanish tapas bar, expands to 601 Summit Ave. E. In the Chop House Row, the bike repair shop Good Weather now has a cafe offering sandwiches, beer and wine.
Downtown Seattle area
Chavez in the Pike Place area is an offshoot of the critically acclaimed Chavez restaurant on Capitol Hill. Same name but different concept. The new Chavez is smaller but built for speed, designed to crank out tacos to handle the office lunch crowd and the impatient tourists. It’s an impressive menu of gourmet tacos (octopus to braised lamb shank) from talented chef Gabriel Chavez. Chavez uses some of the best tortillas in Western Washington. It’s the only tortilla you will want for your taco party. Here’s where you can get them. Next to Chavez sits Mercato Stellina, a Bellevue-based pizzeria. The Seattle version of Mercato Stellina is bigger and includes a pasta menu. In downtown, Rider, inside Hotel Theodore, focuses on the local bounties of our water, with oysters and “seafood towers,” along with fresh pasta. Cafe Opla, a Vietnamese cafe specializing in banh mis and fried-egg dishes, opens along Alaskan Way.
South Lake Union
El Grito Tacqueria takes…