Category Archives: Food

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

King Philly Cheesesteaks: Strip Mall Food Royalty

by Derrick LaFonsecca

I was excited as Hell to try out the new King Philly Cheesesteaks joint because, well – CHEESE & STEAK! King Philly, located in the recently developed Kenyon Place strip mall, is a close neighbor to another food newcomer, Beach Bakery, right on Rainier Ave. at Kenyon Street. Continue reading King Philly Cheesesteaks: Strip Mall Food Royalty