Cafe presse

Cafe Presse logo, red quill feather on a yellow diamond with the word PRESSE is very recognizable for French people. It is the neon sign for “Presse store” everywhere in France and most of the time you can find at the same place, with newspapers and magazines, a bar or coffee Place.

In Seattle, you can go to Cafe Presse for breakfast, brunch, dinner, for watching international and often european soccer games, or just drink a coffee. You can also go there to buy some “presse” at the news stand. Last time, I bought an issue of Elle à Table, a French cooking magazine. Here is the list of titles they sell:

We went there last Saturday, the day after Paris attacks, in a search of a French atmosphere to alleviate our sad mood and the feeling we had to be so far from France and the city we have lived in for more than 20 years.


It was a cold day and I had a soup but my kids and husband had Croque Monsieur or Croque Madame. They are always good and not as cheese-heavy as at some other places in town.

By the way, do you know the difference between a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame ?  Croque monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese and when topped with a fried egg it is a Croque Madame.

Here is a little story: a long time ago, we went to a restaurant with our kids. My husband ordered a Croque Monsieur (Mr.), I ordered a croque Madame (Mrs.). My daughter, who was 3 at that time, with her little but firm voice, said:  “I would like a Croque Fille!” which means “girl”. Isn’t that cute?


I like the room with the bar that looks like a real Café Presse in France. There is a patio in front of the restaurant. Oriented southeast, it is a fantastic place to hang out when the sun shines.

Café Presse  1117 12th Ave


Brunch at the Fat Hen

Fat Hen is a casual little restaurant in a residential neighborhood between Phinney Ridge and Ballard. The Pantry, Delancey Pizza, and Saint Honoré Bakery are across the street.


The first time I went there with a friend, it was on a gloomy fall day and we liked the brightness of  the space.


The menu is short and features mainly Toasts on Levain Bread, Eggs Benedict and Baked Eggs.

We went there twice and all dishes we had were very simple but really well done and very tasty.

Eggs benedict with avocado and salad
Baked eggs with mozzarella, tomato sauce, sausage, and basil.
Eggs Benedict with Chanterelles and potatoes
Avocado and pepper flakes on levain bread

The place is really small, so even on a week day be prepared to wait or come early.

You can have a coffee or a piece of cake while your wait. We shared a slice of citrus tea cake that was fantastic.


Open Tues-Sun from 8am through 3pm.

The Fat Hen  1418 NW 70th St


Eggs Benedict and Pancakes

We have been going to this place for 8 years now and nothing has changed. They have served the same traditional american breakfast/brunch menu for years. This is not a fancy place, but I like the very casual and family ambiance and the always friendly staff.

Be aware that portions are huge! My order is always the same: Eggs Benedict and Pancakes!

Call ahead to put your name on the list: 425-827-7575

Original Pancake House130 Parkplace Center, Kirkland