• It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere: Best Happy Hours in Seattle! 07.30.14

    Finally, the Seattle sun is out and there is no better time to catch up with friends or unwind after a long day of work than by enjoying a warm Seattle evening. Seattle is a haven for great happy hours and delectable bites, but which direction should you head next time you’re looking for those worthwhile deals? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summertime spots to enjoy delicious eats and a refreshing sip… or two!

    Cafe Flora

    Cafe Flora, voted “Best Vegetarian Restaurant of 2014” by Seattle Magazine and “Best Vegetarian Restaurant in the US” by Travel + Leisure, offers beverage specials Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy a local draft beer for only $3, or selected Washington wine or rotating craft cocktail specials for $6. Pair your drink with small plates or entrees off the dinner menu. Favorite late summer dishes include heirloom tomato panzanella salad, grilled focaccia, heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, spinach, grilled sweet corn, cucumbers, red onion, fresh mozzarella, dill vinaigrette; plum pistachio pizza, pistachio pesto, plums, ricotta cheese, fresh arugula; pate platter, with lentil-pecan pate, red onion confit, olives, pickles, croccantini, fresh fruit; and zucchini fritters, with parmesan cheese and chives.

    Fonté Café

    Just getting off work downtown? Head over to Fonté Café on First Avenue any day from 3-6 p.m. to enjoy their latest happy hour menu! For just $7 or less, feast on a menu of European café fare, including Arancini with parmesan and arrabiata; housemade Meatballs with beef, pork, pine nuts, tomato sauce, house brioche; and Pappardelle Bolognese, made from housemade pasta, beef, pork and veal. In addition to European bites and signature coffee roasting, Fonté Café also offers hand-selected and carefully crafted drinks at the wine bar. Satisfy those sweet java cravings with the signature Espresso Martini with vodka, orange curacao, crème de cocoa, cream, sugar and Fonte’s own fresh espresso beans, roasted right in Georgetown. A thoughtfully curated list of summer wines featuring red, white, rose and bubbles as well as draft beers, and well drinks, are only $5 during happy hour.

    Maria Hines Restaurants
    It pays to be green, especially when it comes to organic foods at happy hour! If you’re looking for nourishing, organic, and sustainable meal options, visit one of Maria Hines’ restaurants, all organically certified by Oregon Tilth, an unaffiliated organization that promotes sustainability. Happy hour meals and drink items at Maria Hines Restaurants are all priced at an agreeable $8 or less.


    Located right in the heart of Seattle’s lively Fremont neighborhood, Agrodolce offers up some of Seattle’s finest Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine. Stop by for happy hour daily, from 4-6 p.m. and indulge in the grass fed Mini Lamb Burger, with Dijon mustard, mostarda, and polenta fries; Crispy Sunchokes, with tuna tonnato and bacon salt; and the light and refreshing Arugula and Watercress, served with grana padano, Meyer lemon, and almond. Viva Italia, all while enjoying a certified organic meal in the bar or on the patio just off Fremont Ave.

    Golden Beetle

    Golden Beetle in Ballard serves delicious Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, and the happy hour menu is nothing short of divine. Served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily and all night in the bar and on the patio Sunday-Thursday, you’ll make Golden Beetle part of your weekly (or daily) regimen! The cocktail specials are out of this world. Sip on a Beetle Bug, not an actual bug, but a sweet, fruity concoction fashioned with vodka, fruit puree, lemon, and soda water; or on the contrary, taste the zesty flavors of the Charmoula Cocktail, made with cava, lemon, and charmoula syrup. Pair your beverage with savory food, such as the popular Fire & Honey Chicken Wings, the award-winning Spiced French Fries (fried in beef fat) or the Mini Vegetable Pizza with sunchoke puree and mama lil’s peppers. Towards the end of your meal, mix it up and grab dessert because you deserve it! Swoon over the Spiced Donuts, with honey syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon, for only $4.


    Enjoy organic new American cuisine from Tilth’s brand new summer happy hour menu, served daily from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Never offered before, this new happy hour menu brings flavorful and appetizing French Breakfast Radishes, with tarragon butter and San Juan sea salt; or the famed Mini Duck Burger, with housemade ketchup, fingerling potato, and mustard. Indulge in organic and sustainable Steak Tartare with grilled romaine, and French breakfast radish. You can even take your happy hour outside and enjoy a refreshing summer cocktail out on the garden patio. Sip on the refreshing Pimm’s Cup, Lillet Sparkler, or Lavender Daiquiri, just to name a few. Happy hour menu changes monthly.


    Head over to Seattle Mag’s “Best Indian Restaurant of 2014,” Shanik, in South Lake Union, for a happy hour comprised of modern Indian bites. Shanik’s recently installed patio provides the perfect opportunity to relax outdoors and indulge in unique and flavor-filled menu items for only $5 each. Offered Monday through Friday from 4-5:30 p.m., snack on the delicious menu of Spiced Mogo Fries, with creamy fenugreek and garlic dip; Papri-Chaat, with sprouted lentils and chutney; and Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicle (pura) with chutneys! Perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having– cool down with a draft beer, featured wine or cocktail, also for only $5. Enjoy Shanik’s appetizing happy hour out on the new patio, or inside at the bar.

    Nothing says happy hour like a Seattle summer. After a long day of work, take a moment to relax at any one of our favorites places across Seattle: Cafe Flora, Fonté Café, Agrodolce, Golden Beetle, Tilth, or Shanik! Each restaurant provides their own unique happy hour experience coupled with flavorful bites, sips, and unbeatable prices.

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  • Shanik’s New Patio + Bar Menu Shines 06.19.14

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    The new patio at Shanik, which recently won Seattle magazine’s award for Best Indian Restaurant, brings a restful respite from the daily hustle and bustle of South Lake Union. Instead of eating lunch at your desk or running home after work, enjoy the Seattle sun, a new cocktail menu, and modern Indian bites. Located just outside the front door of Shanik, the patio is appointed with planters, evening lighting and seating for 32 at lunch, happy hour and dinner. They can even accommodate parties of 10 at their custom built communal table – so bring your friends! SLU News gives you more reasons to enjoy the patio, here.

    Along with the new outdoor patio, you can indulge in the expanded new bar menu and happy hour menu, both which can be enjoyed on the new patio or in the Shanik lounge. Perfect for enjoying in warm weather, new items include Beef Short Ribs on Grilled Kale, Papri-Chaat with Sprouted Lentils, Marinated Paneer Kabob, and the highly popular Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicle. All prices fall between $6-10. If you need some help working your way through the menu, Zagat Seattle gives you 5 Must-Try dishes!

    The news gets even happier with happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, which offers 20% off the food bar menu and just $5 each for draft beer, red, white and rose wine and the refreshing Bollywood 411 cocktail.

    Enjoy the summer sun and amazing bites at Shanik’s outdoor oasis.

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  • Shanik’s New Head Turning Menu Item 01.22.14

    Shanik, the modern Indian restaurant in South Lake Union, just launched their new menu and it’s already grabbing attention.

    Photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times

    Cricket Paranta. Photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times

    The brainchild of chef Meeru Dhalwala (also of Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver BC), the new menu boasts Turmeric and Ginger Sautéed Cauliflower, Grilled Venison Medallions on Tamarind and Date Purée, and Beet Bites with Candied Walnuts, to name a few. Displaying her dedication to food being nutritious and sustainable, Meeru also developed Roasted, Ground Cricket Paranta. A delicious dish served with spicy tomato chutney, the crickets are actually very high in protein and iron, as well as being a sustainable food source – Did we also mention delicious?! As Meeru says, “Cows and pigs are the S.U.V.’s; bugs are the bicycles.”

    Read about Meeru’s journey to develop this dish in The Seattle Times and then do your tastebuds a favor and perform your environmental duty by trying them yourself!

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  • Shanik Celebrates One Year Anniversary Week 12.02.13

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    The modern Indian restaurant that met eager diners just one year ago is celebrating their anniversary December 2-7, giving you six changes to indulge Shanik’s special three-course menu with wine pairings.

    In Indian culture, anniversaries are celebrated by giving to the patrons and friends, so in this case, Meeru Dhalwala has assembled a special menu for guests! Pairing wine with Indian flavors is not an easy feat, to that end, Oguz Istif has paired the menu for you with a red and white wine options for each course.

    The menu includes:


    Brussels Sprouts with Bell Peppers, Cashews and Paneer

    Lamb and Beef Kebobs with Creamy Bengali Curry

    Beet Bites with Creamy Fenugreek Chutney and Candied Walnuts


    Gilbert Cellars Gewürztraminer 2012


    Georges Descombes Beaujolais Brouilly 2011



    Kalonji Chicken Curry

    Kale, Jackfruit and Cauliflower Curry with Roasted Almonds

    Beef Short Ribs in Black Cardamom Curry


    Hiedler “Löss” Grüner Veltliner 2012


    Terradora di Paolo Aglianico 2010



    Indian Custard

    Dates Stuffed with Khoa and Walnuts


    Quady Electra Mosc

    Join Shanik this week for the celebratory three-course menu for $32, optional wine pairing flight for an additional $20. Please visit for reservations or call 206.486.6884.

    We look forward to celebrating the success of Meeru, Oguz, and the entire team at Shanik this week!

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    Vietnamese Dine-in, Take-out & Delivery for Queen Anne & South Lake Union Begins November 20

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    SEATTLE—Pho Cyclo Café owner and chef Taylor Hoang is expanding her authentic Vietnamese restaurant to a fifth location at 900 Dexter Avenue North. Conveniently located for South Lake Union and Queen Anne residents and workers, the new Pho Cyclo Café will open Nov. 20, offering dine-in and take-out lunch and dinner, as well as online ordering and free lunch delivery.

    As with the four current locations, the new Dexter location will specialize in pho, Vietnamese beef noodle soup that is simmered for at least eight hours, as well as authentic banh mi, bun rice noodle dishes, spring rolls and more. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with a Vietnamese-inspired dining room similar to the other locations, complete with a vintage “cyclo,” the French word for “rickshaw.”

    Unique to the Dexter location and aimed at busy South Lake Union workers, Pho Cyclo Café will offer free lunch delivery for orders of $20 and over, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will offer lunch throughout the day and stay open until 10 p.m., offering convenient, quick and affordable dine-in and take-out dinners for Queen Anne families and neighborhood residents.

    Marking the company’s 10th anniversary, Hoang originally started Pho Cyclo Café in 2003 out of a desire to eat traditional pho like she made with her mother growing up. Following the Sodo location, she opened Capitol Hill in 2005 catering to the evening crowds with later hours, then downtown Seattle in 2011 for the hungry lunch crowd, and her first Eastside location in Bellevue in 2012. A serial entrepreneur, Hoang has built and expanded the business to five locations in ten years, all before the age of 40.

    Pho Cyclo Café offers approachable prices and convenient locations in Seattle and Bellevue. Dine-in and take-out options are available at all locations; online ordering at Sodo and downtown Seattle; free delivery available at the new Dexter location, phone (206) 284-2897. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or Twitter @phocyclocafe.

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  • Shanik Opens Retail Market Today! 10.14.13

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    Shanik is opening its long awaited Market today. That’s right, you’ll be able to enjoy hot, fast, take-out lunches and easy to heat dinners right in your own home.

    From 11:30am-7pm Monday through Friday, the Market will be offering the Shanik Express, featuring take-out lunches, fresh and frozen curries, bottles of wine (priced at retail prices), and more!

    Housed just next door to the restaurant, Market-goers can grab ready-to-eat lunches of Chicken Koftas with rice, Curried Chickpea with Rice, and Yellow Lentil Curry with Rice (all under $10).

    Easy to heat dinners and frozen, boil-a-bag curries are also offered and go perfectly with the retail wine that has been paired to go with Shanik’s modern Indian cuisine. Imagine Punjabi Lamb Curry, Chicken Curry with Kalonji Spice (signature chicken curry), or Curried Chickpeas (vegetarian) for dinner tonight in the comfort of your own home!

    Shanik has more good news to share that even has Seattle Met excited – it’s now taking reservations! The highly-coveted dining room tables can be booked by phone or online. Walk-ins are still welcome, too.

    Find a full list of items offered at the Market, here, and read what Seattle Met has to say. Head in today to enjoy complimentary, housemade chai and celebrate the opening of the new neighborhood Market.


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  • Welcoming our newest client: Shanik Restaurant 07.22.13

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    Few other restaurants that opened in 2012 had the hype of Shanik Restaurant. From the family of the famed Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, Canada, Seattleites knew they were lucky to get such world-class Indian cuisine in the center of South Lake Union.

    The lines came, just like at sister restaurant Vij’s, and waits were 2-3 hours long when they first opened. Yes, in Seattle! Creative, unique Indian food at the thoughtful hand of chef and author Meeru Dhalwala created quite the frenzy.

    Shanik is thoughtful, gracious and delicious – and we are thrilled to add the restaurant to our client list! Working with chef-owner Meeru Dhalwala and owner Oguz Istif while promoting the interesting, delicious and one-of-a-kind cuisine is making our summer! From thoughtful dishes, such as the Spice Encrusted Lamb Popsicles above, intricate stories and unique spices and ingredients, this restaurant is raising the level of Indian cuisine in our area.

    Get a taste for Shanik and chef Meeru Dhalwala at her recent KING 5 appearance below, discussing the health advantages of Indian food and showcasing how to spice of your vegetables for the whole family.

    We’ll have more Shanik news soon! Pop in for weekday lunch, Monday-Saturday dinner and enjoy their beautifully appointed lounge. Be sure to say hello to Meeru for her personal touch on the Shanik menu – Enjoy!

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  • Free Seattle Restaurant Week food today! 10.14.11

    The excitement of the fourth Seattle Restaurant Week is bursting at the seams and it’s about to get even better! Several restaurants participating in the largest and most price-conscious dining promotion in the area are gathering TODAY to hand out FREE BITES to get diners even more excited about the start of the promotion this Sunday.

    Today, at the corner of Westlake & Denny in South Lake Union, ten restaurants will gather to feed you for free! No strings attached and it is not too good to be true! We’ll be there and so will countless other people. No reservations, no tickets required, just show up hungry and ready to mingle with such chefs as Eric Tanaka of Tom Douglas Restaurants, Maria Hines of Tilth and Golden Beetle and John Howie of Seastar. Not enough to convince you to step away from your desk? How about adding on other restaurants including Anthony’s Pier 66, Café Lago, Hard Rock Café and Serafina Osteria e Enoteca? We figured that would help!

    After you snack,
    preview the list of over 150 restaurants serving three-course menus for $28 from Oct 16-27 (excluding Friday and Saturday). Lunch-goers can also take part with over 40 restaurants serving three-course menus for $15. Check out the list online and grab your reservations!

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  • SoulWine takes root in SLU 11.09.10

    We are proud to announce the upcoming opening of SoulWine from Pike & Western Wine Shop owner Michael Teer. Learn more about SoulWine from Seattle Met and the below press release.

    For Immediate Release

    Pike & Western Wine Shop Expands To South Lake Union
    Owner’s second shop, SoulWine, debuts early December

    SEATTLE—The long-celebrated Pike & Western Wine Shop in the historic Pike Place Market will open a second location, SoulWine, in the burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood by early December. SoulWine will feature retail wine sales, a tasting bar and a private event space. With a strong 35 year history, Pike & Western will continue to serve market-goers and destination shoppers in Pike Place Market.

    SoulWine will be a wine shop with its own identity that is directed by owner and Seattle native, Michael Teer, who was an employee of the store for eleven years before buying it in 1991. The name, SoulWine, is rooted in Michael’s lifelong appreciation of wines with soul – wines that reflect a sense of place and a sense of the people who made them – and his love for old school soul music. The collection of wines will reflect Michael’s passion for supporting the growers and small, handcrafted producers that put their “soul” into the dirt, the grapes, and the wine they produce, with an eye to unique quality and value across the price spectrum. Michael will thoughtfully select every bottle that is offered at SoulWine, many of which will reflect his strong ties with Italy, France, Germany and Austria as well as wines from Washington and Oregon.

    “Pike & Western is like a first born that I have grown and nurtured. It was one of the first wine shops in Seattle and has a long history of supporting Washington wines. It has afforded me long-lasting relationships with premium wineries domestically and internationally, many of which will find their way to SoulWine,” said Michael.

    The 1600 square foot space will house a careful selection of both high end and value wines, a tasting bar that seats six, a window counter for casual tastings that seat six and a private event space that seats up to 20 and can be used for casual gatherings and educational wine events, complete with wine reference materials. SoulWine will share a building with two Tom Douglas Restaurant concepts that are yet to be determined.

    SoulWine, nestled in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, offers wines created by small, independent producers that have an intimate relationship to the vineyards and the winery. Its stock will reflect the eclectic tastes of owner Michael Teer and will offer wines for everyday drinking, special occasions and cellaring. SoulWine is located at 401B Westlake Avenue North, Seattle and is the sister property of Pike & Western Wine Shop in the historic Pike Place Market. See SoulWine unfold at

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