An all-day cafe, The Dane almost always has something happening.
In March of 2017, the cavernous Dane in Crown Hill joined the ranks of all-day cafes opening all over Seattle. The kid-friendly window-filled spot is stocked with an ample amount of blond-wood tables of all sizes, a few comfortable couches and a bar, just in front of a wall of white tap handles pouring regional microbrews. A massive world-globe light fixture hangs just above the register, an antique from Penn Station and holdover from when the space was Bogart, Bremmer & Bradley Antiques — but that’s about the only antique that remains in this decidedly modern space.
The menu: There are 30 taps, plus bottles and cans of beer, cider and wine alongside coffee from Stumptown, Smith Tea and Rachel’s Ginger Beer. Food offerings include pastries, cookies and other baked goods from Salmonberry Goods; ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery; snacks like organic cheese puffs, peanuts and chips; and a small selection of sandwiches and sharing platters stacked with cheese, crackers and olives.
Don’t miss: There’s a definite highlight of Seattle food artisans on display with the menu — take the Dane Edna panini, served on Sea Wolf Bakery’s sourdough and stuffed with smoked turkey, cheddar and the incredible Bonnie B’s mustard relish. It’s a simple sandwich, yet wholly satisfying. Don’t forget to add a crunchy pickle for just a buck — it’s a perfectly sour dill from Seattle Pickle Co. Also, the landjaeger, cheddar and crackers platter with a stick of either the regular or spicy sausage from Bavarian Meats, a generous helping of that addictive mustard relish and a hunk of Beecher’s.
Cafe and beer bar
8000 15th Ave. N.W. (Crown Hill), Seattle; 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; 206-297-4441; thedaneseattle.com
What to skip: Take a pass on the crackers/bread that come alongside the cheese and landjaeger plate and go for a pickle instead. Also, if you’re into the gluten-free banana bread, ask if they’ll put it on the panini press for a moment, as it turns a kind of blah, dry bread into something toasty and wonderful.
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A tip: The Dane isn’t just for laptop warriors — after dark there’s almost always something happening, from bingo to live music and trivia. There’s also occasionally a food truck parked in their tiny parking lot, serving up additional food options during event nights. Check the website or Facebook for updates and timing.
Prices: Banana bread ($4.25), Dane Edna ($10), pickle ($1), landjaeger platter ($14), a beer ($5) and a Rachel’s Ginger Beer ($4) totaled $38.25, a very filling lunch for two.