Everything Cafe is a 36-seat Euro style cafe located in the heart of Chinatown. We serve cafe style breakfast, lunch and a selection of freshly baked scones, muffins, cakes and pastries. We are proud to partner with Stumptown Coffee Roasters out of Portland, Oregon.
With sibling restaurants (Salty Tongue Cafe, Shebeen Whiskey House, Judas Goat Taberna, Salt Tasting Room, Fetch Hot Dog and Irish Heather gastropub) located nearby, you can expect to see their influences on the menu and in the service. For example, the meatballs and goat's cheese cheesecake are from Judas Goat, charcuterie and cheese plates are from Salt, pastries come from Salty Tongue and our quiche from the Irish Heather.
I was really excited when I saw a new cafe being opened. I wonder what they serve? They must sell lots of varieties or else they wouldn't call it Everything, right? Um...
On their grand opening week, I walked by this place a few times and peeked at their board menu. Wow, so Typical. Just coffee, some sandwiches and soup. They should call it Typical Cafe.
So finally, one day I gave in. I should try this place before making any negative judgements. After work, I decided to grab a snack. I wanted some fresh and yummy sandwich cuz I'm sick of the other coffee shop's weeks-old panini. I was craving for something cheesy that day so I ordered Grilled Cheese. Nothing could go wrong w/ cheese. The guy that was working that day was very friendly. He greeted me immediately when I stepped in. I made my order, paid and sat down w/ a newspaper. The food took a long time. I heard that they don't have a kitchen cuz they don't have a vent. So strange.
When the food arrived, I almost laughed. I paid $8 for a dinky size sandwich. It barely had any fillings inside. I wanted lots of cheese and I wanted it grilled w/ butter. But it was toasted! I may be wrong but it looked like it. I felt so ripped off. The taste was ok; they used Carlsberg cheese. I don't know what that is but it taste like regular white cheese to me. I personally prefer cheddar cheese. The thing is, even if the sandwich is their own creation and it's ok to use different ingredients, but it didn't satisfy my craving.
I might go again to try their soups. I think they deserve a second chance.
This place just opened so I decided to venture into Chinatown and check it out. Turns out to be kind of a strange spot for an "upscale sandwich" joint which I suppose could be good or bad.
The interior has obviously been recently renovated inside with an open bar and seating for about 25-30 including a booth at the back. The menu was tight with about half a dozen sandwiches, a few salads and the soup of the day. Most sangys are about 8 bucks.
I ordered the meatball sandwich and a side of potato salad; both were very good. The sandwich had plenty of meat and not too much sauce to make it easily hand-edible. My only complaint was the whole wheat bun which is more personal preference. I would have enjoyed it more on a baguette but I'm sure my body appreciates their choice of bun. The salad was unique with a vinaigrette-style dressing, a zip of mustard and some frisee for crunch, a very nice combination.
I will definitely return and try some of their other sandwiches. Recommended.
I ventured into the Everything Cafe by accident. I was seasrching for a new place that had just opened, to no avail. The owners of this company have been getting a lot of press about their creative thinking and quality restaurants. I just don't get it. At one spot they have no kitchen just servers slicing cured meats and cheeses then adding a condiment. Something that could be purchased at any number of specialty cheese and meat shops. Yesterday I ordered a Reuben, the corned beef was excellent but the bread was stale. The famous Thousand Island dressing they boast about, was non exsistent on the sandwich. The side of potato salad was small but inedible. On four small new potatoes was at least 3 teaspoons of coarse mustard. Bizarre.The frisee lettuce on top was a nice touch. The latte was delicious. A real hit and miss experience. Too many great sandwich shops to give this spot another chance.