New West Seattle neighborhood spot Ripple Café opened quietly last Monday, May 11, in the old JC's Deli space (9007 35th Ave SW), West Seattle Blog reports. Mother-and-daughter team and West Seattle locals Barbara Underwood and Kyle Krashen are serving up lunch fare, Zoka Cold Brew coffee, baked goods, and more from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Go for sandwiches with in-house roasted meats on Macrina bread, including turkey breast with goat cheese and roasted red peppers; and pork tenderloin with sautéed onions and mushrooms, Havarti, and mixed greens. For sides, expect potato salad, Italian pasta salad, Italian tossed salads, a Caesar, a mixed green salad, and more.
To drink, Ripple carries Zoka teas along with its Cold Brew (a sun tea-esque 8-to-10-hour brewed coffee), and will be applying for a beer and wine license. "I want [to show] some Seahawks games here," says Underwood, who has spent over twenty years in restaurants and catering, including a long stint at Von's Grand City Café downtown. She plans to "grow as we go"—indicating the menu, the hours, and beyond—based on neighborhood feedback.
The name Ripple Café comes from the Grateful Dead song "Ripple," and is a tribute to Underwood's father, who passed away in December. He was a woodcarver of Pacific Northwest Native American artwork, some of which is featured at the café, including a Seahawk head.
In other West Seattle restaurant news, West Seattle Blog reports that Pelligrini Restaurant is coming at the former La Romanza space (by the same owners) in The Junction, a Chipotle "in progress" sign has surfaced at 4730 California, and patios are now open at La Rustica and The Bridge, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.