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The Crumpet Shop has operated from its Pike Place-adjacent location since 1976, a dedicated family operation that still produces some of Seattle's best crumpets day after day. Robin Lasater has taken over for his parents at this Seattle institution, still making the shop's signature crumpets by hand every day. These tasty morsels are offered either plain or topped with a number of gourmet creations that make them into a more substantial snack. A limited lunch menu is available in the afternoons, offering the shop's lauded tomato soup and a French lentil stew. Fresh, high-quality crumpets from a family run business is The Crumpet Shop's specialty, making it a must stop in the area.
Urbane offers a lavish ambiance for fine dining with floor-to-ceiling glass windows with magnificent views of the city. The restaurant only offers food prepared using organic and seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, thereby endorsing a farm-to-table menu. There are separate menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, bar as well as children. Typical selections include House Made Creamy Tomato Soup, Smoky Salmon Cobb Salad and Equinox Sunrise cocktail. Your meal is complemented by fine wines such as Domaine Drouhin Arthur from Oregon and Long Shadow Poets Leap from Columbia Valley.
Sit in a comfortable chair with a cup of hot coffee and salted caramel treat while gazing out onto the streets of Seattle. Top Pot Doughnuts provides a cozy atmosphere for its patrons; the tall book shelves brimming with hard-cover books and soothing lights make it really hard to leave this doughnut shop. Pick one from their wide range of flavors while you inhale the aroma of organic coffee. At Top Pot Doughnuts, an over-stay is a regular phenomenon.
Molly Moon's is a purveyor of whole, homemade ice cream, not that stuff you find in the frozen food aisle. Since this is Seattle and not Phoenix, you would think that the weather isn't conducive for eating ice cream, but this shop has so many tasty flavors, rain or shine, it doesn't matter. Molly Moon's is known for their unusual ice cream flavors, try the Earl Grey, Stumptown Coffee, Vegan Coconut Raspberry or Lemon Blueberry Custard. With locations all around Seattle, Molly's is the place to get your ice cream fix.
This bakery is well received by locals for its beautiful baked creations consisting of cakes, pastries, muffins and plenty of other offerings. Starting at 7a daily, the cafe serves a delightful breakfast of eggs, waffles, salmon and vegetables on toast. The food is delicious and attracts plenty of diners who love to read the morning papers while savoring the fine coffee. The pastries, especially the Italian plum roll, cocoa puff, gluten free biscuits and apple turnovers are great to take back and eat at leisure.
Exceptional Greek cuisine is served at Vios Café & Marketplace. The energetic ambiance is welcoming to kids as well, with a separate play area with toys and books. The rustic decor also reflects the true spirit of the place, which is long conversations and simple meals. They also offer catering and private event facilities. Check website for more information.
A Seattle institution since 1978, many locals still think this Eastlake eatery serves the best brunch in town. People line up on weekends for the 25 varieties of omelets, huge cinnamon rolls and the pancake-of-the-day. The Tahitian French Toast with tahini spread is also popular. The atmosphere is casual, some might even say Bohemian, with local art on the walls. The location on the east edge of Lake Union isn't exactly in the center of the city, but the water views and delicious nosh bring people in from all over town.
Filling the gap left by Wallingford's now defunct Beeliner Diner, this West Seattle eatery called Luna Park Cafe plainly enjoys its mission of keeping retro atmosphere alive. Everything here is a reminder of a bygone era. The portions of meatloaf, the full turkey dinners and the burgers are cheap and enormous, so the only things you will need in abundance are nostalgia for yesteryear and a healthy appetite.
One of many offshoots of the original Ivar's Acres of Clams, the Salmon House represents the Seattle institution's attempt at contemporary dining. Located in a replica Indian longhouse, the restaurant features salmon and meats alder-smoked on the open-pit Indian-style barbecue. The chef does best with straightforward seafood preparations. It's hard to beat fresh Atlantic salmon with a little butter and citrus and an elegant view of Lake Union with the downtown skyline in the background. An elaborate brunch is served on Sundays.
A friendly joint that offers more than a piping hot cup of coffee; Mosaic Coffeehouse has been designed to create a cozy space where people could gather for a private tete-a-tete as well as contribute to the community through the non-commercial art shows and nature conservation events held here. As a non-profit coffeehouse you wont find any set prices here, rather you'll be asked to make a donation you deem acceptable. The coffee on offer is all fair trade and organic and their tasty treats come from a local bakery. The owners have ensured this place to be family-friendly with their Demitasse room that has games and toys to keep the tiny tots engaged.
The Fainting Goat offers creative and unique gelato, which is Italian ice cream, as well as sorbetto. Whether you want a traditional or an unusual flavor, the Fainting Goat has it all. There is a wide selection of gelato which are often rotated so you can come back another day and try another flavor. In the past flavors have included nutella, vanilla, avocado, honey rose and salted caramel. The Fainting Goat also has a drink menu with options such as teas and coffee.
Firehouse Coffee in the Ballard District is a one of a kind coffeehouse that serves up some of the most divine coffee you have ever tasted! The Caffe Vita coffee comes highly recommended. The place is child-friendly and is great for family events and fun nights out. There's often live music, a play area for the kids and great food for everyone.