22 June 2009
Seattle Sundays - Café on the Ave.
When I am in Seattle to see my children at college there are times when what we really want is a place where we can gather around a table and visit as if we were at home. There was a Sunday not long ago that was like that. We had been out to dinner and to see a movie the night before. On Sunday morning we were feeling tired and were by no means famished. We had planned to go out to brunch at Portage Bay Café but by the time we got together and our stomachs urged us toward the restaurant it was packed and there was a long wait to get in. Honestly, we just weren’t up for that.
Fortunately it was a beautiful day in Seattle. The sun was shining and the temperature was pleasant. We decided to walk around the U-district and see what else might be open for coffee or something to eat. A block or so down the street we found ourselves on the Ave, standing in front of Café on the Ave., no less.
There was no line to get into Café on the Ave. We peeked inside and saw that the large comfortable tables and sitting areas were no more than half occupied. Actually the staff seemed relatively relaxed and the atmosphere was quiet. We weren’t sure what was on the menu but we weren’t that hungry anyway so we decided to go in and give it a try.
We ordered Lattes and Mochas at the counter and looked over the menu. We found that it was fairly extensive offering a Cafe Breakfast, Pastries, Pancakes, Omelets and Scrambles as long as you were willing to bus your own table. Not a problem really. So we ordered and then sat at a large comfortable table where we had ample opportunity to talk and linger.
I had this pretty Tofu Veggie Omelet. It was more than I could eat but it was really good. Bright, colorful, a bit nostalgic and yet new and different all at the same time. It was like our morning in the U-district on a bright Seattle Sunday, mildly adventurous and yet comfortably familiar, too.