News Blog for Seattle's Wallingford Neighborhood


Some People actually like Valentine's day, this Post is for Them.

February 3rd, 2015 by master

As Valentine’s Day 2015 approaches, please understand that if you have a sweetheart that you want to take somewhere special, time is running out to get a reservation!

There are so many great restaurants to sample and things to do in this town, there is no way to list everything in one post. But I can select a few things that might make what is really just another ordinary day of the year into a more romantic and fun time.

You can’t shoot a love-dart in Wallingford without hitting an eatery, so I am highlighting a few that seem like great places to take a date. I am always looking for new spots, so please send me more of your favorite date spots in the comments below!

Here are a few that I have linked right to their reservation pages to make your task that much easier.

Art of the Table – Celebrating food with a menu crafted by chef Dustin Ronspies that changes regularly to reflect a full range of seasonal, local produce, with all items made from scratch.

Joule – In the words of Chef/Owner Rachel Yang & Seif Chirchi “We love to cook and we love to eat.” The menu at Joule is an eclectic compilation of foods inspired by Asia, France, Germany and many other places around the world.

Sutra – On the menu is a variety vegetarian food  served in an intimate atmosphere focusing on sustainable agriculture, community-style dining, and responsible business practices.

Cantinetta – An Italian restaurant specializing in Tuscan culinary traditions, authentic hand-made pasta, and seasonal organic ingredients from the Pacific Northwest.

mkt – An Ethan Stowell joint featuring an intimate space in tangetown serving thoughtful, contemporary American fare with a dedication to Northwest products.

Kisaku – sushi in tangletown that wants to be your friendly neighborhood sushi spot.

But wait –you’re not just going to have dinner are you?

You might want to check out a movie at our own Guild 45th or jump over the bridge to Sundance, Seven Gables, Varsity and the Grand Illusion Theaters.

Additionally, if you want to get out of Wallingford and the Northend *gasp*, here are some other ideas:

Please share more ideas and events in the comments!

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Satay news: Food Network show, trivia, more

June 9th, 2011 by master

Wallingford’s only Malaysian restaurant, Satay (1711 N. 45th St.), will be known nationally in a few weeks for its namesake dish.  On June 27 at 10:00 p.m. The Food Network will be air an episode devoted to “Meat on a Stick” on its new show “Meat and Potatoes.” You may recall that the episode was shot back in March.

To celebrate, Satay will host a viewing party at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s “Community Hall” (6532 Phinney Ave. N.) on the big screen from 9:45 to 11:00 p.m.  Everyone is invited to stop by. You can catch repeats of Satay’s Food Network appearance on Jun 28 at 1:00 a.m. and July 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Satay owners Peter Ringold and Patrick McCredie would also like patrons to know that the new back patio (it’s a lovely space shaded by mature trees), and that they’re hosing trivia night every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for $2.00 per person. Ringold told us that trivia will run about an hour and have a visual round, an audio round, a current event round, as well as other changing categories.

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Joule's Urban BBQ returns today

June 5th, 2011 by master

A summer tradition at Joule returns for the fourth year this afternoon/evening, when the acclaimed Wallingford restaurant kicks off its Sunday Urban BBQ at 3:00 p.m.

Every week Joule features a new theme — you can tour the world via BBQ (and tasty sides). Here’s the schedule for the summer 2011:

* Sunday, June 5: Backyard. Burgers and dogs. Sundaes.
* Sunday, June 19: Seatown. Salmon. Rain. Home.
* Sunday, June 26: Thailand. Bird chili. Pok pok. Hot.
* Sunday, July 10: American South. Kentucky mutton. Burnt ends. Soul.
* Sunday, July 17: Korea. Ssam. Kimchi. Wild fermentation.
* Sunday, July 24: Greece. Kalamata. Octopus. Blue.
* Sunday, July 31: New England. Clam boil. Johnny cake. Classic.
* Sunday, August 7: Vietnam. Banh. Rock sugar. Funk.
* Sunday, August 14: Carribean. Mojo. Jerk. Ya man.
* Sunday, August 21: Mediterranean. Nicoise. Sardine. Al fresco.
* Sunday, August 28: Japan. Yakiniku. Sweet soy. Finale.

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Thursday: Dining Out for Life in Wallingford

April 26th, 2011 by master

This Thursday, April 28, is the 18th annual Dining Out for Life event. Throughout the Puget Sound, restaurants will donate a percentage of each diner’s bill to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Participating Wallingford restaurants are Blue Star Café, Djan’s Dining, Kabul, Tutta Bella, and Rusty Pelican Cafe. You can book a reservation on the Dining Out for Life site.

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Made your Seattle Restaurant Week reservations?

April 8th, 2011 by master

This Sunday, Seattle Restaurant Week (technically, 10 days–April 10 to 14 and April 17 to 21) kicks off. Have you made your reservations yet? Local favorites Joule, Ivar’s Salmon House, Kisaku, Eva, and Tilth are the five Wallingford eateries on the final list of 100+ restaurants that will dish up 3 courses for $28. The price has risen $3 per meal since last year.

You can find menus for all participating restaurants at the bottom of their pages on the Seattle Restaurant Week site.

Seattle Restaurant Cooperative, which includes Tilth’s Maria Hines among its restaurateurs, came up with the idea of Restaurant Week as an event that included all types of restaurants, not just the higher-end ones.

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Wallingford restaurants give 10% for Japan relief

April 5th, 2011 by master

Tomorrow, April 6, dozens of restaurants across the region will participate in Red White Unite, and donate 10% of their total sales to Peace Winds America for disaster relief in Japan. Among the Wallingford or nearby eateries participating are:

See the full list of participating restaurants.

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Food Network filming at Satay Friday

March 4th, 2011 by master

Wallingford’s restaurants and treat shops have been getting a lot of attention from national TV food shows the past couple of years. The Joule and Tilth chefs were on “Iron Chef” and “Top Chef”; Trophy Cupcakes was featured on the Martha Stewart Show and will be featured in an upcoming Cooking Channel show “Unique Sweets”; and now the neighborhood’s newish eatery Satay will be on the Food Network’s show “Meat & Potatoes.”

The Satay folks posted yesterday on their Facebook page that “the Food Network is filming at the restaurant tomorrow so come eat and you might get on TV.” The show is described thusly on the Food Network site: “Meat-loving chef Rahm Fama follows his carnivorous curiosity across the country, searching out the choicest cuts of mouth-watering meat.”

Please do share a report if you’re at Satay today. We’ll be sure to let you know when the segment airs.

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Maria Hines' Golden Beetle opens next week

February 10th, 2011 by master

Tilth’s award-winning chef Maria Hines is making last-minute decisions for her second restaurant, Golden Beetle (1744 NW Market St. in Ballard). The new “casual Mediterranean restaurant and bar” is scheduled to open Friday, February 18.

Hines recently toured the Eastern Mediterranean, namely Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco looking for inspiration and the menu reflects that. “Our rustic menus draw upon the spices, flavors and heat spiced dishes of the Eastern Mediterranean,” the website states. Golden Beetle will be a casual lunch spot starting this spring with walk-up ordering and self-seating, then the lights will dim for dinner.

The glass-tiled mosaic on the oven. Photo courtesy Seattle Mosaic Arts.

The focal point of the restaurant will be the glass-tiled mosaic on the stainless steel oven created by Seattle Mosaic Arts in Wallingford. “Maria wanted the mosaic to feature the warm blues she is painting the restaurant, and to be abstract in nature,” Seattle Mosaic owner Claire Barnett tells us. “Given the fact that Golden Beetle and Maria Hines will feature local seasonal organic foods, we themed our colors around the seasons giving us four blue mixes (winter, spring, summer and fall) to work with. And the golden path going through it all was an obvious addition!” Barnett says the mosaic took a total of 300 hours to create “with the vast majority of this time being in the laying of the tiles.”

Hines plans to split her time between Tilth and Golden Beetle. She recently promoted Tilth’s sous chef, Jason Brzozowy, to chef de cuisine. Golden Beetle’s chef de cuisine is Forrest Brunton, who previously worked at Tilth.

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Wallingford's Asian restaurants among "Best"

January 26th, 2011 by master

Seattle Met magazine’s February issue focuses on “Best Asian Restaurants,” a category well represented in Wallingford.

These are the cuisines in which Wallingford restaurants were deemed among the best. Should you ever wish to leave Wallingford’s boundaries, read about Seattle’s other best Asian restaurants on the Seattle Met site.


Their menu is a cosmopolitan globetrotter, but Joule chef-owners Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi infuse the food with signature Korean flavors—deep, dark, and dank as a Wallingford basement, with spicy pings of chili pepper running interference against funk overload.

Who’s here The whole dang neighborhood likes to cheer up inside this noisy, butter-hued cafe. Make a reservation.

Don’t miss The kooky kimchi remixes—pear, shiitake, kohlrabi—and the BBQ board where a grilled version of the fermented cabbage serves as crunchy vegetal counterpoint to sweet chili sausage and silken short ribs.

Pssst Yang and Chirchi are now having fun with their food in Fremont, too: Pan-Asian street food joint Revel opened on North 36th Street this December.

Joule, 1913 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-632-1913;


The story behind this brand new place is as good as the satay: Two college buddies backpack through Southeast Asia and develop an addiction to Malaysian street food. With the help of a Malay auntie, they recreate the scene—bright red walls graffitied with local lingo—and their favorite dishes, all under $10: curry puffs, roti canai, red curry, and the best satay in Seattle—crispy and juicy with homemade peanut sauce.

Who’s here Expats and scruffy backpackers reliving their days spent sucking down satay and Singha beer in a Kuala Lumpur alley.

Don’t miss The curry puffs—both the owners’ top pick and ours.

Pssst There are only a handful of tables, so consider grabbing takeout or getting a stool at the counter.

Satay, 1711 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-547-0597;


Warm and sweet as the inside of a yam, Kisaku offers the deep skill of sushi craftsman Ryuichi Nakano along with the sort of neighborhood hospitality that welcomes toddlers to the sushi bar. With shy grace Nakano-san presents an unusual diversity of seasonal delicacies—cod sperm sacs, green sea urchin—along with more usual suspects, then under-charges for them.

Who’s here Must be neighbors, because street parking in this Tangletown tangle is near nonexistent.

Don’t miss Sitting at the bar to enjoy Nakano-san’s selection in the form of chef’s choice omakase. Non–sushi eaters should order the mackerel in syrupy miso sauce, a revelation.

Pssst Nakano-san (@kisakusushi) tweets his daily fresh sheet!

Kisaku, 2101 N 55th St, Ste 100, Wallingford, 206-545-9050;

Phad Thai (see sidebar)

The ornate Thai facade on 45th in Wallingford houses May Restaurant and Lounge, an inconsistent Thai restaurant with two mitigating claims to fame: a gently lovely filigreed-teak interior, and a phad Thai presentation to leave for dead every other pretender in town. Servers bring the noodles to your table wrapped in banana leaves, along with condiment dishes of sugar, peanuts, and chilies so you can season to your taste, then scatter the whole with a flourish of banana blossoms. Aside from being the prettiest rendition of the most ubiquitous Asian dish in Seattle, we’ll call it the tastiest, alive with all the right tarts and savories and sours and not a hint of that cloying ketchuppy tang we’ve come to expect.

May Restaurant and Lounge, 1612 N 45th St, Wallingford, 206-675-0037;

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New Year's Eve: Eat, drink, be merry in Wallingford

December 29th, 2010 by master

In just three days 2011 will be upon us. After you’ve gotten your new calendar and made your new year’s resolutions, there’s really not much more to do but celebrate. A few suggestions around Wallingford for this New Year’s Eve…

Eat: Restaurants Serving New Year’s Eve Menus

Joule is serving its New Year’s Eve Indulgence Menu that features caviar, truffle, egg, butter and cream courses. Details on Joule’s Facebook page. (1913 N. 45th St.; 632-1913)

Tilth repeats its Christmas Eve menu on New Year’s Eve (1411 N. 45th St.; 633-0801).

Cantinetta hasn’t shared its New Year’s Eve menu yet, but you can make reservations for parties of any size for the festivities (3650 Wallingford Ave. N.; 632-1000).

Eva in Tangletown will offer a decadent-sounding prix-fixe menu as well as a la carte options (2227 N. 56th St.; 633-3538).

For an all-vegetarian menu head to Sutra (1605 N. 45th St.; 547-1348).

Please call any of the restaurants listed above for reservation availability.

Drink: Festive Spots to Toast the New Year

Wallingford may not be Ballard or Belltown when it comes to nightlife, but a few spots are doing their part:

Babalu will host a Champagne Ball. Details on Facebook.  (1723 N. 45th St.; 547-1515)

Changes will ring in the new year with Aunt Flo and “A unique night you won’t forget” (2103 N. 45th St.; 545-8363). ‎

Murphy’s will have a live band and free Champagne toast at midnight (1928 N. 45th St.; 634-2110).

Sea Monster Lounge will feature the band PK and What Army (2202 N. 45th St.; 992-1120).

If you’d rather toast in the comfort of your own home or are heading to a party, sample some bubbly at Wine World Warehouse this week. Spend $200 at the new wine emporium between now and December 31 and receive a two pack Riedel magnum glass pack if you utter the “secret password.” They’re open till 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Be Merry: Special Events

New Year’s Eve Celebration at OmCulture (2210 N Pacific St.; 829-9969): “Ecstatic Dance and Flying Turtle Dance spawn an UltraDance at OmCulture! Five hours (8 p.m. to 1 a.m.) teeming with music and magic to bring your year’s journey to a close and pull back the curtains on the wonders of 2011!” Champagne served at midnight. $15 – $25 sliding scale at the door.

After a nice New Year’s Eve dinner, you could amble down to Gas Works Park to watch the Space Needle fireworks at midnight. The weather should be clear but cold — be sure to bring a blanket.

Know of more New Year’s Eve events that you’d like to see featured here? Comment or send an email to And have a very happy New Year!

photo credit: kashyap_hc

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