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Elliott Bay Cafe – Pt2

Posted in Sandwiches with tags , , , on August 20, 2009 by belltowngirl

Yet again Elliott Bay Cafe is on the top of my favorite list.  I’ve been meaning to post another great sandwich that I talked about previously.  Located in Pioneer Square right below the Elliott Bay Bookstore, the main entrance is on 1st Ave S. and S. Main Street.  It’s a great location because you can get great tasting food and head upstairs to the bookstore afterwards.  I’ve been addicted to the Moroccan Steak sandwich(9.75)…grilled on a pita bread it has chunks of seared skirt steak, minted yogurt, feta cheese, and chermoula.  Chermoula or Charmoula is a marinade typically used in countries in the Northern African region (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, etc.)  It’s usually a typical mix of lemon juice, herbs, oil, garlic, and salt.  The steak was tangy and goes well with the feta and minted yogurt.  It comes with a side of either Quinoa or brown rice.  The sides are healthy and tasted great.  Unfortunately, you can’t pick the sides….they come on random days.  Both are really good so I took two pics below with brown rice and Quinoa.  Quinoa is complete in protein and it has a fluffy, slightly crunchy and nutty flavor.  It has “complete protein” meaning it includes all nine essential amino acids.  The brown rice is a mix of of carrots, apples, grapes, walnuts, lemon juice, and rice vinegar.  Very tasty!

Moroccan Steak sandwich with side of brown rice- Elliott Bay Cafe

Moroccan Steak sandwich with side of brown rice - Elliott Bay Cafe

Quinoa side- Elliott Bay Cafe

Quinoa side - Elliott Bay Cafe

I definitely recommend this place for great sandwiches, healthy side dishes and a bonus of having a bookstore right upstairs that opens till 8pm Mon-Sat.  I like to read so it’s a great addition!

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

Address:  101 South Main Street Seattle, WA  98104

Hours:  Mon-Friday 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm

Contact:  206 682-6664

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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