Hungry for an informal and delicious brunch, but you’ve already enjoyed most breakfast places between Wallingford and Wedgwood? Jaunt across the University Bridge to explore the Eastlake breakfast joint 14 Carrot Cafe.
14 CARROT CAFE, this season’s Store to Adore, bucks the trend of social media and relies instead on word-of-mouth and neighborhood newsletters like Eastlake News and this here 4 to Explore.org. When we asked why they have no website, they said, “We are super old school, so we have little online presence. We just serve anything you can possibly imagine for breakfast.” Well said, When you have anything you can possibly imagine, who need’s an online menu?!
Written on their actual menu is some of their story: “The 14 Carrot Cafe nests in the historical Hines Public Market building on the Eastside of Lake Union.” With so much being demolished in Seattle by new real estate developments, our need to appreciate and preserve the city’s history is becoming more urgent. 14 Carrot Cafe says, “Enjoy an organic breakfast and lunch with a side of Seattle history.”
14 Carrot Café opened 41 years ago in 1977 when the new Seattle Mariners first played in the new Kingdome, George Lucas blew our minds with the first Star Wars film (yes, I know it’s Episode IV) and the top songs included Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Night” and Debbie Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.”
As the brighter spring weather encourages more exploration, head down to Eastlake for a family brunch at 14 Carrot Café:
- LOCATION: 2305 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
- HOURS: Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat/Sun 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- MENU WITH ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE FOR BREAKFAST? Yes.
- UNIQUE SESEME SEED (TAHINI) FRENCH TOAST? Duh.
Northeast Seattle breakfast places featured by 4toExplore.org over the past 5 years:
- Bluestar Cafe & Pub (Wallingford)
- Bryant Corner Cafe & Bakery (Bryant)
- Burgermaster (near U Village)
- Cloud City Coffee & Cafe (Maple Leaf)
- Portage Bay Cafe (Roosevelt & U District)
- Vios at Third Place Books (Ravenna)
But we want to hear from you, so please let us know your favorite breakfast place in Northeast Seattle. Contact our family at alex@4toExplore.org
Sadly, the beloved Louisa’s Cafe/Bakery/Bar, which operated for 20 years, closed. Echoing the burdens small businesses face in neighborhoods throughout Seattle — including higher taxes and disruption from street projects — the owner of Louisa’s told the Seattle Times, “The business just couldn’t support the costs to continue”. The final entry on Yelp said, “Louisa’s will be missed. And its closure was a shock to the immediate neighborhood.” The new eatery in that space is The Otter Bar & Burger.
Because Eastlake is sandwiched between lovely Lake Union and I-5, the quality of life for existing residents and businesses is often put at risk by short-sighted city “planning” that allows over-development without adequate transit and parking.