Portage Bay Cafe

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

(portagebaycafe.com) – Roosevelt neighborhood of Seattle, Washington

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt

How I heard of this place: See Portage Bay Cafe in the University District for original response, but this new one I was surprised to find on a map app when my mom wanted brunch after our morning visit to Greenlake.

Type of cuisine: “…local, organic & sustainable foods for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.

Ambiance: Similar in taste and flavor to the South Lake Union Cafe, the light and openness of this establishment stands out beyond other features.

Outdoor seating available on the street-facing patio, complete with blankets for chillier mornings, welcomes patrons as they walk up to the front door.

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Patio

Relatively calm on a Thursday morning, patrons are invited to seat themselves via the impersonal chalkboard welcome, and sparse views ahead as one makes her way to the main dining area.

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Entry 1

The dining space is well lit with large windows facing NE 65th Street and sunlights overhead,

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Dining Room 1

looking directly into the kitchen area, as you make your way through the dining room to or from the condiments bar.

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Kitchen

With it’s open layout, brightness and exposed pipes, etc. the space is clearly modern, appealing to the ever-growing hipster population gentrifying the unique neighborhoods of a Seattle long gone.

What I ordered: For me, the Farmer’s Hash ($14.50) with pepper bacon: three organic over-easy eggs (served over medium/hard), a variety of local, organic, sustainably grown fresh vegetables including roasted onions, fingerling purple and yellow potatoes, fresh herbs, kale, fennel, carrots and celery, served with organic, house-made whole wheat flour toast.

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Farmer's Hash Closer

For my mom, the Huevos Rancheros ($12.50): fried corn tortillas, cumin spiked refried organic black beans, two eggs served over easy, a spicy house salsa, cilantro lime crema, Samish Bay queso fresco, scallions and house-made pickled vegetables on the side, served with potatoes.

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Huevos Rancheros Veg

What I loved: The brewed coffee my mom ordered, slightly sweetened with cream. The vegetable hash, tasty, though inundated with fennel, masking the flavor of any other in the dish was well prepared; I would have preferred the eggs done properly over easy in order to allow for the runny-ness to coat the vegetables. My mom’s dish, the Huevos Rancheros was served at room temperature, with disappointingly old potatoes (which tasted as though they were kept in the fridge overnight, placed under heating lamps and served).

Portage Bay Cafe Roosevelt Farmer's Hash

Why I loved it: Each experience at PBC is varied, but one thing they are good at, is remaining inconsistent, keeping us on our toes, never knowing if our dish will be stellar or worth sending back. Same goes for the service, this being a sub-par experience as we seated ourselves, were left unattended for a minimum 10-minutes, forced to get up and find menus on our own, later to have the table wiped down by a friendly young lady.

Cost: Average to high ($9.50 – $18.50 per brunch dish)

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