South-End Dish: Chelsea Deli Open, Afrikando Afrikando Closed + More Food & Drink Notes

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Hillman City’s Afrikando Afrikando closes doors: Afrikando Afrikando is in search of a new home after recently closing its Hillman City spot. Jacques Sarr, the well-known Senegalese chef who pioneered Seattle’s West African food scene in Belltown more than a decade ago, reopened the long-awaited eatery in Hillman City in late 2008, says they are “looking very hard for a different location and hope to be up and running again very soon.” Hopefully still in the Rainier Valley! Former location 5903 Rainier Ave. S., 228-1435

New York-style deli opens in Columbia City: The hotly anticipated Chelsea Deli (RVP sponsor) has finally opened in Columbia City! Dave Harris - former owner of Ballard’s Other Coast Deli – is serving up two freshly made soups every day, as well as a variety of New York-style sandwiches like the Hula Pork, with house-roasted pork loin, Maui onion teriyai sauce, pepper jack, tomato and red onion, served toasted; the chicken thigh banh mi, with pickled veggies, cilantro, jalapenos and soy mayo (served cold); the hot pastrami on rye; and the Hodge Podge, packed with roast beef, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, provolone and blue cheese, served warm. YUM! 4908 Rainier Ave. S., 725-3456

The Bourbon hosts Tuesday Trivia: The Bourbon Bar at Columbia City Theater (RVP sponsor) hosts Tuesday Trivia tonight with Tony Kay starting at 8 pm. This week it’s all about television. Tony has promised some fabulous prizes to the winning team in addition to free entry to any show at the theater. Plus it’s all day Happy Hour on Tuesdays so there’s really  no reason to be anywhere else tonight. 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 420-8285

Columbia City Ale House introduces premium beer night: Every Tuesday evening, starting tonight at 6 pm, Columbia City Alehouse will tap a small keg of premium beer for all its fans to get to know. Tonight’s selection is 90-minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing Co. $5 per 11.5 oz glass. Starts at 6pm, and runs as long as beer lasts, so come early. 4914 Rainier Ave. S., 723-5123

Kallaloo Caribbean to host Pearl Django this Friday: Seattle’s premier authentic Caribbean restaurant – Kallaloo Caribbean – will host a special brand of gypsy jazz with Pearl Django this Fri., Dec. 10. Reservations are already pouring in, so call now to reserve your table. Also, this weekend’s dinner special is Puerto Rican Pastelon, sweet plantains layered with beef peccadillo and topped with cheddar with a dollop of sour cream. 3820 S. Ferdinand St., 760-7766

Vietnamese sandwiches with a side of used Toyota Corolla in Rainier Beach (Seattle Weekly):

Just up from the corner of Rainier Ave. S. and S. Henderson St., we find the Rainier Beach Deli & Café. The owner apparently thought long and hard about Americans’ consumption habits before opening what just might be the greatest hybrid business idea in the city.

Hanging outside the entrance in greater prominence than the “café” sign is a banner announcing “Rainier Beach Auto Sale.”

Inside it seems all deli. There’s a small counter with a sandwich-making station and several tables–no easily apparent loan officer. Read more. 8738 Rainier Ave. S., 760-4494

Geraldine’s Counter serves up “come-to-Jesus brunch” (Seattle Weekly):

For such a simple meal, I ended up very pleasantly surprised. My eggs were fluffy and light and the hash browns were crispy and plentiful. My critique of the bacon is merely personal preference – I like mine to be brittle and crunchy and Geraldine’s bacon is chewy and thick. Having said that, it’s bacon so how bad can it really be? I still ate every piece. Read more. 4872 Rainier Ave. S., 723-2080.

Afrikando Afrikando opened in Hillman City in late 2008 and closed just two years later. Photo/David Mullarkey Images

7 comments on “South-End Dish: Chelsea Deli Open, Afrikando Afrikando Closed + More Food & Drink Notes

  1. Dammit, never made it to Afrikando²! Well, maybe if they move to location with seating and windows I’ll be more likely to make it. I heard the food is good!

  2. New little Teriyaki restaurant opened next to Chicago Market at RAS and S Chicago Street this week.

  3. Yeah! I finally have a restaurant in my neighborhood! The Chicago Mart people finally opened after telling me for six months that they would be opening! We had binh ma sandwiches and they were great! Only $1.99 for a chicken sandwich. They have a variety of dishes from hamburgers to calamari to teriyaki! I am so stoked!

  4. Also last Friday, went to Geraldine’s for dinner. Got seated back in the corner by the bathroom. I had fish and chips, it was really good, but my honey had a burger with bacon and cheese. The bacon was inedible, harder than anything and it was the messiest thing he had ever tried to eat! So Mark B. I guess we won’t be going back there again. He was really upset that there wasn’t anything on the menu that he really wanted!

  5. I like the sound of the new deli in CC, but those prices are outrageously high for a sandwich.

  6. Not if you’ve eaten a sandwich there! Chelsea Deli sandwiches are about 2 meals for me…

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