The layer cakes and cupcakes at Deep Sea Sugar And Salt are on the pricier side ($45 for a small cake), but they’re beautifully done and have interesting flavor combinations like pistachio with salt syrup/lemon curd or cornmeal with figs/balsamic curd/orange cream. The best one, however, is the London Fog. It’s an earl grey cake with earl grey honey syrup, bergamot mascarpone cream, and cream cheese frosting. Basically, it tastes like you’re drinking a cup of tea with sweetened cream. If you don’t feel like lining up before they open to buy slices a la carte, you can order a whole cake - just make sure to do it at least seven days in advance or two weeks if you want to be safe.
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The Woods, a beer and cider bar attached to Two Beers Brewing in Georgetown, has lots of games and great pub snacks from Bread & Circuses.
Fonda La Catrina
If you end up in Georgetown needing sit-down Mexican, you have little choice but to go to La Catrina. It’s not the best, but the tamales are good.
Lowercase Brewing is a fun taproom with great homemade beer, light snacks, and board games.
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Ghost Alley Espresso
Ignore the gross gum wall in Pike Place and make your way to Ghost Alley Espresso for interesting lattes and much fewer tourists.
Eastern Cafe is a coffee shop in the International District that serves beer, wine, sandwiches, and crepes.
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Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
Deru Market is part farm-to-table restaurant, part classy deli in Kirkland, and you need their cake.
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