Food & Drink

Seven underrated Cap Hill spots you need to know about

Published On 05/20/2013 Published On 05/20/2013
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1. Speckled & Drake 1355 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Sure, duck hunting would be wayyy cooler if the zapper worked on that bastard laughing dog, but apparently it's already cool enough to inspire the names of not one, but two drinking establishments opened by the same Seattle-native: Cap Hill's Speckled & Drake, and one called Duck Duck that you've likely never been to since -- like the dog on the two-dimensional 8-bit NES game -- it's in Flatbush.

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2. Slate Coffee Roasters 1408-1412 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

With outposts across the Emerald City, Slate Coffee's a bistro-esque, boutique coffee shop serving strong and flavorful espresso for serious coffee drinkers. The Ballard operation might be tiny but it's worth trying to snag a spot by the windows and relax on a lazy weekend day. Sample the signature drink, "deconstructed" espresso with milk, or try a tasting flight with three different varieties of coffee served in wine glasses, because Slate's fancy like that.

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3. Scratch Deli 400 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105

From a former Whole Foods butcher comes this converted taco trailer that's serving up a combination of deli staples and creative ethnic-inspired dishes. Old-school favorites run the gamut from a cheesesteak with braised chicken & bleu cheese to pulled pork.

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4. Totokaelo Man 1523 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

At last, Totokaelo has opened a store for men. This sprawling store is beneath the original, and doesn't disappoint with its huge collection of designer clothing, shoes, and accessories, with options that include Rick Owens, Jil Sander, Margiela, and APC.

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5. Alive and Well 705A E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Run by the owner of 95 Slide (a chill dive conveniently across the street), this sleek skate shop stocks stylish sneaks, tees, and other gear from big brands (Huf, Adidas, Nike SB), along with their own house label and lesser-knowns, like Waters & Army. Frequent & fun events -- video premieres, in-stores with designers and celebs (Raekwon!) -- make this a spot you'll definitely want to re-visit.

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6. John John's Game Room 1351 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98122

John John's is an old bi-level café that the owners have stocked with vintage arcade games and covered with '80s-era decor. Game options include the classic themed pinballs and, for the more nostalgic gamers, a ton of 16-bit games like Street Fighter and Pac-Man. But not everything here is designed for the kid in you, oh no: they've got premium malt liquor, tall boys, and enough beer to make you wanna waste your spare change at an arcade... oh, wait.