Tucked inside Elliott Bay Book Co., this cafe is the latest from the queen of Capitol Hill.

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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

Prices: $