Empire seems like it’s just a coffee shop inside of a narrow renovated garage. But it’s actually much more than that - they serve some excellent food that’s way better than refrigerated breakfast burritos and sad muesli bowls. We’d be happy coming in every morning for their powdered sugar and lime-topped Belgian waffles, and the plant-based focaccia breakfast panini with Field Roast sausage, spicy cayenne “cheese,” and basil pesto. As far as coffee goes, spend the extra buck for their creamy homemade cashew milk.
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Want to have a big night in? Desperately need to stock your pantry? Here are some takeout options to make social distancing suck less.
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Lil Red Takeout & Catering
Lil Red Takeout & Catering is an excellent Jamaican restaurant in Columbia City that serves some of the best soul food in town.
Kezira Cafe is an Ethiopian restaurant in Columbia City that serves particularly great vegetarian dishes.
Taqueria El Asadero
Taqueria El Asadero is a taco truck operating out of a bus on Rainier that serves incredible birria and carnitas tacos, tortas, and more.
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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.
Yellow Dot Cafe
Yellow Dot Cafe in South Lake Union is a solid, unpretentious option for breakfast and lunch.
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Deru Market is part farm-to-table restaurant, part classy deli in Kirkland, and you need their cake.
Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
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