Casual Fare at Madison Kitchen

By Seattle Mag July 29, 2013


This article originally appeared in the August 2013 issue of Seattle magazine.

Pops of poppy orange, new banquette seating and an airiness are hallmarks of the Madison Kitchen, which lives in the spruced-up Madison Park locale where the dim, crowded Park Place Deli spent many years. Here, neighbors stop in for coffee and a scone—one of the most tender in memory, with blueberries, lemon zest and a crunchy sugared exterior ($2.95)—or sit and stay for the unexpectedly good sandwiches, among them the roasted eggplant on Macrina sourdough with a seductive swath of basil aioli and roasted red peppers ($9.25). Even better: the breakfast egg sandwich, with its tender Macrina potato roll, bacon, arugula and egg cooked to your liking ($8.95). Say hello to the salad case. I dare you to point and choose with your eyes closed from among the six or seven daily varieties ($6.95 and $8.95)—roasted chicken with tarragon; broccoli with dried cranberries, red onion and bacon; butternut squash, brown rice, sautéed kale with maple-balsamic vinaigrette—because you can’t go wrong; they’re all better than delicious. There are take-home portions of the knockout mac and cheese ($7.95) or the tender turkey meatloaf ($8.25), too. The only catch: You’ll just have to look beyond the sometimes standoffish service. It’s worth it; the place is a gem. Tue.–Fri. 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–3 p.m. 4122 E Madison St.; 206.557.4640;


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