Though it's just a small acreage farm located in Woodinville, Sprouting Farm supplies certified organic produce for seasonal menu items at all eight Homegrown locations. Homegrown started Sprouting Farm in 2014, adding it to a roster of purveyors that already includes local suppliers of cheese, meat, and even fresh breads baked with pacific northwest grains.
Customers reap the benefits of these relationships when they bite into Homegrown's sandwiches, such as the Chicken Pesto, made with local chicken breast and roasted garlic aioli or the Stumptown coffee-rubbed pork loin sandwich with organic apple butter and pickled red onions. Indeed, the food here is better for humans, but the stores themselves are also better for the environment. They utilize reclaimed and recycled building materials and hyper-efficient lighting, making each structure a front-runner for "Citizen of the Year" in their respective neighborhoods.
At locations dotted all over the Pacific Northwest, Black Rock Coffee Bar’s baristas dazzle patrons' taste buds with their simple and elaborate coffee creations. Served in ink-black cups emblazoned with their understated lowercase logo and red stars, their hot drinks range from brewed coffee to chai-tea lattes to flavored mochas. The baristas infuse the mochas with extras—including white chocolate and caramel to create the caramel blondie and hazelnut to concoct the blackout mocha, which, unfortunately, will not make you black out for the entire workday. On the chilly side of the menu, their blended drinks include shake-like delights made sweeter with Oreos, mint chips, and chai, as well as smoothies and icy coffee granitas.
Cherry Street Coffee House displays local art, hosts live music, and holds events at each of its locations. Steam rises from blends of house coffees, forming the shape of perfume bottles that spritz the cafes with the aromas of Brazil nuts and dark cocoa. A medley of coffee beans from Papua New Guinea and Central and South America flavor the signature espresso, which guests can enjoy in between bites of house-made breakfast bagels, quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Cherry Street's kitchen staff supplies a list of ingredients, highlighting which vibrant dishes are vegan, contain dairy and nuts, or plan to transform into dairy and nuts.
In Focus: Bird on a Wire Espresso
Vibe: Friendly neighborhood coffee shop
Specialties: Raven’s Brew coffee flown in from Alaska, as well as hot or iced espresso, pastries, soups, and sandwiches
Bonus treats: Beer, wine, and housemade italian sodas (or fizzes, as they’re called here)
What to expect: A bit of a wait. Service is slower than at most corporate coffee shops, but the carefully brewed drinks are well worth it.
Outdoor seating: Sip your brew from a quaint plastic lawn chair on the sidewalk patio.
Ideal patron: A die-hard fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds—an avian motif dominates the design scheme of the small space.
Each crowd-pleasing trio comes on a reusable platter that is handy for later serving B-list house guests. The Wandering Café asks that customers call 48 hours ahead. Home delivery costs extra (call for more information, as pricing varies by area), but The Wandering Café's highway-convenient location makes pick-up easy.
Six Things to Know About Kafe Berlin
Go to a certain part of First Hill, and you’d swear you were in Germany. That’s thanks to the German Society building, which was first built in 1898. While much of the building stays closed off to various groups and organizations, the general public can always find a few slices of central Europe inside Kafe Berlin. Here’s what to expect once inside:
German flavors define the menu. Specialities include kielbasa and other German sausages; red and blue kraut; and more German deli food—along with other deli favorites that know no culinary borders.
The coffee is local... Baristas brew Tony's organic and fair-trade coffee, which comes from Bellingham.
... and so are the pastries. A new assortment of baked goods—from croissants to strudels—arrive by way of local bakeries each and every day.
They sell deli meats and cheeses by the pound.
To-go orders are the norm. This is largely due to Kafe Berlin’s small space, though some chairs sit outside and a few side tables line the window.
Round is the most delicious shape. For proof, just look to Kafe Berlin’s 10 flavors of granola wheels (or Berliner Wheelies).