Seattle >Food & Dining > 14 Carrot Cafe (The)
2305 Eastlake Ave E, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.639944 -122.326055
7a.m.-3p.m. Monday-Friday; 7a.m.-4p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Neighborhoods: Eastlake, Lake Union
Sourdough pancakes are to die for! – I recently visited 14 Carrot Cafe while in Seattle and loved it. My friend suggested the place and hyped it up so much that I wasn't sure what to expect. I am here to say that it lived up to the hype.
The food was flavorful, service was friendly and the prices were very reasonable. I had the standard Two Eggs breakfast with bacon and felt it was the best bacon I've had in a long time. My friend ordered the sourdough pancakes and shared them with me. They melt in your mouth! A third friend ordered one of the specialty omelets (I don't remember which one) and he also thought it was incredible. We stopped many times during our meal to say "this is the best"!
It's a family run business with a good vibe. I've already passed on a recommendation to my sister who will be moving there soon. Love it!
Not worth wading through all the smokers outside – The long wait outside among all the smokers from the adjacent office buildings wasn't worth it - gave up and went elsewhere.
TERRIBLE!!!!! – My girlfriends and I went in for breakfast and I immediately thought "stinky,kind of run down". We stood there for a couple of minutes and no good morning, I'll be with you in a minute. It was "you can sit any where." The waitress looked like she literally crawled out of bed not to mention she was eating at the table across from us. She brings us our food. It wasn't good and I had a hair in it! GROSS! She did take it off of the menu which made up for the rest of the poor service. I will never eat there again and will tell people how unprofessional it was for them to send a man running out behind me asking why I didn't leave her a tip!? Who leaves a tip for poor service and hair in their food?! They need to call Restaraunt Makeover on the Food Network!!!!!!!!!!!
THE WORST! – My husband and I ate here once and will never go back. I am not a picky eater at all- I will eat most anything and be happy. When I think of this place I get nautious.....seriously. It was the most disgusting place I have ever been to. My husband got some special that was a turkey benedict. It came out with a burnt english muffin, with turkey deli meat, and a milky sauce (not hollandaise) that was all cold. I can't remember what I got, but I do remember I took 2 bites and I was done (the first time in my life not finishing my breakfast!) It was soooo bad. We still joke about it to this day because it was such a bad experience.
Don't leave anything behind – There is an interesting "lost and found" system in operation at this restaurant. I left my friend's birthday present under our table and came back two days later to find that it had indeed been found and put behind the counter. But it was no longer there. The beer (personally carried back from Australia, and unavailable in the US) had been drunk and the other items discarded. If it had been taken by another customer, well OK, but to actually have been rescued, only to have been stolen by a staff member is just a little disappointing. The food has always been a little bland, and the espresso bar outside overpriced. So I was looking for an excuse not to go back. I have asked the manager to institute a simple "found item" policy - it is called "keep it for a reasonable length of time, be reasonable, and then give it to your staff".
An Eastlake outpost offers up good-enough grub and soothing environs. – In Short
A typical Seattle neighborhood breakfast joint where young couples, families and groups of friends gather in an airy double storefront for diner grub. The clientele is fashionably disheveled, especially at weekend breakfast. The fried potatoes are piled with cheese, sour cream and salsa and the Tahitian toast is stuffed with creamy tahini before grilling. Both cinnamon rolls and coffee cake are sweet additions.
mediocre food, aloof service – Is it wrong of me to assume that here in Seattle where fresh salmon is practically a religion, when the menu says salmon benedict, they would use real salmon? The salmon benedict was made with canned salmon that tasted like the can, the salmon cakes weren't even done all the way through, they were soggy in the middle.
We were there for well over 40 minutes and the waitress never came back except to give us the check, no refills on our drinks. When I asked for a to go box - so I could take my "salmon" home for my cat - she heaved this great sigh of exasperation, rolled her eyes like a petulant teenager, and went to get it. And the place wasn't even half full.
If I were in Kansas City and I got canned salmon, I could accept that. But in Seattle, during salmon season, and at a price of $14 for breakfast, I think its reasonable to expect real salmon. And any time, any where, at any price, one should expect polite service.
My favorite breakfast place – I go here almost every Sunday with my boyfriend for breakfast. The girls who work there are fantastic (even when they're grumpy). They always accomodate our quirky food requests and let us order off the menu. The food is always delicious. They have perfect pancakes/ waffles/hashbrowns/ blintzes/ eggs, although I've never tried their non-breakfast foods. The only bad thing is if we get there before 1pm there is a bit of a wait.
Mediocre food & poor service – I used to eat breakfast at this place once a week and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went back a few months ago and was very unhappy with the quality of the food. I've been back twice since then and had equally unsatisfying experiences. Not only was the food quality poor, but the service was awful. I respectfully asked the waitress a clarification question about an ingredient that the menu said came in my scramble and she was less than helpful. I asked the owner the same question and she resolved the situation but only begrudgingly. I'm disappointed that a restaurant I used to love has gone so far downhill. I would recommend staying away from this one. Louisa's down the street would be a better bet... or better yet, Blue Star on 45th and Stone Way.
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