Coffee & Treats in Seattle

$15 for $30 Worth of In-Store Cinnamon-Glazed Roasted Nuts at Armory-Center House Location from Ceres Roasting Company

Ceres Roasting Company

Armory-Center House (Seattle Center)

Cinnamon-glazed almonds and pecans roasted in small batches, available in store

$30 $15

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$7.50 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Ice Cream at Full Tilt Ice Cream ($15 Value)

Full Tilt Ice Cream

Ballard

This ice cream parlor and pinball arcade serves frosty treats made with natural and local ingredients

$5 $2.50

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Empire Ice Cream Products at Eat Local Stores (33% Off). Three Options Available

Empire Ice Cream

Multiple Locations

Hand-crafted specialty ice creams made with organic dairy and local ingredients such as Stumptown coffee beans and berries from Hayton Farms

$15 $10

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Chocolate Workshop or Truffle-Making Class for One or Two at The Chocolate Box (51% Off)

The Chocolate Box

Downtown

Hands-on chocolate workshop and truffle-making class teach guests about the intricacies of the ancient sweet

$59 $29

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Globally Inspired Lunches for Two or Four at On Safari Foods (Up to 58% Off)

On Safari Foods

Seattle

Sandwiches and wraps include Cuban beef with citrus marinated flank steak and cilantro, and a caprese sandwich with chiffonade of basil

$20 $10

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Café Drinks and Chocolate at kakao (Up to 62% Off). Two Options Available.

kakao

South-Lake Union

Locally roasted Herkimer coffee; salted-caramel hot chocolate; craft chocolate bars converted into sippable drinks

$10 $5

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Treats at Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream

Parfait

From-scratch ice cream and sorbet in rotating seasonal flavors such as rosemary almond brittle, pumpkin spice, and pear-vanilla.

$10 $5

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Two-Hour Pie-Making Class for One or Two or One Pie at A la Mode Pies (Up to 32% Off)

A la Mode Pies

Phinney Ridge

A seasoned baker teaches up to 10 students how to craft a seasonal pie during two-hour classes held every Tuesday

$125 $89

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Evolution Fresh Punch Card for Five Meal Combos (Entree and Smoothie or Juice) or a Three-Day Juice Ritual

Evolution Fresh

Multiple Locations

Meal combos with veggie-packed salads or scrambles and juice or smoothies; three-day Juice Ritual package with 18 cold-pressed juice blends

$74 $69.95

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Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt at Menchie's (50% Off). Three Locations Available.

Menchie's

Multiple Locations

Self-serve frozen-yogurt and sorbets with more than 55 toppings and 14 flavors along with low-fat and gluten free options

$10 $5

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One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Coffee and Cafe Food at Electric Boat Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Electric Boat Cafe

Seattle

Aromatic coffees and espressos paired with classic cafe eats in a relaxed setting with stunning views of Lake Union

$10 $6

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$11 for $20 Worth of Baked Goods at Borracchini’s Bakery

Borracchini’s Bakery

North Beacon Hill

Bakery with nearly 100 years in business has a diverse selection of pies, donuts, cakes, and cookies, as well as a full deli counter

$20 $11

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Grateful Bread: A User’s Guide

Independent Bakery | Hormone-Free and Sustainable Ingredients | Eco-Friendly Mission | Organic Coffee | Open Mic Nights

Sample Items

  • Bread: sourdough rye
  • Bagel: cinnamon raisin
  • Pastry: banana bread
  • Lunch entree: corned beef reuben

Meet the Owner: Rod Neldam is a third-generation baker. His grandfather ran a bakery in Oakland called Neldam’s Danish Bakery for many years, beginning in 1929.

While You’re Waiting: Take a look around. The walls sport the work of local artists, and management swaps in a new batch of pictures, paintings, and photographs at the beginning of every month.

When to Go: Grateful Bread hosts open mic nights every second Tuesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Inside Tip: If you’re in the market for something specific, make sure to time your visit correctly. Challah is only made on Thursdays and Fridays, and wild rice and onion breads only emerge from the ovens on Saturdays.

While You’re in the Neighborhood: Take a stroll through the four acres of native plants, orchards, and nurseries at the Magnuson Community Garden (7400 Sand Point Way NE).

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Grateful Bread hits the farmers’ market circuit Wednesday through Sunday, making stops at Wallingford, Queen Anne, and Shoreline Farmers’ Markets. Check the website for a current schedule.

7001 35th Avenue Northeast
Seattle,
WA
US

It all began with a chowder competition. Shortly after Larry Mellum and his business partner opened Charlestown Street Cafe, pretty much everyone in the kitchen was convinced they had the ultimate chowder recipe. So they decided to put each version to the test. Every Friday, they let customers sample a different chowder recipe and gave them the final say in which one made it to the menu. The smooth-as-silk winner––a creation of one of the kitchen's line cooks––became so popular, people from all across Seattle would come to wait in line just for a taste. Inspired, the restaurant decided to take the recipe on the road, entering (and winning) chowder competitions up and down the West Coast. But the real victory happened 3,500 miles away in Newport, Road Island. There, Mellum and company's chowder took home the grand prize at the Great Chowder Cook Off––the first non-New England contender to do so in the competition's 20-year history. After taking home the grand prize three years in a row, and being inducted into the chowder hall-of-fame, the recipe officially retired from competition and now spends the majority of its time watching golf. When it's not in the kitchen, that is. Today at Pike Place Chowder, guests can taste that award-winning chowder––made using freshly picked vegetables and herbs from Pike Place Market––or sample one of seven other chowders, including a smoked salmon chowder, seared scallop chowder, and a vegan chowder. For those who hit their chowder limit, there's also dungeness crab rolls flavored with top-secret seasonings and fresh salads topped with Oregon Bay shrimp, while a second location in Pacific Place Center has earned a following for its made-to-order fish 'n chips, made with either Pacific cod or wild salmon.

1501 Pike Pl
Seattle,
WA
US

Mighty-O Donuts: A User’s Guide

Organic Donuts | Fair-Trade Coffee | Eco-Conscious Staff

Sample Donut Selections

  • Chocolate with raspberry glaze
  • Mini chocolate cake donuts tossed in cinnamon and sugar
  • Vanilla topped with chocolate icing and coconut

Inside Tips

  • These donuts are vegan. In addition to being made without dairy or eggs, they’re also trans-fat- and cholesterol-free.
  • If you can’t make it to the Green Lake headquarters, you can pick up these donuts at Whole Foods, PCC Natural Markets, or Madison Market.

National Press: Bon Appétit ranked Mighty O on its list of the Top 10 Best Places for Donuts in the country.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Prepare your sweet tooth with a savory prelude at Diggity Dog Hot Dog & Sausage Co. (5421 Meridian Avenue N).

After: Walk off those chocolate glazed and lemon poppy donuts at Woodland Park (1000 N. 50th Street).

2110 N 55th St
Seattle,
WA
US

Five Things to Know About Old School Frozen Custard

Old School Frozen Custard is fiercely protective of the frozen custard tradition. With locations in Capitol Hill and Fremont, the company has churned out its smooth and creamy products in the Puget Sound area since 2007. Here are a few scoops of info to nibble on when you visit.

  • Frozen custard has less calories than ice cream. That’s because it’s made fresh daily in a special machine using natural and high-quality ingredients—this, fans say, is why it tastes so much better than traditional ice cream.

  • The idea itself isn’t completely original. Before opening, Old School consulted with some of the most popular frozen custard shops in the Midwest, including Kopp’s and Leon’s in Wisconsin. That insight inspired Old School to source local ingredients and make its products fresh daily.

  • Staffers scoop custard into cones or cups. Or, you can order it as a “concrete,” which is a blend of frozen custard and your choice of mix-ins, toppings, and syrups.

  • Traditional flavors anchor the menu. Vanilla bean and chocolate are always reliable, but new flavors, such as peanut butter and chocolate or mountain blackberry, pop up daily throughout the month.

  • Old School custards can be found at certain retailers. That list includes all Metropolitan Markets, where you can purchase it by the pint and finally begin surrounding your house with that custard moat.

1316 E Pike St
Seattle,
WA
US

In the kitchen of Fainting Goat Gelato, batches of dense, velvety goodness are churning slowly. Organic milk from Fresh Breeze Farms absorbs organic sugar, thickening as it gets colder, before Yalcin folds in the flavor. He infuses one vat of his low-fat treat with local berries and another vat with Turkish hazelnuts. Maybe later he'll make use of some pistachios from Sicily. He uses local ingredients whenever he can but recognizes that sometimes nuts grow better across the Atlantic, and more than anything he wants to make his gelato sing with rich, full, true flavors.

By using such prime ingredients, the gelato that Yalcin and his wife make in Fainting Goat Gelato takes guests on a journey as expansive as their own. The husband and wife moved to Seattle from Turkey in 1997 and subsequently focused on raising their daughters, but after their youngest started applying to college, they wanted to begin a new adventure. Today they keep their shop stocked with 18 flavors at all times, creating an ever-rotating menu that at any time might include fig-vanilla, honey-lavender, or Nutella gelato. Cups of Turkish coffee, espresso, and tea help round out the experience and thaw tongues chilled from licking a scoop of strawberry or lips frozen from kissing a snowman.

1903 N 45th St
Seattle,
WA
US

"Hip" and "kid-friendly" aren't often adjectives that go together, but Rebecca changed all that when she founded Twirl Caf?. A mother herself, Rebecca envisioned Twirl as a place where kids and adults could come to have fun in their own ways. For children, there?s a custom-built jungle tree house, which oversees a play area replete with a train table, a reading area, and a play kitchen. For adults, the caf? stocks coffee, espresso, and craft beers, and provides access to free Wi-Fi so guests can catch up on the news or send out urgent chain emails.

Another all-aged pleaser is the caf??s menu, which includes items made with locally sourced ingredients. Dishes include breakfast sandwiches on Macrina Country biscuits with nitrate-free bacon, eggs, and Tillamook cheddar or sweet grilled melts with cinnamon, raisins, and cream cheese. And, each week the caf? also serves a rotating menu of dinner specials, which can include anything from barbecue chicken sliders to butternut squash lasagna. Friday nights are the real draw though, when Twirl Caf? invites kids to don their PJs and adults to wear their comfiest usher costume for the weekly "pizza and a movie" night.

2111 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle,
WA
US

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