November 26, 2009
We were thrilled when the Four Seasons Seattle announced that Fonté Coffee Roasters would join Fran’s Chocolates in the single remaining retail space fronting First Avenue.
Although we’d checked out the warm, inviting coffee shop cum cafe by peering into its plate-glass windows and peeking at the menu, we’d never even stopped in for coffee or a glass of wine.
So we finally remedied that situation one morning when we popped in for Sunday brunch. We were greeted by several fellow diners, along with lots of people who stopped by for take-away coffees.
Here’s my Northwest Garden Omelet with Fresh Vegetables, Cheddar, and Grilled Artisan Bread. I like that the portion was well prepared and filled with a wide array of gently sautéed veggies, just the right size of one person, and cost just $8. And that my grapefruit juice was fresh-squeezed and Spencer’s decaf Americano was rich, round, and robust–not weak and watery as so many of them have been about town lately (even Starbucks).
The recipe was crafted by Chef Jason Wilson of Crush; the wine list by managed by Tysan Dussan, formerly of The Herbfarm, so Fonté’s pedigree is strong.
According to a recent press release, “Fonté’s happy hour menu, served daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., offers a wide selection of $3 drink and food selections, including Fonté Sangria, Spiced Lamb Burger Sliders, and Mini Pork Sandwiches with Bleu Cheese on Mini Brioche. Sounds like a deal to me.