Food & Culture

New Hangouts on Capitol Hill

Following the renovation of Capitol Hill’s historic Oddfellows building, myriad new shops, restauran

By Sarai Dominguez August 8, 2011


This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Following the renovation of Capitol Hill’s historic Oddfellows building, myriad new shops, restaurants and hangouts have opened their doors along three hot blocks of Pine Street, between 11th Avenue and Broadway. This hip microhood is fit for both day jaunts and late-night outings; here, you’ll find the street that never sleeps.



>> Just north of Pine on Nagle, the area’s newest eatery caters to late-night diners. Sit down at the simple and elegant Cure (1641 Nagle Place; 206.568.5475; for artisan breads and cheeses, cocktails or wine and “The Sandwich,” a mouthwatering combination of mortadella pork and pecorino cheese (photo at right).

>> Street-food fanatics adore the first permanent location of famed taco truck Rancho Bravo Tacos (1001 E Pine St.; 206.322.9399;, which took over an old KFC building three years ago.

>> Inside the Oddfellows building, Oddfellows Café and Bar (1525 10th Ave.; 206.325.0807;, is the shabby-chic Americana brainchild of Linda Derschang that goes from coffeehouse/bakery during the day to full-bar, full-service restaurant at night.

>> Get your sweet-tooth fix at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop (917 E Pine St.; 206.708.7947;, where—with flavors like Theo chocolate and salted caramel—you’d better opt for two scoops.

>> Upstairs, satisfy your appetite at the sleek, sexy Tin Table (915 E Pine St.; 206.320.8458;, open until 1 a.m. for late night snacking.


 >> Karyn Schwartz’s modern-day apothecary, Sugarpill (900 E Pine St.; 206.322.7455;; see photo below), stocks an array of bulk medicinal herbs, culinary spices and loose-leaf teas. Open since February, the eclectic and fragrant shop is a one-stop spot for Ballard Honey, cocktail bitters and sweet hostess gifts, such as a 10-ounce bag of vintage Merlot-infused seasoning salt ($13.50). 

>> Bright and cheery mercantile NuBe Green (921 E Pine St.; 206.402.4515; sells only American-made housewares, furniture, clothing and accessories (including favorites like Ricicli children’s clothing, Alchemy Goods bags and the surprisingly comfortable wooden boxed patchwork club chair).

>> Around the corner, the spacious, airy new Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave.; 206.624.6600; has loads of titles to dig through.

>> Artists will find quality canvases, brushes and paints of all colors for economical prices at 18-month-old Blick Art Materials (1600 Broadway; 206.324.0750;  


 >> Put your heart into your partying by renting a Japanese-style karaoke room. Spaces are available for groups of two to 35 at the new Rockbox (1603 Nagle Place; 206.302.7625;, where small bites and drinks from the bar will keep you eating, sipping and crooning until the wee hours of the morning.

>> Dance the night away at Century Ballroom (915 E Pine St.; 206.324.7263; Owner Hallie Kuperman offers $5 salsa lessons an hour before the floor opens to dancing queens and kings of all skill levels every Saturday night.


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