In the grand scheme of things, I feel there are few ways to annoy a person more quickly or thoroughly than by introducing them to something you know they will love, and then promptly making that thing categorically impossible to obtain. Take, for example, your favorite pair of jeans. Of which, I hope you purchased more than one pair. Because by the time you wear them out and have to go back to the store for round two, the style (and/or entire brand of denim) will have been discontinued. Start over!
Facebook: Cafe Weekend
Café Weekend, in the North Rainier Valley, is a little space I am quite taken with. A unique collection of handcrafted knickknacks, photo books, and locally-made candies stand in cheery ranks along the wood shelving. Giant windows let light flood into the tiny cafe and settle on an espresso machine, ready and waiting for your order... the only problem? It's never open.
This is, of course, an exaggeration. Café Weekend is sometimes open. Just typically not while I am trying to visit. The ensuing frustration is exacerbated by the fact that their store sign, the one that never changes, the one that marks their cafe's location on the building, says "Come in, we're open!" And then... they aren't. It is frequently tragic.
Last Saturday, I decided to be determined. I would get my weekend visit to the Café . I would not be thwarted again. So, I got up early(er than I sometimes do), I looked up the cafe hours, and I left my house with plenty of time to spare. Not too difficult, since they were supposed to be open until 2:00.
I arrived at 11:00, just to be safe, and triumphantly found the door unlocked. Inside, there was one barista on duty, and no other customers loitering around. Upon approach, the ambience strongly suggested Stumptown coffee's would be the brew of choice. Light wood paneling, light-hearted pen-and-ink decor, and the surprise discovery of Caffe Vita on bar instead.
Café Weekend does Vita's coffee well, most particularly in the mocha arena. In addition to assorted non-dairy milk options, Café Weekend is one of few in town to offer a vegan chocolate for their beverages, which they get to using a base of dry cocoa from Theo's, prepared as syrup in house. The dark, heavy flavor of Vita's espresso against the unusual richness of the chocolate works exceptionally well.
Favorite of all the cafe's features however -- coffee, chocolate, and books aside... yes, I did just say that - is the window seating. Which, unlike many cafe window bars, was actually designed with functionality in mind: you can set your laptop down, open it all the way up, and even put your drink in front of it without running into the window. Brilliant! (One could possibly even blog there.)
Curious about visiting? Here are the hours and location, so that you (unlike me) can successfully find the door unlocked on your first attempt.
Café Weekend, 851 Hiawatha Place South. Open 7:30am-1:00pm Monday-Friday, and on Saturday from 8:00am-2:00pm.