The past week or so, Wallyhood readers have been treated to posts about Gypsy Cafe and (sort of) Essential Baking. So, in the spirit of covering all the coffee shops in a single 2 block radius, we’d like to tell you about Solsticio at 34th & Stone Way. They’re not strictly Wallingford — but they’re only a few feet on the wrong side of the boundary, so we’ll think of them as Fremont-on-the-cusp-of-Wallingford.
Solsticio opened October 1st in the old Speedy Reedy bike shop space, which is a former train station at 1100 N. Northlake Way. They serve up organic Caffe Vita Espresso drinks, smoothies, teas, and this time of year — spiced apple cider and egg nog.
Breakfast consists of breakfast sandwiches, burritos , quesadillas, bagels, oatmeal, and baked goods including apple maple muffins and Julia’s zuccini bread. For lunch, pick from various sandwiches, burgers (turkey, garden, or salmon — no beef), wraps, big garden salads, fries, quinoa salad, chili and other items.
This cozy cafe is staffed by friendly, well-trained baristas whose faces you may recognize from the former Gypsy Trader. Todd Olsen, Andre Leknovich, and Nicole Sonne are proud owners of this new almost-Wallingford business. Next time you’re at 34th and Stone Way, or biking along the Burke Gilman trail, be sure to stop in. They’ve got free wi-fi, (some) free parking, and a warm little electric fireplace in the corner to warm your tootsies.
And have I mentioned the aroma of freshly baked cookies? Mmmm.
Solsticio is open Monday through Friday 6:30am – 6pm, and weekends 8am - 6pm. If you’re ordering food you can call ahead, dine in, or carry out — though if you’re in a hurry at lunchtime, you might want to call ahead in case one of the neighboring businesses has placed a large order.