Restaurant Insider

Thursday, 06/19/2014 12:00 PM
99 Park opening in Bellevue this summer
An independently owned restaurant is coming to town, and I’m not talking Seattle for once.  Located just off Bellevue Downtown Park, the aptly named 99 Park will be a sleek and sexy little spot when it opens sometime this summer (best case scenario, mid-July). It’s owned and operated by former real estate developer Micha Pittman, who is a Bellevue resident himself. Here are 10 things to know:
Wednesday, 06/18/2014 11:00 AM
Let’s talk about the dining scene in U-Village. It’s quite different than anywhere else in the city, yes? It’s like its own little bubble. What flies here isn’t necessarily an indication of what could compete in the realm of chef-driven neighborhood spots.
Tuesday, 06/17/2014 9:00 AM
Introducing Family Meal of the Week — a recurring column that explores the staff meals served in various restaurants across the Puget Sound. Today we feature Miyabi 45th.
Saturday, 06/14/2014 3:00 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, 06/12/2014 10:10 AM
Just like her Capitol Hill counterpart John Sundstrom, Ericka Burke is re-emerging with three new projects this year. And also like Sundstrom, it’s all happening nearly a decade after opening her first Seattle restaurant, Volunteer Park Café.
Wednesday, 06/11/2014 12:00 PM
Father's Day is fast approaching (it's Sunday, fyi), and while brunches seem to be reserved for moms for whatever reason, dad will still feel the love with these special menus. 
Monday, 06/09/2014 11:00 AM
Tom Douglas is planning to open a cantina/taqueria this fall because, why not? Tentatively called The Lone Stranger, it'll be located near the pod that houses all of his other restaurants in Belltown (Lola, Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Serious Pie, Tanakasan) in The Martin building on Fifth and Lenora.  I sat down with Douglas to learn more about this new concept he’s launching. Here are 10 things to know:
Wednesday, 06/04/2014 10:00 AM
Brimmer & Heeltap interview with Jen Doak Mike Whisenhunt
One of the restaurants I review for the June issue is Brimmer & Heeltap. I’ve known proprietress Jen Doak for years, back when she managed The Tasting Room in Post Alley. It’s been fun to watch her career grow.
Tuesday, 06/03/2014 1:00 PM
Mike Easton's Pizzeria Gabbiano
In addition to running his ridiculously popular lunch spot Il Corvo, Mike Easton is doing rapid-fire work on his upcoming Roman-style pizzeria, Gabbiano, which he hopes to open sometime in July.
Tuesday, 06/03/2014 1:00 PM
In a totally unexpected move, Dot’s Charcuterie & Bistrot owner Miles James took to Facebook last night to announce that his bistro would be closing — almost immediately. Dot's will serve its last dinner tonight. 
Monday, 06/02/2014 10:00 AM
Book Bindery announces new chef
Come end of June, Book Bindery in *Queen Anne will be closing for good, re-emerging in August with a new name and a new chef. By way of press release, the owners behind the winery-adjacent restaurant along the Ship Canal announced that Nico Borzee, most recently of Artusi, will be stepping into the role being vacated by chef Shaun McCrain, who has been with the Book Bindery since it opened in 2010.
Friday, 05/30/2014 3:00 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, 05/29/2014 9:35 PM
Sitka & Spruce's Álvaro Candela new chef at The Saint
Taco lovers, listen up. Two words why you need to get to The Saint as soon as possible: Álvaro Candela. He's the guy behind the wildly popular Monday taco nights at Matt Dillon's Sitka & Spruce that ended last month when Candela accepted the job as executive chef at Capitol Hill's "tequila salvation" on the corner of Olive and Howell.
Wednesday, 05/28/2014 1:00 PM
La Bodega
For the June issue of Seattle Magazine I reviewed La Bodega, which is easily one of my favorite write-ups I’ve done since taking over the role of Food and Dining Editor back in February. Professionally, the story behind La Bodega is one of passion, which always makes for a good read. Personally, I’ve known owner Manu Alfau since he worked at Tavolata way back when.
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.