Seattle Eats: November 2017 Part 2
1. Little Oddfellows Cafe
Oddfellows was something recommended to me by multiple people! It's confusing though because there is an Oddfellows Cafe AND a bar/restaurant. The Little Oddfellows Cafe (such a cute name) is located inside Eliot Bay Book Company, which is a huge bookstore for all the book nerds out there. The cafe is nestled deep into the back with plenty of seats, 2 bathrooms, and free wi-fi. I needed a place to camp out and kill some time, so I went there but I think I'll have to come back next time to try the restaurant because it looked super cute inside!
I was planning on getting just my regular latte and maybe some avocado toast, but then I noticed they had a turmeric latte with hemp milk on the menu. Why not? I got one of those and a cheddar tomato panini and sat myself down for the next 2 hours. The turmeric latte was not what I was expecting at all! It was super creamy and sweeter than I thought it would be, and it had a nice golden color thanks to the turmeric. I found that this was a great workspace for anyone visiting or living in Seattle, and the bookstore was HUGE with plenty of selections to look at.
Everyone says the best poke is in Hawaii, and I've had some decent poke in San Francisco, but this Seattle spot is pretty good! Of course, I ended up in Chinatown to get this tasty fish from goPoké, but the trek was worth it. I got the 12th Man Combo which comes with spicy salmon, classic salmon, and another fish, but the staff convinced me to switch out the classic salmon with some spicy tuna 👌🏼 And then I obviously got all the free toppings on top!
If you get a drink in their mason jar for a bit extra, you can get 10% off on desserts every time you bring that mason jar in. Dilemma: I don't live in Seattle but I was planning on getting a dessert AND I'm a sucker for mason jars. You guessed it—I got the damn jar 😂 I also got this tasty lillikoi lemonade to go in it with some sour plum powder sprinkled on the rim. You can get a complimentary cup of miso soup with your order too. The soup was a bit too salty for my taste so I'd say just skip it if you go!
After eating almost all of my poke, I went back for dessert: shaved ice.
They also have dole whip that goes in your mason jar if you want that. For the shaved ice, you can pick 3 flavors from a giant list, and I decided to go with mango, guava, and pineapple. Just look at how huge this plate of shaved ice is! They also sprinkled a bit of the sour plum powder that was on my drink on top with a gummy bear and sour candy ring. This shaved snow mountain cap also comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream underneath all of the flavored ice 😵
3. The Fat Hen
For my last day in Seattle, I knocked another place off my list for brunch: The Fat Hen. This cafe is super small with not a lot of seating (there's basically just one communal table that can fit maybe 6-7 people), but their baked eggs on Yelp and Instagram look PHENOMENAL. Luckily, it was just me since my friend had classes again, so I squeezed in at the communal table between two groups and started off with a latte and an order for one of The Fat Hen's baked eggs: the Alla Boscaiola.
Side note: I hate eating by myself and never know what to do to look less awkward! I always try to just eat as fast as I can so I can get out of there, but I've forgotten how interesting it is to just straight up eavesdrop on people's conversations 😂 A group of girls next to me were chatting about some friend drama, their eyebrows, etc. and the group on the other side of me were talking about someone's recent trip to Spain and something about 16th century architecture. It was funny hearing these two totally different conversations at the same time.
While I casually eavesdropped, my food came super quickly. Guys, if only I could put into words how perfect this brunch was! The eggs were perfectly cooked and still a bit runny, and the tomato sauce was just the right amount of tart, sweet, and salty😋 I also chose this version because it came with sausage and mushrooms—so good! I'd definitely come back here again to try their other baked eggs and the benedicts.
4. Salt and Sugar Bakery and Cafe
After a filling, warm meal at The Fat Hen, I walked around Ballard and came across Salt and Sugar Bakery and Cafe. On Yelp, it looked like it had a lot of delicious different waffles, but I was surprised to see zero people there when I walked in! There also didn't seem to be that many baked goods available for it to be a bakery...
I had noticed a sign saying something about pumpkin spice, so, after ordering a latte, I asked the cashier about it and found out they had pumpkin spice waffles available. I was still a little full from my breakfast, so I got a 1/2 order—such restraint, I know 😂
This waffle was surprisingly good, and kind of reminded me of Eggos! They were crisp on the edges but very soft inside. They also came with some kind of sugar crumble on top, whipped cream, and a little pot of maple syrup so you could control how much syrup went on top. This waffle definitely made up for the mediocre latte 😋
5. Other Coast Cafe
My flight from Seattle left around dinner time and, since I'm paranoid about missing my flight, I knew I'd need something to eat but wouldn't be able to sit down at another restaurant. While walking around Ballard and checking out some of the cute shops, I stopped by Other Coast Cafe to get a sandwich to go. I ended up going with The Diana: Cuban spiced pork, lettuce, pickled onion, pepperoncini, and balsamic mayo.
The bread got a little soggy at the bottom by the time I was sitting at the airport and ready to eat my sandwich. This didn't stop it from being delicious! I really liked the combination of pickled onions and pepperoncini, and, thank god for that mayo because the meat was a little bit dry. I'd definitely have to go back again because the customer favorite, the Rajun Cajun, looked super tasty 😋
Stay tuned for a recap of my next trip to Los Angeles in December! I'll be going with my foodie friends, so there will be plenty of delicious food to tell you about 👌🏼