Restaurant Insider

Thursday, 07/11/2013 3:44 PM
Hannah Raskin Yelp Help Seattle magazine
To many restaurateurs, Yelp is a nasty four-letter word. But to tons of devoted Yelpers, it’s a thriving community, a fun forum to air beefs and shout out spots that shine. There’s no denying its power, so why not make Yelp even better by dishing out advice on the best way to write these citizen reviews? That’s exactly what former Seattle Weekly critic Hanna Raskin has done in a brand-new ebook called Yelp Help.
Monday, 07/01/2013 8:38 PM
In researching my roundup of artisanal, scratch cooking classes in this month's magazine, I found a Fall City cheesemaker who goes way beyond fresh goat cheeses and mozzarella (essentially starter cheeses) to teach the craft of Tallegio, Manchego and Stilton-making. I found Northwest cooking legend Bruce Naftaly alive and well in Ballard, teaching proper buerre sauces to hungry students nearly every weekend.
Friday, 06/21/2013 9:05 PM
Summer's a time for soaking it all in, eating every single thing at its absolute peak freshness, staying out late to watch the sun set after nine, the air still warm, cold drink in hand. To help you max out your summer supper plans, I've rounded up four special dinners that caught my eye. They're the kind of dinners that take a little extra effort, a little extra money, but that promise to pay you back in vivid and spirited memories. Reserve soon, though, as they'll surely sell out.
Tuesday, 06/18/2013 1:32 PM
Sam Choy is such a tease. The celebrity chef from Hawaii has been Tweeting about rolling out a food truck in Seattle: “Sam Choy's bringing island favorites & more for you to enjoy. We cooking up Loco Moco, Kalua Pork, lots of Poke & other great dishes. Mo Poke, Mo Betta!” The huggable Choy is known as the Godfather of Poke and that’s going to be the star attraction and the name of the new truck, Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max.
Monday, 06/10/2013 4:16 PM
Sneaky, sneaky. Tom Douglas and Co. quietly teased the opening of TanakaSan on their Twitter last night: 
Tuesday, 06/04/2013 8:17 PM
Well hello there, high 70s. Why don't you stick around for a while? And why don't you--and you--and you--cut out a little early, head over to Marination Ma Kai and settle into a groovy green chair on the sunny patio with a shivery cold scoop of their booze-soaked Shave Ice?
Thursday, 05/30/2013 7:55 PM
Most of us fall into one of two groups. There are the daydreamers, who fantasize about opening a bakery, cafe, bistro or restaurant of their very own one day. They imagine the space, the tables and chairs, the lighting, and of course what kind of food they'd serve.
Monday, 05/20/2013 8:47 PM
Westward July opening in Seattle
We're in a familiar spring lull. Seems this time every year there's a short stretch of anticipatory time just before several restaurants open, in time for high summer. This year there are several worth watching for, including a major Tom Douglas project and a hidden Ballard spot from Renee Erickson. Here's what you need to know.
Friday, 05/17/2013 8:27 PM
See that over there? That's a Velveeta Éclair. Or rather, Éclair Velveeta; its creators, chefs David McMillan and Frédéric Morin, hail from the legendary Joe Beef in Montreal. And they're just two of the dozens of chefs who'll grace Portland's second annual Feast PDX with their presence.
Friday, 05/17/2013 6:23 PM
Westward, ho!
Friday, 05/10/2013 9:56 PM
The first thing I did after I read the email detailing Maggie Savarino's cocktail menu for Westward this morning was search "how to make vermouth."
Wednesday, 05/08/2013 4:15 PM
Canon, brunch pork belly hash
'Tis the weekend when everyone brunches with mom. But if run-of-the-mill scrambles and hotcakes won't do (for mom, or just in general), take a gander at the new, inspired brunch menus at Canon and Rain Shadow Meats Squared.
Thursday, 05/02/2013 9:33 PM
If you thought Tom Douglas' recent restaurant domination of South Lake Union meant the big guy was done with Downtown, think again.
Tuesday, 04/23/2013 6:39 PM
The iconic Belltown corner where Scott Carsberg’s Lampreia lived for two decades (and which later became Bisato) reopened last week as The Lost Pelican.