The Cookie Counter

Written by on August 17, 2016 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Phinneywood neighborhood, Seattle, Washington

The Cookie Counter

How I heard of this place: A friend, on Facebook, had posted that she was interested in an event: the grand opening of The Cookie Counter’s storefront space (as it had previously been, and continues to be a little VW food van). I noted the date, and found my way there.

Type of cuisine: We are a vegan owned & operated ice creamery, BAKERY, & ESPRESSO BAR in Seattle. We proudly serve Anchorhead Espresso (Duvall, WA).

The Cookie Counter Menu

Ambiance: Girly, with bright accents on white walls and tables. Minimal, though sufficient framed artwork finds its way onto the walls in this long, rectangular space.

The Cookie Counter Grand Opening Decor

Tables set close together, encouraging intimate interactions with your neighboring diners, as well as a small barquette at the street front.

The Cookie Counter Interior

What I ordered: It being the grand opening, we anticipated more interaction with the staff, as well as a free treat or two. It took much lingering – to my husband’s dismay – and very direct questions (by me), as well placing an order for an over-priced Newman’s O’s (Cookie) Ice Cream Shake ($6.57) before someone finally came around to the front register.

Three people on staff, balloons and only a handful of little packaged cookies on the tables, my husband and I the only ones in sight, and no one to help, to say hello, nor to offer us one of the cookie samples on the table, unmarked, unknowingly free until I blatantly asked.

The Cookie Counter Vegan Oreo Ice Cream Shake & Cookies

What I loved: The coconut oil, gluten-free chocolate chip cookie sample.

Why I loved it: It’s cool that it’s an all-vegan establishment, with a great mission (see below from their website), and the Newman’s O shake had lots of big chunks of delicious, creamy cookie.

Our mission is to change minds about vegan food by serving delicious treats that you might never guess are vegan. Along with this, we strive to always provide friendly & genuine service with a little bit of nostalgia and fun for everyone!

Additionally, we want to share with our community what is most important to us in our everyday lives. We use mostly organic ingredients, value our local farmers, and are a 100% non-GMO business. As much as we can, we support businesses that closely mirror our own ethics of fair wages, a small environmental footprint, and those that are independently operated.

We pay our employees a fair wage and we offer regular pay raises and sick time. Full time employees earn vacation time and are eligible for health care benefits.

We fundraise for non-profit organizations as often as we can. In 2015 we made donations to: Emerald City Pet Rescue, Old Dog Haven, Pasado’s Safe Haven, Humane League, Walk for Farm Animals, Food Empowerment Project, Youthcare, & Pigs Peace Animal Sanctuary. Our 2016/2017 donor list include: Old Dog Haven, Treehouse for Kids, Rancho Relaxo, Lifelong Aids Alliance, Coyote Central, & Three Dollar Bill Cinema.

Cost: Very high ($3 per two cookies, $6 for a 16-ounce ice cream shake)

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