Cap Hill is boppin’, to say the least. There are plenty of yuppies inhabiting this area, and the nightlife and hip restaurants reflect that demographic.
One of the first restaurants I tried was Mamnoon, a Middle Eastern restaurant. For appetizers, my friend and I shared the hummus, which featured preserved lamb, and the salatat raheb, a charred eggplant dish that seemed like a fancier baba ganoush. As our main dish, we got the kefta, a really tasty minced beef and lamb dish.
My friend and I had a moment where we asked for more bread after we polished off the pre-dinner bread but had extra olive oil and the waiter just said that there would be pita coming with the hummus. Either he was being a homie and looking out for our carb intake or we got sassed. Either way, it was a little awkward because we were denied bread, the worst nightmare of anyone who lives life to the fullest by asking for another bread bowl.
Regardless, the food was great. It was a little heavy but very tasty.
Just across the street is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. This place is awesome. I came here on my second day in Seattle. My sister told me that it existed, and after seeing how packed the original Starbucks was at Pike Place, I decided I would give this place a shot. First of all, it’s massive because it has to hold all the machinery to roast the coffee beans, which are then pumped into containers for the baristas to use immediately. It’s also attached to a Serious Pie, so not only can you get bougie coffee, but you can chow down on bougie pizza.
Granted, the coffee is definitely considerably more expensive than any other Starbucks you’ll find, but you’re not only paying for the hipster, wooden ambiance, you’re also getting an assortment of freshly roasted coffee beans and brewing methods from which to choose. Next time I’ll try a coffee flight to check out the different beans/brewing methods.
I would definitely recommend checking out the roastery if you’re around this area. It wasn’t packed at all when I went on a weekend afternoon, and it’s a nice place to just hang out for a while.
As I mention in the Pike Place post, I visited Bakery Nouveau. I really enjoyed their pastries but would have to admit that I liked Le Panier’s almond croissant more. Bakery Nouveau’s twice baked almond croissant was just too moist on the inside, and it felt like a heavy pastry dish rather than a light, flaky croissant like Le Panier’s.
I enjoyed the spinach croissant, but I felt that it could’ve used more spinach and cheese filling. The hazelnut broiche was probably my least favorite of the three pastries I tried. It was a little dry and wasn’t super interesting.
Now moving onto tacos!! I paid a visit to Tacos Chukis, a small taco shop with a very hole-in-the-wall feel to it, being at the top of a small janky-looking shopping/eating alcove. The tacos are $1.90 each, which includes a dollop of guacamole on the top. Do better, Chipotle. The tacos are delicious, super affordable, and the service was really fast when I went on a Sunday with some friends around 2pm.
I loved the carne asada tacos as well as the house taco, the taco chukis. That one is made with adobada pork and topped with melted cheese and a pineapple slice. It is marginally pricier ($2.25) but its worth the ~splurge~. Treat yoself to another 35 cents worth of deliciousness, right?
Later that same day, despite our greatest efforts to avoid waiting in line for hyped up goodies, my friends and I caved and lined up for Molly Moon’s ice cream. I can’t speak for the other locations, but the Capitol Hill shop has its own waffle cone griddle, and fresh waffle cones make such a big difference. First of all, the smell is irresistible, but more importantly, the crunch of the waffle is really emphasized when it’s that fresh.
Pro tip: one scoop actually means two here. I asked for a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of chocolate, and the guy helping me gave me two scoops of strawberry to start off with and spent a good 10 seconds smushing it down so that the chocolate would fit on top. At least you know you’re getting quantity as well as quality.
My only gripe about the ice cream was that the chocolate wasn’t as chocolate-y as I had hoped. Ben & Jerry’s still takes the cake in making hella chocolate-y ice cream (chocolate fudge brownie 5ever). The strawberry was very deliciously real tasting, though. None of that artificial business.
Another restaurant I visited in Capitol Hill was Witness. It’s a southern themed restaurant, and I got the Carolina pulled pork sliders. I would have to say that while they were good, they were far from the southern pulled pork that I am used to. They were lacking in pulled pork sauce so the slaw became the main flavor component.
The pork itself was juicy, and the buns were good, but the flavors just weren’t there.
Note: most of these photos are unedited.