New Café Owner Forages and Finds a Fresh Take on Sustainability


Seattle wild-foods café Nettletown might be shoulder to shoulder with a Subway, but their produce comes from the ground, not a vacuum-sealed bag. Put down the hoagie and listen:

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The newly opened Seattle café Nettletown sources ingredients from the wet forests surrounding Seattle, which makes for an interesting, commendable concept. But is the food any good? I couldn’t stop thinking of mushrooms and rabbits, the musty and the gamey, so I decided to take a taste before interviewing the owner.

The café has an unusual location. In the middle of the city in a strip mall, the eatery calls Subway its next door neighbor. And guess which one my hungover friend wanted to eat at? “It’s a bit pricey,” he sighed, ordering a huckleberry mimosa that cost about the same as a foot-long sub. He wondered why he could get a full meal out of a Biggest, Meatiest, Tastiest, while his smaller fried egg sandwich cost a dollar more.

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