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ON THE PLATE Jitterbug From the gingerbread waffle break- fast ($7.50 with bacon and eggs) to the late-night triple-egg 'n' potato-cake 'n' sausage breakfast ($8.75), a galaxy of imaginative twists on standard cafe fare: appetizers like roasted garlic fondue ($5.50), sandwiches like the border BLT (with avocado) on hemp-nut bread ($7.50, are you listening, John Ashcroft?), and main courses like homemade squash-and-goat-cheese-stuffed ravioli with mushrooms ($12.95). 2114 N. 45th, 547-6313. Luna Park Caf鼯B> Torment your eggs three different ways—stacked atop more than a dozen ingredient combos, scrambled with same and hash browns, or chastely enfolded in traditional omelet form (all $6.95). Lunch offers almost as many ways of playing with your hamburger, including teriyaki-pineapple-Swiss (mostly $6.95 too, with a packet of Tim's chips). And then there are all those milk shakes ($3.25). . . . 2918 S.W. Avalon Way (West Seattle), 935-7250. IN THE GLASS Arbor Crest winter releases The second round of releases from the winery picturesquely perched on a basalt bluff above the Spokane River. Kristina van L�-Sels' '99 cabernet runs around $26, but the winery's '00 sauvignon blanc and '01 riesling come in at a modest $9 and $8, respectively. DeLille '99 Chaleur Estate Red One of the Northwest's noble pressings, blended in Bordeaux fashion from Yakima Valley cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc grapes to achieve the maximum vinous impact a given year allows. The current edition is priced at about $55 in specialty wineshops. Full Sail Whitecap Ale A new seasonal beer to celebrate the Hood River, Ore., brewery's 15th birthday, it's a copper-toned English-style ale, malty and sweet but medium in body. About $7.50 a six-pack in finer coolers everywhere. Pandora's Bock Just 100 cases of Elysian's oak-aged special will be appearing at retail for around $3.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Also on draft in a few desperately sophisticated brewpubs. NEW IN TOWN The Oceanaire If Fred and Ginger ever stopped dancing long enough to dine, this is the kind of room they did it in. Order from dozens of seafood items that the proprietors strive to put on your table within 24 hours of catch. Whether your bent is toward steamed mussels from Puget Sound or grilled John Dory from New Zealand, you'll find something to tickle the taste buds here. 1700 Seventh, 267-2277. THIS WEEK Feb. 28 New wine releases from Chalone Group marques like Sagelands and Canoe Ridge available for tasting at Esquin Wine Merchants, 2700 Fourth S., 5-6:30 p.m. COMING UP March 11 Chef Charles Walpole crafts a five-course dinner to complement the wines of master Northwest vintner Mike Januik. $75 per person (wine included). Avenue One, 1921 First, reservations 441-6139. Food and/or beverage news? E-mail the Hot Sheet at

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