A sleepy part of Capitol Hill just scored a trio of locally owned food-centric spots that are about to become some of your favorite places to take the kids. Meet neighborhood cafe Tallulah’s and its neighbors, general store Cone & Steiner and cookie (and ice cream!) shop Hello Robin. Any one of the three justify a visit, but put them together and you’ve got yourself a weekend outing you’ll like as much as your little ones.

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Tallulah’s
Linda Derschang (who’s launched a slew of restaurants/watering holes on the Hill, including Oddfellows, Smith and Bait Shop) opened Tallulah’s last December in a bright, airy corner space in the new 19th & Mercer Building. Named after Derschang’s adult daughter Tallulah Anderson, the eatery is jam-packed at night and doesn’t take reservations for small groups. While it’s a good add to your date night list, the time to go with the kids is during weekend brunch, which gets going at 9 a.m. You’ll find the place filled with as many families as couples, with a kid’s menu featuring reasonably priced options like oversized slices of cinnamon toast, sweet grits with maple butter and a single, monster-sized pancake that’s so delicious it manages to get better with every bite.

550 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112

206-860-0077
Online: aneighborhoodcafe.com

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Cone & Steiner
Cone & Steiner is a general store that sells everything from single pencils and glue sticks to produce and giftables like good soap and Mason jar candles. Owners Dani Cone (Fuel, High 5 Pie,) Josh Henderson (Skillet, Hollywood Tavern, Westward) and Jon Milazzo and Lori Pomeranz (Retrofit Home) have created a specialty shop that’s inviting and appealing for all ages. You’ll find wine, microbrews, and grab-and-go meals, but kids will be drawn to the oversized glass jars filled with candy that’s sold by the pound.

532 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112
206-582-1928
Online: coneandsteiner.com

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Hello Robin
Robin Wehl Martin opened her bakeshop at the tail end of 2013. In addition to kid-approved molasses or birthday cake cookies with sprinkles you’ll find palate-expanding concoctions including sweet onion and pecan. But it gets better: Hello Robin includes a seasonal Molly Moon’s ice cream window (at last check it will be open May through September) with pints available year-round. Ice cream sandwiches, anyone?

522 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98112
206-735-7970
Online: hellorobincookies.com

Have you visited these new hot spots on Capitol Hill? We’d love to hear about your experiences in a comment below. 

-Sara Billups

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