Fat Ducks Deli and Bakery: A User’s Guide
Soups and Sandwiches | Locally Baked Bagels | Bagel Dawgs | Housemade Bagel Chips | Caffe Appassionato Coffee
Bagel: 9-grain, poppyseed, bacon cheddar chive, or cinnamon raisin
jalapeno, berry, sundried tomato, garlic, or bacon horseradish
Sandwich: triple duck club with turkey, bacon, ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato
Beverage: cappuccino, hot chocolate, soda, or juice
A Bit About Bagel Dawgs: One of the more popular items is the Bagel Dawg, which is exactly what it sounds like: a hot dog in a bagel. To create this unique mashup between two universally beloved items, cooks wind bagel dough into a corkscrew shape around a juicy hot dog. Once in the oven, the dough achieve a grooved, bun-like texture for a hot and hearty handheld meal.
While You’re Waiting
Strike up Jaclyn in conversation. As the proprietor, she can be found in the restaurant any time the doors are open, and often well after as she bakes and preps for the following day. She may keep the doors open after closing time for just this reason, and has earned a reputation as a sweet, kind, and caring business owner.
Though they’re not listed on the online menu, be sure to order a side of bagel chips with your sandwich. Jaclyn makes these fan-favorites fresh in house.
If you’re a picky eater, don’t fret—Fat Ducks has you covered. Just create your own meticulously arranged masterpiece by ordering from the “build your own” portion of the menu.
While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Prime your appetite by going for an early morning stroll through Ravenna Park, just two blocks to the north.
After: Visit the hippos, penguins, cheetahs, and lemurs at Woodland Park Zoo (601 N. 59th Street).
Grateful Bread: A User’s Guide
Independent Bakery | Hormone-Free and Sustainable Ingredients | Eco-Friendly Mission | Organic Coffee | Open Mic Nights
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.
Like most kids, Chris Porter had pie on the brain from an early age. Visited by visions of everything from slices of cinnamon-dusted apple pie to the no-frills fruit pies that graced his lunchbox on special occasions, he felt the calling of the kitchen. These sweet dreams finally become a reality by adulthood, when Chris decided to turn his passion for pie making into a full-blown career. Armed with his recipes and baking techniques learned from his mother, Chris transferred from life as a television news reporter into the bustling role of pie-shop proprietor. Now the proud owner of A la Mode Pies, Chris and his team spend their days handcrafting a lineup of pies that have caught the attention of everyone from regular diners to the critics at the Seattle Times and City Arts.
At the shop, Chris takes a fresh approach to classic desserts, combining unique flavors into bourbon-butterscotch pies teamed with a vanilla-wafer crust to Mexican-chocolate mousse infused with a dash of cayenne pepper. The pie guy also doles out his signature LolliPies, which stuff apple-cinnamon, cherries-jubilee, or his Blue Hawaiian flavor into snack-ready silver-dollar crusts. To ensure every bite bursts with flavor, A la Mode’s team takes pains to find the best ingredients, filling each pie with organic and locally sourced herbs and fruit.
Along with admiring the delectable pies, diners are encouraged to feast their eyes on the shop’s award-winning decor, from the wood-paneled walls and chic lighting fixtures to the open kitchen framed by a “a beautiful dark wood bar where you can belly up and enjoy a slice," as highlighted by Rachel Hart for Seattle magazine.
Volunteer Park Cafe: A User’s Guide
Rustic Comfort Cuisine | Local, Seasonal Ingredients | Vegetables Grown Onsite | Freshly Baked Pastries | Communal Tables
Appetizer: mini four-cheese mac and cheese
Small plate: folded pizza with chevre, roasted eggplant, and tomato confit
Entree: slow-roasted beef brisket with creamy polenta and greens
When to Go: Reserve a spot at one of the monthly Sunday suppers, when the chef prepares a three-course menu designed to showcase the best seasonal ingredients available.
While You’re Waiting
Drool over the collection of freshly baked pastries in the dessert case. If you see any chocolate-toffee bread pudding, grab some. It’s one of the regulars’ favorites.
Check out the backyard garden, where staffers grow some of the restaurant’s produce and herbs. You might even see one of Volunteer’s chickens strolling around.
Awards and Accolades
Seattle Met called waking up at the café one of the Top 30 Seattle Restaurant Experiences You Must Have Before You Die.
Seattle magazine calls Volunteer’s figgy maple scone “utter perfection.”
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Il Fornaio.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Il Fornaio — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Wifi access is totally free at Il Fornaio, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Wear what you like when you dine at Il Fornaio — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
Valet, street and garage parking options are readily available near Il Fornaio.
Il Fornaio offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Il Fornaio's moderately priced fare.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
Il Fornaio's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
Il Fornaio knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
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
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).