Like Victrola before it, Fuel opened on a commercial strip that unaccountably lacked an independent coffeehouse, and it immediately became the favorite place of everyone within walking distance—including The Stranger editor Dan Savage, who talked the place up in his column. Despite the name, Fuel is less frenetic than the central Capitol Hill coffeehouses; all of its locations cater to local regulars. In addition to Vita coffee, Fuel serves handheld High 5 fruit pies made by owner Dani Cone—they’re like the Hostess fruit pies of our youth, only good. Cone also wrote the book on Seattle coffee culture, literally: Tall Skinny Bitter came out in 2009.
Serves Caffe Vita beans; free wi-fi
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