The biggest Taiwanese import since Din Tai Fung, 85°C Bakery Cafe officially opens in Lynnwood this week. Eastsiders, you will have to wait a little longer. Bellevue will get an 85°C bakery in late 2018.
85°C Bakery Café opens on Friday, Sept. 15, in Lynnwood, but diehard fans who have been trying to avoid the expected long lines have been coming early during its staff-training and soft-opening period.
Apparently a zillion other 85°C fans got the same idea, and lines have started already on many evenings.
85°C is the biggest Taiwanese import since Din Tai Fung. This is the second of four branches 85°C will open in Western Washington, with Federal Way getting the third branch in the fall and Bellevue getting one later in 2018.
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Its Lynnwood branch, 18700-A 33rd Ave. W., outside of Alderwood Mall, isn’t listed as open on the website, but fans know the bakery runs a limited menu with limited hours of operation during its soft opening period.
If you don’t want to deal with long lines, wait another month for the buzz to die down.
Regardless, the good news is your wait shouldn’t be as long as when 85°C opened in Tukwila back in February. That was 85°C’s debut in Washington state, and the lines snaked around the corner, with wait times as long as an hour to 90 minutes.
For the uninitiated, the Marble Taro Bun and the milky brioche are the most popular among the 100 different breads and pastries that rotate throughout the day. No one will confuse 85°C’s baked goods with artisanal pastries. It’s wildly popular because it’s dirt cheap. Most pastries and breads cost between $1.50 and $2. And the fresh sweet-and-savory items come out of the oven every five minutes or so.
The bakery is also known for its iced sea salt coffee (the bakery’s name refers to the owner’s belief that 85°C is the optimal temperature to brew coffee).
As for its grand opening Friday, doors open at 9 a.m. But you know to be there earlier than that, right?