West Seattle restaurants – West Seattle Blog… https://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 BIZNOTE: Sushi Samurai shutters Alki location https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-sushi-samurai-shutters-alki-location/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-sushi-samurai-shutters-alki-location/#comments Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:34:37 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=922767 Don’t know how recently this happened, but Sushi Samurai has permanently closed on Alki – just noticed the note in the window while walking by for the first time in a while. (Likely relatively recently, as the restaurant’s most recent online review was posted a week and a half ago.) The original Queen Anne location remains in operation, and its website says, “Chef Ray has returned home to Queen Anne!” It’s only been 14 months since the Alki location opened at 2758 Alki SW, which Subway had vacated six months before that.

P.S. As discussed in comments, this now means five spaces are vacant in the heart of the Alki business district – the spaces formerly home to Tully’s, Alki Cleaners, Marée Bistro, Alki Urban Market, and now Sushi Samurai.

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FOLLOWUP: Soft open today for Oh’s Sandwiches in South Admiral https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-soft-open-today-for-ohs-sandwiches-in-south-admiral/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/followup-soft-open-today-for-ohs-sandwiches-in-south-admiral/#comments Sun, 08 Jul 2018 20:42:33 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921786

Thanks for the tips! Until 4 pm, it’s “soft open” day at Oh’s Sandwiches (3217 California SW), where the menu above is hanging over the counter and Linh is busy behind the counter:

She says their regular days will be Mondays-Saturdays, so being open today is truly a special occasion. And they’re offering a deal:

We first reported on the new shop, which is in a live-work space at the Revel townhouse complex, back on June 28th.

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West 5: Welcoming a new WSB sponsor! https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-5-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/west-5-welcoming-a-new-wsb-sponsor/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:20:00 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921601 You probably recognize this now-iconic mug – known best to hold the Mai Tai at West 5.

The West Seattle Junction restaurant/bar is one of our newest WSB sponsors, and we’re officially welcoming them in this week when we all celebrate what’s local as Summer Fest approaches.

This is a big year for West 5, celebrating its 15th anniversary in the spring. Co-proprietor Dean Overton explains that the idea of opening a place grew out of the closure of the old Admiral Benbow. He and business partner Dave Montoure thought that the neighborhood needed a good bar that kept the spirit and flavor of the neighborhood alive. Since Dean and Dave are both West Seattle born and raised, they thought they were suited to bring that idea to life.

Once they secured West 5‘s location in the Junction, Dave and Dean stocked the place with items from some of the other former West Seattle establishments, such as the giant plaster ship painting, which came from the old Vann’s (now the Maha).

West 5‘s signature lighted crown in the rear of the restaurant came from the time when the space was a bowling alley.

Looking back, Dean says he and Dave were ahead of the curve in trying to bring a great establishment to the Junction. (One that happens to be TV-free!) Over time, they believe that they’ve been around this long because they let the community have a say in which direction West 5 would take. While that’s meant some changes to the menu – don’t worry, some faves like the legendary mac and cheese are still there! – and drinks, it also creates a sense of togetherness for both the patrons and staff.

As always, West 5 will have its outdoor café for Summer Fest next weekend, starting Thursday night with the Yadda Yadda Blues Band. But you are welcome to visit any time of year – 4539 California SW – lunch, dinner, drinks, and/or weekend brunch.

We thank West 5 for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.

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BIZNOTE: Pizzeria Credo’s Food Network star turn set for Friday https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-pizzeria-credos-food-network-star-turn-set-for-friday/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/07/biznote-pizzeria-credos-food-network-star-turn-set-for-friday/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 01:52:37 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=921079 The filming was secret – aside from a telltale red car out front – but now Pizzeria Credo in The Junction has announced you’ll be able to see the restaurant’s appearance on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives next Friday (July 6th) at 9 pm. The episode title is “Playin’ Chicken” and while the online synopsis doesn’t mention the West Seattle stop, there’s a featured recipe from Credo – Tagliatelle Bolognese Sauce.

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BIZNOTE: Oh’s Sandwiches opening soon in South Admiral https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/biznote-ohs-sandwiches-opening-soon-in-south-admiral/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/biznote-ohs-sandwiches-opening-soon-in-south-admiral/#comments Fri, 29 Jun 2018 02:27:39 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920855

Thanks to Holly for the tip! That banner has gone up over a Revel live-work unit at 3217 California SW [map], announcing that Oh’s Sandwiches is on the way, with Vietnamese sandwiches and coffee. Checking it out after that tip, we spotted someone doing exterior work this afternoon. They told us they’re hoping to have the shop open next week; Oh’s hasn’t finalized its hours yet but for starters it’ll probably be morning through late afternoon.

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Can Bar opening this summer in South Delridge https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/can-bar-opening-this-summer-in-south-delridge/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/can-bar-opening-this-summer-in-south-delridge/#comments Sat, 23 Jun 2018 02:29:08 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920383

By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

The South Delridge area will see the arrival of a new neighborhood bar and restaurant later this summer, with Can Bar set to sail into the stretch of 17th Avenue SW between Delridge and Roxbury.

David Gradwohl says he and his partners — Josh Baymiller and James Imonti — are hoping for a mid-July open of their nautically themed bar and restaurant, with an eye toward being able to meet the community during White Center Jubilee Days (July 18-22).

The “Can” in Can Bar is a reference to the prominent role canned beer will play in the bar’s offerings. While there will be six taps for draft beer and a full bar, there will be no bottled beer available.

Gradwohl, who is also involved in La Cocina Oaxaqueña on Capitol Hill, says the increase in options for canned beer “spurred the idea” behind ditching beer bottles.

The nautical theme was largely the brainchild of Baymiller, who has spent the last eleven summers captaining a charter boat operating out of Elfin Cove in SW Alaska. Instead of heading north to be on a boat this summer, however, Baymiller has turned a 1960 Owens vessel into Can Bar’s bar, but cutting it in half lengthwise. The bar top was fashioned out of wood from the half of the boat that is not the bar, while other pieces — cleats, rails, port windows — will serve as decoration throughout the space.

There are also plans for patio seating behind the building, though it will not be available when Can Bar first opens. Eventually, however, the partners expect to feature a fire pit as part of the spacious area behind the building, providing a comfortable gathering spot for locals.

As for food, the Can Bar team intends to serve high-quality hot sandwiches, featuring meat they prepare in-house. Though the menu has yet to be finalized, visitors can expect smoked brisket sandwiches and po’ boys, as well as vegan options, to pair with “finger food” sides.

The bar will initially open at 3 p.m. every day of the week, closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights and staying open later on the weekends. Current plans are to have a “happy hour” from 3 to 6 daily with food and drink specials.

Once football season arrives in the fall, the partners intend to open earlier on the weekends to accommodate viewing on the video screens they are mounting around the bar area.

And yes, before you ask – Can Bar will be 21+.

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RESTAURANTS: Pizza-mania spreads south, with Southside Pizza https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/restaurants-pizza-mania-spreads-south-with-southside-pizza/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/restaurants-pizza-mania-spreads-south-with-southside-pizza/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:45:09 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=920028

This is both a closure and coming-soon tidbit from White Center: CTO, aka “Chinese Takeout,” has closed in the Beer Star/Lil’ Woody’s building at 16th SW/SW 98th – but the space won’t be empty for long. The CTO webpage announces, “Beginning on Monday, June 25th, we will be opening Southside Pizza, featuring whole pies, slices, and pizza joint classics that will have something for the whole family. Chef Manny is bringing his years of working with pizza to White Center and we’re excited about this new beginning.” Southside has menu info (minus pricing) on its in-progress website.

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FOLLOWUP: Admiral McDonald’s remodel complete https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-admiral-mcdonalds-remodel-complete/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-admiral-mcdonalds-remodel-complete/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2018 05:30:31 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918956 (WSB photos)

Admiral McDonald’s owner/operator Alia Abboud got to show off her newly remodeled restaurant to special visitors today. With her above is King County Council chair – and Admiral resident – Joe McDermott, there in honor of the official grand re-opening celebrating completion of the project we first told you about back in April. First the exterior work was done, including the drive-thru, and then the interior, so the restaurant could stay open throughout the project.

New ordering kiosks are part of the interior, but they haven’t replaced the human touch – you can order at the counter if you prefer. If you’re dining in, your order will be brought to the table, joining other fast-food restaurants in that service-delivery mode.

Other visitors there for the grand opening included McDonald’s government-relations manager Ian Tolleson and regional brand-reputation manager Lindsay Kirsh-Rainey. Abboud also owns the Morgan Junction McDonald’s, which eventually will get an overhaul too; no specific timeline yet. (The White Center McDonald’s, which has different ownership, also recently got the high-tech revamp, but in that case, the entire restaurant was rebuilt from the ground up, not just remodeled.)

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FOLLOWUP: Opening-night look inside Vine & Spoon https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-opening-night-look-inside-vine-spoon/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-opening-night-look-inside-vine-spoon/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2018 03:01:07 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918353 (WSB photos)

When we stopped by Vine & Spoon on Thursday to confirm the plan to open tonight, they were in last-minute prep mode and suggested we return for photos once they were open. So we did. Above, the wide view, a dining area with a garden vibe, including trees. That’s carried forward in some of the cocktails, including the “watering can” pitchers for the table to share, accompanied by flower-pot-style mugs:

Counting the bar – the only 21+ area in Vine & Spoon – and the “raw bar,” there’s room for about 112 people, we’re told by Matt Mead of F2T Hospitality, parent company for Vine & Spoon and nearby Alchemy (WSB sponsor).

But the two are offering completely different atmosphere and menus – as Mead puts it, while Alchemy is “dark and moody,” Vine & Spoon is “light and airy.” It’s open until 10 tonight at 4706 California SW [map] – and will be open only for dinner for a few weeks, then adding lunch and brunch.

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West Seattle restaurants: Vine & Spoon finally about to open https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-restaurants-vine-spoon-finally-about-to-open/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-restaurants-vine-spoon-finally-about-to-open/#comments Thu, 31 May 2018 23:51:23 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=918256 Almost two years after we first told you Vine & Spoon was on the way to The Junction – it’s finally about to open. 5 pm tomorrow (Friday, June 1st), the restaurant on the west side of Junction 47 at California/Alaska will serve its first patrons. We just confirmed this by stopping in after a tip that the paper was off the windows after all these months; we had noticed recently that they were hiring, which suggested opening was imminent. Vine & Spoon will be “serving fresh farm-to-table cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails.” Opening night is by reservation only; preview the dinner menu here.

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West Seattle restaurants: KFC closing; site plan shows Habit Burger moving in https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-restaurants-kfc-closing-site-plan-shows-habit-burger-moving-in/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-restaurants-kfc-closing-site-plan-shows-habit-burger-moving-in/#comments Mon, 28 May 2018 19:33:25 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917966

We just confirmed – after getting a tip late last night (thanks!) – that the West Seattle KFC (3501 SW Avalon Way) is shutting down. Staff there told us this morning that next Saturday (June 1st) is scheduled to be their final day. While the quarter-acre site is zoned for potential mixed-use development – NC3-65 – city files show another fast-food franchise is planning to take over: The Habit Burger Grill, which has 200+ locations nationwide. The Southern California-rooted chain announced four years ago that it had signed a Seattle-area franchisee to add more than two dozen restaurants in this area; so far, the closest one is in Tukwila. The West Seattle site plan shows a renovation on what appears to be the same footprint as the KFC, with the drive-thru staying (the company’s recent quarterly report mentioned an increasing interest in drive-thrus). No timeline or other details, but we’ll do our best to track down the franchisees. Meantime, if you are a KFC fan, starting Sunday, your nearest one will be in White Center (10050 16th SW).

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UPDATE: Local food and beverage purveyors delight hundreds at Taste of West Seattle 2018, helping the Helpline, delectably https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/helping-the-helpline-delectably-local-food-and-beverage-purveyors-delight-hundreds-at-taste-of-west-seattle-2018/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/helping-the-helpline-delectably-local-food-and-beverage-purveyors-delight-hundreds-at-taste-of-west-seattle-2018/#comments Fri, 25 May 2018 06:44:11 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917620 (UPDATED FRIDAY AFTERNOON with tally, vote winners)

THURSDAY NIGHT: Dozens of West Seattle food and beverage providers provided bites and sips tonight to help the West Seattle Helpline keep up its work, centering on preventing homelessness and other emergency assistance. It’s work that warms the hearts of those who do it:

Above are First Lutheran Church of West Seattle‘s Rev. Ron Marshall from the Helpline board, with Judi Yazzolino (right) from the West Seattle Food Bank and Judi’s niece Amie Edmondson. Among the taste providers, many WSB sponsors, including Leslie Thomson from Dream Dinners in The Junction (where you put together meals and take them home for cooking later):

The team from Metropolitan Market:

Pecos Pit was offering tastes of their “sticky sauce”:

From Mission Cantina, mango salsa:

The sign said it all for Salty’s on Alki:

West 5 is famous for its mac-and-cheese, which Dean and Sidney were serving up out on the patio:

Circa is known for its gumbo:

And what’s a repast without wine? Viscon Cellars was pouring:

The Westy was on the event’s lineup card too! We’ll be following up with the Helpline for the Taste tally tomorrow.

ADDED FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Fundraising total was $70,000, reports Layla Al-Jamal Judkins from the Helpline. And the winners of the voting by attendees:

Best Sip: Cafe Osita
Best Sweet: Bakery Nouveau
Best Pour: Beveridge Place
Best Taste: Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes

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BIZNOTE: West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after 9 years https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-west-seattle-junction-restaurant-fresh-bistro-has-closed-after-9-years/#comments Mon, 21 May 2018 23:59:08 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=917353 Thanks for the tips. We just confirmed that West Seattle Junction restaurant Fresh Bistro has closed after nine years. Proprietor BJ Duft talked with WSB by phone. He opened Fresh Bistro on the ground floor of Mural (on 42nd SW across from Jefferson Square) almost exactly nine years ago. He said there are multiple reasons they decided to close – last night was their final night – but didn’t elaborate; he said he’s grateful for “nine fantastic years” and that they appreciate the community support. Since the building was new when Fresh Bistro opened, they were the first restaurant in the space; what’s next? That’s up to the building’s owners, Duft said.

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BIZNOTE: Luna Park Café’s unexpected 1-day closure https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-luna-park-cafes-unexpected-closure/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-luna-park-cafes-unexpected-closure/#comments Wed, 09 May 2018 23:03:26 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916189 Thanks for the tip. Luna Park Café confirms they’re unexpectedly closed for the rest of the day/night because of water trouble. They explain that Seattle Fire was doing some hydrant testing nearby and that left them with brown water that’s not expected to clear for some hours, so they had no choice but to close. They hope to reopen for regular hours at 7 tomorrow morning.

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BIZNOTE: New (sort of) ownership for The Swinery in West Seattle https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-new-sort-of-ownership-for-the-swinery-in-west-seattle/ https://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/biznote-new-sort-of-ownership-for-the-swinery-in-west-seattle/#comments Wed, 09 May 2018 18:54:02 +0000 https://westseattleblog.com/?p=916155 Thanks to Pamela Rogers for the photo and report:

Longtime Manager/Head Chef Kim Anne Leveille and lifelong West Seattle resident (WSHS 2007) Sous Chef/Butcher Danny Rogers are ecstatic to announce West Seattle Swinery is now employee-owned!

Kim has managed and run the front of the store for over seven years, while Danny has been behind the scenes butchering, smoking and grilling some of the neighborhood’s favorite meats. On the corner of California and Hanford, the West Seattle Swinery is a one-stop shop offering a meat market, grilled burgers, specialty sandwiches, and deli products. The Food Network’s Grill Dads recently featured the Double B (bacon and belly) sandwich and Danger Fries.

Kim and Danny are looking forward to continuing to provide West Seattle with the family environment that is at the heart of our community, celebrating good food and good friends! Stop by and say hello (or Bonjour to Kim).

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