Last weekend my cousin Agnes (aka Betty Turbo) came to Seattle for the Plush You! opening at Schmancy, a cute little gallery that was featuring plush toys and animals made by artists from all over the world. Betty Turbo had her Joan Cone pillow and Rad Rocky Road cone featured – check them out!, and I’ll share more on Plush You! later, because we have more important things to talk about. Liiiiiike…
I fortunately (because it was fun) / unfortunately (because I had a guest in town) had to work on the LivingSocial Adventures Oktoberfest Boat Cruise (so fun, don’ t miss it next time) after Plush You, and I really only had one morning to hang out so I decided to take Agnes on a brunch tour of Capitol Hill!
We woke up early and headed over to Vivace on Broadway for a cup of coffee. I’m not much of a coffee drinker, but when I DO have it I prefer it comes from Vivace. It’s really the only place where I’ve ordered a latte and felt like it was superior to other lattes.
From there, we walked down the hill to Crumble & Flake Patisserie, my absolute favorite place that I almost never go. Why? Because usually by the time I think about how I want a delicious cheddar and smoked paprika croissant, they’re gone. Crumble & Flake is the teeny tiniest little bakery on Capitol Hill and opened to much anticipation last July – receiving tons of press before they’d even sold their first pastry. They consistently sell out of everything before 11am and every time I’ve been there, there’s been a line of at least five people.
In addition to the croissants cinnamon rolls, brownies, scones and cookies, they also have “cheweos” – Oreos with a twist (malted milk or coffee) and it’s the only place on the Hill that sells French macarons.
On this day, they were Halloween-themed:
After devouring our perfectly flaky, buttery and amazing cheddar/paprika croissants we walked all the way back up the hill to the 15th Avenue part of the neighborhood so we could visit the brand new and EXTREMELY popular Wandering Goose.
The Wandering Goose shares a wall with the new Ethan Stowell joint, Rione XIII (or as I call it, “Rione-I-can’t-read-Roman-numerals”) and features a decidedly Southern breakfast-themed menu that is largely based on the art of the biscuit. It’s a prime candidate for a future “Gravy Train” post by Jason, so you can definitely look forward to that.
I chose to order the Sawmill biscuit sandwich with fried chicken and sawmill sausage gravy. It was phenomenal. Cousin Agnes ordered the standard biscuit sandwich with a fried egg and cheese, and we were both glad we had hiked off our croissants so we could fully enjoy our sandwiches.
If you are lucky enough to get a seat at The Wandering Goose, you’ll notice that each of the tables have different quotes burnt into them. If you are not lucky enough, you can always get your order to go!
And for what was to be our final stop, we walked back across Capitol Hill to Cupcake Royale so that Agnes could try their magical new ice cream, some of which is mixed with their cupcakes! Though we were almost bursting from our previous stops, we made room for a Stumptown Coffee with Chocolate Ribbon babyshake (milkshake) and a Burnt Caramel with Sea Salt affogato (ice cream downed with espresso).
And finally, because we missed the ferry, we wandered through the Pike Place Market and visited Jason who was handing out cheese samples at Beecher’s and topped it all off with the equivalent of a cheese plate and crackers. Because why limit yourself to one brunch when you can have four or five?! Just make sure you include enough walking in between stops.
Here’s a little Google Map of our tour in case you’d like to try it for yourself!