Food and Drink

Melissa Santos
Jan 31, 2023 - News

The Station plans to open a new Columbia City location

A cornershop coffee house with "The Station Coffee Shop" on a black awning above, and colored tiles on the outer walls.

The Station's existing Beacon Hill location. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

The Station, a popular coffee shop and community hub on Beacon Hill, plans to open a second location in Columbia City by the end of spring.

Why it matters: Co-owner Luis Rodriguez tells Axios his goal has always been to provide a place where people can meet their neighbors and beat the fabled Seattle Freeze. He has the same idea in mind for the Columbia City location.

Next Level vegan burger joint to open in Ballard

A burger on a bun with tomato and lettuce and a stick in the middle.

The signature burger at Next Level Burger. Courtesy of Stephanie Kelly Photography

Plant-based burger joint Next Level Burger is opening a second Seattle location — and, if past experience is a guide, you can expect a line at the grand opening Saturday in Ballard.

Why it matters: Seattle's vegan food scene saw some prominent closures during the pandemic, including the shuttering of vegan tiki bar No Bones Beach Club as well as Wayward Vegan, the longstanding vegan diner in Roosevelt.

Melissa Santos
Jan 24, 2023 - News

The word shaking up the seltzer industry

Picnic tables with umbrellas in front of a building that says "San Juan Seltzery."

San Juan Seltzery in Seattle's SoDo neighborhood. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

A local company prides itself on being the nation's first and only "seltzery" — so much so, that it has threatened to sue other businesses that try to use the term.

Why it matters: Other companies question whether San Juan Seltzer should be allowed to assert trademark rights for the word "seltzery," which competitors argue is commonly used to describe places that serve spiked sparkling water.

Where to find great seafood in the Seattle area

Crab legs.

Photo courtesy of Saltwater Fish House and Oyster Bar

Long weekends like this one often bring out-of-town visitors (and sometimes, for locals, pressure to entertain them).

  • One thing travelers typically want to know is: "Where can I find Seattle's best seafood?"

We've got you covered with these local spots that won't disappoint.

Shipping wine to your home could become easier

Illustration of wine corks with parachutes.

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

If you fall in love with a particular Chardonnay at a tasting at an out-of-state winery, you can get those bottles shipped back to Washington. But find something you like at a wine shop in another state? No such luck.

What's happening: A new bill in Washington's Legislature proposes allowing retail wine stores in other states to ship directly to Washington residents, just like out-of-state wineries can.

Seattle's best bagels, ranked

A case full of bagels.

The case at Oxbow on a recent morning. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

I've spent the past two months inhaling carbs around Seattle to bring you this list of great Seattle bagel shops.

Details: I tried more than a dozen places, which most likely included your favorite spot.

6 Seattle spots with great nonalcoholic drink menus

A mango-tinged cocktail next to a cocktail in a copper mug.
The Jaljeera and the Mumbai mule, two nonalcoholic drinks at Meesha. Photo: Melissa Santos/Axios

After back-to-back celebrations in December and over New Year's, some of us feel as if we never want to look at a cocktail again — or at least not for a few weeks.

Fortunately, there are several places in Seattle that have a range of nonalcoholic cocktail options perfect for those looking to take time off from drinking.

Christmas bar cookies are Washington state's favorite holiday cookie

Squares of bar cookies on a holiday placemat

OK, magic bars are pretty good, though. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Of all the elaborate Christmas cookies in the world to savor, we in Washington are apparently obsessed with the most basic: the bar cookie.

Catch up quick: Bar cookies, in case you are unfamiliar, involve spreading your sweet dough of choice in a pan, dumping some stuff on top, and later cutting it all into squares or rectangles.


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