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Taking a First Bite at Snack/Bar

“Many of us grew up on crappy food, but with fond memories of it. So why not make a better version?” So says Forrest Brunton, when asked his vision of Snack/Bar’s mission. From Haute Pockets to Pudding Pops, here's a look.
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Wings a Winner at Ezell’s Express and Sport Restaurant

While chicken wings were considered a throw-away food until fairly recently, they’ve long been a prized part of my dining repertoire. Buffalo chicken wings were a big deal during my college days in upstate New York, and I’d always ask for spicier than what a…
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W Seattle Helps Art Institute Students Trace a Path to Success

Left to right: Tom Limberg (W Seattle General Manager), Tiffany Derry, Ernesto Fuentes (scholarship winner), Scott Carnz (AIS Dean of Academic Affairs), Sergio Santillanes (scholarship winner), Elden Monday (AIS President) A unique culinary collaboration between Trace restaurant at W Seattle and The International Culinary School…
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First Look: Smoked Meats and More at The Old Sage in Seattle

The Old Sage is the newest venture from Brian McCracken and Dana Tough, the chefs behind Seattle’s acclaimed Spur, Tavern Law, and The Coterie Room. The restaurant’s mission is smoking meats (and serving malts) with artistic sense and scents, like rosemary, lavender, mesquite, and pine.…
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Raising the Steaks for Carnivorous Dining

This hole-in-the-wall noodle lover has had an interesting and unusual opportunity to eat at three steakhouses this summer. For those yet to partake in steak at an upscale establishment, you’re usually paying for higher quality meats, fine quality service, and typically big portions. I like…
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Pig’s Head, Moonshine, and More Now Warming Diners at Radiator Whiskey

If Matt’s in the Market is one of the most romantic restaurants in Seattle, its new sister Radiator Whiskey is one of the most carnal. When you walk into Radiator, across the hall from Matt’s at Pike Place Market, you get a Prohibition-Era feel. Belly…
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Sexy Feast Brief Encounter and a Lesson About Breakneck Sex

More than two years into writing the Sexy Feast column, I learned of a Bellevue cafe called Brief Encounter. Brief Encounter? I haven’t had one this easy since I spotted Big Wong restaurant in New York. Brief Encounter, open since 1957, is a popular Eastside…
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Local 360 Serves Up a Bacon Happy Hour

Seems like bacon hasn’t gone out of style yet. In fact, Local 360 is featuring it in a special Bacon Happy Hour on Friday, March 8 from 3-6pm. When Robin Leventhal (formerly of Crave) and Brian Cartenuto (back in town, formerly of Cantinetta) are cooking…
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Sexy Feast: Dante’s Inferno Dogs Offers a Devilish Sex Lesson about Wieners

Growing up in New York, I knew that Sabrett hot dogs, for me, were the best of the bunch, boiled right at the pushcart until they reached that tell-tale snap at first bite. Then again, at home we ate Hebrew Nationals, delicious when grilled. The…
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An Arrogant Bastard Mellows Overnight in Bellevue

Why would a Seattle food writer overnight in Bellevue when the west side of Lake Washington has plenty of eating, entertainment, and excitement? It was the soothing promise of supper, sleep, a sweet and savory breakfast, and a scrub at a spa. Oh, and some…
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