Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Macrina Bakery and Café – Belltown, Seattle

Posted on: Friday 19 August 2011

I love neighbourhood bakeries. They’re busy places with friendly staff and loyal customers. We’ve walked by Macrina Bakery and Café many times and finally visited this week for a rare midweek lunch date.

We arrived during the peak of their lunch service and the queue was out the door. Facing the entrance is a refrigerated display of cakes, tarts and lunch items on the take-away menu.

I’m fascinated by chalkboard menus. Some are functional, others are artistic. A damp cloth erases the penmanship and it is renewed as a black canvas again.

Shelves were laden with loaves of bread, and tiers of baked goods enticed customers with their sweet appearance.

A rainbow of colours detailed the lunch take-away menu.

Neatly stacked, the distinctive pink hue of the Macrina boxes was a faux accent wall.

Artisanal products, Macrina cookbooks and day old breads filled the cubicles.

The crowd had dissipated as we were seated by lunch. There were several tables on the sidewalk, a counter with stools and a spacious dining room to choose from.

Suggested wine pairings were listed for some items and the menu had a good selection of hot and cold meals.

We nibbled on a selection of complimentary bread and peered at the eclectic artwork.

I was intrigued by the apple ginger cider. The hot drink was fragrant with spices and it reminded me of Christmas!

I ordered the pizzetta topped with pepperoni, roasted artichoke hearts, arugula and Fontina. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with herbs, the tomato based pizzetta had a tasty combination of ingredients.

The side salad was a large mound of mixed greens, olives and almonds tossed in a tangy balsamic vinaigrette.

Mr S opted for the grilled ham sandwich. Zoe’s ham, honey roasted figs, caramelised Walla Walla sweet onions and Gruyére – four quality ingredients made this a splendid sandwich!

He generously exchanged half his sandwich for two slices of pizzetta. I will return just to eat a whole sandwich myself!

I spotted the dessert special in the kitchen as we were waiting for a table. The berry trifle had pretty layers of cream, sponge cake and juicy berries – summer distilled in a glass!

We returned home with a seeded baguette to make garlic bread for dinner.

The owner, Leslie Mackie, wrote ‘This is bread that celebrates the tradition of breaking bread with family and friends.’ I wholeheartedly agree.

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