Monday, June 13, 2011

Volunteer Park Cafe & Marketplace - Capitol Hill

My Aunt and Uncle from Tampa were recently here for a visit--Yay! We had only a couple days to show off Seattle, so after spending a few hours at Pike's and sampling donuts, cashews, crumpets, cheese, the list goes on...we ventured to the neighborhoods. Our lunch destination: Volunteer Park Cafe. My Aunt (an amazing cook) and Uncle (who can identify arugula) had seen the Cafe featured in Unique Eats on the cooking channel.  Tucked away on the corner of a residential street, was this charming yellow house with red bistro chairs just waiting for you. It was love at first sight.

 Once a grocery and meat market, delivering their produce in a horse drawn 
wagon.  During the depression, selling gumballs and candies. 
Today, continuing the tradition of bringing community together.


 Every detail welcomes you. 

Chalkboard window--hello.

This farmhouse table which runs the length of the restaurant 
is for any and all.  It reminded me of a boarding house. 
What a good excuse to eat with strangers.

 The perfect balance between rustic and elegant.

 Giant Savory Muffins

 Known for their Miss Piggy Chip Cookies, that's right, 
the secret ingredient is bacon, which of course is the candy of all meats.
Loved the galvanized buckets lined with parchment paper.
 A select menu of sandwiches and salads, with old favorites 
like the BLT and new favorites such as prosciutto and mozzarella.

I ordered the chicken salad on baguette with a hint of tarragon.

For their full menu, history, location and hours click here.

I hope you will get a chance to visit, you will not be disappointed!


  1. We had so much fun grazing around Seattle. We definitely need to come back. I hope we don't have to wait till we get to go on another Alaska cruise to come back! Aunt L'Von

  2. And I also know what tarragon is!