Category Archives: Food & Drink

Lake City Starbucks moved into trailer during remodel


The Starbucks Coffee on Lake City Way near NE 120th Street has moved into a small trailer as the store kicks off a major remodel.

The coffee shop can be a buzzing spot some evenings, with dozens of people camped in the location’s comfortable chairs, doing school work, using the Wi-Fi or socializing.

But the seating area is now a few outdoor chairs under umbrellas in what used to be the parking lot. A chain link fence surrounds the store as construction crews take over the location.

Walk up and drive up service continues at the location, but the comfortable atmosphere is now a construction zone.

The project is expected to take about two months.

“Good Morning, North Seattle!” hosted by North Seattle Chamber

Website picsEarly Registration Ends
Wednesday, March 26!

Click here to register for Good Morning, North Seattle and save 50% on admission.

Friday, March 28, 2014
Hotel Nexus
2140 N Northgate Way

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  • Freestyle networking
  • Round-robin networking
  • Bonuse Pre-Event:  Free Coaching with
    Sandy Bjorgen, 7-7:30AM 
  • Continental Breakfast
  • New Contacts
  • Door prizes and drawings! Bring a door prize to have your name mentioned in the program.

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For more information, please call 206.363.3287 or email Diane Haugen, North Seattle Chamber of Commerce,




Lake City Community Center March Weekend Events

Enjoy these events right in your own neighborhood at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE. For information on these and other events at the center, please visit

a very vintage market

  • March 15-16  North Seattle Rock & Gem Show  (visit the food trucks for lunch)
  • March 22 Very Vintage Market  (Owner Angela Mordy runs a small cafe during the show)
  • March 23  Toy Show – Buy, Sell, Trade!

The Lake City Community Center is operated by the North Seattle Chamber of Commerce. For information on space rentals for meetings, business events or family celebrations in our newly improved rooms, please call 206.362.4378.


February Happenings at Lake City Community Center (LCCC)

a very vintage market

A Very Vintage Market’s booth at the 2014 Seattle Flower and Garden Show

February 22  9AM-5PM
A Very Vintage Market
Think shabby chic. Think Parisian flea market. You’ll have a picture in your mind of this magnificent, Saturday Vintage Market! Lunch service available. Make a day of it! Admission is free.



Perusing volumes of vinyl



February 23  10AM-4PM
Your Mama’s Records
Vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs…exactly what the Boomer crowd loved, (and some still love). Admission is free.






February 24  3:30PM-4:30PM
Nia Fitness – For Women
Free fitness class on Mondays in February. Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness and fitness. Nia brings together three distinctive art forms in one dynamic, sweat-drenched workout: the expressiveness of dance, the power and explosiveness of martial arts, and the wisdom of the healing arts. Together, they deliver an intense workout that is freer and more expressive than any other group fitness format.

NEW! February 26  3PM-4:30 PM  
Talk Time for Adults
Practice your English speaking skills in a small group and fun with it! Facilitated by volunteer Nancy Cubbage.

February 28  5:00PM-7:30PM   Spaghetti Dinner for North Helpline Food Bankspaghetti
Dinner, drinks, entertainment and raffles! Meal includes spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert, coffee, tea and live music!

$10 adults, $5 children (12 and under). Tickets available at the door. Advance tickets available at:

  • North Helpline,12736 33rd Avenue NE  
  • Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE

Sponsored by Lake City Lions Club, North Seattle Chamber of Commerce Lake City Community Center.




Lake City’s new hot spot: Aloha Ramen

It seems all the Greenwood regulars — and a host of new customers— found Aloha Ramen in Lake City.

It seems all the Greenwood regulars — and a host of new customers— found Aloha Ramen in Lake City.

A resident of Greenwood recently lamented that neighborhood’s loss of one of Seattle’s most popular noodle houses.

The restaurant in Lake City is actually larger than the former Greenwood spot.

The restaurant in Lake City is actually larger than the former Greenwood spot.

But it seems all of its regular customers found Aloha Ramen on its opening night Friday in Lake City.

The Japanese noodle house, now nestled in the shopping center at the intersection of Lake City Way and NE 127th Street, was packed just hours after opening its doors for the first time here.

Customers took most of the parking spaces in a lot usually wide open with empty spots. Dozens of people packed into the small shop with a line stretching out into the parking lot.

The business moved from Greenwood into a strip of businesses that has struggled to attract tenants. The addition of the new bustling business may act as an anchor to attract more businesses there.

Aloha gets consistent high marks for its food and has plenty of glowing reviews on social review site Yelp. It is consistently regarded as one of the best ramen spots in Seattle.

Now in Lake City, the restaurant is adding to our growing list of excellent dining choices.

Note: We usually give restaurants a few days to work out issues before writing about an opening. But the line out the door and the packed parking lot made this opening much more newsworthy.

More than just lunch is served up at Lake City’s Senior Lunch

Lake City-based Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) works to bring food to local families and now seniors through its Healthy HIP Packs Program, meal programs, and by advocating for our hungry neighbors.

senior meal      Delicious meals and exciting speakers are lined up for the month of January at Lake City’s own senior lunch.  The new community meal started in November 2013 and is already a regular Monday activity for many local seniors.  Menus change every week to keep things interesting.  Some favorites served in the past two months have included turkey and spinach lasagna, cottage pie, and chili.  Guests say they keep coming back because the food has been so delicious.  They also are very pleased that each week’s meal always includes fruits and vegetables.

The Senior meal program was started in partnership between Hunger Intervention Program, Senior Services, and the Lake City Community Center.  The meal of course aims to provide a regular low-cost, nutritious and delicious meal for seniors.  It is also an opportunity to build community and to learn new things.  Most week’s meals feature guest speakers, activities, and classes, all designed just for seniors.

Come meet new friends, share news with old friends, learn something new from workshops designed just for seniors and hear from a local author.  Lunch is served every Monday 12 – 1 pm at the Lake City Community Center (12531 28th Ave NE)  There is a suggested donation of $3 per meal for seniors 60 and over; $6 suggested donation for all others.  All are welcome regardless of ability to donate.

 Lake City Senior Lunch
January Menu

January 6th
Homemade Chili, Cornbread,  Green bean salad, tangerines, Milk

January 13th
A Penny SavedChicken Cacciatore with noodles, Tossed green salad with dressing, Roll, Chocolate Cake with Strawberrie, Milk
Activity:  “A Penny Saved”, workshop presented by Lara Okoloko of the Wallingford Community Senior Center, 11 am – 12 pm

January 20th
Turkey Burger and fixings, Roasted potatoes, Homemade vegetable soup, Peach pie bar, Milk
Activity: Local Author Reading & Book SigningImogene Inglet, Lil’ Ol’ Lake City, 1 pm

January 27th
Squash & Lentil Stew, Steamed rice, Roasted green beans, Fruit Salad, Cranberry bars, Milk
Activity:  Molly Humphrie, Senior Librarian at Lake City Public Library



PHOTOS: ‘Holidays in the Park’ celebrated at Mini Park

It was a cold night but Lake City residents still braved the low temperatures to spend some time with Santa, neighbors, and to enjoy some cider, coffee and cookies.

Here are a few photos from the annual “Holidays in the Park” event held at the Mini Park on the corner of LCW and NE 125th Street.

Free Santa photos

Free Santa photos

Keeping a pup warm

Keeping a pup warm

The Lake City tree is illuminated

The Lake City tree is illuminated

Members of the Lions Club serve cider and coffee

Members of the Lions Club serve cider and coffee

Members of the Ingraham High School band

Members of the Ingraham High School band

Lake City Events This Week

*Correction – Luminaria Walk is Sat. Dec. 7th

From pancakes to tree lighting, there’s lots happening in Lake City this week!


Holidays in the Park

This Wednesday, Dec. 4th from 7:00-8:00pm,  join your neighbors for Lake City’s annual Holidays in the Park. Bring your kids to the Lake City mini park at the intersection of 125th and Lake City Way for free photos with Santa!  The Ingraham High School band will be playing holiday tunes and there’ll be free hot cider, coffee, and cookies too!  See a video of last year’s event from the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance.


A Christmas Carol

This Friday, December 6th, Taproot Theatre will perform Dickens’ famous A Christmas Carol at the Lake City Community Center. Doors open at 7:00pm with a sweet and savory reception of tasty season goodies, including a chocolate fountain! The show begins at 8:00pm. Money raised by this event will help fund future programming at Lake City Community Center

Tickets are available by check or cash at Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE or on line at Adults $10 Seniors $9 Children under 12 FREE! For information, please call 206.363.3287.



Pancake Breakfast

This Saturday, December 7th from 9:00am – 11:00am, the Lions Club is hosting its annual pancake breakfast at the Community Center to raise money for Olympic Hills Elementary.  The Lions club will also be giving away free books for kids! Children of all ages can choose 2 free books from a wide selection. Tickets are available at the door: $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids.



Luminaria Walk at Meadowbrook Pond 

If you prefer an outdoor (and free!) experience, join neighbors this Saturday, Dec. 7th at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy a beautiful lighted walk through Meadowbrook Pond. Free cookies, hot coca, and Christmas caroling! Sponsored by the Meadowbrook Community Center and the Friends of Meadowbrook Pond.


Nativity Exhibit

This Friday through Sunday, Lamb of God Lutheran Church will host an exhibit of 800 different nativity sets from all around the world. The event is free and kids can participate in the Nativity Challenge to identify sets from various countries. 12509 127th Avenue N.E.


Today (Thursday) is final day of 2013 Farmers Market season

Today, Thursday October 10th, is the final day of the 2013 Lake City Farmers Market.

At 2:30 an official from the City of Seattle will come to the market to help dedicate the newly paved stretch of NE 125th and Sand Point Way NE. The road still needs striping and more sidewalk work.

The market season was extended this year and the market days lengthened.

Come out and show your appreciation for the farmers and vendors that come to our community each week.

Here’s ’till next year!


Popular Lake City Bakery closes

The Lake City Bakery as seen on October 2nd.

The Lake City Bakery as seen on October 2nd.

The Lake City Bakery, a small shop on the east side of Lake City Way that became known for their tasty Vietnamese sandwiches and friendly service, has closed.

blog_015The bakery, which had high ratings on review site Yelp, has been completely cleaned out. Signs advertising the space as available have been put up in the windows.

In recent days people started posting on social media that they missed the local eatery. The bakery’s Facebook page has been silent since June. A few of the most recent Yelp reviews were critical of the appearance of the bakery in recent months. Phone calls to a number listed for the business said the number was no longer in service.

The business was active in the community and donated dozens of bánh mì sandwiches to the community during a May event celebrating the opening of the 33rd Avenue NE sidewalk.

The closure comes after the recent reopening of Bean City Coffee a few blocks north on the west side of LCW. Bean City was reopened by the original owner and seems to again be a favorite spot in Lake City. Kaffeeklatsch, another popular bakery and coffee shop on the west side of LCW, still attracts a loyal following of customers with their tasty baked goods and coffee.

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