In Ballard, a new bistro has taken over the former Rizzo's French Dip space at 7334 15th Ave. N.W. Ballard Bistro features an eclectic menu of comfort food, including chicken curry and sandwiches made with pancakes instead of bread.
Bellingham's best Russian dumplings are now available in Fremont!
On Capitol Hill, an Irish pub called The Chieftain is coming to 908 12th Ave. this spring. Owners Peter and Adrianna Johnson are already well-versed in beer and fish and chips; they own both Finn MacCools and McGilvra's.In the Central District, Goha Grocery is now open at 2204 S. Jackson St. The tiny market sells Ethiopian and Indian food, as well as standard grocery items.
Fremont residents scored a Russian dumpling shop at 3516 Fremont Place N. Pel'Meni serves only beef and potato dumplings. If it sounds familiar, it's because Pel'Meni is a long-standing, successful late-night operation in Bellingham.
In Queen Anne, Cafe Bonjour no. 2 at 1629 Queen Anne Ave. N. has closed after a mere two-and-a-half month-run, according to Queen Anne view. The owner claims running two shops was too time-consuming for her, but will continue to operate the original Greenlake location. Replacing the space in Queen Anne will be Cafe di Lion. More deets on that to come.
Lastly, over on the Eastside, Mi Mexico Family Mexican Restaurant opened in the former Jalisco location at 115 Park Lane in downtown Kirkland. The new restaurant should expect some stiff competition; next door is Cactus and just a few blocks over is Milagro Cantina. If you count it as Mexican food, down the street is also a Taco Del Mar.