My Edmonds Restaurant News: Future of farmers market pizza and Jack Murphy’s owners revealed
Best pizza in town not at a restaurant?: Ever had a slice of pizza at the spring and summer farmers market in Edmonds? Of course you have. Good, no? That’s La Strada Dolce Mobile Pizza, and owner Jim Sundin says he repeatedly hears the following: “When are you going to open a store in Edmonds?” We’ll have to wait on that, but Sundin wants to take his mobile pies to the new Salish Crossing Farmers Market on Wednesday nights in the Antique Mall parking lot.
“At La Strada, we love pizza and take it very seriously,” said Sundin, who adds he’s certified by VPN of Naples, Italy (a pizza association in Naples, where pizza was born), and trained under their auspices to be fully up-to-speed on the traditions, preparation, and presentation of world-class pizza. “We are artisanal, gourmet, and the top-flight ingredients we are able to buy at the markets we work are the freshest available.”
There may be a stumbling block, however. There’s already a pizza place in the shopping center, Luan and Selvie Berisha’s Evviva Pizza, notes Salish Crossing owner Nick Echelbargar. Hmm. Surely there’s some way it can be worked out? We’ll see.
What we won’t see is La Strada for a while, as the summer and Wednesday markets are closed for the year.
Will Ferrell? Uh, no: OK, you got us. Will Ferrell is not buying Jack Murphy’s, the Irish bar on Fourth Avenue South opened in December 2011 by Brian Taylor, who also owns Daphne’s on Main Street. How did that happen? So, Will Ferrell was in town last weekend to catch the UW-Oregon and Seahawks games – he attended USC and is friends with former USC coach and current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Sunday night, Ferrell made it to Edmonds – to meet a friend? Dine with E-Dub grad and movie star Anna Faris? I don’t know.
Ferrell, whose Edmonds appearances were documented by breathless Twitter fans, reportedly dined at Epulo Bistro and checked out Taki Tiki and Jack Murphy’s. It was later that Taylor, a lovable jokester who now lives in New York City with his wife Louise Favier, the jovial British barista formerly at Starbucks by the fountain, posted on Facebook that Ferrelll was to buy Jack Murphy’s, which Taylor was selling.
It was a joke, folks.
But this is no joke: According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, an application was submitted Sept. 27 by three partners — David Lee Yoder, Trevor Garrett Miller and Amy Jessica Nyberg — under the name MNY LLC for the Churchkey Pub on 109 Fourth Ave. S, which is the address of the former Jack Murphy’s. The Irish pub’s last day was Oct. 12.
Bar Dojo’s high profile: The Place of the Way, which we know as Bar Dojo, is the only Edmonds restaurant participating in Seattle Restaurant Week, which has its second week Oct. 20-24. That’s when Bar Dojo and 149 other fine establishments offer three courses for $28. The restaurant, which serves modern Asian food with Northwest ingredients, got a nice write-up for its vegan options in Seattlelite. Congrats to owner and general manager Andrew Leckie, owner and executive chef Shubert Ho (brilliant name!), chef de cuisine Zal Smith, and sous chef Luis Brambila.
Who doesn’t love darts?: You’re in a loud, crowded bar gripping a drink. What do you do to break any possible tension, besides ordering another beer? You throw darts, of course. The best place in Edmonds to enjoy the sharp, pointy things has to be Channel Marker Pub & Grill, which has five boards and spring and fall leagues. Fall is in full swing. Interested? Call Jan Minster (in the mornings, she requests) at 425-275-9590. Rory’s has a dart board, and I’ll be taking a stab at the bulls eye this weekend. Just be careful if you spot me on your way to the rest room. My aim ain’t what it used to be.
New place for liquor and wine: Edmonds Liquor and Wine, which closed a year ago in the Westgate QFC shopping center, has reopened just down the street at the former spot of Woodway Gas & Mart. It’s at 23726 100th Ave. W, just north of the hill heading up to Shoreline. Guaranteed best selection of scotch, tequila, and liquor in Edmonds, they say. Hey, create your own restaurant bar at home…
Getting ready to brew: The hardest working man in Edmonds right now may just be Jeff Barnett ,who still plans to open by Thanksgiving. Walk by his Salish Sea Brewing Co. on the Dayton Street side of Old Milltown, and you’re apt to see Barnett at work, banging on nails, painting, and moving all type of heavy things about. This in addition to checking on his big, beautiful silver beer tanks in Portland and checking on the progress of cool artwork on the walls. My wife and I stopped by recently and, even though Barnett was busy, he took the time to talk to us about his future establishment. Nice fella. With American Brewing Company, Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew and now Salish Sea, Edmonds just may the next big regional spot to grab a hand-crafted brew (or two, or three … ). Stay tuned for more info on the Salish Sea Brewing Co.’s Founder’s Club.
American Brewing wins again: Yes, the beer is good in Edmonds. For more proof, go down to American Brewing Co. in Harbor Square, which for the third year in a row took home a prize at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. This year, a bronze medal for Fed, White & Brew, an extra-special bitter. Brewmaster Skip Madsen says it was a collaborative beer with Simon Majumdar from “The Next Iron Chef,” whose upcoming book will be titled … “Fed, White & Blue.” Majumdar stopped by American Brewing during the summer to help create the inventive brew. American Brewing will have a chapter in the book.
Fresh delivery at Waterfront Coffee: The Waterfront Coffee Co. is having success with its Tiny’s Organic CSA (community supported agriculture) program delivery, fresh from East Wenatchee. Awesome and very healthy food, thanks to the efforts of Waterfront’s Vickie Balas. Check out the Wednesday delivery program. While you’re there, do widen your eyes at the creepy Halloween spider on the wall while sipping Waterfront’s deliciously creamy latte and silky Snoqualmie Ice Cream.
Best of Edmonds: Have you voted for your favorite Edmonds restaurant yet? The nominations are in for Best of Edmonds 2013, co-sponsored by My Edmonds News and EdmondsDeals.com. Voting closes at midnight, Oct. 23. You can vote every day, but only once a day. Winners will be announced on Nov. 1. To vote for your favorites, go to edmondsdeals.com/best-of-edmonds-2013/.
Soup’s On Café: Still waiting …
–By Brian Soergel
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