Relocated to Hillman City after 17 years in the Central District, Amy’s Merkato is many things–a comfortable cafe, a shop selling spices, wine and selected dry goods, and at its heart, a bakery supplying fresh injera to East African restaurants and shops around Seattle. The cafe will be keeping bakery hours, opening early most days.

5710 Rainier Ave S

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The Union Bar space reborn as the Twilight Rainier–a south end sister of the longtime CD haunt Twilight Exit. It’s Hillman City’s basic full-service watering hole: a full bar, comfy, a bit loud, and a solid pub menu.

5609 Rainier Ave

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Ice cream… and hot wings.

4267 Orcas

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Hillman City’s local brewery is also a comfortable, spacious room for chatting, playing games, reading. Usually 8-10 beers on tap, from IPAs to dark ales and goses.

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Chef Aaron Verzosa and partner Amber Manuguid have opened Archipelago, serving progressive Filipino American cuisine drawing on Verzosa’s experience working in culinary research at the Modernist Cuisine lab in Bellevue.

The new spot will be more fine dining than casual, with two seatings per evening featuring an 8-10 course tasting menu. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook.

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Occupying a former gas station at the corner of Rainier and Findlay, Big Chickie has become a key neighborhood hangout for Hillman City families. With a casual, partially-enclosed dining area carved out of the parking lot, and generous plates of brasa-cooked (charcoal rotisserie) chicken, potatoes and uncommonly good side salads, Big Chickie is a reliable lunch and dinner option for neighbors and working people passing through.

Hours: Mon 4:30pm-8:30pm, Tues-Thur 11am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

5520 Rainier Ave S.

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