Tucked inside Elliott Bay Book Co., this cafe is the latest from the queen of Capitol Hill.
It makes perfect sense that the food spot in hometown landmark Elliott Bay Books should be run by Linda Derschang, Capitol Hill’s hip den mother/restaurant maven. A little sister to her Oddfellows Cafe two doors down, this prettied-up coffee counter is a welcoming place to thumb through potential purchases (or to tap away on a MacBook, the more common activity on a recent visit).
The menu: A brief, straightforward menu of a couple baguette sandwich selections (turkey-provolone and cucumber-hummus when we visited, both $7), avocado toast ($5) and a daily quiche ($5) is available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. As is the gazpacho ($6), though only Monday through Friday, inexplicably. (Maybe the cold soup union doesn’t allow its members to work weekends?) The cheese and hummus plates are both available all day.
A selection of baked goods, including scones both sweet and savory, is made fresh daily at the full-grown Oddfellows. The “everlasting mug of coffee,” no doubt one of the more popular choices, is $3.25. There is also cold-brewed coffee and beer (including the requisite IPA) on tap. Homemade sodas, in flavors like Beet Shrub & Ginger and Lemon Rosemary, are also on offer.
What to write home about: A bright, cheery spot for a bite, inside one of the country’s best bookstores is an almost unavoidably charming experience.
What to skip: An intention of having something more than a snack.
The setting: White paint, No. 14 bentwood cafe chairs and marble countertops: You’ve seen this look before. Call it contemporary French country chic.
Summing up: A turkey-provolone sandwich, a bowl of gazpacho and an order of avocado toast (two pieces) came to $24 with tax and tip.
Little Oddfellows Cafe
1521 10th Ave. (inside Elliott Bay Book Co.), Seattle
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday
Etc: beer and wine, all major credit cards accepted, five stairs at the entrance to the book store