Cherry Street has the Feel Good Factor for coffee shops - it’s bright inside, there’s always a constant but not outrageous flow of people, and the seats are extremely comfortable. You could do some morning work alone, have a lowkey lunch meeting (complete with tasty Persian stews like gheymeh with saffron and split peas), or sit down at 3pm to do one last push before going home for the night. Not to mention that they have oat milk, which one day will be used as our national currency.
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Shake Shack is a counter service cheeseburger institution in South Lake Union. Prepare for lines.
Marination South Lake Union
Marination South Lake Union is a fast-casual counter that has the same Hawaiian/Korean/Mexican fusion food as the mini-chain’s flagship location.
Urban Gyro is a Middle Eastern restaurant in South Lake Union that works well for a quick lunch or takeout.
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Saigon Vietnam Deli
Saigon Vietnam Deli is a Vietnamese banh mi shop in the International District. Get the roasted pork sandwich.
Meat & Bread
Meat & Bread is a great option for interesting and upscale takeout sandwiches in South Lake Union.
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Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
We avoid superlatives, but Vivace probably makes the best espresso in the city. Hit the Capitol Hill location for its proximity to Sunrise Tacos.
Broadcast Coffee is a cafe in the Central District that serves coffee, beer, and wine.
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