Our good friend and Seattle Seawolves legend, Eric Duechle recently tried his hand at packing as many Tukwila-themed experiences as he could into a single day. He got pretty far. But honestly, it only scratched the surface of what our amazing city has to offer.
Follow along, as Eric attempts the #TukwilaInADayChallenge.
First up, Green Tukwila Day at the Duwamish Hill Preserve. On a beautiful blue-sky November day, Eric joined a group of volunteers to help spruce up this local treasure. A place of deep cultural significance, Duwamish Hill Preserve has been stewarded by Indigenous communities that have called this area home since time immemorial. Expounding upon this fact was Ken Workman, Tribal Council Member and descendant of Chief Seattle.
Next on the schedule was Mayweather Boxing + Fitness. Eric met up with Jen and Miracle to jump into the ring and get a closer look at how Tukwila trains. The studio offers four different styles of classes throughout the week formulated with the perfect combination of boxing, strength, and cardio conditioning.
Rounding out the day was a stop at one of Tukwila’s most popular bar and grills, Billy Baroo’s. Surrounded by friends and bipedal whale mascots, Eric toasted to a day full of wonderful new experiences.
How do you think Eric did? Could you fit more Tukwila experiences into your day? Give your best shot, and don’t forget to let us know how it goes on social media.
Best of luck!
Experience Tukwila is a proud sponsor of Seattle Restaurant Week — a bi-annual celebration of the greater Seattle area’s culinary community. This past year has been especially challenging for the restaurant industry, with COVID-19 forcing many operational changes. Seattle Restaurant Week, which runs April 1 – 3o, is the perfect opportunity to show your support for local restaurants and sample some delicious food while you’re at it.
Throughout the month of April, participating establishments will offer special prix fixe menus, with $20 lunch and $35 and $50 dinner options. Venues will offer a variety of dining options to allow guests to choose whatever format works best for them, including takeout, ready-to-heat, delivery, meal boxes, and indoor and outdoor dining as permissible by public health guidelines.
A full list of participating restaurants can be found here, where you can sort by neighborhood, cuisine, dining options, diet, and ownership to find the perfect place to match your location, taste, and values.
Participating Tukwila restaurants include Spice Bridge vendors — Afella Jollof Catering, Jazze’s, Moyo Kitchen, Seatango, Taste of Congo, Theary Cambodian Foods, Wengay’s Kitchen, and WUHA — Juju’s Caribbean Kitchen, Duke’s Seafood Southcenter, and Waterleaf Restaurant & Bar. Spice Bridge vendors are also offering a Buy One, Give One option, where you can add $10 to your order to support the Food Innovation Network’s free community meals program.
Here’s sample of some menu items to get your taste buds watering:
- Afella Jollof Catering: Chicken Yassa with samosas and fried plantains
- Taste of Congo: Chicken Moyo with fried plantains
- Theary Cambodian Foods: Duck curry with vermicelli noodles and toppings
- Waterleaf Restaurant & Bar: Bacon chips n’ dip, smoked beef ribs, and cedar-infused pound cake
- Wengay’s Kitchen: Chicken Inasal, garlic rice, pancit bihon, and veggie lumpia
- Juju’s Caribbean Kitchen: Haitian style spaghetti, chicken gravy bowl, and Haitian crispy fried pork sandwich
- Duke’s Seafood: Award-winning clam chowder, rockfish tacos, fish and chips, and crab cakes
Full, detailed menu options can be found here. Time to eat your way through the city!
Tukwila is home to a diverse community, making it the perfect melting pot for cuisines from all over the world. From authentic Mexican and traditional Italian dishes to flavorful East African and rich Asian food–your palate will delight in the variety of options available at every turn. Adding to this already robust collection of eateries is the new dining experience at Spice Bridge Food Hall.
Located in Tukwila Village near the Library, Spice Bridge Food Hall consists of women-of-color and immigrant-owned food stalls that operate on a rotating schedule. On a Tuesday, you may visit and find Gambian, Filipino, Congolese, and Ethiopian fare but if you returned on Friday you’d be treated to an entirely new assortment of global delights.
How does this all work? Well, it all began as a Food Innovation Network project aimed at helping immigrants achieve their culinary dreams while gaining a secure foothold in the community. The FIN’s Food Business Incubator pilot program offers subsidized rent options, a shared commercial kitchen, and helps with permits and marketing for these budding restaurant owners.
The 2,800-square-foot facility includes space for four stalls to operate per day plus equipment and resources for up to 20 food businesses to run catering services and to prep for attending local farmer’s markets. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only outdoor dining and takeaway are available, but there are plans for an eventual community hub–a space where visitors can learn about the rich cultures behind each tasty restaurant.
So what’s currently on rotation at Spice Bridge Food Hall? You can find the most up-to-date schedule and full restaurant details here. But trust us when we say, no matter what type of food you’re craving, you’re sure to be able to satiate your appetite. Stop by Tuesday through Sunday and enjoy a global dining experience that supports a good cause.