Welcome Ridgeback Cafe
There’s a brand new place to nosh on the Ridge. Actually just west of the hill in an area some have called Lower Phinney, Ballard Gulch, or Stumbletown
(named for the number of small bars and cafes in a rather small area about four blocks long). Justin Taft, whose Georgetown’s Hanger Café North of Boeing Field has been a favorite of many — decided Phinney Ridge is a “natural” place for his kind of business. All the food is made fresh, with organic meats and vegetables when possible, and Humane Society eggs. In keeping with the philosophy of local northwest food, beer and wine, he also features Essential Baking breads. He points out that although he also serves beer and wine like so many of the other places nearby, as a contrast, his restaurant is family friendly serving breakfast, lunch, dinner. He’s happy to accommodate vegetarians and vegans as well. The interior walls feature a rotating art gallery — currently pen and ink portraits featuring the Chilean Miners are on display. As the café just opened on just before the Christmas holiday and exterior signage makes it a bit hard to find, just look for the former print shop space right next to Slave to the Needle and you’ll see a couple of A-boards on the sidewalk. I sampled the yummy Caramelized Apple Crepes for a not-too-sweet breakfast treat. Haven’t had a crepe that good since I last enjoyed them from a Parisian street vendor too many years ago. Of course one can never go wrong with locally roasted Stumptown coffee.
The cafe also features savory crepes as well as salads, tapas, salads, waffles and the cafe also features savory crepes as well as salads, tapas, salads, waffles and beautiful desserts in a modern-retro decor. The laid back, comfortable and affordable Ridge Back Cafe is bound to satisfy.
The Ridgeback Cafe in Phinney Ridge is at 500 NW 65th Street, Seattle WA 98117 (206) 783-4073