Archive for Sandwiches

Michou Fresca – Pike Place Market

Posted in Dessert and Pastries, Gourmet Sandwiches with tags , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by belltowngirl

I am always on the lookout for new and tasty gourmet sandwiches and salads in the Seattle area.   Well, last year I discovered Michou Fresca in the Pike Place Market area and I am soo glad I did!   It definitely has a cult following as there are long lines everyday during lunch….and yes, I am one of those cult following as well…lol   Michou Fresca has a huge and excellent selection of unique salads, pastas, and panini-style sandwiches.  It ranges from French, Italian, and Mediterranean-themed food.  I have a couple favorite sandwiches that I really like and today I decided to get the Tuscan Chicken sandwich($5.50)…..grilled chicken, pesto, fresh greens, bacon, smoked gouda, tomatoes, and chipotle mayo…yum!  I love my sandwiches toasted so be sure to request that when you order. 

Tuscan Chicken sandwich - Michou Fresca

Tuscan Chicken sandwich - Michou Fresca

My most FAVorite sandwich though that I always yearn for is the Crispy chicken($5.50) with caramelized tomatoes, provolone, pesto, and greens.  A great balance of sweetness in the tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients in the sandwich.  It’s quite addicting if you like anything caramelized as this brings out the sweet and deep flavors inherent in the food.  There so many interesting soups, salads, and even desserts to choose from and another plus is they seem to add new dishes regularly.  I definitely want to try the Ratatouille and goat cheese baked potato and their Butternut Squash and Carmelized Pear soup next time.  I am a major salad fan and I am quite suprised I haven’t ordered any yet, but the Quinoa eggplant, Yam and Cranberry, and Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese salads sound amazing among others!  Also, other random foods that sounds great are the Corn and Zucchini fritters, Shepards pie, Manicotti, etc.  Their dessert section ranges from a simple, but very tasty Stawberry Shortcake to Zeppoles.  Zeppoles is an Italian dessert that is fried ricotta doughnuts and dusted with sugar and served warm!  There is a small seating area (6 chairs) in the corner overlooking Pike Place Market.  Given a nice day out, I would highly recommend getting to go boxes and head to the Sculpture Park on the waterfront as the park has excellent views of the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascades.  If you are pretty familiar with the Pike Place Market area, Michou Fresca is between the first Starbucks location and my favorite Le Panier Bakery.  Overall, I definitely recommend Michou Fresca for their unique and tasty sandwiches, salads, and desserts!  Enjoy!

Michou Fresca - Pike Place Market area

Michou Fresca - Pike Place Market area

Address:  1904 Pike Place Seattle, WA  98101

Hours:  9am-5pm daily

Contact:  206 448-4758

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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

The Elliott Bay Cafe

Posted in Organic, Salads, Sandwiches with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by belltowngirl

As a Seattleite, I don’t normally go to touristy places as much anymore, but happen to notice the Elliott Bay Cafe’s renovation early this year.  The cafe connects to the popular tourist spot in Pioneer Square, Elliott Bay Bookstore.  As you walk downstairs to the renovated cafe, it’s clean, spacious, interesting art on the walls and most all the menu is great!  The whole cafe space and menu were completely remodeled by Tamara Murphy of Seattle’s Brasa restaurant.  The Elliott Bay Cafe is one of my top favorites for great sandwiches and salads.  They also serve breakfast all day too.  As for sandwiches they all have a very unique taste to it.  If you like vinagrette-like salads and tangy sandwiches read on.. A couple of my favs are the Roast Beef sandwich($7.95) which uses Zoe’s meats that are thinly sliced with creamy white cheddar and horseradish aioli on potato bread.  I love aioli and goes well with the meat.  As for the Grilled Cheese($6.95) it stepped up a notch….yum!  The ingredients are herbed goat’s cheese, tomato jam, Italian fontina, cheddar, and Mama’s lil peppers on a semolina rosemary bread.  The goat cheese and melted cheese tasted great along with the hot peppers and fresh bread from Macrina’s.

Italian sandwich, quinoa, and Local Pears salad- Elliott Bay Cafe

Italian sandwich, quinoa, and Local Pears salad- Elliott Bay Cafe

Lastly, the Italian sandwich($7.95) seems to be the addicting one that I always come back for.  The sandwich has salami from Zoe’s meats,  pepperoni, provolone, mortadello, shredded lettuce, pepperoncinis, coppa(similar to prosciutto), and extra olive oil on a baguette.  The sandwich was very tangy and the meat tasted great with peppers.  You get to choose between two sides:  leafy green or Quinoa salad.  Quinoa is a small seed that has a nutty flavor to it and is high in protein and calcium.  Also, they have a small, but great selection of salad dishes.  The Argentinian steak salad($9.75) is amazing..!  The chimichurri steak, red onion, cojita cheese, avocado, grapefruit, jalapeno, lime, and fried tortilla strips were indescribable…the burst of the tangy lime, grapefruit, onions along with the steak were soo tasty!  Last but not least can’t forget the simple and tasty Local Pears salad($7.50)….they use local pears, drizzled white truffle oil, arugula, reggiano, and pinenuts.  It  looks simple, but both the white truffle oil and fresh pears with a light crunch of pinenuts made it refreshing, savory, and robust.  Overall, I always enjoy Elliott Bay Cafe for their unique and fresh tasting sandwiches and tangy salads.

Local Pears salad - Elliott Bay Cafe

Local Pears salad - Elliott Bay Cafe

Elliott Bay Cafe

Elliott Bay Cafe

Elliott Bay Cafe website: http://www.elliottbaycafe.com/

Address:  101 S. Main Street, Seattle WA  98104 ( Cross st. is 1st ave)

Hours:  Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

Contact:  206 682-6664
101 S. Main Street, Seattle WA 98104