New Ravenna restaurants

August 4th, 2008 by Dawn

We sometimes get a bit of neighborhood envy (but hey, not too much – we love our neighborhood!) when we read about all the great new restaurants flocking to Ballard, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, West Seattle, and really, any neighborhood besides Ravenna.  We’d just like a few more places within walking distance.  Is that too much to ask?

Some locations on 65th have been regular revolving doors with restaurants coming and going year after year.  There’s the place at 65th and Ravenna Avenue which had Shamiana (which we still miss), then Shamiana reborn as World Beat Cafe, then the short-lived Bistro Magnolia, and finally Hot Dish before sitting empty for a while.  That place has a bad luck omen, so we hope that The Himalayan Kitchen, which opened there two weeks ago, fares better.

We went last night to THK, and it was decent, although we were really hoping for better.  They serve Indian, Nepali, Bhutan, Tibetan, and Indo Chinese food.  We tried one Bhutan dish, aima datchi, and another more familiar Indian dish, alu matar paneer.  We both preferred the alu matar paneer.  Although we ordered the mid-range spicy level, the food was quite mild, so we’ll order the hottest level next time.  The naan was tasty, although it was a bit thinner and somewhat crisper than I like.

Just across the street, the windows are papered over but the sign is ready for Da Pino’s to open later this month.  Currently located on Rainier Avenue, Pino Rogano is moving into our neighborhood and bringing what looks like a great menu of sandwiches, pastas, artisan cured meats, gelato, and espresso.  It will be nice to welcome a little neighborhood place like that.

Da Pino Italian Cafe & Deli

Two blocks up from there is Third Place Books, where we hear that the Honey Bear Bakery will be replaced by a second Vios later this year.  We’ve enjoyed Vios Cafe & Marketplace in Capitol Hill, a family-friendly Greek restaurant with great food.  It’s interesting that the Honey Bear Bakery, which is synonymous to us with Third Place Books, is moving out.  Personally, I never found the Ravenna bakery to be as great as the old Tangletown location from years back, though, so this sounds like a good change to me.

Finally, it looks like Felix and Sarah Penn’s second place, which we mentioned a few months back, is getting close to opening on 55th.  It should be good, if it’s anything like their first place, Pair.

The Himalayan Kitchen
2255 65th Street NE, Seattle
(206) 588-0651

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4 Responses to “New Ravenna restaurants”

  1. Ben says:

    One piece of history, the THK space used to be the Santa Fe Cafe which was both popular and fairly stable. I believe the owner’s closed it down to concentrate on their phinney ridge location and due to some kind of expensive plumbing fixes needed in the kitchen.

  2. Mike says:

    Don’t forget to Mention great places in Ravenna like Bai Pai and Pied Piper Alehouse!

  3. Dawn says:

    Ah, of course! I was mostly focusing on the new places, but those are good too. We get takeout from Bai Pai quite a bit, where I especially like the larb. Which are your favorite dishes?

  4. Sara says:

    While you are mentioning Ravenna spots – Casa D’Italia has probably been at it the longest (seven years this past summer) in this area, as everyone else seems to have shuttered down. Love their Pasta Vodka ! If you haven’t tried the “Italian” Ricotta Cheesecake, you must – you will never look at New York Cheesecake the same again ! It’s cozy in the winter and delightful in summer on their back courtyard.

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