On sunny spring days, the petite patio in front of Cafe Barjot (the sibling restaurant to Wylie Bush’s Joe Bar, just up the hill) beckons. There, I meet a friend for tartine (open-faced sandwiches) made with toasted Grand Central Bakery peasant bread—my favorite of which is the sweet shrimp salad with garden carrots and seaweed ($9), served alongside a bright, crunchy salad in a citrusy vinaigrette.
Maybe we indulge in a rare midday luxury: a glass of French rosé or a bracing dry cider from Dragon’s Head on Vashon Island. With colorful café tables, neighborhood dog- and people-watching, and an out-of-the-way Capitol Hill address (in the light, airy former Chico Madrid space) where the parking is not overly crazy-making, Barjot is just right for an urban picnic, even on a weekday. Capitol Hill, 711 Bellevue Ave. E; 206.457.5424; barjotseattle.com.