In a room nearly as lofty as it is deep, with polished concrete floors and light pouring in through east-facing windows, laptop jockeys and lunchers share space at a honed wood table carved out of a cross-section of a tree. Stumptown coffee is on offer, along with assorted sandwiches and salads. The best one I tried was the lox—lush, soft and buttery—with a lemon-caper aioli and pickled red onions. The chicken salad is very good, too, with hand-pulled meat, leaves of tarragon and crunchy radish.
But even though the place isn’t busy enough to warrant it, all of the potentially great sandwiches are made early in the day and put into a refrigerator; cold bread plus cold fillings equals sandwiches that aren’t as good as they should be. Everything else, however—from the fine espresso to the out-of-the-way, decidedly uncorporate air—is.
Breakfast and lunch daily. Downtown Bellevue near the library, 1015 108th Ave. NE; 425.633.2362; cafecesura.com ¢