Food for thought.
The Walrus and the Carpenter
What: Duck just behind soon-to-open Staple & Fancy for access to Renee Erickson’s (Boat Street Cafe & Kitchen) casual new oyster bar, housed inside an airy, high-ceilinged industrial space.
Why: Locally harvested clams and mussels, house-smoked fish, grilled sausages, plus fine wines and cocktails.
When: Mon.-Sat., 4-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 4743 Ballard Ave. NW (206-395-9227).
What: Veteran Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Jacob Wiegner (Olivar) dresses sliders with foie gras, truffle carpaccio, and blue cheese and whips up South Carolina specialty Frogmore Stew (whole prawns, spicy sausage, clams, fingerling potatoes, and corn) at his new 40-seater.
Why: Opt for the Name Your Price tasting menu. Choose a figure, and the chef will keep the dishes coming until you reach it.
When: Opens Fri., 5 p.m. Regular hours, Wed., Thurs. & Sun., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: 3247 California Ave. SW (206-257-4832).
MadArt in the Park
What: Six artists take over Cal Anderson Park with larger-than-life, site-specific installations and fairy tale-inspired sculptures as part of the Blitz Capitol Hill Arts Walk.
Why: Stumble across Jason Puccinelli’s crashed rocket and Stephen Rock’s oversize sumi paintbrushes.
When: Thru Sept. 12. Kickoff event with short film screenings, Thurs., 6-10 p.m.
Where: 1635 11th Ave. (206-684-4075). Info at 206-328-2585. Admission is free.
What: Sample delectable European pastries, tarts, artisanal bread, soup, salad, and chocolates at the new downtown outpost of Bellevue’s top bakery.
Why: To-die-for buttery, rich croissants (we recommend the apricot and almond brioche varieties).
When: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: 77 Spring St. (206-623-1983).
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