Settling into my chair at Easy Street Cafe, it’s hard to ignore the feeling that I am happy – really, really happy to be here. Easy Street Cafe is one of my favorite neighborhood places to grab a cup of coffee, get a hearty NW breakfast, and listen to great music.
This iconic Seattle cafe reminds me of a particular time of my life that remains close to my heart – when Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Alice and Chains were all fresh on the scene. It's fitting that it dominates a busy intersection in West Seattle – a last hold out to what Seattle was like a half-generation ago.
There is no question, this café is special. After all, how many spaces have hosted live concerts by Pearl Jam and Mudhoney? This space rocks of pure authentic Seattle.
The coffee is poured by friendly, experienced and unpretentious baristas against a backdrop of thousands of CDs and records, music promos, and nostalgic posters of music greats.
The menu itself is terrific – an homage to past American greats like Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash that makes picking your breakfast fun. My favorite pick is the Easy Rider – a thick bacon breakfast sandwich with a side of golden crispy hash browns. Though I'm always up for their amazing breakfast burritos.
The Easy Street Cafe grew out of Easy Street Records on the corner of California Avenue and Alaska Street, which has been around for about twenty years.
The café, itself, was opened in 1999 when the neighboring business went out of business making it possible for Easy Street to expand. For more on the history of the cafe, you can read it here. Since then, the cafe has been serving Seattle locals tasty coffee and hosting amazing music sessions and signings.(They serve Caffe Vita Beans)
Only when coming here, will you see why this place is a local town favorite for Seattleites.
With friendly baristas, great music, awesome food, and a colorful history, this place is among my favorites in all of Seattle. If you haven't been and you have been wandering around town looking for the iconic Seattle spot to get coffee – Easy Street Cafe should be on your list.
For more information, visit Easy Street Records and Cafe's Website.
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