85°C Bakery Cafe and a few dozen other new restaurants or reopenings to check out.
85°C Bakery Cafe, the biggest Taiwanese import to hit Seattle since Din Tai Fung, opens its first bakery at Southcenter Mall with two more outposts — in Lynnwood and Federal Way — coming in late spring. Expect wait up to 90 minutes for those cheap pastries and breads, at least until the buzz dies down. More details here.
Sen Noodle Bar in Ballard is one of the best Asian restaurants to debut in Seattle so far this year, from the same folks behind Pestle Rock next door and Jhanjay Vegetarian Thai Cuisine across the street. It’s an eclectic menu of noodle soups from around Southeast Asia. Our review here.
Sizzle & Crunch hawks banh mi and other Vietnamese comfort food in the University District.
Saitown Vietnamese Eatery also opens in the University District, four blocks north of Sizzle & Crunch (Ruh roh!) and also with banh mis as well as vermicelli noodles and rice dishes.
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Jones Brother Co. opens in the former Balmar space in Ballard, offering different meatballs to mix and match with different pastas and sauces.
Acadia, a rice bowl-and-sandwich place with a southern twang, opens is Wallingford.
Bar House opens next to Numa Ramen. It looks indistinguishable from a zillion other watering holes along the Fremont drag until you see the back — the restroom looks like an interior of a submarine and the tiny back room is designed to look like you’re sitting in the woods under the stars by a faux bonfire.
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