The place was buzzing with the smell of freshly ground coffee beans, and cherry blossoms stuck in glass jars adorned beyond-gorgeous wood tables. I wanted to pull out my laptop, or grab a book and settle in for an hour or two. Short on time, I waited on Priya to arrive, ordered a "cup" of coffee and a chocolate cookie. A word of advice ~ if you are serving a naturally gluten free item, like this delicious flourless chocolate cookie, perhaps you should call it a Flourless Chocolate Cookie instead of Gluten Free Chocolate Cookie. Thoughts?
I loved the community table at the center of the cafe. While sitting at the table with Priya, the gentleman across from us, seemingly of European decent, struck up a conversation with us and suggested a few cocktail lounges/bars to visit in the area. Priya - we still need to go!
The array of baked goods in the display case was quite appetizing. I decided to go for a Gluten Free Chocolate Cookie, which I think should be renamed to a Flourless Chocolate Cookie. The cookie was thin, dense, and chocolaty rich. It reminded me of the cookies sold at the Apple Pie Bakery at the Culinary Institute of America. The top was lightly crackled. I could've had eaten another one, but shared the one I had with Priya, instead.
Next time you are in the area, skip the overpopulated, big-name corporate coffee shops, and stop at Arabica Lounge instead.
1550 E Olive Way
(between Denny Way and Summit Ave)
Seattle, WA 98102
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am - 10 pm; Sat-Sun 9 am - 9 pm
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