Food We Love: Tartines at Cafe Barjot

This neighborhood Capitol Hill escape is perfect for spring days

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;