Café Presse

Written by on August 22, 2014 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Capitol Hill, Seattle, Washington

Cafe Presse

How I heard of this place: Nearly a decade ago, I was invited to join some friends for a birthday party at Caffe Presse. Having known nor heard anything about it prior, it was somewhat exciting to be part of the celebration. Sadly, I wasn’t hungry enough to try anything more than a side order of pommes-frites. This time, it was going to be different. Completely.

Cafe Presse News Stand

Type of cuisine: Café Presse is located on South Capitol Hill in the Seattle University neighborhood. The second collaboration of Le Pichet owners Joanne Herron and Jim Drohman offers full coffee service featuring Caffe Vita coffee and house-made pastries; affordable wines from the French countryside; a full bar open until 2am everyday; and a menu of casual Parisian café classics, to enjoy here or to Take Out. The newsstand at Café Presse offers a wide selection of magazines and newspapers. Weekends at Café Presse mean soccer from America, Europe and around the globe in the bar. Café Presse is open everyday from 7am til 2am. ‘Café Presse, serving Capitol Hill since 2007’.”

Cafe Presse Intimate Backroom Seating

Jim and Joanne opened Le Pichet in 2000 with the hope of recreating the personal, neighborhood style of restaurant they had come to love in France. Le Pichet continues to serve the Pike Place Market neighborhood under their direction and the supervision of Le Pichet Chef de Cuisine Jack Spiess and Dining Room Manager Sophie Guerrero.

Cafe Presse Bar

With Café Presse, Jim and Joanne hope to build another type of Parisian institution, a Bar/Café. They hope that Café Presse will be the sort of place that Parisians use as a kind of alternative living room, to enjoy coffee and croissants in the morning, meet friends for lunch, dinner or drinks throughout the day or to have a late night bite or a night cap until 2am.

Cafe Presse Barquette

Ambiance: A French neighborhood cafe in the true sense of it, the space creates an intimate and small, friendly bar/cafe atmosphere where friends gather, couples whisper and staff rushes to and fro to ensure that everyone is served, content, fed.

Cafe Presse Back Room Dining

What I ordered: On this visit with two good friends, we were first offered a French style baguette with butter,

Cafe Presse Baguette

and continued with our own orders: one each of Œufs mayonnaise ($4.50): two hard-cooked eggs with mayonnaise and cornichons,

Cafe Presse Eggs with Mayo

Πplats, jambon et fromage ($7.50): two eggs broiled with ham and gruyere,


Filet de saumon rosé fumé, salad tiède aux haricots blancs ($17): Lummi Island pink salmon, smoked and grilled, salad of white beans, cherry tomatoes, roasted peppers, escarole, cilantro,

Cafe Presse Salmon

and Steak-Frites, beurre aux écrevisses, épinards au beurre ($18): NW Grass fed beef petit strip steak, Washington crayfish butter, spinach sautéed in butter.

Cafe Presse Steak Frites

And two bowls of ice cream to end the meal: one vanilla with house-made chocolate fudge,

Cafe Presse Vanilla Sundae

and the second a homemade, seasonal peach ice cream.

Cafe Presse Peach Ice Cream

What I loved: All of it. Every last bite. The surprisingly simple and abundantly flavorful œufs dishes: both baked with ham and cheese, as well as simple hard-boiled served atop a dollop of mayonnaise each have me craving more each morning for breakfast. Or lunch. Dinner? Always a favorite, the steak-frites aims to please. And the buttery white beans with vegetables from the salmon dish kept each of us diving back in for seconds, thirds, and then some.Cafe Presse Hallway to Backroom

Why I loved it: An intimate setting where good friends, dates and family all feel comfortable at any time of the day or night. Delicious food to boot!

Cost: Average ($12 – $18 per entree)

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