Photo by Caitlin Abrams
>> Cafe Racer Kitchen is on the verge of opening in Seward. It could happen any minute now. The food truck, which has wooed me with potato chip decked hot dogs, will be serving dinners of Latin American influenced food at the cute spot that once was Donut Coop/Cliquot Cafe.
>> I love the tagline for L'Etoile du Nord: All the best from Belgium to Bayport! Dara trucked out to lunch at this new cafe (right next to Bayport BBQ) and found some drive worthy pizza, waffles, and a round of Belgian beers.
>> Brunch is the THING right now, and it's time to add two new spots to your roster. Spoon and Stable is starting brunch this weekend with bits like a smoked and grilled bacon steak with egg and maple bourbon glaze, plus something called a hash brown "Lucy," which has me dreaming of cheese-jacked potatoes. Also new to weekend mornings, Brasserie Zentral's brunch will start this weekend. They've been test driving the Belgian waffles and French toast up in the skyway cafe, and there's rumor of an emerging panakouken situation and a 16oz. Zentral Bloody with blistered red pepper infused vodka, celery bitters, and a Kramarczeks's meat stick, a cheddar cube, celery and an olive. UPDATE: Just found out abou this little Bubbles & Crepes brunchy thing at Marché this Sunday ... Savory crepes, sweet crepes (yes, Nutella), quiche, fried egg sandwiches and more, plus a round of bubbles and sparkling cocktails. It's ala carte, dahling, why not pop in?
>> So Monello is the name of the new Mike DeCamp-driven restaurant in Hotel Ivy, and we'll be supping on coastal Italian seafood bits quite soon. Beneath that, Constantine will be the Jesse Held driven bar with its own entrance, own menu, and sizzling roster of modernized '80s drinks. Slippery Nipple with house-made Irish cream and artisinal butterscotch schnapps? OK!
>> WHY NOT SUNDAYS???? It's a legit question. Let the small businesses who want to be open on Sundays, be open. Keep pushing your legislators to support Sunday sales, that's the only way this is going to happen: if we are louder than the special interests.
>> On Sunday head to Graze 4 Good and reeeeaaaalllly get your feed on. Tilia, Piccolo, Travail, Surly, and again with those tireless Chowgirls will be hanging out with you, serving up tasty good things and raising funds for good deeds done by Fourth Generation.
>> Get some spring cocktail inspiration, plus some highly instagrammable moments, with Marco Zappia and Ian Lowther's Cocktail Lab class on March 26. The gig is at Eat Street Social and runs $125 for an intense deep dive into the world of locally crafted spirits, hand-crafted bitters, and plenty of luscious drinks.
>> Do some double duty for good. Hops for Hunger kicks off on Saturday, March 28 and it's a great beer fest with a purpose. Check out 16 local breweries, from Boom Island to Fair State to Hammerheart and more with live music, Chowgirls snacks, and all the good feelings brewing at the Solar Arts building for the SACA Food Shelf.