The cult ice cream Salt & Straw comes to Seattle, while Bellevue gets a new food hall with burgers and ramen.
Finally, the wait is over, though you will have to wait in long lines. Salt & Straw ice cream opened in Ballard last week and is scheduled to open on Feb. 16 on Capitol Hill, near the corner of East Pike Street and Boylston Avenue. The stores feature 16 flavors, from strawberry-honey-balsamic with black pepper to a Rachel’s raspberry ginger beer sorbet. Salt & Straw uses iconic local ingredients such as Westland Distillery, Beecher’s Cheese and Fran’s Chocolates in its ice cream. Look for our feature on this cult ice-cream chain soon.
Westman’s Bagel and Coffee, from Monica Dimas and baker Molly Westman, serves New York-style bagels out of a counter window. Go early. Many bagels sell out by late afternoon.
The Shambles, a butcher shop/bar in Maple Leaf, is one of the big openings this season. The bar has gone through three months’ worth of meat in the opening week and had to scramble to cure more. Check out our review here. It boasts the best beer list of any new bar or restaurant opening.
Floret, a new vegetarian bar-and-restaurant from the folks behind Café Flora, opens in the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport next to the Delta Lounge.
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Reckless Noodles, which replaced the closed Atlantic restaurant in the Central District, serves Vietnamese-inspired cuisine. I recommend the spicy curry soup with beef cheek. It’s a sparse menu, but expect chef Kenny Lee, formerly of Lionhead, to add pho and wok-fried dishes soon. About three blocks west of Reckless Noodles sits Med Mix, which relocated to the corner of South Jackson Street and 23rd Avenue South after a fire damaged its original restaurant.