Written by on January 19, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(specialtys.com) – Downtown

How I heard of this place: Years ago, when first meeting up with an old friend from elementary school, Sarah recommended Specialty’s as the perfect lunch-time catch-up spot. Since then, it’s become one of my favorite drop-in cafes downtown.

Type of cuisine: A cafe with sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries, perfect for breakfast and lunch. Everything is homemade, hearty, and fresh.

Ambiance: A downtown cafe at its best, with limited seating at wooden tables on wooden chairs, a walk up counter for ordering just beyond the tempting pastry case, lined with cookies, brownies, muffins, scones and more. An artful chalkboard menu depicting the specials and daily treats available. Very much catered toward the downtown lunch crowd, most patrons prefer the take-away options for fresh, delicious, large portions of food and sweet delicacies for the mid-afternoon slump. Friendly staff greet you as you enter the space and thank you for coming upon exiting.

What I ordered: In the years since first trying Specialty’s, I have had sandwhiches, soups and salads, not to mention several of their cookies. On this occasion, the rocky road brownie and the coconut brownie were extremely tempting…But the glorious smell of melted peanut butter won over. I purchased the thick peanut butter chocolate chunk cookie ($1.99) and my dining companion ordered her favorite, black & white cookie ($1.99).

What I loved: Despite the warm, gooey, peanut butter and melted chocolate goodness in my freshly warmed cookie, I have to admit that my dining companion picked the winner! The chocolate cookie, with white chocolate chunks and walnuts…Delicious.

Cost: Average ($2 per cookie)

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