Seattle is one of my favorite cities in the world and I just flew back to town Tuesday night. Staying with a friend on Beacon Hill, she told me that I needed to check out The Station. Wednesday morning, bright and early, before we were to go out into the mayhem of the parade to celebrate the Seahawks Superbowl victory, I headed out to The Station to grab some coffee and a little something to eat. The Station is a small and very personable place where it seems that everyone knows each other. I was welcomed to share a table with a friendly group of people all celebrating the Seahawks victory, all but the humorous, curmudgeonly gentleman sitting across from me who couldn’t care less. It was like the Cheers of coffee houses, everyone really seemed to know everyone there.
In doing a little research about The Station, I came across this postin The Stranger, Seattle’s Weekly Alternative, and one of my favorite papers. I included it here as it describes so well, in a way I could never do, The Station:
Owner Luis Rodriguez is extra-proud of the mocha Mexicano, made with Ibarra chocolate, at his Beacon Hill cafe. The Station is also the 206’s place to be, employing and otherwise supporting lots of local hiphop operatives, and it functions as a community center, too. Charles Mudede on one of his visits: “The man and woman sitting on the stools by the window spoke with the owner in Spanish. Two middle-aged white women to my left talked about their kids. A black man on my right drank a beer and surfed the web. An Asian man wearing a Peruvian hat walked in and ordered a bowl of porridge. The barista (a cafe’s DJ) played the Supremes’ biggest hits (“You Keep Me Hanging On” always breaks my heart). There was nothing here that even whispered 206 hiphop. And this is precisely what makes it the coolest 206 joint in the city and why it replaced Hidmo: It represents the fact that hiphop is now so much a part of the culture that it no longer needs to distinguish itself.”
Unfortunately, my time there was limited but I can tell you their coffee was great and the blueberry scone was so…. ‘geezz I’m craving that damn scone again!’.
Hours: Mon-Fri 6 am-7 pm Sat-Sun 8 am-6 pm
Parking: street Public Transit: 1/2 Block from the new Beacon Hill Link Light Rail Station. Bus routes: 36, 38, 39, 60.