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Cafe Campagne

Posted in brunch, French with tags , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by belltowngirl

The first time I went to Campagne was during senior prom while the rest of my friends were either at Palisades or Ponti.  I wanted to be in more intimate and chef-inspired restaurant and it was definitely what I had in mind.  Then, not even realizing it they had a bistro-like restaurant right below called Cafe Campagne.  Located in the Pike Place neighborhood, it serves Southern French comfort food with seasonal Northwest ingredients.  I went there for brunch and all their Oeufs and speciality dishes looked great.  I had their Oeufs en Meurette($15) which in French means eggs in red wine sauce.  This spectacular dish had two poached eggs served on garlic croutons with bacon, pearl onions, and champignons(mushrooms) in a red wine and foie gras sauce served with pommes frites.  The big garlic croutons dipped in red wine sauce was juicy and with a perfect crunch on the ends.  This is my favorite dish and it’s indescribably that good.  When I was in Paris years ago every dish I tried whether it be at a restaurant or shopping at a gourmet grocery store, words can’t describe how good it is… you just have to try it.  If you like dipping your frites or french fries in a sauce, I definitely recommend the garlic aioli.  It’s rich and creamy and the garlic is not too overpowering.  They serve this dish during brunch on weekends, but they also serve during lunch on weekdays as well.

Oeufs en Meurette - Cafe Campagne

Oeufs en Meurette with pommes frites - Cafe Campagne

Definitely I would love to veer away from my favorite brunch dish and sooner or later try the house-salmon gravlax, salmon rillettes, and demie baguette with a fennel, red onion, and citrus salad($14)…I am a major fan of good salmon and tangy salads!  The Butter Lettuce and Beet salad($12) sounds tasty too… it has butter lettuce with hazelnut vinaigrette, Roquefort cheese, marinated beets, and toasted hazelnuts..Yum!  Cafe Campagne has a great selections of salads with interesting vinagrettes and baguette sandwiches.   They have a good selection of white wines…Gewurztraminer and Reisling’s from the Alsace region of France.  I highly recommend this place for its unique and great tasting Southern French comfort food at its best!

Cafe Campagne website: http://www.campagnerestaurant.com/cafe_home.html

Address: 1600 Post Alley Seattle, WA 98101

Hours: Brunch Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm, Lunch Monday-Friday 11am-5pm, Dinner Sunday-Thursday5pm-10pm

Contact: 206 728-2233

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Macrina Bakery – Belltown

Posted in Salads with tags , , , , on July 31, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite places for brunch and great sandwiches is the Macrina Bakery in Belltown.  Located on 1st Ave in Belltown, this happens to be their first Bakery which opened in 1993.  Everything here is great and most of all they support Washington farmers as most of their breads use local ingredients.  What I liked most is that their lunch menu changes every week..from their salads to sandwiches.  I decided with the Panzanella salad for that day…very tasty!  Toasted Macrina bread, olive oil, basil, burrata cheese, sweet 100 tomatoes, pine nuts,  organic greens tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette and served with Sardinian bread.  Also on the side is samples of their Apricot nut bread.  It is a light sourdough with dried Turkish apricots, roasted walnuts and pecans…one of my favorites.

Panzanella salad - Macrina Bakery

Panzanella salad - Macrina Bakery

Macrina salads always taste fresh and their house vinaigrette blends well with their changing dishes.  Also, my FAVorite sandwiches are the House Foccacia which has Genoa salami, roasted red peppers, arugula, provolone, and pesto and red wine vinaigrette.  If you like fruit in yours try the Carne Ciabatta sandwich….turkey, roasted peaches, roasted Walla Walla sweet onions, white cheddar, spinach and lemon vinaigrette.  Their brunch is very tasty..they serve brunch on Saturday and Sunday between 9am until 3pm.  I definitely recommend trying their french toast, buttermilk waffles,  or salmon scramble.  Their brunch changes every weekend which is a plus in my book.  Be sure to sign your name on the white sheet.  I see people all the time looking blank so I always let em know to sign up at brunch.  It gets really crowded at noon so I tend to go really early because if you go late towards 2-3pm some of their dishes are already sold out.

Also, it’s great that Macrina Bakery opens early at 7am.  The addicting pastries I always go for is the Orange Hazelnut Pinwheels($2.85)  which is a croissant dough rolled with roasted hazelnuts and topped with an orange glaze.  The Chocolate Grand Marnier coffeecake($3.50) is a chocolate, almond, and orange with bittersweet chocolate and Grand Marnier drizzled with an orange ganache glaze.  Very sweet, but oh soo good!  They also have very tasty cakes and unfortunately you can only buy by the slice when they have a lot on hand.  My favorite two cakes are the Whisper cake which is  white chocolate layered with lemon curd and fresh raspberry preserves and is frosted with white chocolate cream cheese buttercream.  Secondly, the Red Velvet seems to be a cult favorite… It’s a moist cocoa powder and buttermilk cake frosted with white chocolate cream cheese icing…Yum!  Overall, I definitely recommend Macrina Bakery for their delectable desserts and tasty sandwiches.

Macrina Bakery in Belltown

Macrina Bakery in Belltown

Macrina Bakery website:  http://www.macrinabakery.com/

Address:  2408 1st Avenue Seattle, Wa 98121 (Between Wall and Battery St.)

Hours:  Mon-Sat 7am – 7pm, Sun 8am-6pm (Lunch served weekdays 11am-3pm, Brunch served weekends 9am-3pm)

Contact:  206 448-4032