TMA Mondays: Opening Day
Today was opening day for the Mariners which also means new restaurant lineups at Safeco Field. Centerplate, the Mariners hospitality partner, and noted Seattle restaurateur and Safeco Field consulting Chef Ethan Stowell are continuing a now seven-year collaboration that has earned Safeco Field a reputation for locally-inspired restaurant-quality food in a ballpark setting. Joining the current restaurant lineup include: Bramling Cross, Ballard Pizza Company, Uptown China, Great State Burger, and Poquitos.
As you know, Rachel's Ginger Beer is opening a new location in U Village soon. What you may not know is that they have joined forces with Ma'ono who'll be serving Nashville-style fried chicken sandwiches, tenders and more.
Starbucks is testing a mobile only store close to its main offices. The store will have customers order and pay on their phones and just pick up their orders in the store. No cashier and no lines, hopefully. They also have plans to have a reserve-only store. That means a store that will sell coffee made from the single origin beans from the Cap Hill Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room.
In other news, Art of the Table has reopened in a bigger, better brighter space.
Our Pick of the Week
Red Stone Tofu House, Federal Way - One word, Sundubu!!!
Ghee Sautéed Mushrooms - Throwback to one of the first recipes we did for the blog. It's easy and quick and Mari the self-proclaimed "mushroom disliker" didn’t find it half bad.
New Sh*t in Town
Bai Tong Thai Street Café, Capitol Hill - Bai Tong needs no introduction. Their locations in Redmond and Tukwila are known for their delicious Thai food. Their new location in Capitol Hill should be no different. Only difference? The Cap Hill location will also be serving street food style dishes. Think simple curries and to-go dishes.
Seattle Pops, Wallingford - Seattle Pops will be getting a brick and mortar home this summer. Megan Janes started Seattle Pops at farmers markets and even though she is moving to a permanent location in Wallingford, she plans to still sell the popular popsicles at local markets and events.
Junebaby, Ravenna - I am patiently awaiting the opening of Eduardo Jordan'snew restaurant, Junebaby. It will feature southern-style dishes with influences from West Africa, Western Europe and Northern America. I've looked at the menu on their website and my mouth is already watering. Fingers-crossed they should be opening this month. I'll definitely be first in line.
Seattle, What's Happening?
Sumo and Sushi, 04/15 - As the name suggests, this event will feature 3 Sumo stars competing against each other. Tickets to the event also include a sushi dinner by chef Hirohiko Kirita of Chiso. Get your tickets for this once in a Seattle-lifetime experience.
Cochon 555, 04/30 - Last year I attended this pork fest. Like last year, 5 Seattle chefs will be competing for the crown. This year's lineup features new faces plus last year's winner Josh Henderson. It's not to be missed.
Sources: Seattle Eater, Seattle Met, Facebook