Monday, February 9, 2009

Specialty's Bakery

Specialty's Bakery is a chain bakery/cafe located in U-Village. The good smells come wafting out the door and it is hard not to stop. I've recently come to like this place as an alternate to my other U-Village standby, the enticing devil Zao.

I've never had their sandwiches, but they have a nice selection of vegetarian options, all of which seem to come piled high on homemade bread.

What I've ordered is the Southwest Salad, and I was reasonably impressed considering the source. It was large, and covered in bean salad, corn salsa, cheddar, avocado and a bunch of other veggies. It came with a creamy southwest style dressing on the side, and a chunk of fresh bread.
Picture from the Specialty's Website. The real salad is pretty close to this, but served on a big plate and not quite so tidy.

They also make a good looking vegan salad that I haven't had, but appreciated on the menu.
I really appreciate when a chain manages to prepare reasonably priced, minimally processed, regular healthy type food, and this place manages that quite nicely.

Specialty's Cafe and Bakery

2690 NE University Vlg
Seattle, WA 98105

Specialty's on Urbanspoon


Cameron305 said...

Specialty's U-Village is a wanna-be pseudo-corporate nightmare. The management treats the employees as if they are prisoners in a concentration camp, adhere rigidly to nonsensical regulations, and generally make the place an extremely unfunny sick joke. Do not patronize this place. The crew are understaffed, underpaid, and treated like chattel.

Cameron305 said...

The food is not minimally processed. Their purveyor is US Foods which is the cheapest food service company. They order produce in large quantities, which then remain in the warehouse for weeks at a time, until they are sold to unsuspecting restaurants. Often, lettuce would be delivered that was already brown, rotting and not fit for human consumption. The manager would give the OK to use such produce in order to keep food costs down.