I drank this on Capitol Hill: Cafe Pettirosso’s Chill Pill

Roxy is a newer addition to 11th Ave’s Pettirosso. Working as a bartender since June, they are already adding drinks to the menu. While new to Pettirosso, Roxy has plenty of Hill experience — at First Hill’s Hideout and Vito’s.

When Roxy isn’t developing new cocktails, they work as an artist, both as a costume designer, and, recently, as a woodworker. Continue reading

That Brown Girl Cooks chef has ‘Seattle Soul’ plans for new Central District restaurant

Kristi Brown and her son Damon Bomar live and work at their home on Beacon Hill. A few miles away in the Central District, their restaurant planned to open in the summer of 2019 is under construction as part of the new Liberty Bank Building at 24th and Union.

With success building a catering business with That Brown Girl Cooks, Brown’s 30 years of cooking experience will finally find a permanent spot in a neighborhood she considers part of her home turf.

Brown calls her cooking style Seattle Soul.

“I’d say that Seattle Soul is rooted in soul food, innovated upon by the influences here in Seattle,” Bomar said. “We don’t like to call it fusion, because we’re not necessarily melding actual recipes, but it’s more about taking different ingredients and utilizing them in the recipes we have.”

The new restaurant will be on the ground floor of the Liberty Bank Building and while it looks like two separate restaurants are being built, Brown says that the space on the left will be a robust commercial kitchen while the space to the right will seat up to 64 including the bar and chef’s table. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Alligator the Santa Border Beagle in Volunteer Park

Alligator, a “Border Beagle” half Border Collie, half Beagle — “we think, as proven by Google image searches” — was seen prancing about in his fancy Santa costume and big red bow at Volunteer Park and leading his owner Sarah on a tour of the best smells. Now ten years old, Alligator was adopted three years ago and has become part of the family. Seattle4Dogs walkers were also out and about in the park for a holiday-themed walk so he didn’t feel alone in his festive garb. He is known to get into any food, literally anywhere in the house, even “on top of the refrigerator,” so if he comes to visit, lock up your tasty treats.
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I drank this on Capitol Hill: Linda’s Old Fashioned

Joey Atkins, a bartender at Linda’s Tavern, is originally from Cincinnati and has been back in Seattle for three years. When he’s not slinging drinks, he’s playing guitar, riding his skateboard, or watching horror movies.

Atkins’s favorite drink to make at Linda’s is the Old Fashioned. “It’s one of those staple drinks. We don’t do anything fancy, but it’s a good in-between for this place if you want something different, but not too bougie.” Continue reading

Kin Dee: 21 Thai restaurants around the Hill, but only one in the Madison Valley border zone

Depending on how you draw the lines, it’s a close race between Thai and Mexican restaurants when it comes measuring which cuisine has the largest presence around Capitol Hill. We count around 21 Thai restaurants within easy walking distance around the Hill with the recent debut of the comedy-infused Bites of Bangkok on 15th Ave E.

But there is only one joint on the border of Capitol Hill and Madison Valley where Kin Dee opened earlier this year as a new take on authentic Thai food. Popular dishes and street food are combined with a new style of presentation curated by chef Bell Wongsupalak and his wife and menu influencer Ira Saejeam. According to Saejeam, “Kin Dee means good food, good quality. In Thai, Kin means ‘eat’ and Dee means ‘good.’ It’s also easy for everyone to remember.”

The couple said the border zone location was the best option after a long search across the Hill. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Tucker loves bacon

Mark, a human, and Tucker, an 11-month-old Shepherd/Lab mix were getting out some energy at Cal Anderson Park when we spied that floppy tongue. Mark, Olivia, and Tucker live just two blocks down the road. “We just moved here about a week ago and have been coming here every day since,” the human informs. “He’ll do anything to play and loves bacon.” Us too, Tucker. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Capitol Hill rally against Trump administration’s transgender ‘definition’

Over 150 people gathered at Capitol Hill’s Seattle Central College Saturday afternoon for a trans right rally and march on Broadway.

The effort came amid the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services plans for changing federal civil-rights law to include a definition of sex as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.”

Mac McGregor, trans advocate and a past Seattle City Council candidate, spoke to the crowd and acknowledged the morning’s attack on the Jewish members of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and called for solidarity with those who face oppression.

“We have to stand arm in arm and remember we are all connected,” McGregor said. “We are all human beings who contribute to our communities and society.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Dora, the Chinese Crested Brazilian comfort dog of Pike/Pine

Dora Miss ‘Merica is a “Chinese Crested Powder Puff Mini” that is often carried around Capitol Hill by Travis, “The Waxing Diva” who runs Salon DEWI just down the street from Cafe Pettirosso where we found the pair getting their morning coffee. Dora is super “comforting” which might be nice as Travis specializes in Brazilians. Give Dora a pet next time you get waxed.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.

Carmelo’s Tacos a silver lining of taco goodness inside Capitol Hill’s Hillcrest Market

Carmelo Gaspar is at the center of things on Summit Ave E

Tucked inside the Hillcrest Market is Capitol Hill’s newest culinary delight from south of the border. Serving up fresh salsas, homemade tortillas, tender meat, and succulent cactus leaves, Carmelo’s is bringing the flavors of Mexico City to Seattle, one taco at a time.

This family owned and operated business is staffed by four employees, including the owner Carmelo Gaspar, who was slicing asada when CHS went for a visit. Carmelo’s manager Miguel Cruz says they worked close by and knew the owner of the store. “We saw the teriyaki guy was out, so we started talking to the owner and we got an opportunity to start,” he said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | A moment with the famous Peaches McFly in Cal Anderson Park

Over the weekend, CHS spotted something white flying through Cal Anderson. We went to investigate and met Peaches McFly, a 19-year-old Goffin’s Cockatoo (Tanimbar corella), with an active social media following. His human, Taryn, says he’s been in the back of a police car and a fire truck. “He flew two blocks away and someone had called the police saying he was lost. They contacted me via his Instagram account and I went and got him out of the back of the police car. He’s a Seattle bird with a small cult following.” Peaches is a free flyer so if you see him soaring about the neighborhood, no worries, he knows where home is.

We ask photographer Alex Garland to follow marchers in the rain and do crazy things like trying to make yet another picture of yet another huge apartment building look interesting. We thought we’d ask him to do something a little more fun. Capitol Hill Pets is a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill.