Chace’s Pancake Corral
Very loud and lively, Chace’s is a fun family restaurant for a morning you have a lot of time. You can’t make reservations, but particularly on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Chace’s has 30-50minute wait. The food is really good ranging from traditional pancakes, french toast and blintzes to eggs benedict, the “ladies plate” and chicken fired steak. The coffee is only drip coffee and is terrible, the hot cocoa is just a instant packet, but it is a fun experience. This place is affordable, but a family of four can ring you up to $50.
1606 Bellevue Way SE Bellevue, WA 98004
Almost back to Seattle. Here’s my list of where to go first:
- Top Pot Doughnuts (fantastic doughnuts, but Mighty-O and Voodoo are also good)
- Mr Gyros (best Greek/MiddleEastern take-out food/eatery I know of. I LOVE Mediterranean food, so if you know of more place, let me know!)
- Stumptown (for some of the best coffee, but this place is from Portland, so I’ll be sure to wear my Sounders jersey)
- Le Panier (for the bread, croissants, macaroons)
Where is favorite place for dinner or dessert?
If you go to SavvySeattle’s homepage, click on the link “Eateries” on the left. I will ocassionally post reputable places to eat I have found for the adventurers. If you visit it now, you can see all the restaurants, eateries, bakeries, etc that I find delicious (unless I mention I haven’t been there yet). And believe me, this summer there will be many new reviews on new places I find for you all to try. So go find it now!
Doubt my taste in food? Of course you should! Read my food reviews with healthy skepticism, but know I am well-traveled and didn’t spend my life eating chicken nuggets and tater-tots. It’s healthy to be skeptical sometimes. To know a little bit about me, I am a bit of a food snob, which can be a healthy habit until you starve yourself because you can’t eat college cafeteria food and have to make your own food in the broken public kitchen in the basement… *cough* which I would never do, haha… yeah right. I have enjoyed food ranging from broiled octopus I had in Japan, stingray-stuffed tacos I enjoyed in Mexico, meat pirozhkis I devoured in Slovakia, amazing duck, beer and potatoes I had in Munich’s beer gardens, the rock cakes and tea I enjoyed daily in England and Wales, and the plentiful platters of fish and rice I often enjoyed in Africa. Travelling too much is also unhealthy because it become an addiction and overtakes your life where everything is revolved around travel distracting you from your studies and makes you have to retake classes… ahem, *cough*, which… I heard… happens… from friend of mine… yeah. Anyways, I’m just being silly now and rambling. Enjoy my reviews, always have a little doubt in my opinions, read other people’s opinions on yelp, and go try it yourself!
Stick with SavvySeattle and find out the next bakery, eatery or restaurant I find!
New Find: Caffè Appassionato
I haven’t been here yet, but apparently it’s fair-trade, organic coffee roaster located between Ballard and Magnolia. If you’ve been here, share you review on this blog! I will check this place out this summer.
Caffè Appassionato 4001 21st Ave West Seattle, WA 98199
Coffee in Seattle. Where do you start?
Throughout this summer, I will write a lot about where the good coffee is in Seattle. Here are some of the best places I have been to several times:
- Stumptown Roaster - The best coffee. Originally from Portland (our rival). The atmosphere is a little noisy at the location on Capitol Hill, but there are many locations.
- Lighthouse Coffee Roaster - Excellent coffee choices. The espresso is rich, smooth and sweet. The atmosphere is quiet enough to read a book and talk in a group of people. It is located on Phinney Ridge and parking is free and super easy to find, but car is by far the easiest way to get there (until Seattle gets a subway system to take you there).
- B&O Espresso - Haven’t been here in ages, but the last time I went there the food and coffee was excellent. I’ve heard it has changed, but if you want to check it out and share you own reviews on the place, it’s on Capitol Hill and is a fun place for a small group of four or five to have lunch.
- Honoré - In Ballard, this place is really well hidden. Make sure you find the exact address for it online. Tucked away in the neighborhoods, it has fantastic bakery items and to-die-for coffee. I’ve only been once, but I had a little trouble breathing in the place because of my nut allergies. So if you’re allergic to nuts, I wouldn’t recommend it at all.
- Le Panier - In the heart of Pike Place, this place almost never has an open seat. Le Panier feels like the French embassy. You walk in, and everything is exactly what you would expect to find in a Parisian patisserie (except there are chairs to sit down on, in European bakeries/patisseries you almost never stay there, only buy your bread and go. It’s very noisy, which isn’t surprising since it’s in Seattle’s biggest attraction: Pike Place Market.
There are many more places for coffee. Hundreds! Thousands! But I don’t have the time to write them all. I will continue to share my thoughts throughout the summer. The best thing to do is get a car (because this damn city still doesn’t have a subway system, and buses are too confusing) and drive through Seattle and go to the places where there are long lines… because if the locals are willing to wait for the food, it must be fantastic.
Seattle Food Review on “Honoré”
Honoré Artisan Bakery
In Ballard lies a thousand or so exceptional foodie destinations. Prices ranging from $$$ to $, from bakeries to chocolateries and seafood to meat, this Seattle neighborhood has just about everything; certainly worth a visit.
My family and I visited this bakery after reading it in a magazine. This place is run by a French man in a small building and works laboriously in its homemade bread which explains at the prices. The food is fantastic, but as I’ve been to hundreds of other bakeries in Seattle as well a around the world, I have certainly had better. The coffee is fantastic, but that’s because it’s imported from an exemplary coffee roaster up the hill called Lighthouse. There is a charming courtyard in the back and would be a fun place to stop along a walk. The prices a very high, such as $3 croissants, $4 quiche and éclairs.
I would certainly give it a try, the information is provided here with more reviews.
Dessert: Where to find your cupcakes in Seattle…
Article from: SEATTLE TIMES
Last year trend-spotters declared pie was the new cupcake; before that it was doughnuts. But cupcake shops not only haven’t disappeared, they’ve multiplied. After sampling the wares at these shops, here’s how they all stack up.
Wedding cakes are Helen Noh’s specialty, but it’s cupcakes that beckon the public to the retail shop. The whimsical pendant lights and the mix of counter, table and sofa seating are ideal for happy hours that feature wines, bubbly and a buy-two-get-one-free deal on cupcakes large and small. Noh’s cake is uniformly moist and light; her Italian buttercream frosting, lightened with whipped egg white, has a satiny mouth-feel and isn’t too sweet. I loved the intensity of her chocolate cake, the subtle, natural fruit flavors in a lemon cupcake with raspberry frosting, and the elusive play of cinnamon in her Snickerdoodle cupcake. 7900 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle ( 206-453-3337 or www.cake-envy.com).
Owner Barbara Kiker emerged from the backroom, her hands full of cupcakes to fill in the many blanks on the white pedestals in her display case. “I might have to lock my door,” she said. “I need to frost!” You can imagine Kay Thompson’s Eloise swinging from the crystal chandelier in this darling, black-and-white-striped cafe, after polishing off the “after-school special”: milk and a cupcake, $4 (deal not restricted by age). The cake is moist (sometimes a little too moist); the half-inch of icing dense and sweet. Red velvet with cream-cheese frosting and chocolate cake with salted caramel buttercream are customer favorites, and mine, too. 94 Front St. N., Issaquah ( 425-369-2225 or www.confetti-cakes.com).
(see more cupcake location below the jump)