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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in April

There are plenty of Queen Anne events coming up in the neighborhood in April! Check out some of our featured favorites:

April 2-6 & 9-13: Seattle Restaurant Week at Queen Anne Restaurants
Dinner | Queen Anne Restaurants
Five Queen Anne restaurants are participating in this season’s Seattle Restaurant Week, with three courses for $32: Grappa, Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge, Ten Mercer, The Melting Pot, and Toulouse Petit.

April 2: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on APril 2nd, with dancing and live music by Tre Kronor, Spelmanslag and Smilin’ Scandinavians. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

April 7: ABBA Night at the Swedish Club NW
6pm – 12am | Swedish Club NW
The annual ABBA Night at the Swedish Club NW is currently sold out, but there’s a waiting list if you really, really want to go! It’s the 5th annual ABBA Night that the Club has hosted, with food, ABBA music, and dancing. Call the Swedish Club NW at 206-283-1090 for a spot on the waiting list.

April 12: Drop Everything And Read
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) on Wednesday, April 12th! Guest authors will be visiting the museum throughout the day to share stories.

April 15 & 16: Spring Egg Hunts
8:30am – 10am | Seattle Children’s Museum
Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum on April 15th and 16th for kids egg hunts. There will be thousands of eggs hidden throughout the museum; kids find the empty (to avoid choking hazards) Eco Eggs, then turn them in for a small prize bag containing candy and other items. The cost is $5 per person for members, $8 for non-members.

April 16: Whirligig! Closes at Seattle Center
11am – 6pm | Seattle Center Armory
Through April 16th, Whirligig! transforms the Seattle Center Armory into a lively hub of entertainment and fun for kids ages 12 and under. There will be balloon artists, caricaturists, face painters, Student Showcases, and plenty more free or affordable activities for the kiddos. The Toddler Zone offers fun for your littlest ones! The cost is $8 per all day main floor pass, $4.50 for an all day Toddler Zone pass, or $1.50 for a single ride ticket. Thursdays are free!

April 21: We Day at Key Arena
8am – 6pm | Key Arena
We Day is an unparalleled event that brings together world-renowned speakers, A-list performers, and tens of thousands of youth to celebrate a year of action that transformed communities and changed lives. The Seattle event will take place on Friday, April 21st at Key Arena. Taking the stage this year is a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites, including Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, Lily Collins, Allen Stone, Grace VanderWaal, Buzz Aldrin, Jordan Fisher, Skai Jackson, Yara Shahidi, Jenna Ortega, Jordan Smith and more.

April 21-23: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
12pm – 6pm | Seattle Center
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in April with the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival April 21st through 23rd. This free, enriching experience provides the opportunity to experience the vibrant Japanese culture. There will be educational programs, arts & crafts, traditional dance and music, games, ceremonies, Taiko drumming, martial arts and more.

 

Queen Anne’s Bite Box Hosts Wine Bar Pop-Up Every Tuesday

Grub used to host pop-up restaurants that brought different flavors to Queen Anne each month. Now, Grub owner Sharon Fillingim has shifted gears with her new restaurant Bite Box, but that doesn’t mean pop-ups are over. Starting last week, on Tuesday, March 7th, a pop-up wine bar will be at Bite Box every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

Zach Geballe, a Seattle sommelier and local wine writer, will run Disgorged out of Bite Box with a mission to “explore the world of wine with a little less pretension and a bit more expression”. What can you expect? Delicious wines from both the Pacific Northwest and the world, along with rotating mystery wines – guess what you taste and win prizes!

Zach will call upon his expertise as the Dahlia Lounge wine lead and wine writer for Seattle Weekly, SIP Northwest, and The Fresh Toast, to find fun and interesting wines for patrons to try. Plus, the prices are really reasonable at $10 or less a glass. And, small bites (cheeses, meats, olives) will be available too.

Stop by Bite Box at 307 W McGraw St on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm to experience Disgorged!

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Visit These Queen Anne Restaurants for Dine Around Seattle

Dine Around Seattle returned for 2017 on Sunday, March 5th, and a couple of Queen Anne restaurants are participating! Dine Around Seattle is a little bit more fun than Seattle Restaurant Week, in that the restaurant isn’t limited to the three-course prix-fixe format of appetizer, entree, and dessert. Instead, Dine Around Seattle allows a little bit more flexibility, so that the restaurants can show off the things that they specialize in. After all, Dine Around Seattle is intended to support local businesses and what better way to do that than by letting the restaurants show off their best?

According to the program’s website, “For fifteen years, Dine Around Seattle has connected tens of thousands of residents with the best of Seattle’s restaurants, contributing millions to our local economy and strengthening our community.”

Lunch at participating restaurants is $18/person, while dinner price packages range from $22 or $33, to $44 depending on the restaurant and their offering. Sister eateries Toulouse Petit and Peso’s Kitchen & Lounge are participating for lunch and dinner, while the elegant LloydMartin is just participating for the evening (the restaurant isn’t open for lunch).

Dine Around Seattle continues Sunday to Thursday each week through March 23rd, so visit these Queen Anne restaurants and enjoy a discounted meal, while supporting local businesses. Enjoy!

Featured photo source: Dine Around Seattle Facebook Page

Seattle Icon: Daniel’s Broiler And Its Deep Local Roots

Daniels Broiler, situated on the shores of Lake Union, has been a Seattle landmark of fine dining for what seems like forever. With its sweeping views of Lake Union, Queen Anne and Gasworks Park in addition to its incredible menu of USDA prime steaks and chops, all prepared impeccably, Daniel’s has always been the go-to venue for holiday and celebratory meals, fine craft cocktails and some of the best steaks you’ll ever enjoy.

Recently, people have been up in arms as rumors swirled regarding the possible closing of Daniel’s Lake Union location, due to Vulcan Real Estate’s plans to redevelop the pier on which it sits. Those fears were somewhat put to rest this week when the Seattle Times reported that Daniel’s on Lake Union will not close, but will merely move to a nearby location, still along the shores of South Lake Union. It seems fabulous steaks and sweeping Lake Union vistas will remain on Daniel’s menu for years to come, and we’ll drink to that!

Over the years, Daniel’s Broiler has become a local fine dining legend in the Seattle area, synonymous with delicious, high-end meals, superb craft cocktails, incredible views and live music, outstanding service and a seemingly never ending parade of Seattle’s most interesting and beautiful people to be found on any given night, enjoying a bite or a sip. However, many of us who have grown up in the Seattle area, (particularly those of us under a certain age) know very little of the famed steakhouse’s origins.

Daniel’s has been owned and operated by The Schwartz Brothers Restaurant group since 1981, and has changed very little since its beginnings at the Leschi Marina in 1980, but it’s true roots go much deeper than that. Daniel’s Broiler was started by a man named, well, Daniel, believe it or not. Daniel Jack Sandal, to be specific.

Daniel Sandal, a born and bred Seattleite, grew up in The Emerald City’s Wallingford neighborhood, graduated from the now closed Lincoln High School, and got his start in the food industry at the World-Famous Pike Place Market. Daniel’s Grandfather, Dan Zido, founded “Dan’s Better Meats” in Pike Place Market in 1910, and it was there, (in a space at the market that is now known as the home of Italian favorite, Il Bistro) that Daniel began his love affair with meat, as a third-generation butcher.

Eventually the butcher shop moved upstairs in the market, to where you will now find “Don and Joe’s Meats” (unsurprisingly, Don and Joe are related to Dan, and have kept the family tradition of quality cuts alive in Pike Place). Dan took over the family business when his father retired and decided to expand their wholesale business drastically, with their meats soon being featured at Seattle’s finest restaurant, including Canlis, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, The Space Needle and plenty more. He also started a daily-delivered, fresh-ground meat patty service for local favorite burger joint, Dick’s Drive-In, helping to make those burgers we all know and love so darn scrumptious.

In the Early 1970’s, Dan began his foray into the restaurant world as a restaurateur himself, co-founding Benjamin’s with partner Arnold Shain. The success of Benjamin’s fueled Dan and Arnold to continue on in the restaurant game, with the opening of The Gasworks Restaurant, but eventually, they parted ways as partners.

In 1980, at the ripe, young age of 40, Daniel decided it was time to start his own place, a place for steaks and chops so terrific, people would fall in love, and that they did. The vision for the original Daniels Broiler was to be Dan’s own take on the fine dining he had grown up with in Seattle, drawing heavy inspiration from places like Canlis, but staying true to the steakhouse theme with top quality steaks and chops consistently available and prepared perfectly.

Daniel’s was a sort of experiment for Dan, as he had only ever opened and operated restaurants with partners prior to Daniel’s Broiler. He was once quoted as saying “I wanted to see if I could do it, I did it on my own so I didn’t have to deal with other’s dreams and problems and wouldn’t be at anyone else’s mercy.” And do it, he did. Daniel’s Broiler became a success from the very beginning, in its original home, located on the glistening shores of Lake Washington in the Leschi Marina.  At the time, this was a convenient location for Mercer Island and Bellevue residents, until they closed the I-90 entrance and exit on the east side of the tunnels when the second bridge was built.  Today, the original Daniel’s location serves the Mount Baker, Leschi, Madrona, Washington Park, Madison Park and Denny Blaine neighborhoods and a slew of long-time customers. 

Since being purchased by the Schwartz Brothers in late 1981, they have made very few changes to Dan Sandal’s original concept for the restaurant. The Schwartz Brothers did expand the Daniel’s brand to include locations in Bellevue (opening in 1989) and the location we all know and love, on the shores of Lake Union (since 1999), where Dan and Arnold’s first venture, Benjamin’s, once lived.

Dan Sandal passed away in 2012, but left behind a much loved and delicious legacy in Daniel’s Broiler. While many people find success in the Seattle restaurant scene, few reach the iconic status of Daniel’s Broiler, nor do they stand the test of time, untarnished and as beloved as ever the way Daniel’s has.

Daniel’s Broiler has been a Seattle staple for over 35 years, in 3 different locations, and it doesn’t appear that that will be changing anytime soon. While the Lake Union location may be moved slightly to make way for the inevitable growth and changes of a bustling city, it’s good to know it won’t be going far.