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Feb 17, 2009 04:05 PM

Whats missing in Queen Anne??

Hey everyone! I would love to open a restaurant, cafe or bakery in QA and was wondering what you all think we are missing... We have a surplus of Asian influence cuisine, so what don't we have? What's just satisfactory?

I love really love ANY feedback or help!


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  1. A cozy bakery with an emphasis on sweet ethnic things- a place people would want to bring their kids or stop off at to pick up a treat for someone

    Or... a local ingredients- focused dressed up soup, salad, & sandwich place

    18 Replies
    1. re: natalie.warner

      Thanks Natalie! That is what I was thinking too! Somewhere to pick up healthy salads, sandwiches and soups but also have a bakery side for deserts, breads and sweets.

      1. re: natalie.warner

        What about Macrina--one of the best bakeries in town. I am not sure what you mean by "ethnic" things, though. They do salads and and sandwiches, and the place always has kids in it.

        1. re: cocktailhour

          You are right. But to me Macrina is not cozy- it is very urban... I was thinking something with a different vibe-

          1. re: natalie.warner

            We are in desparate need of Ice Cream! I keep hoping that Molly Moon will take pity on us and move in......we would gladly accept gelato, too!

            QA is thriving w/ families these days, so anything that is kid friendly but quality (chow worthy). I think that natalie is right, that something cozy (like Hilltop but for families). There used to be this awesome soup place where 10 mercer is now. Short menu, big rustic tables - great soup, salads, sandwhiches. that would be great. with an ice cream counter in the corner :)

            Top of the hill has no Indian or Vietnamese. Despite two italian restuarants, there is no good italian. Really good homemade pasta would be great. Oh, and hardly anyone delivers, so that is somthing to think about.

            1. re: bluedog67

              Wolf has excellent pasta, but it is not Italian overall and not kid friendly. I just mention it in case someone wants to eat good pasta now!

              I still think between Macrina and all the coffee shops with comfy seating, that market is tapped out for the HIll, but I am no restauranteur.

              I am not sure how you are defining the Hill. If you mean both lower and upper QA, then for Indian there is Chutney's on lower QA, which I really like. You can get delivery from them through restaurants on the run. Some good Chinese and or Vietnamese would be nice. And Chinese should have delivery! The only one I know of is Pandasia and I don't like it very much.

              isn't the Hilltop but for families the 5-Spot?

              1. re: cocktailhour

                I am so over 5-spot. the food is increasingly inconsistent and really expensive for what you get. Oddly, I find Hi-Life to be the "Hilltop for families", despite the same Chow ownership. It is cozier, better food.

                1. re: bluedog67

                  Hi Life down in Ballard? I should try it.

                  1. re: cocktailhour

                    Yes, it is in the old firehouse. Really pleasant interior, xwood oven for pizza, etc, and rotating menu with interesting family style and traditional entrees. Not blow-your-mind good, but we don't resent the check when we go with the family.

              2. re: bluedog67

                Ice Cream doesn't make money during most of the year when it's chilly weather in Seattle so how would a place in a high-rent district like QA make it in the long run? There was a gelato place next to Paragon a few years back.....high-quality stuff, too....not there anymore.....FYI.

                1. re: staffstuff

                  Molly Moon's is packed every evening in Wallingford. So good ice cream makes money - or at least I have to presume.

                  1. re: broksonic

                    I don't get Molly Moon's. Unless the quality has increase tremendously since it opened - it just isn't that good. I figured it will be crowded until "everyone" had tried it once. I can't imagine it getting return business.

                    1. re: Lauren

                      Totally agree. I don't understand Molly Moon's popularity at all. Also, last I knew there were two gelato places on Queen Anne. Are they both gone now? If so, that's probably a pretty good indication that there isn't enough of a market for ice cream/gelato up there.

                      1. re: akq

                        Ice Cream?? What a waste of retail space, buy a pint in the grocery store. In reply to this thread, I think 5 Spot is horrible and Macrina overrated

                        1. re: Bethwick

                          People used to say that about lattes, and now you can't escape them. Quality small batch ice cream is a worthy destination to me, and the perfect scoop is an art; hard to come by.

                          1. re: bluedog67

                            Soon there will be ice cream on QA, albeit in the guise of a weekly visit from a new artisan ice cream truck. They will be scooping beginning the Middle of July and will be near Caffe Fiore on Friday afternoons. Their website address is

                            1. re: jalebiwallah

                              Thanks for the udpate. I will check it out. But really 2-5? Doesn't help anyone w/ a job.

                              I was at Molly Moon's yesterday, and noticed there is a gelato shop across the street. Magnolia has 2 that are 3 doors apart, and Cap Hill has like 3 new spots. It is so frustrating not to have a scoop shop on QA!!!

                              1. re: bluedog67

                                remember the Gelato shop years back across from Safeway? Why did it close? Seems like a good fit. Maybe rents are too high and margins too low for an ice cream shop, though I expect a Molly Moon's one of these days (she's going to be the Starbucks of decent ice cream I fear).

                                1. re: jalebiwallah

                                  For myself, I hope Ici beats her to it.

        2. I have lived in Queen Anne for over 20 years. Before that I lived in Park Slope in Brooklyn NY and still have fond memories of neighborhood eating places in the slope. I often eat dinner out twice a week and try to support neighborhood places one of those nights. What I would like to see in QA is the following:

          A space large enough that you can almost always be seated for dinner without a wait or reservations.

          All ages, I really like Hilltop but can’t take my 19 year old son.

          A changing menu that reflects the produce of the season and chef’s whim.

          A good/wide menu…. Too many restaurants today have a too small menu, there needs to be selections for vegetarians, vegans, diabetics and other dietary needs. A good kitchen should represent a variety of eating concerns.

          Comfort. A place to connect, have conversation –too many restaurant are too loud!!!, And a place to feel warm/appreciated. This is tricky, but if you can nail this and good food at reasonable prices you will succeed.

          1. for your info.. someone is in the process of opening a kid friendly cafe.. i tihink another restaurant with casual dining but great food is needed

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            1. re: savvy savorer

              Into which space - the nail salon across from ken's?

            2. Does anyone remember Still Life in Fremont, or Surrogate Hostess on Cap Hill. Both places were "cafeteria style" Both had great bakery items all day. Still Life had daily vegan offerings--a little hippy-dippy, but also had great soups. I think a concept like that, specializing in off-the-wall good hearty soups and sandwiches, plus bakery items, would be a big hit in any of Seattle's city neighborhoods. Be sure it is kid-friendly. A popular top of the hill restaurant is currently having a tough time getting clientele back after proving unfriendly to the tykes. Sandwiche like "Bunk" in Portland (see website) would be great!

              1. Why so secretive, everyone?

                Savvy, tell us more about the kid-friendly place you teased.

                Jayni, tell us more about the kid-unfriendly place you mentioned.