Seasonal ingredients are the driving force behind Streamliner Diner’s daytime and evening menus, which change quarterly to reflect the freshest product the area has to offer. Breakfast sticks to classics such as omelettes, biscuits and gravy, and scrambles, but added ingredients like smoked salmon, pesto sour cream, and ginger-marinated tofu elevate them above typical diner fare. The dinner menu takes a truly upscale turn with pan-fried risotto cakes, beef tenderloin with rhubarb red wine sauce, and pastas interwoven with enough fresh veggies and herbs to make a multivitamin squirm. Streamliner Diner also features an extensive wine list showcasing vintages from Washington State.
Populating an ever-changing menu with seasonally dictated fare, Four Swallows crafts cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and seafood harvested by sustainable methods. Prepare snapping jaws for sustainable snacking with a starter of Mediterranean mussels, partnered with smoke paprika, Spanish sherry, tomatoes, cream, and bruschetta ($14), before sating deep-dwelling hunger with an entree such as the salmon, with caramelized fennel, cara cara oranges, roasted fingerling potatoes, and taggiasca olives ($26). Handmade pastas feature traditional Italian accents, such as the fazzoletti, with thick bolognese ragu and parmigiano cheese ($19).
Though Pepperdock Restaurant’s storefront proudly advertises its broiled hamburgers, that's hardly the extent of their menu. The Pepperdock crew also serves up scallops, oysters, clams, and fish paired with crispy french fries. Hot dogs and steak sandwiches round out the eatery’s hot options, while ice cream blended into shakes or scooped into waffle cones can end meals on a sweet note.
When the moon first tasted the thin buttery layers of a croissant, it was so inspired that it changed from a quadrangle into a slivery crescent. Today's Groupon makes like the moon with $15 worth of pastries, desserts, and espressos at Upper Crust Bakery for $7. Tell your tired morning toes that there's a reason to get out of bed and the reason both smells and tastes delicious.
Sunny and bright, the Heartland Café serves typical Midwestern comfort food, reminiscent of its owners’ Wisconsin roots. Brats, pork schnitzel, pan-fried chicken, burgers, meatloaf, deep fried cheese curds – it’s the stuff of living rooms and Packers games, with the usual hearty German flair. Yet, this being Seattle, Heartland also offers a few surprising vegetarian options, including a Field Roast sandwich and salad, as well as a handsome hummus plate. The cozy dining area is plastered with old Farmer’s Almanac pages, and purposefully mismatched boards with magnetic poetry underline the breakfast counter. Brunchers are invited to relax over hangover-curing plates of eggs and pancakes, while casual family dinners occupy most of the evening hours. Best of all, kids eat free at breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday.
After more than 25 years in corporate America, Charell moved to the small business world by opening Firefly Cafe & Creperie. Her cozy, artwork-adorned cafe fills daily with the inviting aromas of sweet and savory crepes, into which she piles everything from apple-smoked bacon to dulce de leche. She even whips up gluten-free and vegan versions including breakfast crepes with tofu scrambles and dessert crepes with sliced almonds and cashew cream. Along with beverages from her espresso bar, Charell complements mains with organic smoothies and juices chockfull of healthy fixings such as mango and kale.