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Portage Bay Cafe

Posted in breakfast with tags , , , , , , , on December 30, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of my favorite places for a healthy and fulfilling breakfast is a cafe in Ballard called the Portage Bay.  They officially opened the summer of 2009.  Most of their food is supplied from local organic farms such as Bluebird Farms organic grains, Full Circle organic farm, and Great Harvest organic bakery.  Portage Bay’s unique breakfast menu has a wide range of organic pancakes, omelettes and scrambles, and many different types of eggs benedict.  I chose the Classic Benedict($12) and it was very tasty.  An english muffin, poached eggs, homemade hollandaise,grilled black forest ham with a side of organic local herb-roasted red potatoes. The grilled ham added a nice smokey flavor to the benedict.  

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

The Classic Benedict - Portage Bay Cafe

I love a classic benedict but next time I should definitely try their Southwest Benedict that has slices of cheddar-black bean-jalapeno cornbread, poached eggs, house-smoked tomato, sauteed spinach, and roasted red pepper coulis.  The cornbread would be an interesting twist to the eggs benedict.  Their apple juice was very tasty…All their juices are fresh squeezed which is a major plus.  I like apple juice a lot and I am used to having Tree Top apple juice everyday, but fresh squeezed tops it off.  Not also is most of their food sourced organically, they also have many additional healthy options such as gluten free pancakes to Isernio’s “chicken” basil sausage.  I can’t wait to come back again and try their Wild Berry Compote French toast…slices of graham-cracker crusted challah French toast, vanilla custard, wild berry compote, and whipped cream($12).  Also, the Prosciutto Omelette sounds great…organic baby spinach, prosciutto, topped with mushroom, Rogue creamery smoky bleu cheese, and organic sun-dried tomato cream sauce($13).  Portage Bay Cafe is located at the far end of NW Market St in Ballard.  If you get the chance to go for a leisurely walk, be sure to check out the Ballard Locks and Golden’s only a couple minutes away.  Overall, Portage Bay Cafe happens to be one of my favorites for all around healthy, organic, and tasty breakfast places in the Seattle area. 

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe - Ballard

Portage Bay Cafe website:,_Brunch,_Lunch_%26_Catering__Portage_Bay_Cafe.html

Address:  2821 NW Market, Seattle, WA  98107  (Ballard location)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 7:30am – 11am (Breakfast), Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm (Lunch), Sat-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm (Brunch)

Contact:  206 783-1547


Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery – Anacortes

Posted in breakfast with tags , , , , , , on December 25, 2009 by belltowngirl

One of the best things of living in Washington state is that there is so much to explore….fantastic wineries in Walla Walla to driving thru the scenic North Cascades Highway on a summer day…and yes I have done both and it’s quite amazing!  I love heading to any of the islands in Washington’s pacific coastal waters and heard of a place that serves unique homemade food.  This special place is called Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery located in Anacortes.   Their food is homemade using locally produced fresh ingredients that emphasize every dish.  The eggs benedict dish you get to choose between buttery croissant, grilled rustic potato bread, or homemade jumbo biscuit!  Perhaps next time…As a major Benedict fan, I decided to try veer away from it and try the Stuffed Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast.  It had two slices of their County Fair Egg Bread stuffed cream cheese and raspberry, dipped in a cinnamon and rich egg batter, cornflake crumbs and grilled.  It was served with raspberry sauce and whipped cream on top!  I have never had cornflake crumbs generously coating the french toast.  It had a tasty crunch on the outside and with a balanced mix cream cheese and raspberry filled inside.  The fresh raspberries topped it off the most and you can really tell by the taste of it.  Fresh is always best!

Stuffed Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast w/ Cornflake Crumb coating - Calico Cupboard Cafe

Stuffed Raspberry Cream Cheese French Toast w/ Cornflake Crumbs - Calico Cupboard Cafe

This breakfast dish is one my favorites now, but unfortunately it’s an hour and 1/2 drive.  Nevertheless, I’ll be sure to try and come out at least 2x a year whenever I happen to pass through Anacortes.  Next time I definitely want to try the Calico Benedicts with homemade jumbo biscuit split and grilled with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.  The Banana Coconut Cakes sounds great too….griddlecakes filled with coconut and fresh banana topped with more bananas, homemade buttermilk syrup, fresh coconut and whipped cream! 

Bakery - Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery (Anacortes Location)

Bakery - Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery (Anacortes Location)

Also, Calico Cupboard has an excellent selection of baked goods ranging from caramel nut cinnamon rolls to peanut butter pies.  I decided to get their popular homemade huge Cinnamon roll and Triple Berry muffin for the long ride back home. If you get the chance be sure to head south to the scenic Deception Pass Bridge. It connects Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island and it truly captures the spectacular views of Puget Sound. Overall, I had a great experience at Calico Cupboard Cafe for their great Stuffed Raspberry Cream Cheese French toast with the tasty cornflake crust and their moist and extra creamy homemade Cinnamon roll….Enjoy everyone!

Bakery pt 2 - Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery (Anacortes Location)

Bakery pt 2 - Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery (Anacortes Location)

Calico Cupboard Cafe and Bakery website:

Address: 901 Commercial Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221 (Anacortes Location)

Hours:  7am-11am (Breakfast) 11am-3pm (Lunch)

Contact:  360 293-7315