Practically Exotic

Mamnoon unobtrusively lives a double life.
The walk-up window at Mamnoon is located right next to the double-doored main entry, but it would be better off in the alley around back. Set unobtrusively within Mamnoon’s slick, high-concept dining room,…

Square Root

Unearthing a delicious American subculture at The Rootbeer Store.
When the fragrance hits you, you can’t help smiling like a child. Vanilla and molasses and all sorts of earthy roots imbue this place with the sweetest of nostalgic smells. The urge…

The Flavor of Feud

It’s the secret ingredient in the NY-style pies at Italian Family Pizza.
Italian Family Pizza is the only real pizza place in Seattle. At least according to my Uncle Elihu, a hardcore New York foodie from Queens. When he first tasted one of their…

Taste Test with Holly Hinton

Since starting as a Starbucks barista while at UW, Holly Hinton has gone on to manage the mega-chain’s in-store music programming, CD compilations, global distribution, philanthropic ventures and digital media. She’s a member of the Seattle Music…

Further Adventures in Foraging Weird Fruits

“Will it turn us into witches?” Jamey jokes as we cross the road toward what we hope is the tree we’re looking for. Three teenage boys in shorts and t-shirts jog by, incongruous because it’s mitten weather. But they’re certainly less out of…

Formidable Fruit

Quince is biblical,mythical and very much in season. But for Pete’s sake, don’t try to eat it raw.
Once a year around Halloween, a friend brings me a bag of quince from her aunt’s farm near Portland. “We have more of these than we know what to do…

Taste Test with TJ Cowgill

Artist, musician and impresario TJ Cowgill founded Actual Pain, his Capitol Hill-based clothing company, in 2006 and now counts Kanye West as a fan. He’s a longtime member of metal band Book of Black Earth and in October released his first record,…

Pierogi Like Family

Keep your friends close and your dumplings closer.
For most of the week, Dom Polski is a clubhouse, the spacious Capitol Hill headquarters of Seattle’s Polish Home Association. On Friday nights, however, the city’s Polish populace opens its doors…

Discovering Fire

Campfire founder Stefan Giles unlocks the ancient art of the open flame.
When Stefan Giles was 13, he watched his father grill a pork chop over an open flame on the back deck of his childhood home in Spanaway, Wash. Not an uncommon sight in their…

Late-Night Mystique

13 Coins is timeless 24 hours a day.
As South Lake Union springs from the tech-money ether, 13 Coins hunkers in the shadows like a defender of history. The 45-year-old upscale diner relishes in its outdated extravagance, appealing to people across…

Bring It On Home

Not delivery. Not street food. Take-out.
Little Uncle Capitol Hill When our favorite chefs endorse a place, we listen. Served from what looks like a street-facing storage closet, Little Uncle is so unpretentious you’d easily drive right by it….

Infusion Profusion

Soaking tasty things in strong liquor is easy and effective.
The Highline Capitol Hill A vegan heavy metal bar set above Broadway’s skuzzy street parade (and a sex shop), the Highline feels like your alt cousin’s college clubhouse, only…