Seattle is known for its vast number of places to find pho. We’ve had good pho, we’ve had bad pho, but it wasn’t until we listened to the experts – that’s right, local chefs – and then we realized where to get the best pho! We found it at Pho Cyclo Café, noted by many for its quality steaming hot pho, but we were equally impressed by its large menu of Vietnamese favorites. From banh mi to noodle salads, spring rolls to seasonal specials, Pho Cyclo has more Vietnamese options in one place than most of the other pho shops in town.
Chef-owner Taylor Hoang started the company years ago and it has grown to four locations in Seattle and Bellevue. She’s got the business savvy, the chef palate and the cultural background to ensure her authentic, quality restaurants are serving up Vietnamese favorites. You’ll even find her taking part in Tom Douglas’ Culinary Summer Camp next month, leading instruction on how to make Pho Ga (chicken pho) and Bo La Lot (grilled beef wrapped in betel leaf). She also runs her own cooking classes out of the Pho Cycle Café Sodo location. We’ll have more on those classes and the new summer menu items soon – we’ve sneaked a peak already and we can’t wait for more!
As if that weren’t enough to keep one woman busy, Taylor also runs Lavender Jade Catering. It’s the caterer of choice when looking for your favorite Asian cuisine, from Vietnamese to Chinese, Japanese to Thai. Beautifully prepared and cordially presented, Lavender Jade adds spice and variety to any intimate event or large gathering.
We are proud to partner with Taylor, her four Pho Cyclo Cafe locations (Sodo, Downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, Bellevue) and Lavender Jade Catering as our newest clients. We hope to see you over a steaming hot bowl of pho soon!
If you haven’t checked out the newly remodeled Coastal Kitchen and its packed oyster bar then you’re missing out! Whether fresh shucked oysters are your weakness or morning breakfast gets your day started right, Coastal Kitchen is giving you ever reason in the book to dine with them on October 30 and raise money for a great cause with Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
All day long from open to close on October 30, Coastal Kitchen will be celebrating its remodel and its 20 years in the Capitol Hill neighborhood by giving 30% of the days proceeds to fellow Capitol Hill neighbor, Lifelong AIDS Alliance.
What do you need to do? It couldn’t get any easier. Stop by or make a reservation at Coastal Kitchen for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night on October 30 and dine! Dine on the new menus and old favorites, from the well-known coffee cake to omelets, clam chowder to po’boys, fresh shucked oysters to paella and burgers. Even cocktails from the new cocktail bar, wine, beer and housemade limoncello can be ordered for a good cause.
Want to learn more about Lifelong AIDS Alliance? They are a non-profit organization that empowers people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions to lead healthier lives. Lifelong helps people access health insurance, provides healthy meals, ensures that people have a safe place to live, and prevents new HIV infections through educational outreach and advocacy. Based in Seattle, Lifelong is the Pacific Northwest’s largest AIDS service organization. Learn more at www.llaa.org.
Now that’s a great cause!
One of Capitol Hill’s favorite mainstays reopened this past weekend after a four-week closure. Coastal Kitchen, the 20 year favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner, underwent construction that had crews putting in a new oyster bar for bivalve fans, building a new cocktail bar for the over 21 crowd, and installing new bamboo flooring and other details in the rest of the dining room.
A new menu launch beckoned longtime Coastal Kitchen diners and attracted new guests. New executive chef Jason Jones brings a wealth of experience to Coastal with sustainable seafood and other new favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night seven days a week.
For any oyster fanatics, count on at least four different oysters on the half shell daily, including the Two Buck Shuck, a chef’s choice of one variety of oyster for just $2 all day.
Find out why owner Jeremy Hardy decided it was time for a remodel from Capitol Hill Times, see how the reopening was celebrated in advance on Seattle Met, see pics from the preview event courtesy of Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, and read about the bicoastal oyster bar in Thrillist.
Coastal Kitchen is also taking part in Seattle Restaurant Week through Thursday.
We look forward to seeing you at the new Coastal Kitchen!
Coastal Kitchen will be shucking and handing out 1,000 tasty bivalves on the half shell today beginning at 5 p.m. This shuck-fest is in celebration of Coastal Kitchen’s 20th anniversary and the upcoming debut of the remodeled restaurant and its new oyster bar. If you’re an oyster lover or have never sunk your teeth into a briny oyster morsel, we want to see you there!
The First Shuck event will take place on the sidewalk in front of Coastal Kitchen. The event will present new Executive Chef Jason Jones and his staff shucking 1,000 oysters. Owners Jeremy Hardy & Tiah Holt Hardy along with long time General Manager Eli Britt will be handing out the free oysters and answering questions about the remodel.
Coastal Kitchen will resume feeding crowds breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night on Saturday, Oct. 20. The restaurant has been closed since Sept 24 to allow for construction on a new oyster bar, new cocktail bar, outdoor seating off the front of the restaurant, new bamboo flooring in the dining room, the integration of a private dining room into the main dining room and new flooring in the kitchen.
Celebrate this 20 year old mainstay and its new digs today at 5 p.m.! We’ll see you at Coastal Kitchen, located at 429 15th Avenue East on Capitol Hill.
After nearly 20 years change is inevitable, as is the case with the Capitol Hill favorite, Coastal Kitchen. Having grown up in Boston and being an oyster fanatic for years, owner Jeremy Hardy is ready to bring in more of those briney, half-shelled wonders along with other fresh seafood! Look for the changes this month with a reopening next month.
We’ll have more news on this soon, but for now, check out Rebekah Denn’s All You Can Eat column in The Seattle Times. Make special note of the “Punch List” card offering she writes about and you’ll be sitting pretty with culinary credit in Coastal’s new digs.
New Client! 8oz. Burger Bar… 06.06.12
Ah burgers, we certainly can’t imagine life without a good one in our neck of the woods. That’s why we’re excited to announce that 8oz. Burger Bar on Capitol Hill is our newest client!
8oz. Burger Bar’s menu is inspired by American tavern classics made with the best local products available. The restaurant prides themselves on their hefty 8oz. patties, with eight burgers made from a blend of sirloin, tri-tip, short rib and chuck, and an additional menu of eight burgers made from northwest grass fed beef, wild boar, kobe beef, lamb, fish, free range turkey, sausage and housemade veggie patties.
Local highlights include brioche buns from Grateful Bread Bakery, Essential Bakery, Beecher’s Cheese, Hempler’s Bacon, Bluebird Ice Cream, local liquor, and northwest wine and beer, including the custom 8oz. Lager by Emerald City Beer Company. All burgers are served with tender Kennebec fries and everything is made fresh and in-house, outside of of basics like ketchup and mustard.
Owner/Chef Kevin Chung has recently released a new menu featuring six new burgers including The Madison with watercress, tomato, ale roasted mushroom, charred onions, thyme infused truffle salt, caved aged gruyere, herb aioli, as well as the Sausage Burger with Carlton farms pork, house made sausage, Hempler’s bacon, fried egg, fig jam.
8oz. Burger Bar features a full bar with seasonal cocktails, boozy “adult shakes and floats”, like the Vanilla Dream with Bluebird vanilla ice cream, malt, caramel and Fremont Whiskey, 12 rotating beers on tap and over 40 varieties of whiskey, bourbon rye and scotch. Their twice-daily happy hour includes a progressively priced menu with items priced at $2,$4,$6,$8, including a Plate ‘o Candied Bacon, Mini Kobe Corndogs, Short Rib Sliders and more.
Follow 8oz. Burger Bar on Facebook and Twitter. Located at 1401 Broadway in the Harvard Market, 8oz. Burger Bar offers diners 90 minutes of free parking in their underground garage.
Lunch & Dinner: Sunday–Thursday 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday 11:30 a.m.–12 a.m.
Happy Hour: Food and drink specials daily from 4–6 p.m.; 9 p.m.–close
Vios Cafe & Marketplace Evolves 04.24.12
Vios Café & Marketplace, nestled on Capitol Hill’s 19th Avenue, is evolving and expanding its interior and offerings. If you walked into Vios for its inaugural brunch this past weekend you probably noticed some of the changes. As reported by The Seattle Times, the well-known kid-friendly restaurant modified its dining room to cater to various diners including large groups and couples while retaining the kids play area and family-friendly hospitality. The neighborhood favorite is also undergoing changes to its Marketplace by doubling its retail and to-go area to bring in additional local and imported products, more to-go items and wine sales. We can definitely toast to that!
Read more about Vios’ evolution and all of its new offerings in The Seattle Times and stay tuned for additional teasers on menu items, imported Greek and European favorites, and more!
In the meantime, read on for more about the new brunch menu. Weekend mornings in Seattle just got better!
Vios offers spins on traditional breakfast items such as the Vios Benedict with a potato latke or Our Big Fat Greek Breakfast with sausage, scrambled eggs, scallions, kasseri and tomato. The traditional Israeli breakfast of Shakshuka, featuring Anaheim and Serrano chilies peppers and tomato sauce basted eggs, chicken or lamb Souvlaki or a trio sampler with Vios’ famed Babaganoush, Hommus and Tzatziki. Steel Cut Oatmeal and Homemade Yogurt with Semolina Waffles fall on the lighter side of brunch offerings.
Time really does fly when you’re having fun, doesn’t it!?
Seattle Restaurant Week’s spring celebration is coming to an end this Thursday, April 19. With SRW combining spicy, zesty, incredible flavors, odds are your unforgettable meal has you time warped in a food lover’s heaven. Don’t worry; we’re here to wake you back up! Before making your final reservations, take a quick peek at how to source out the best-suited restaurants to fit your style. You only have four days left so get out and dine for a deal!
Dine Local or Broad
With over 150 restaurants, we guarantee there is a local restaurant just miles from your home. Having hopeful sun in the days to come, think of taking this opportunity to discover a new neighborhood gem. Or, why not spice up your life and make reservations at a new exotic location? To the true Downtowners, try venturing over to the Eastside. If you’re caught in the Ballard bubble, try Capitol Hill or Lake Union. SRW makes it easy, mapping out each restaurant by neighborhood. Click here to check it out!
Don’t Forget Lunch
Life gets busy, but with the option of lunch OR dinner, there is definitely time to set aside the pots and pans and dine out (especially when it’s only $15 for three courses!) Scroll through this list to see who’s offering lunch as well as dinner.
The ultimate perk: no babysitter needed. Nothing beats a delicious kids menu with fun coloring activities, except when it’s combined with a complete family dining experience at a perfectly reasonable price. This is also a great opportunity to let your kids join in the contest and hunt for the hidden QR code at participating restaurants; they’ll love it! View kid-friendly restaurants here.
Specialize in Vegetarian Cooking
You don’t have to consider yourself a vegan or vegetarian, just adventurous and daring to try something new. These restaurants will leave you feeling full and energized, minus the food coma! View vegetarian-friendly restaurants here.
SRW didn’t add restaurants to the spring promotion for no reason. Whether you choose to discover the taste of new cuisine or stick with the oldies-but-goodies, delve in now because it’ll be over before you know it!
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Greek Easter at Vios on Sunday 04.09.12
Our traditional Easter Sunday might be over, but now’s your chance to celebrate Easter like they do in Greece! That’s right, Greek Easter is coming up on Sunday, April 15 and you can take part in the festivities at Vios Cafe & Marketplace from 1-3 p.m.
As told by the Capitol Hill Blog and Seattle Weekly, Vios has a long tradition on Capitol Hill and in years past, chef-owner Thomas Soukakos (pictured above) has invited friends, family and neighbors to the restaurant for a private Greek Easter celebration. Now he is opening his doors for the first time for others to experience the Greek holiday and we can’t wait! The nine-course Easter lunch will include many Greek Easter traditions including a whole spit roasted lamb and mayiritsa, a traditional soup eaten at midnight on Easter morning after attending church.
Below is a sneak peak of the tasty, traditional Greek Easter menu. Read on, lick those lips and make your reservations for Sunday by calling (206) 329-3236 or online.
Lamb Loukaniko with cumin and orange
Stuffed Grape Leaves and Tzatziki
Spinach and Feta Pie
Fava with red onion and fried capers
Orzo with tomato sauce and mythithra
Kretan Dako Salata with tomato and feta
Roasted Potatoes with Oregano and lemon
Spit Roasted Lamb
Apricot –Pistachio Baklava with orange and cardamom
Koulourakia –Greek Cookies
Just $35 per person, $12 for kids over 10 years of age (under 10 can order from the regular kids menu). Only offered at the Capitol Hill location.
LUCKY 8s LAUNCHES BICYCLE DELIVERY WITH CHILDHAVEN BIKE HELMET DRIVE
Weeklong kids bicycle helmet donations & perks for donors
The playful, retro Lucky 8s China House restaurant is launching its much anticipated bicycle delivery to Capitol Hill residents while also encouraging diners to support Childhaven with children’s bicycle helmet donations. The weeklong helmet drive is going on now and will continue through April 7.
Lucky 8s is distinguishing itself as the only bicycle delivery and Chinese food delivery in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of 14th and Union. Lucky 8s is delivering dinner orders by bike from 5-10 p.m. for no delivery charge through April 7. Usually a $25 minimum for delivery, the restaurant is also giving a complimentary entree of vegetarian fried rice with each delivery order, a $7.95 value. Bicycle delivery is limited to the perimeter of 23rd Avenue, Boren Avenue, E Yesler Way and Volunteer Park.
In addition to the weeklong promotion, Lucky 8s is encouraging its diners to donate kids bicycle helmets at Lucky 8s or by donating the helmet to Lucky 8s’ bicycle delivery driver. The donations will be given to Childhaven, also located on Capitol Hill. The organization has been serving abused and neglected children for over 100 year. The helmets will go to children to fulfill birthday and Christmas wishes. Lucky 8s is giving each donor a coupon for a free lunch as a thank you for the Childhaven donation.
Lucky 8s owner, Bracey Rogers, says “We wanted to launch our bicycle delivery service while also giving back to our local community. Childhaven is a meaningful cause that’s right in our neighborhood and we hope that our Capitol Hill neighbors will be motivated to answer the wishes of Childhaven supported children.”
Childhaven prevents and stops the cycle of abuse and neglect through scientifically-supported programs that protect and treat children one month through five years and their families. Please join in making a difference for these children and for our community. Visit online at http://www.childhaven.org/.
About Lucky 8s China House
Lucky 8s China House gives way to a housemade menu of retro Chinese food, a cheeky interior and a playful edge that distinguishes itself in the up and coming 14th & Union neighborhood of Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Its 2012 opening fills a niche for Chinese delivery food while also providing twice daily weekday happy hour, late night weekend happy hour, affordable lunch during the work week and dinner seven days a week. Experience a menu featuring recognizable Chinese favorites paired with various specialty cocktails, reasonably priced wines and an assortment of beers. Relax at the bar while waiting for takeout, hop in for a quick lunch, dine in with accompanying kung fu movies playing on the wall, or enjoy Lucky 8s in the comfort of your own home with its bicycle delivery service. Located at 1407 14th Avenue, Seattle. find Lucky 8s China House online, on Facebook and Twitter.