Everett Street Bistro's tasty array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options satisfy sustenance seekers at all times of the day, even when plugged into the matrix. Start the day with a hearty breakfast panini with fried eggs, Black Forest ham, Tillamook cheddar, and a side of hash-brown casserole ($8.50), or sink your mouth anchors into the supple stuff of a wild-mushroom scramble with leeks and goat cheese ($9.50). Graduate taste buds to midday maturity with intriguing brunchtime bites such as the caramelized-onion tart served with mixed greens ($10) and the classic bistro burger topped with lemon aioli, avocado, bacon, lettuce, caramelized onions, and a mortarboard-shaped bun ($14). For dinner, start by sharing a plate of garlicky pommes frites ($6) or steak tartare with your tablemates ($10) before indulging in a french-cut pork chop served with braised savoy cabbage and creamy white polenta, topped with dijon-maple vinaigrette ($16).
Channeling the whimsical spirit of Japanese street vendors, Mojo serves up portable griddle fare and desserts in the form of cone-shaped crepes and frozen desserts. This casual, playful preparation fashions fresh crepes from daily-made batter, twists them up into a delectable wizard's cap filled with tasty toppings, and garnishes the concoction with whipped cream and a stylish Pocky stylus. Ice cream crepes ($5.25) are plumped full of locally supplied ice cream, fruits, and sauces for specialty creations such as the classic mojo (strawberries, bananas, Nutella) and the purple rain, which features blueberries, strawberries, and the sauce formerly known as blackberry. Light crepes skip the ice cream, but maintain rich flavors through uncanny yet delicious partnerships such as the miruku (neatnik condensed milk and slovenly chocolate sauce, $3.25).
Pudding on the Rice is an unusual dessert shop that operates on the same principles as an ice-cream parlor—a glass-fronted case full of flavored treats and a friendly employee waiting to scoop them up for individual consumption. However, the devil is in the delicious details, and he knows how to whip up a mean batch of rice pudding. Opt to gobble a panel of kitschy-named sizes, from the bite ($2) and kilobite ($4) to the mega-, giga-, and terabite ($5–$10). The variegated flavor array also comes in a variety of punny monikers, such as Cinnamon Kane, which features plump golden raisins swimming in cinnamon cream, and Ziggy's Stardust, a trip to the outer stratosphere, where fresh oranges and vanilla are harvested by gender-ambiguous musicians and David Bowie. If you're craving a more traditional treat, Pudding also serves cups of tart frozen yogurt (same sizes and pricing as rice pudding) with your choice of toppings ($0.50 each) and makes both sweet and savory crêpes ($5–$6) fresh to order.
Wrapped in a cone shape on the spot, the Japanese crepe is a delightful dessert that can be eaten anytime, anywhere, and in any way. Choose between a fruit and ice cream filled crepe or if you're feeling hungry, a savory crepe. Either way, the possibilities are endless.
Gabriel Rucker needs little introduction. The James Beard Award–winning chef (twice over, the second for his cookbook) has become a local and national celebrity. He keeps diners on their toes with an always-rotating menu, and gives them plenty to talk about when they’re digging into eel pie or coffee-roasted lamb shoulder, since they’re seated together at La Pigeon’s communal tables.