Cafes in Portage Bay


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  • Eastlake Bar & Grill
    While guests ogle the boats and kayaks passing by outside, Chef Manual Frias stays in the kitchen, cooking up inventive takes on American comfort food. He seasons New York strips with house-blended rubs, smothers meatloaf in bourbon mustard glazes, and stirs bacon, pulled pork, and prosciutto into the aptly named three pig mac and cheese. To complement each hearty dish, the tenders of Eastlake's tiki bar pour local microbrews and whip up tasty cocktails like the John Daly, a blend of lemonade and wild tea-flavored vodka. Though the deck and patio are seasonal, the dining room, complete with its own bar, is open all year. Here, rounds of trivia test knowledge every week, while flat-screens TV show the day's biggest sports games or rowdiest congressional boxing matches.
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    2947 Eastlake Ave E
    Seattle, WA US
  • Abay Ethiopian Restaurant
    Forgoing silverware often indicates bad manners or a brutish disposition. That isn't the case at Abay Ethiopian Restaurant, where eating with you hands is not only customary, but required. That's because they serve their cuisine in the traditional Ethiopian fashion?on giant communal platters accompanied by heaps of Ethiopian injera bread instead of forks. Diners use the spongy flatbread to scoop up portions of meats, lentils, stews, and spiced vegetables from the shared platter, partaking in a dining experience firmly rooted in community and fellowship. On select nights, though, this traditional Ethiopian experience gives way to a party, replete with tune-spinning DJs and a fully-stocked bar illuminated by fuchsia and turquoise lights.
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    2359 10th Avenue East
    Seattle, WA US
  • Plum Kitchen
    Louisa's Café & Bakery stresses the importance of community through its commitment to using local ingredients in its housemade dishes. Cooks prepare baked goods from scratch each morning using Shepherd's Grain flour, their beef comes from Painted Hills in Oregon, and produce is sourced from Carleton Farms. The café's robust brunch menu includes comfort-food favorites—biscuits and gravy, grits and eggs—alongside more inventive dishes such as seafood omelets with local dungeness crab, Oregon shrimp, and avocado. Seafood items seep into the dinner menu as well, via shrimp creole in a spicy tomato broth. Other dinner entrees include brown-sugar pork chops and turkey-bacon melts. The restaurant cultivates a relaxed vibe, equally as welcoming for a family brunch or a romantic dinner date. Mismatched chandeliers hang from the ceiling, illuminating a collection of filigreed frames, mirrors, and vintage knickknacks.
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    2379 Eastlake Ave E
    Seattle, WA US
  • Starbucks
    For the best pick-me-up in town, grab a cup of java at Starbucks. Those looking to shed a few extra pounds are advised to put their diet on hold, as Starbucks serves anything but a low-fat menu. Wifi is on the house at Starbucks, so bring along your tablet or laptop. Al fresco eating options are also available at Starbucks, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months. null Starbucks offers various parking options, including bike parking. The food here is super budget-friendly, too, with most items costing less than $15.
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    2344 Eastlake Avenue East
    Seattle, WA US
  • Bean and Bagel
    Get your cup of coffee with a side of cream cheese at Bean and Bagel — this fresh bagel spot is the perfect way to start your day. Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Bean and Bagel's menu does not offer low-fat options. Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — Bean and Bagel has kid-friendly food and seating. Not to be overlooked is Bean and Bagel's no-charge wifi. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. null Thrifty eaters will also love Bean and Bagel's prices, which are generally below $15.
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    1410 NE 40th St
    Seattle, WA US
  • 14 Carrot Cafe
    In Focus: 14 Carrot Cafe Established: 1977 Vibe: a small, casual café with large windows and local artwork Popular menu items: nut burgers, build-your-own omelets, and mugs of Caffe Vita coffee Best reason to wake up early for breakfast: banana-wheat hot cakes and warm cinnamon rolls Best reason to sleep in: Breakfast is served all day long.
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    2305 Eastlake Ave E
    Seattle, WA US

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