Saturday, December 27, 2008

A day in Georgetown

The adventure started with breakfast at The Hangar Cafe.  When we arrived at this little spot on the edge of Georgetown we had planned on grabbing a quick pastry and tea but once we saw a creative menu filled with crepes and frittatas we quickly switched gears.  We ordered the Hangar Crepe but substituted the egg and ham for Field Roast Chipotle Vegan Sausage which went perfectly with the onion, tomato, poblano pepper, swiss, basil vinaigrette and creme fraiche.   It was absolutely delicious.   

The hangar uses fresh local ingredients and makes everything to order right in front of you in their open kitchen .   I sure wish I could post a picture of the beautiful crepe we ordered but it looked so incredible when it came to the table that I didn't even think to take a photo until we were scraping the remnants of sauce and veggies off the plate.    

Georgetown is Seattle's oldest continually settled neighborhood.  At first glance it looks like only remnants of what was once a bustling center of industry.  Many building fronts are boarded up or even falling apart completely.  But mixed into this we found that Georgetown is actually a diverse mix of art, food, shopping and culture.

We came across Fantagraphics Books just off of Airport Way.  This store, which shares a space with Georgetown Records, is in a gorgeous building so we went in to see what it looked like inside.  We ended up looking though their amazing book selection for almost an hour.  I purchased a great book by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden titled "Drawing Words & Writing Pictures".  Had we not been on foot I also would have left with an original work from their current BEASTS Art Exhibition.

Next I had to find the vintage home decor store that I keep reading about in magazines from Domino to Seattle Metro.  Great Stuff Vintage Furnishings was definitely just as great as the reviews I keep reading say that it is.

Owner Kirk Albert has filled his store with endless treasures that would serve as the perfect statement piece in any home or office.

By the time we had wandered through the whole neighborhood the sun was going down and our stomachs were growling.  We ended the trip back near the Hangar Cafe at Vegan restaurant Squid and Ink.

I have seen mixed reviews for this restaurant so I didn't know what to expect.  Breakfast stops at 4pm but when we asked about ordering biscuits and gravy our server said that we could order off of the breakfast menu because the restaurant was slow.  So in addition to the biscuits and gravy we also got the french toast with a tofu and sausage scramble.  Everything was fantastic!  Again, the food looked so great when it came that we forgot all about snapping a shot of our spread.  Luckily I did remember when desert came.  So here is a little Vegan Blackberry and Chocolate Ganache Cake montage...

Pretty much the gooiest, most chocolaty, divine looking cake I have seen.  It had just come out of the oven...
The Mr surveys the job ahead.
Chocolate cake coma. 

All in all, dinner at Squid and Ink was an awesome time.  The service was super friendly, music and environment were spot on, and the food was totally original and tasty.  Added bonus: because the restaurant resides immediately behind King County Airport's landing strip we got the additional entertainment of watching a constant flow of planes landing.  

I recommend spending a day in Georgetown if you live in the Seattle area.  By the time we hoped back on the 60 bus to go back to Capitol Hill we were planning out our next trip.  


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