Restaurant Insider

Tuesday, 05/27/2014 8:33 PM
Whether you like wine, food or Iron Chef-style cooking competitions among folks who don’t actually cook professionally, the Iron Vintner Challenge at Willows Lodge in Woodinville is where it's at. And if you’ve never been, this is your last chance to check it out, which you should, because it’s sort of a spectacle.
Friday, 05/23/2014 11:00 AM
Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage. OPENINGS
Thursday, 05/22/2014 12:00 PM
Westward dock
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching. And if you're not lucky enough to get a long weekend, perhaps you're lucky enough to have a boat—or a friend who has a boat—enabling you to get in a little chill water time at some point. Here now, for your cruising pleasure, are 8 Seattle restaurants (in alphabetical order) where you can dock your boat. Is your favorite boat-friendly restaurant missing? Let us all know in the comments, where invitations are also welcome.
Wednesday, 05/21/2014 9:00 AM
John Sundstrom finds new home for Lark
After more than a decade, chef John Sundstrom is back to opening restaurants, and he’s going big! Not only is he moving his quaint little Capitol Hill restaurant Lark to bigger digs, he’s launching two new projects — all under the same roof. Fortunately for the Capitol Hill contingent, he’s staying close to home, heading to the Central Agency Building next to IHOP at 952 E. Seneca St.
Tuesday, 05/20/2014 9:00 AM
Bell + Whete opening in Belltown summer 2014
The team behind Local 360 is opening another restaurant in Belltown this summer called Bell + Whete (“wheat”). It’s going into the ground floor of the 206 Bell Apartments, near the corner of 2nd and Bell, sometime this summer (July is the goal). And today, after weeks of teasing, they’ve finally let the cat out of the bag on who their new chef is going to be. Here are 10 things to know: 
Friday, 05/16/2014 9:21 PM
Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage. OPENINGS
Thursday, 05/15/2014 12:00 PM
Seattle Beer Week activities
It's been a busy month of drinking. First, Cinco de Mayo, followed quickly by Seattle Beer Week (which is really 11 days). The heady festivities end Sunday, May 18. Here are 5 ways you can still celebrate, whether you just want a cheap pint or a smorgasbord of bacon to wash it all down with. If you miss out on beer week, you'll have to wait until the next alcohol-fueled holiday: summer.  Elysian Fields
Wednesday, 05/14/2014 9:00 AM
At long last, Ethan Stowell’s new fish and chips joint, Chippy’s, is open for business on Ballard Avenue. It’s located directly next door to his other restaurant, Staple & Fancy, in the former Dutch Bike Co. space inside the Kolstrand Building (also home to Walrus and the Carpenter and Barnacle). 
Tuesday, 05/13/2014 10:00 AM
Mariners Sriracha night at Safeco Field
Is this Sriracha’s jump the shark moment or a genius PR stunt? On May 22, Safeco Field is hosting Salute to Sriracha Night during the M’s vs. Houston Astros game. For $25, fans of the condiment can score a Main Level seat, a Mariners Sriracha t-shirt and a voucher for one Sriracha-centric dish: a Sriracha cream-cheese hot dog, Sriracha garlic fries or a Sriracha milkshake.
Monday, 05/12/2014 12:00 PM
Babirusa opening on Eastlake
A little over two months ago (March 4), Eastlake Teriyaki closed down to make way for a new bar called Babirusa. It’s the newest project from owners Charles Walpole and Rene Gutierrez, who also operate Blind Pig Bistro next door. Tomorrow, it officially opens. Here are 10 things to know:
Friday, 05/09/2014 9:00 AM
Keeping track of restaurant news can be a daunting task. Here's a round-up from the past week to help you manage. Got a question, hot tip or need a dining suggestion? Feel free to email me directly.  OPENINGS
Thursday, 05/08/2014 11:20 PM
cask conditioned beer Safeco Field
Even for non-beer geeks like myself, there is something very intriguing about the word "firkin." And now that I know what it actually means, and why it's such a cool new addition to Safeco Field, I need to share.
Thursday, 05/08/2014 12:00 PM
Dan Bugge owner of Matt's in the Market
Welcome back to Throwback Thursday, a recurring column dedicated to the tried-and-true restaurants of Seattle and their secrets to staying relevant during an age of unrelenting competition. 
Wednesday, 05/07/2014 9:00 AM
Seth Caswell is Beach Store Cafe's new chef
The folks behind Willows Inn, including James Beard Award winner Blaine Wetzel, have brought in former Google executive chef (and emmer & rye owner) Seth Caswell to lead their new Lummi Island restaurant,
Tuesday, 05/06/2014 4:02 PM
Blaine Wetzel from Willows Inn wins 2014 James Beard Award
The highly anticipated 2014 James Beard Awards ceremony was last night, and Blaine Wetzel from the Willows Inn on Lummi Island walked away with a medalion for Rising Star Chef. He tied with Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Chicago’s Purple Pig.