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.
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.
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
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
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