SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Stay up-to-date on local restaurant, brewery and food truck happenings with this week’s Nuggets. Read on for a quick overview of openings, closings, additions and more. As always: Get ready to get hungry (and thirsty).
El Mariachi birria y tacos to open brick and mortar
The good news: El Mariachi is opening a small sit-down restaurant at 6100 Evergreen Way in Everett (across from Janbo Cafe). They plan to open in August.
“We are working so hard to make this place the most special place. We can’t wait for you guys to see it,” the owners announced in June on Facebook.
The bittersweet news: El Mariachi is shutting down their food trailer in September. “We do have to say goodbye to our trailer but greater things are coming,” the owners wrote. That means you won’t be hunting down El Mariachi in a random parking lot or at a music festival for their tacos, birria ramen, quesadillas, burritos or tortas.
That’s not a bad trade-off when you consider they’ll have a permanent spot with additional menu items, brunch days and, as the owners put it, “tacos everyday!”
Follow their journey on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lostamaahles.
Sol Food closes after rebranding
After 12 years of serving the Everett community, the Sol Food family closed their doors permanently in early June. The Latin American restaurant rebranded from Sol Food Bar & Grill to Sol Food Express earlier this year, shifting to takeout items and quick service. They focused on tacos, fresh ingredients and vegan and gluten-free options. The new concept opened in February, in a shared space with Black Lab Gallery & Bar in downtown Everett.
“To all of our Sol Family, throughout the years, THANK YOU, and we truly could not have taken on this wonderful adventure without you,” the owners posted on Facebook. “To our loyal and steadfast customers, THANK YOU! To Downtown Everett, for making us feel so welcomed over the past 12 years, THANK YOU!”
Fans expressed their sadness and gratitude on the Facebook post, with one person commenting, “As a guy that was born and raised in Everett, Sol will always be part of my Soul!”
Now at Scuttlebutt’s Taproom: Salami
Get ready to nosh at Scuttlebutt Brewery’s Taproom: The Everett brewery at 3314 Cedar St. just added a “selection of food options as good as our beer” from Salumi Deli. The Seattle-based deli is a 20-plus-year veteran in house-cured meats. That means you can enjoy their quality deli sandwiches (we’re especially jazzed about their muffo, with hot sopressata salami, mortadella, provolone cheese, garlic spread and olive tapenade on a crusty Italian loaf) and charcuterie boards, all with a Scuttlebutt IPA or pilsner in hand.
Famous Dave’s closes
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que in Everett has closed permanently. A spokesperson for the national chain confirmed the location at 1206 SE Everett Mall Way shuttered on June 1. “We truly appreciate all the support we’ve received over the years from the Everett community,” the spokesperson added. Famous Dave’s four other Washington locations (Seattle, Tacoma, Tukwila and Yakima) appear to be open, according to the company website.
The Grape & Grain – and now Grind
The Grape & Grain has achieved the Pacific Northwest beverage trifecta: The Everett wine and beer shop is adding coffee service to its store on Evergreen Way. The recent move will help The Grape & Grain “create a destination for customers looking to find quality coffee, artisanal craft beers, and top wines from producers all around the world while providing a local experience featuring brewers, wine producers and coffee roasters from the Pacific Northwest,” according to a press release.
Owners Eric and Krista Brown converted a portion of their store into a coffee shop, which will be open on weekdays at 7 a.m. and weekends at 9 a.m. They’re pouring espresso and other coffee drinks using products from Seattle-based Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. They also have fresh baked goods from Choux Choux Bakery in Everett. It’s never a bad day when you can grab a latte and pastry while browsing local craft beer and wine. Come back later for a pint and live music.
The Grape & Grain is located at 6502 Evergreen Way Suite A in Everett.
Bayside Cafe is moving
Everett’s newest vegan burger-slinging joint is moving on to bigger pastures: Bayside Cafe will relocate around the corner from its Hewitt Avenue location to 3001 Broadway (formerly Tang Wong and double formerly China Doll). The new restaurant will provide the owners with a better functioning kitchen, and patrons with a full-sized diner and lounge. Bayside’s old location at 1717 Hewitt Ave. is still open, though with limited hours so the owners can spend more time getting their new restaurant ready.
Expect an opening date announcement soon: The owners said “either next weekend or the following”, so we’re certain you’ll get to enjoy porkless barbecue sandwiches, “bacun” burgers and more at their new location by the end of June/early July. For now, stop by their Hewitt spot on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Stay tuned for the most up-to-date news on Bayside Cafe’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thebaysidecafeeverett.
Upcoming brewery takes over Cask & Trotter
It appears a new brewery will take over the old Cask & Trotter restaurant in Lynnwood (Cask & Trotter’s Seattle location also closed earlier this year.) Peace of Mind Brewing is the brainchild of a father-and-son duo and an official Brewers Association member. We are hoping to try their hibiscus and rose petal-infused Flower Power IPA, hefeweizen with clove and lime, jasmine ale and other refreshing brews at their upcoming location later this summer.
Follow their journey on Instagram: @peace_of_mind_brewing
San Diego restaurant begins national expansion in Mill Creek
Rare Society, a southern California “homage to the infamous Las Vegas steakhouse” is coming to our neck of Washington. Chef Brad Wise is taking his approachable and classic steakhouse concept to Mill Creek, with a new restaurant slated to open this winter.
“We’re a neighborhood restaurant group that seeks to build communities around our locations,” a Rare Society spokesperson told The Herald. “Opening in Mill Creek is an opportunity to be part of a burgeoning community and provide an elevated dining experience within city limits.”
Rare Society’s Mill Creek menu will be similar to their Solana Beach location (think boards of chef-selected cuts, Australian wagyu tri-tip, 35 day dry-aged bone-in ribeye, ahi tuna au poivre and elevated steakhouse sides). Some dishes will be changed to highlight the Washington bounty.