Publisher’s note: My Edmonds News is pleased to introduce our new restaurant column by Edmonds writer/editor Brian Soergel. Also remember to check out our new restaurant directory, where you can get hours, address, menu links and even leave reviews of your favorite eat-and-drink spots.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of My Edmonds Restaurant News. I’m no chef, but I do dig food and exploring great places to eat and drink in our town. I’m not a foodie, just a foodie fan, so this column is intended to be a chatty, friendly roundup of our expanding and increasingly renowned food establishments.
Although it’s my byline you see, I hope that – like all content My Edmonds News – this column evolves into a space of shared content. Eat a brilliantly created meal? Tell me about it. Notice something new on the menu? Want to praise exceptionally good service? Hear about a new restaurant coming to town? Let me know, and I’ll check it out.
Speaking of new restaurants …
Soup’s On … soon: Thirty-five years ago, Old Milltown housed a popular and successful restaurant called Soup’s On, where The Cheesemonger’s Table is located now. A waitress and a cook from that shop are now opening their own soup shop, Soup’s On Café. This one’s at Five Corners, in the spot formally held by Pho Five Star.
Shoreline resident Theresa Williams (the waitress), who grew up in Edmonds, is the manager, and friend Will Carhuff (the cook), from Mountlake Terrace, is the kitchen manager. “Over the years,” says Williams, “Will has been a cook at several local restaurants, and I was married and a stay-at-home mom. Last fall, at a friend’s birthday get-together, Will and I discovered that we both were interested in opening a restaurant. And we both shared the same vision of opening another Soups On.”
Williams says she plans to stick close to the original Soup’s On menu, and no wonder – she and Carhuff retained many of the original soup recipes. They will, of course, offer their own, new creations.
Since Soup’s On sports “Café” in its title, customers can order an assortment of non-liquid options. “We will feature our own roasted beef for sandwiches and salads, and will get our white, wheat and rye sandwich rolls from the Edmonds Bakery, just like we did at the original Soup’s On,” Williams says. “We will include gluten-free sliced bread, and Will will make homemade rolls to go with the small and large bowls of soup.”
There will be desserts, too, like homemade apple crisp and crème brulee.
A combo deal will include a cup of soup, a whole sandwich and a salad, for under $10. “We will have all our menu items reasonably priced to suit repeat customers, such as businesspeople coming in on their lunch break, as well as tourists and local residents coming in with their families to enjoy our quick and friendly service,” Williams says. “We feel many people in Edmonds will remember the original Soup’s On and will want to come for a nostalgic food experience.”
Soup’s On is expected to open this month. Hours will be 10:30 a.m.- 7:30 Monday- Saturday and 10:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sunday.
Look for a follow-up story after Soup’s On opens its doors.
Best of Edmonds: What are your favorite restaurants and bars in Edmonds? Best comfort food? Best latte? Best cupcake? Making its debut today is Best of Edmonds 2013, co-sponsored by Edmonds Deals.com and My Edmonds News. Nominations are open now and close at midnight on Sept. 18. Then, you’ll be able to vote for your favorites from the list of nominees. To suggest your favorite, go to this link: http://edmondsdeals.com/best-of-edmonds-2013/.
Music on the menu: La Galleria in downtown Edmonds has added live music to the menu. You can listen to Bill Chism on guitar while dining on Italian food every Thursday night. Chism performs from 5 to 8:30 p.m., says owner Josh Colberg. Chism has quite a jazz and pop playlist – it includes classics like “Blue Moon,” “In the Mood,” “Moondance,” “Sway,” and “Girl From Ipanema.” Sound like the perfect accompaniment to your Primi Piatti while choosing Italian or Washington wines?
Sweet 16: Happy birthday to Chanterelle and owners Randy and Brooke Bake,r who opened on Third and Main 16 years ago. Any time is a great time to visit, but wine lovers may want to set aside Tuesdays, when any bottle of wine on the list is half off. All you have to do is “like” Chanterelle on Facebook, and mention that fact to a server when you get there.
A picture is worth … Any restaurant, especially a new one that wants to stay in business, certainly needs a Facebook presence. But even more necessary is a well-designed website that pops up and looks sparkly when potential dinners Google it. A menu and hours are essential, of course, and weekly specials are nice. Just as important, but frequently disregarded, are photos that display a restaurant’s creations. It’s worth it to hire a pro for pictures. For two who have done it right, check out Las Brisas and Five Restaurant | Bistro.
Football is back: Expect bars and restaurants to be hopping this football season, which begins this week. Seahawk fans have always been a raucous bunch, but will be especially so this year, as experts and fans both expect the Hawks to contend for the Super Bowl. Among the liveliest places to catch the action will be in downtown Edmonds at A Very Taki Tiki Bar & Grill and the Channel Marker, the latter filled with 10 high-def big screens.
The Seahawks’ first game is on the road this Sunday against Carolina, which means a 10 a.m. start on the West Coast. No matter – Scott’s Bar & Grill is offering happy hour in the bar for all games, home or away. While at Scott’s, check out the restaurant’s newly spiffed-up interior.
Want more details on happy hours in Edmonds? Go to the My Edmonds News Happy Hour Page.
Gluten-free at Grounded Espresso: Gluten-free food is everywhere. And now Grounded Espresso near Firdale Village has added gluten-free treats to its selection of munchies. Owner Julie Tobiassen says to make sure to stop by and ask for a sample. If you want to show your love of Grounded, ask to see their sweatshirts, T-shirts and tumblers.
Café Flora comes to Edmonds: When Nat Stratton-Clarke of Madison Park’s award-winning vegetarian restaurant Café Flora decided to treat his employees to a party this month, he looked north to Edmonds. Specifically, to WhirlyBall in Edmonds, home to bumper cars and a popular place for workplace bonding. So I’m thinking. Not about WhirlyBall, which is great fun and recommended. But about a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in Edmonds. Wonder if it would work?
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