Category Archives: Food

Mawadda Café: A Must Chai

By Rosalind Brazel

To understand what it took for Rami Al-Jebori to get his restaurant, Mawadda Café, up and running, you have to think about how many hours a week you work. Forty hours? A few more? Sixty at the very most? Imagine if you had to work fourteen-hour days for seven days a week. Here’s the math on that: 98 hours. Also, consider that this is not work for the weak-hearted. It’s not just working on your feet nearly that entire time but it’s also meeting and greeting your customers with a smile, which takes a different kind of energy. He had no staff, no cashier, no dishwasher. He had just himself to get Mawadda Cafe open and running. He worked this grueling schedule for two years. Makes you exhausted just thinking about it, right? Continue reading Mawadda Café: A Must Chai

Southern Cuisine Restaurant Reaches for Its Comfort Zone

by Rosalind Brazel

The opening of The Comfort Zone inside the Royal Esquire Club is a bit of a fresh start for owner Talya Miller. She’s had a few false starts in the restaurant business. She opened restaurants in Tacoma and Burien, and had to close both for various reasons. She thinks this may be the third chance she’s been looking for. The historic club that has seen ebbs and flows since its open in 1947 is going through a revival now. Miller’s southern-style cuisine seemed to be a good match. Continue reading Southern Cuisine Restaurant Reaches for Its Comfort Zone

Pizza Showdown: A Legacy of Italy in South Seattle

by Rosalind Brazel

A big player in the South Seattle pizza scene comes from Seattle Italian Royalty. Vince Mottola was born into the restaurant world. His parents owned one of Seattle’s oldest restaurant companies and one of the first to sell pizza in Seattle, Vince’s Italian restaurants – named after his father. In its heyday, Vince’s had multiple locations, the first of which was in Rainier Beach. Three are still running in Renton, Burien, and Federal Way. Continue reading Pizza Showdown: A Legacy of Italy in South Seattle

Eating Rainier: Compadre Coffee

by Laura and Robert MacDonald

The real test of a cafe is not the bitterness of its espresso. It’s not the froth on its lattes. It’s not even the strength of its drip. The real test of any cafe is how well or poorly they brew a cup of tea.

Nothing can be more gastronomically disappointing than stepping from a cold rainy day into a coffee shop only to be served a weak, lukewarm cup of water with a tea bag sitting dully on the saucer beside it. Continue reading Eating Rainier: Compadre Coffee

Pizza Showdown: Pie Shop Sets a New (Para)Normal in South Seattle

by Rosalind Brazel 

Tucked in the curves of Rainier Avenue in the heart of Rainier Beach, a new player has entered the dough-slinging pizza game with an unusual, or ‘paranormal’ theme. Paranormal Pie serves pizza with a Mediterranean twist. The restaurant has all the normal pizza options including pepperoni, Hawaiian, and meat lovers. Because they serve Halal, which adheres to Islamic dietary laws, there are no pig products. Continue reading Pizza Showdown: Pie Shop Sets a New (Para)Normal in South Seattle