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2622 Alki Avenue Southwest
Seattle,
WA
US
Freshy’s: A User’s Guide Housemade Soups | Made-to-Order Café Sandwiches | Cozy Couches and Chairs | Vegetarian and Vegan Options Sample Menu Breakfast: breakfast sandwich #2 with egg, cheddar, tomato, and basil Light lunch: turkey quinoa chili Heartier lunch: Black Forest ham and cheddar sandwich with horseradish Caffeinated drink: a latte made with two shots of espresso Boozy drink: ginger hard cider Something sweet: homemade caramels Where to Sit: Plop down in one of Freshy’s easy chairs, or in one of the pillowy, plush communal couches. Sourcing from Seattle Coffee and espresso from Victrola Coffee Roasters Bread, cookies, and biscotti from Macrina Bakery Pastries from Salvadorean Bakery Hard ciders from Schilling Cider Inside Tips The sandwiches on the menu are just a jumping-off point. Feel free to ask the staff to whip up something custom from whatever they have on-hand. The rotating menu often includes gluten- and/or dairy-free soups, and most sandwiches can be ordered on gluten-free bread. Take a writing or study break with a game of Jr. Pac-Man. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Get in touch with nature with a hike through nearby Schmitz Preserve Park’s (5551 SW Admiral Way) old-growth Pacific Northwest forest. After: Challenge friends to old-school arcade games and pinball over beers and cocktails at Vidiot barcade (5551 SW Admiral Way).
2735 California Ave SW
Seattle,
WA
US
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.
4160 California Ave
Seattle,
WA
US
Set in a brick carriage house in the heart of West Seattle’s Junction neighborhood, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse dishes up more than just a great cappuccino and quick morning muffins. Custom coffee creations rotate with the seasons, and customers can enjoy fifteen minutes of free work time at the small shop’s bank of computers with every beverage purchase. New this year, patrons can also belly up to the in-house “Helios Bar” for a free 15-minute hit of light therapy, an antidote that pairs well with caffeine for combating Seattle’s lengthy rainy season. Busy commuters can also text in coffee orders for maximal time efficiency, but why rush away? In summer, Hotwire’s compact outdoor patio is a great place to pause with pooches or strollers over a steaming cup of joe before tackling the rest of the day.
4410 California Ave SW
Seattle,
WA
US
After successfully overseeing popular restaurants in the DC area, Jacques Nawar moved west, settling down in Seattle to open up a pizza shop––but not just any pizza shop. Everything at Pizzeria Credo bursts at the seams with a rustic Italian sensibilities. Warm, brassy light cascades upon diners as they bite into crisp, bubbly slices of pizza fresh from the Stefano Ferrar. This Neapolitan-made, wood-fired oven is outfitted with a plate of authenticity and protected by magic words known only to professional pizzaioli. The pizza menu is composed of colorful combinations of toppings, such as the tricolor margherita with creamy mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes or the zesty puttanesca with anchovy, capers, and hot pepper. But there is more to the restaurant's modus operandi than just pies. Guests break toasted bread over bowls of white-wine-steamed mussels and clams, or whet their appetites with salads made from local organic greens and roasted beets.
4520 California Avenue Southwest
Seattle,
WA
US
Gone are the protestations that a slice of cake is too big "or too wedgey." Instead of making a different cake to suit everyone's tastes, get a dozen different flavors for fickle friends. Voted Seattle's best cupcake by Seattle Magazine and Seattle Weekly, and featured in The Seattle Times, Cupcake Royale bakes each flavor daily from natural and local ingredients, including hormone-free dairy products and locally raised fruit. Finish off a long lunch break with a Royale with cheese, a pillow of dark chocolate cake topped with cream-cheese buttercream and chocolate shavings, or chomp a vanilla coconut bunny, adorably fluffy with hand-frosted buttercream. Experts in things that taste good recommend chocolate peppermint party, while fans of sea spray reach no farther than the salted caramel with fleur de sel.
4556 California Ave SW
Seattle,
WA
US