Columbia City Bakery

Written by on February 2, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(columbiacitybakery.com) – Columbia City
How I heard of this place: I dined across the street at Geraldine’s Counter!
Type of cuisine: Cafe fare full of fresh-baked pastries, coffees and teas. I believe they also serve quiche and other such items but were out when we arrived around 1:30 or 2:00 in the afternoon.
Ambiance: Casual and very cafe-esque. Most tables seat two, but there is a long bench across one side of the cafe which could accommodate two or three if you had a larger party. One customer, on his way in, commented that the place is “always packed” so be prepared to stand in a line on the way in and have trouble finding seating.
What I ordered: Again, it being my first time at this establishment, true to my usual form, I had to order an array of goodies. They included a peanut butter and jelly cookie (bite sized for 75 cents), a roasted almond macaroon ($1), a double chocolate cookie ($1.25) and the Columbia City cookie (house name is a must when it comes to sampling for $1.25) which consisted of chocolate chips, walnut chunks and bits of toffee. The almond macaroon was perfectly roasted and not too sweet. Similarly the peanut butter and jelly cookie had a light peanut butter flavor with a sweet dollop of raspberry jam (it may have been my favorite of the samples, today). The double chocolate chip cookie tasted of dark chocolate, again somewhat rich but very light. The Columbia City was slightly more crunchy than I like my cookies but tasted nice. My friend ordered a large profiterole – we think with a cranberry cream and chocolate topping. Very light and tasty, but hard to finish the large “cream puff”.
What I loved: My favorite sample of the day was the peanut butter and jelly cookie very closely followed by the toasted almond macaroon.
Why I loved it: I loved the setting, supporting local cafes and the abundant selection! You could eat a little treat there each day for an entire month without repeating!
Cost: low- to mid-range $.75 to $4.50 for dessert-like treats

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