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Five Things to Know About Kaffeeklatsch Seattle

Kaffeeklatsch Seattle is a Lake City meeting place fueled by expertly made espresso drinks and handcrafted baked goods. Here are some important points to keep in mind if you plan to visit.

  • Its name translates to “coffee gossip.” This term traces back to 1900, when women gathered at their friends’ homes to chat over coffee since they weren’t allowed in public coffeehouses.
  • True North Coffee supplies the beans. And they’re certified fair trade.
  • Kaffeeklatsch serves up a special Lake City Blend. It’s a combination of medium-roast coffees, which combine to create an earthy flavor with a hint of caramel.
  • You can snack on German pastries and cakes. They serve up traditional recipes just like co-owner Annette Heide-Jessen remembers from growing up in Berlin.
  • The shop is eco-friendly. Tea bags and cups go in the compost bin, and reclaimed chairs and ceramic cups reduce waste while creating a homey atmosphere.

12513 Lake City Way NE
Seattle,
WA
US

Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.

Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.

3027 NE 86th St.
Seattle,
WA
US

In Focus: Cafe Javasti

  • Locations: Maple Leaf and Wedgwood
  • How often they bake their pastries: every day
  • Where they bake their pastries: onsite
  • Most popular dishes: sweet and savory crepes, including one with homemade olive tapenade
  • Cookie flavor most likely to remind you of summer camp: s’more
  • How to trick kids into eating veggies: Order a chocolate-zucchini cake.
  • What to drink: espresso, chai tea, or italian soda

8617 35th Ave NE
Seattle,
WA
US

The Wedgwood location of QFC is smaller than some among this grocery chain’s portfolio, but with friendly staff and late hours it fulfills shoppers needs for organics, staples and healthy foods. Everything is in its place at this well-designed store, with long aisles that stock the basics, though a full-service bakery, deli with prepared meals, butcher department, coffee bar, and an extensive beer and wine department all hug the exterior walls, making for next-level shopping that supplies more than just the usual canned goods and prepackaged breads. A colorful floral department offers seasonal features like seeds and plants for the yard in summer and festive plants for the winter holidays. And if you’re picking up a bottle of wine and premade meal for dinner with a loved one, grab a DVD from the Redbox inside to complete the night.

8400 35th Ave NE
Seattle,
WA
US

In Focus: Bark Espresso

  • What The Stranger calls it: Seattle's "first openly dog-friendly cafe."
  • Where to go if pooch tags along: the Great Dog Lounge, where you can enjoy a cup o’ joe while discussing the finer points of bone-burying with your four-legged pal Where to head if you’re dogless: Bark's air-conditioned main space, stationed beside the aptly named Hound Hangout room
  • Barista specialties: americanos, espressos, cappuccino, and other café classics made with Seattle's own Caffe Vita
  • To eat: breakfast sandwiches and quiche made in-house, plus assorted pastries from Macrina Bakery and I Can't Believe It's VEGAN
  • Wi-Fi: free with a food or drink purchase
  • On the walls: pieces by local artists, including plenty of dog portraits and more abstract dog self-portraits

11335 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle,
WA
US

Blue Saucer is loyally committed to serving only the finest Stumptown coffee, brewed to order in small French-pressed batches (starting at $1.60). Every week a different bean from the boutique coffee maker is featured for your sipping satisfaction, along with specialty drinks such as a house-mixed hot chocolate (starting at $2) and organic teas (starting at $1.60) for your steeping enjoyment.

9127 Roosevelt Way Northeast
Seattle,
WA
US

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