Empire seems like it’s just a coffee shop inside of a narrow renovated garage. But it’s actually much more than that - they serve some excellent food that’s way better than refrigerated breakfast burritos and sad muesli bowls. We’d be happy coming in every morning for their powdered sugar and lime-topped Belgian waffles, and the plant-based focaccia breakfast panini with Field Roast sausage, spicy cayenne “cheese,” and basil pesto. As far as coffee goes, spend the extra buck for their creamy homemade cashew milk.
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Want to have a big night in? Desperately need to stock your pantry? Here are some takeout options to make social distancing suck less.
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Lil Red Takeout & Catering
Lil Red Takeout & Catering is an excellent Jamaican restaurant in Columbia City that serves some of the best soul food in town.
Emerald City Fish and Chips
This Columbia City spot serves excellent fried seafood, including crab puppies and fish and chips.
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Saigon Deli is a classic Vietnamese spot in the University District that serves pho and traditional banh mi.
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Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
Mr. West Cafe Bar
Mr. West Cafe is an attractive espresso bar and all day cafe with substantial food downtown.
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