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Big Breakfast Plates at Couzin’s Cafe

Bellevue has some fancy places to enjoy breakfast, but sometimes you just want to grab some grub. You know what I’m talking about. Not flashy, hip, chic or modern. Sometimes a tiny waffle on a plank of wood just won’t cut it. That’s why during our last Jet City meeting shop meeting, we went to Couzin’s Cafe in Kirkland (what better way to discuss the business of fixing iPhones & iPads for people than over a stack of pancakes and a bottomless coffee).

Sure, it isn’t in Bellevue, but it’s not that far either. Plus, You’ll be hard pressed to find this sort of eatery in a city that houses the Bravern and Microsoft. The unassuming cafe sits right off NE 85th ave., next to Pub 85. A mere 15 minute drive from Jet City’s Bellevue store. If you blink, you’ll miss it, and I’m guessing that’s how the locals like it. You won’t find crowds of youngsters or large families piling in here. This is a real working class diner. “Shut up, and eat,” but with a smile.

You won’t find crowds of youngsters or large families piling in here.

The first thing I noticed was Couzin’s extensive selection of pancakes. Actually, that’s not true. The first thing I noticed was the cool fork-person holding the salt and pepper shakers, then the pancakes. Blueberry pancakes, banana pancakes, chocolate chip, and coconut pancakes. You want it: they probably have it. They all come in threes, and they’re all huge. You’ve been warned.

We ordered a cinnamon roll which is large enough to share with a friend, or just big enough to feel really good/guilty for enjoying it alone. The service was friendly and fast. My coffee mug, despite my best efforts, never dropped below half full (I’m the optimistic type). The dedicated coffee station next to our table was not only quaint and charming, but also ensured that everyone in the dining room would have the hottest coffee in an instant. I burnt my tongue.

The food was big and delicious. The place was cozy and warm. The bill was not very high. If you’re heading in to get your phone fixed, and you’re looking for a big plate of greasy spoon comfort food, consider stopping by Couzin’s Cafe in Kirkland. And get the cinnamon roll. You’ll thank me for it.

The service was friendly and fast.

Lincoln Park Staff

Kick the New Year’s Resolutions to the Curb. It’s Doughnut Time.

Hey, neighbors!

While setting up the new Jet City Device Repair location in Bellevue, we thought there was no better way to become acquainted with the city than stuffing our faces with delicious fried dough from Top Pot Doughnuts. Top Pot is a great place for our customers to grab a cup of coffee and a snack while we fix their iPhones and iPads. If you find yourself in Bellevue for any reason, you should stop by and enjoy some hot coffee, house-made sandwiches, and, of course, a doughnut or five.

Nestled at the base of the western residential tower at Washington Square is one of the doughnut chain’s over 20 locations. And what a gorgeous location it is. The cafe has a way of urging you to slow down and enjoy the simple things life has to offer. Inside, you’ll find all the classic trappings of a Top Pot cafe. I love the vintage eatery/library feel that Top Pot has crafted. To me, it’s the perfect blend of working class and sophistication. It’s warm, comfortable and extremely inviting. Whether you’re grabbing doughnuts on the go or settling in to get some work done, it’s always a joy stepping into the store and stepping back in time.

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While getting your doughnut fix, you’re bound to see some cool football memorabilia. Like a signed Russell Wilson jersey and, of course, a few 12 flags. They are the official doughnut of the Seattle Seahawks, after all. If children’s music is your thing (and why wouldn’t it be?), musician Caspar Babypants makes regular appearances here. Pick up his CD inside or visit his site to learn when you can catch his next free live show. We can be banana bread!

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Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good doughnut every so often, but I LOVE me some hot coffee. Perhaps the underappreciated hero of the cafe’s menu, Top Pot puts just as much effort into their coffee as they do they doughnuts. Their coffee is sustainably grown and hand-roasted in small batches. They aren’t kidding when they say “Hand-forged Doughnuts & Coffee.” The full-service coffee shop offers everything from delicious drip to an Ovaltine latte. They also have an Ovaltine cream doughnut to pair it with. Prepare for the nostalgia bomb.

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Whether you’re in town shopping or you live here in Bellevue, you owe it to yourself to stop by our local doughnut shop. I know it’s still January, and we’re all still desperately clinging to those New Year’s resolutions (I’m looking at you, running shoes), but treat yo’self. For real. Slow down a bit. Grab a doughnut and a hot cup of coffee and enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures.

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