Reworked Hillside reopens as Sage Cafe

We got a reader tip weeks ago but neglected to get the word out. But now the shop is reopened, reconfigured and renamed and the media release is out — 15th Ave’s Hillside Quickie is now Sage Cafe. Along with sister restaurant Plum Bistro, Sage will probably continue to make Hill vegans — and those who love em — happy.

Here’s the PR:
Hillside Quickie’s Cafe is Now Sage Cafe
Vegan Lunch Spot Receives Interior Refresh and Streamlined Menu

SEATTLE – Dec. 18, 2009 – Capitol Hill’s 15th Avenue vegan
mainstay, Hillside Quickie’s Cafe, has re-opened as Sage Cafe.

Sage Cafe’s menu features Hillside Quickie’s Cafe favorites, new
lunch combinations and weekend brunch.

To celebrate, owner Makini Howell will host a re-grand opening brunch.
Brunch will feature half-price menu items like Louisiana-style seitan
steak and Greens over grits with Southern-style biscuits, banana
pancakes with orange almond sauce and toasted pecans, and handmade
bread pudding topped with seitan steak and gravy, and sautéed leeks in
vegan butter sauce.

Sage Cafe Re-grand Opening Brunch
Sunday, Jan. 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call 206-325-6429 to reserve.

Sample Sage Cafe Menu:
Lunch Deals
Crepe and Soup
Quinoa Stuffed Crepes and Soup of the Day 8.50
Soup and Sandwich
Half New York Deli Tofu on Focaccia Sandwich and Soup of the Day 8.50

Build Your Own Sandwich

Off the Grill
The Fire-Roasted Yam
Smoked Seitan Steak on Focaccia with Smoked Yams, Grilled Sweet Onions
and Tomatoes 10
The Fremont Philly
Seared Seitan Steak on a Sub Roll with Grilled Sweet Onions, Grilled
Bell Peppers, Mustard and
Yease Sauce 10
Thai Curried Gyro
Thai Red Curry Seitan on Spinach Naan with Caramelized Purple Onions,
Heirloom Tomatoes,
English Cucumbers and Vegan Dill Mayo 10
D’s BBQ Joint
BBQ Smoked Tofu and Seitan Wrap on Lavash Bread with Grilled
Mushrooms, Grilled
Sweet Onions, Lettuce, Potato Salad and mustard 11

Burgers and Sandwiches
The Chipotle Grill
Baked Tempeh on Grilled Rye Bread with Avocados, Beefsteak Tomatoes,
Purple Onions, Cilantro and Chipotle Mayo 10
Vegan Reuben
Grilled Tofustrami on Rye Bread with Caramelized Purple Onions,
Tomatoes, Grilled Sauerkraut, Vegan Cheese and Russian Dressing 10

Sage Cafe
324 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

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8 thoughts on “Reworked Hillside reopens as Sage Cafe

  1. Anthony Bourdain: “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food. The body, these waterheads imagine, is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. It’s healthier, they insist, though every vegetarian waiter I’ve worked with is brought down by any rumor of a cold. Oh, I’ll accommodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.”

  2. Railing against vegetarians and vegans is fine, if that makes ya happy. But I have had so much delicious stuff at Hillside Quickie and Plum that I return again and again — and I don’t have a moral problem with eating animals.

    (I do have efficiency and environmental reasons for trending vegetarian, but that’s neither here nor there.)

    Check these places out, I think you’ll be glad ya did.

  3. You bet – yum.

    But – at what a steep cost? Veggies are cheap and when buying pounds can make a lot of food.

    Why are these place so expensive?

    I can create a four veggie plate – sliced and drizzled tomatoes, baked sweet potato, some version of tofu and two fruits for a couple of bucks. Why go to eat at these places and pay $20.00?

    The old time veggie place were cheap — not any more.

  4. Two of my roommates (who would regularly go for brunch and sandwiches at HQ) and I went to “Sage Cafe” this morning.
    We were a little confused when we walked by and the place was completely empty. Their brunch now consists of about six options of different takes on french toast / waffles / crepes. We contemplated leaving because they’d gotten rid of the two dishes that my roommate really liked, and significantly hiked up the prices.

    The ricotta and pear crepes were great, but the french toast was rubbery fried sandwich bread and some sliced bananas. Those two plates were $25 plus tip. It’s great and all that Plum seems to be doing well, but making a carbon copy with awful seating and boring food was a terrible idea. After that, I don’t think any of us will ever go again.