Dining Out for Life comes to LloydMartin and McMenamins this Thursday

Two Queen Anne restaurants are participating in LifeLong’s Dining Out for Life this Thursday, April 27th, and all you have to do to support the cause is stop by for a meal.

LloydMartin will donate 30% from its dinner proceeds and McMenamins will donate 50% of its dinner and late night proceeds to LifeLong. The donations support to Lifelong’s programs supporting people facing serious illness and poverty in the community.

This is the 24th year for Dining Out for Life, and thanks to support from the community, LifeLong fed over 1,900 people last year via 36,500 bags of groceries and 170,000 meals for those in need. You can learn more on LifeLong’s website and support the cause by eating out on Thursday on Queen Anne or across the city at over 200 participating restaurants.

Donate & Dine Blood Drive comes to Queen Anne on Monday

Bloodworks Northwest is partnering with our local Umpqua Bank for Donate & Dine, a special blood drive, on Monday, March 27th. All registered blood donors get a $10 gift card to a local restaurant. Participating Queen Anne restaurants include:

  • Starbucks
  • Sushi Samurai
  • Storyville
  • Sully’s
  • Homegrown
  • Cupcake Royale
  • How to Cook a Wolf
  • Eat Local
  • El Diablo
  • 5 Spot
  • Emerald City Smoothie
  • Zaw Pizza
  • Robert Ramsay Cellars

Make an appointment online and head to Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N. Current open slots run from 2:35pm to 5:10pm.

If you can’t make Monday, a second blood drive is slated for Uptown on April 12th. That drive will take place near Craftworks Coffee (110 Republican St) and participating restaurants include Starbucks, Agave, Uptown Espresso, Ten Mercer, and more to be announced as the date nears.

Run for beer and local charities on tax day

Tax deadline looming? Rooftop Brew Co is combining running and beer on Saturday, April 15th, so celebrate the end of tax season and get outside for a 5K run! It’s the first official event for the Washington Brewery Running Series and portions of the proceeds benefit local nonprofits, including the Queen Anne Helpline.

The roughly 5K course starts and ends at Rooftop Brew Co, 1220 W Nickerson St, on Saturday, April 15th. All participants get a free craft brew and swag, plus there will be live music, food trucks, local vendors, and, of course, a rooftop deck to enjoy it from.

Registration is limited and while you need to bring a valid ID, you don’t need to be 21 to run. The race starts at 11am and the open course (aka roads are not closed for this event) are designed to route runners through the neighborhood, with volunteer guides along the way.

Register for the 5K today and get ready to run for beer!


Bite Box to host pop-up wine bar Disgorged every Tuesday

You may recall that Grub used to host pop-up restaurants that brought different flavors to Queen Anne each month. Now, Grub owner Sharon Fillingim has shifted gears with her new restaurant Bite Box, but that doesn’t mean pop-ups are over. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7th, a pop-up wine bar will set up shop at Bite Box every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

Zach Geballe, a Seattle sommelier and local wine writer, will run Disgorged out of Bite Box with a mission to “explore the world of wine with a little less pretension and a bit more expression”. What can you expect? Delicious wines from both the Pacific Northwest and the world, along with rotating mystery wines – guess what you taste and win prizes!

Zach will call upon his expertise as the Dahlia Lounge wine lead and wine writer for Seattle Weekly, SIP Northwest, and The Fresh Toast, to find fun and interesting wines for patrons to try. Plus, the prices are really reasonable at $10 or less a glass. And, small bites (cheeses, meats, olives) will be available too.

Stop by Bite Box at 307 W McGraw St on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm to experience Disgorged!

Cupcake Royale supports NARAL & International Women’s Day this week

You may recall that Cupcake Royale kicked off a new initiative on Presidents Day to support nonprofits that align with the company’s values. February’s focus on the Northwest Immigration Rights Project raised $2,025 for the local nonprofit.

Cupcake Royale is now turning to NARAL Pro-Choice America, a nonprofit with the mission of protecting and expanding reproductive freedom.

Tomorrow, Monday, March 6th, Cupcake Royale is donating 10% of all cupcake proceeds to NARAL Pro-Choice America. Then, to mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, Cupcake Royale ups the ante with 25% of cupcake sales going directly to NARAL Pro-Choice. Here are some “Seasonal Favorite” cupcakes available this March to help you plan your visit:

Get your cupcake fix twice this week (or more if you’re so inclined) to help NARAL and celebrate International Women’s Day at the same time!

Henry’s Taiwan Bistro now open on Roy Street

Photo courtesy of Henry’s Taiwan Bistro

While we were undergoing a server migration and associated web site issues that took us down for a couple weeks, a new Taiwanese spot opened on Roy St.

Henry’s Taiwan Bistro is now open at 352 Roy St, the bright blue former home of Thai Heaven.

The new restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, 11am-9pm daily. According to its website:

“The restaurant serves a Modern Taiwanese Cuisine featuring dishes from its island counterpart using specially imported Taiwanese artisanal methods with local influences supplied from the very best ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. In addition we also serve a selection of pre-dining drinks, whether a gathering with friends or just a quiet coffee while presenting an array of amazing beers and wines.”

You can check out the menu and photos of dishes on the Henry’s Taiwan Bistro website and Facebook page. And, yes, there is a Henry behind the name – Chef Henry Ku:

Chef Henry, photo courtesy of Henry’s Taiwan Bistro

Stop by and welcome them to the neighborhood!

The Shanty Cafe calling it quits after 102 years


Photo courtesy of The Shanty Cafe

The Shanty Cafe on Elliott Ave is closing for good on Monday, November 28th, after 102 years of service. It opened in 1914 and has remained a fixture at 350 Elliott Ave, thanks to current owners Ginger Crowley and Theresa Schmetzer, who purchased Shanty 19 years ago.

Now Crowley and Schmetzer are exiting the restaurant business and have sold the building. But, instead of selling to a developer, they sold it to another restaurant, El Charro Mexican Food and Cantina, which has a location in Kent.

Bite Box now open for lunch


From Bite Box’s Facebook page today – lunch being served!

Bite Box, Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture, is now open for lunch! The new restaurant next to Five Corners Hardware at 307 W McGraw St is open and serving lunch today:

As previously reported, you can find menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle, along with some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads.

Plus, expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages include Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

Stop by and say “hello” and “welcome back” to Sharon and the Bite Box crew!

Bite Box brings breakfast & lunch to W McGraw this month

We first wrote about Sharon Fillingim’s new post-Grub venture in June, when the spot next to Five Corners Hardware was getting the first taste of its new facelift. Now, final touches like custom windows and an 8’ glass door are all that’s left to complete the transformation of the 1950 building at 307 W McGraw St. Sharon plans to open Bite Box at the end of October.

bite-box-burgerIn the meantime, amidst construction chaos, Sharon has been busy crafting a menu for Bite Box, which is billed as “fast casual fare” for neighborhood breakfasts and lunches. The staff has already been privy to a taste test of menu items like Millet Cobb salad, burger w/oxtail ragu, and pecan pie Belgian waffle.

The menu also features some gluten-free items, daily house-made soups, and options to add protein to salads. Plus, you can expect a few specials, some familiar to Grub fans and some new ones too. Beverages range from Portland’s Heart Coffee to sake bloody Marys, mimosas, wine, and local beer.

According to Sharon:

“My objective and vision was to design a space for business luncheons and meetings to the businesses around me, as well as my fellow neighbors. The current menu will be offered all day on the days we’re open. I hope that my customers will feel that Bite Box is similar to smaller cafes in various neighborhoods found not only in Seattle but throughout other cities. With a smaller menu and space, I’m able to keep it personal, something that is very important to me.”

bite-box-interiorBite Box will be open Wednesdays – Fridays 8am to 3:30pm, and Saturdays & Sundays from 9am to 4pm.

If the construction schedule stays on track, expect Bite Box to be open by the end of the month. You can see the new, warm and inviting interior in the photo from Bite Box’s Facebook page to the right. Stop by and welcome Sharon back to the Queen Anne restaurant roster!

Windy City Pie moves into Batch 206’s Interbay spot this weekend

Seattle favorite Windy City Pie is making a move this weekend from SODO to Interbay, bringing Chicago style pizza to our neck of the woods. Windy City Pie is busy this weekend setting up a new kitchen inside the Batch 206 Distillery at 1417 Elliott Ave W and already taking orders for pickup.

While Windy City Pie won’t be making deliveries this weekend, production at the new Interbay location starts today, October 1st, with normal business hours. Plus, it will have an oven that is 12 times larger than the SODO one, and there’s parking at Batch 206 to make pickups more convenient.

Per their Facebook page (where you can find more photos of their pies, like the one above):

“We anticipate our new equipment will result in a superior product and a massively increased capacity. As we adapt to that increased capacity and production workflow, we’ll be able to streamline ordering in ways we simply could not do in our SoDo location due to our small oven.”

Windy City Pie also promises a future collaboration with Batch 206 Distillery, so it’s here to stay, which is very good news for Queen Anne, Interbay, and Magnolia residents alike. How do you order your pie? Go here.

And, if you’re not familiar with Windy City Pie, last month it claimed the title of “favorite pizza” out of 32 Seattle pizzerias in a Seattle Times reader poll.

Chalk this move up to a win for the neighborhood!