CAPITOL HILL—Mystic Kombucha opened a not-quite-bar last month — founder Carlos da Silva told Capitol Hill Seattle Blog the tiny, sauna-like space was designed without a counter to foster (or force) a connection between staff and customers. If you're not already into the tart, fermented tea that is kombucha, this may be a challenging introduction for you. If you love the stuff, though, now you can get up close and personal with the producers of such rotating varieties as watermelon cucumber or peach lemon zest. Snack on hard-boiled organic eggs and raw Mayan Energy Power Balls. 1711 12th Ave, (360) 545-3285, Facebook. Open Thursday to Friday 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m.
DOWNTOWN—Zaccagni's, a former Pike Place Market staple "Where Philly 'Meats' Seattle," reopened a few blocks away from its old home recently. The weekday lunch spot's menu is available online, featuring all the cheese fries, gravy fries, and hearty East Coast-style sandwiches customers expect: chicken parmesan, braised brisket, meatball sub, Italian roast beef, roasted vegetable, and more, all for less than $10. 823 3rd Ave, (206) 765-6605, website. Open Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
RAINIER BEACH—Waffle breakfast sandwiches, sweet potato doughnuts, cheddar jalapeño scones, and jelly doughnut muffins? Find these and many more baked goods, familiar and otherwise, at Beach Bakery, which opened in April. Owner and pastry chef Amy O'Connell, who grew up in Rainier Beach, tells South Seattle Emerald she "wants to embrace her neighborhood's diversity and bake pastries from countries from all over the world"; on Cinco de Mayo, the line-up included arroz con leche, flan, polvorones, and empanadas. 7820 Rainier Ave S, Suite E, (206) 721-2225, Facebook. Open Tuesday to Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.