Restaurant Insider

Friday, 10/21/2011 4:01 AM
By: Cody Bay
This week I checked in on what's going on at The Sorrento this fall, as fall is such a perfect time to drop in to Pill Hill's iconic historic hotel. Fireplaces, books, fantastic brown liquor drinks and good old-fashioned hauntings -- what more does a cloud-plagued, sun-deprived Seattleite need? 
Tuesday, 10/11/2011 6:06 AM
By: Cody Bay
Cake versus pie? Judging from the responses I've gotten since finding out that I would have the privilege of judging the epic rematch of last year's Cake vs. Pie competition last night, people are not wishy-washy on this matter. I've heard many a definitive statement to the effect of “Pie. Duh”; or “Clearly pie.” And truth be told, most folks who have weighed in to me have come out loud and clear on the side of Team Pie.
Tuesday, 10/11/2011 3:38 AM
The Book Larder, a new cookbook store and events space (and the only store between San Francisco and Vancouver, BC to sell cookbooks exclusively), opened this week to much fanfare.
Wednesday, 10/05/2011 9:51 PM
Catch Up: Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3
Monday, 10/03/2011 5:40 PM
Catch up: Read Part 1 and Part 2
Thursday, 09/29/2011 9:56 PM
[Read Part 1 Here] After my enjoyable but less than awesome lunch at Red Rooster, I headed back downtown to take a long afternoon walk. I needed to get a little exercise, to see my old neighborhood. I needed to walk my old favorite streets: Jane Street, Greenwich Avenue, Perry. I needed to make room, too, because somebody had reservations at Jung Sik.
Monday, 09/26/2011 5:10 PM
Back from four nights and days of eating (and don't forget all that drinking!) in New York City, my home for three years several years ago. Unlike many of the food-crazed, when I'm in New York, "the food thing" is only a part of what I want to experience. My old favorite walk--down Greenwich Street from the far West Village to Tribeca--and my favorite coffee shop--Joe.
Thursday, 09/22/2011 4:40 AM
By: Cody Bay
“I’m bringing back the two-martini lunch.” So says Mark Stern, founder of the Big Picture movie theater, of his new venture, Henry and Oscar’s. He’s harkening back to a time when men were men, women were women, and going out meant a big steak, high heels and the owner of your favorite establishment might have been named Vinnie and nicknamed “Knuckles.”
Sunday, 09/18/2011 9:12 PM
It was a miserably cool, long, neverending, agonizing spring. We've all recovered; those few weeks of 80 degrees were especially appreciated by kids and sprinklers alike, not to mention those of us itching to jump into Lake Washington some time in 2011.
Friday, 09/16/2011 6:58 PM
When it rains, it pours. This is true lately of restaurant openings: all of the sudden, a handful of tempting restaurants are opening in October.
Friday, 09/16/2011 5:54 PM
By: Cody Bay
The summer is winding down, but the food scene is heating up again with that new-season vigor. Here are a few upcoming events that will make the departure of the summer bounty not nearly as depressing.  Sunday, September 18: BLEND
Wednesday, 09/14/2011 8:20 PM
I've been thinking a lot about social media (Twitter, Facebook), how people use them, what they choose to share and what they don't. That's because I can't share most of what I do (most importantly, what I eat) every day because of the job that I have.
Friday, 09/09/2011 5:32 PM
By: Cody Bay
It's not easy to distinguish oneself as a brewer in this microbrew-soaked city. But Ryan Hilliard is off to a good start before his Ballard brewery, Hilliard's Beer, is even open. Hilliard, thanks to a relatively new small-scale packaging machine called the ACS 3.5 (by Cask Brewing Systems), is putting his prize-winning home brew-turned-professional-project craft beer into cans.
Wednesday, 08/31/2011 9:18 PM
Laura Olson is on fire: She's opened Po Dog and Grim's on Capitol Hill, and a bar called Detention (in what used to be the second Po Dog) in the U-District in just the last two years.
Wednesday, 08/31/2011 7:28 AM
By: Cody Bay
Jamie Boudreau finally gets to eat his cake. A Canadian who escaped a far more sober life as a would-be physiotherapist, he has established himself as one of the Northwest's most respected bartenders, with stints at Tini Bigs, Vessel (now defunct), his own cocktail show on the Small Screen Network, and a standing reputation as one of the world's great molecular mixologists. All this, it seems, has been leading to this moment: the imminent opening of his own bar.