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Service with a smile made even better when this zesty homemade soup crosses your lips. YUM!
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Business in the Front, Party in the Back at the Kirkland Ford Cafe

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© Siiri Sampson 2011.
Service with a smile made even better when this zesty homemade soup crosses your lips. YUM!
Everybody loves a secret. What is it about knowing some seemingly fascinating piece of information that other people don't that makes you giddy? Whatever causes that giddiness is undoubtedly that same "je ne sais quoi" that makes you blurt out those secrets--usually to the first person you see after you've heard said secret. Well, we're not immune to this behavior, and we've got one of the best secrets we've uncovered in a while as far as the Eastside is concerned. We're chomping at the bit to spill the beans, so let us bend your ear.

The Kirkland Ford Cafe (11800 124th Ave. N.E.), just off of Highway 405 in Kirkland, is nestled among the suburban strip malls and shopping plazas. Ford dealerships are a dime a dozen all across America, but how many of them have a tiny cafe hidden in the back corner with the fabulous Deanne cooking up a surprise daily special from scratch with a smile? Just this one. A tiny sign on the side of the building says "Cafe" with an arrow, but that's where the help ends. After circling both buildings almost twice, we finally realized they're trying to keep it hidden from outsiders, but that's no match for our investigative skills.

This one-woman powerhouse churns out a full-length breakfast starting at 7 a.m., toasting breakfast sandwiches and sending that wonderful skillet scent wafting through the dealership. If you can't make breakfast by 10:30, fear not, lunch isn't far behind. Deanne's back on track with a different lunch special every day starting at 11:45.

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© Siiri Sampson 2011.
Made with love, this toasted club is piled high and reminds me of the tasty delights my grandma used to make.
All the sandwiches and salads are fantastic, and while we were there, an ongoing stream of customers funneled in and out of the little nook ordering all sorts of treats. But by far, the crowd favorite is the daily special. Lucky us, that day special happened to be the "Spicy (but not too spicy) Chicken Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwich" ($5). This piping-hot, mammoth bowl of Southwestern soup is topped with melty strips of cheddar and a healthy dollop of sour cream. Keeping it company is the ever-faithful grilled cheese oozing with more cheddar. How can this be only five dollars?!

If you're more interested in a solo sandwich, take a bite out of Deanne's California Turkey Sandwich ($4.50, $5.50 with chips and a drink), with huge cuts of roasted turkey breast, sizzling bacon, Swiss, chunks of avocado, tomato, onion, and ranch dressing. Whatever you end up getting, you're going to be satisfied, and enticed by the idea of tomorrow's special. It's always something different and homemade. Asked what she'd be making tomorrow, she nonchalantly replied, "Oh, I was thinking roast beef with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy." Yeah, no big deal, it's just what most people only make when their in-laws come over! Can you say delicious?! We'll be back--and now that we've shared our secret with all Seattle, we're assuming there'll be a longer line. It's cool, we'll wait.

 
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