I've been an Essential bread buyer for years, but when I go to their airy cafe in Madison Valley (there's another Essential cafe in Wallingford),

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Best Reason to Go to Essential Bakery Cafe (Besides the Bread)

The Essential Bakery Cafe

I've been an Essential bread buyer for years, but when I go to their airy cafe in Madison Valley (there's another Essential cafe in Wallingford), my foremost thoughts are not about the bread. Instead, I dwell on the produce. Essential makes some of the freshest salads in town, and I once had there the sweetest cherry tomato I've ever tasted. The produce comes from a popular Seattle warehouse, not any special local farm, according to Neil Palmer, manager of the Madison Valley cafe. Still, he says, "We try to get organic." It pays off. A small salad makes a perfect lunch, and you don't even have to forgo bread, since it comes with crunchy, olive oil–brushed flatbread.—Nina Shapiro 2719 E. Madison St.,

 
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