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ON THE PLATE Salty's at Redondo Chef Gabe Cabrera celebrates the seafood house's 20th anniversary with near-1981 prices on selected all-time favorite items like the house seafood platter (deep-fried prawns, oysters, and cod), baked halibut with sour cream-dill sauce, and the Creole-style blackened salmon topped with spicy pecan butter. Special menu available at lunch and dinner Mondays only in January. 28201 Redondo Beach Dr. S., Des Moines, 253-946-0636. Blue Onion Bistro Comfort food with a contemporary twist. Start with the salsa-topped hickory-smoked salmon quesadilla ($8) or the Hardy Boys' Mystery Appetizer (market price), then chow down on the deluxe tuna casserole ($14), the herb-crusted "uptown meat-and-potatoes" filet mignon with onion marmalade ($19), or 21st-century chicken pot pie (mesquite chicken, puff pastry crust, $8). The kids' menu (meals $6-$8) offers foods that kids actually like. 5801 Roosevelt N.E., 729-0579. Six Seven Sunday brunch is back at the Edgewater Hotel's freshened-up restaurant space. The $28.95 meal includes first courses—fresh oysters, smoked salmon, grilled brioche toast— followed by a selection of main dishes including crab cakes Benedict, lobster salad, alder-planked salmon, and a seafood omelet. Served 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sundays only. 2411 Alaskan Way (Pier 67), 269-4575. Coastal Kitchen The featured seasonal menu is inspired by the cuisine of Gascony, land of D'Artagnan, Armagnac, and good eating. Try the four-mushroom appetizer ($6.75), a saut頷ith garlic, herbs, and white wine, or the quick-fried mussels stuffed with herbed breadcrumbs ($7.25). Main dishes include seared duck breast in Grand Marnier butter with a side of bacon-scented white beans ($15.50) and poached scallops in Mornay sauce with a dash of red wine reduction and a warm lentil salad on spicy winter greens ($12.75). IN THE GLASS Sorensen Cellars '99 cabernet franc No longer a poor relation, this robust, tangy Bordeaux grape variety is beginning to take center stage among adventurous Washington vintners. This is a wine to accompany hefty winter stews; it would be a knockout with lamb shanks. About $24 in specialty wineshops. Rudyard's Rare Barley Wine The Goliath, the Gargantua, the Gilgamesh of beers, aged to tame its overwhelming tang and aroma. The 2000 version is representing Hale's Ales in the Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival the third weekend of January, but if you're quick—only 100 cases were made—you can still pick up the 2001 edition in specialty beverage shops for just $2 a 12-ounce bottle. COMING UP Jan. 23 A seasonal banquet based on the native foods of the San Juan Islands: Chef Ludger Szmania serves up house-smoked salmon with apple cider foie gras sauce, geoduck stew, baked clams, and a huckleberry dessert. $50 per diner including tax and tip. 6 p.m., Szmania's Magnolia, 3321 W. McGraw, 284-7305. Limited seating available. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail the Hot Sheet at firstname.lastname@example.org.