The Ridgeback Cafe opens on 65th

There’s another new addition to the cluster of businesses at the foot of Phinney Ridge on 65th St. — the Ridgeback Cafe. The family-friendly restaurant opened for business on Friday evening in the old Renick Printing space at 500 N.W. 65th St, next door to Slave to the Needle.

Owner Justin Taft puts out the open sign for the first time

The Ridgeback is a neighborhood cafe featuring a full lineup of crepes, sandwiches, Belgium waffles and some tapas, as well. It serves beer, wine and espresso drinks. Owner Justin Taft says he created The Ridgeback in the same vein as his other restaurant, the well-regarded Hangar Cafe in Georgetown.

Taft said they received final permit approval for The Ridgeback from the City of Seattle at 2 p.m. Friday, and he opened the doors an hour later — months after they originally intended to open.

“It feels fantastic. It’s been such a journey, but it’s been a great experience,” a very satisfied and relieved-sounding Taft told PhinneyWood. “We’re so ultra prepared. We are so stoked.”

The Ridgeback will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Taft eventually hopes to hold communal dinners on Sunday evenings.

Earlier this month, The Blue Glass restaurant opened a few doors down.

(Thanks to Dale at PhinneyWood for help on this story!)

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Linda Aaron
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So excited to give it a try, it is 1/2 block from my house and I have been patiently waiting for them to open. Wishing success to the Ridgeback Cafe!

KH
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KH

Nice! Ballard needs more places like this, especially for lunch, and I’m looking forward to checking it out!

Um...
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Um...

Yeah, great! Will definitely be checking this place out soon…

Whoa
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Whoa

If he’s there every day, it’ll be well worth the trip. Yowza.

MGHart
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MGHart

Looks great…but aren’t they BELGIAN waffles?

Guest
Guest
Guest

MGHart is correct. The term “Belgium Waffles” is a common mondegreen.

Chris Shotwell
Guest

Yay! Finally a breakfast spot in my corner of the hood!

Jenn08
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Jenn08

We walked there for breakfast this morning, and it was great! My daughter proclaimed her waffle “the best breakfast EVER!” then promptly fell asleep thanks to the sugar crash.

Ballardian_Jones
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Ballardian_Jones

Awesome food after a little wait since the were slammed mid-morning today…I’ll be back for sure.
Recommendation to Justin the owner: Get HENRY to paint some kind of “RidgeBacked” animal on the front of the building. Would be good for visibility as its currently a bit non-descript in front

Ballardian_Jones
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Ballardian_Jones

Awesome food after a little wait since the were slammed mid-morning today…I’ll be back for sure.
Recommendation to Justin the owner: Get HENRY to paint some kind of “RidgeBacked” animal on the front of the building. Would be good for visibility as its currently a bit non-descript in front

Mmrump
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Mmrump

please….not another henry. celebrate diversity and get another muralist, anyone, just not henry.

great idea
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great idea

please, please, please not Henry.

I’d rather you just get a bunch of 8 year olds with a few buckets of paint and let them go to town.

Ballardian_Jones
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Ballardian_Jones

Fair enough…another local artist then…just something to make the exterior stand out on the block

Gurple
Member

Neat word! You learn something new every day, often from someone who’s conspicuously showing off his or her knowledge.

I mean no disrespect — I intend to drop “mondegreen” on an awed listener at the earliest opportunity.

LL
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LL

Tried the Ridgeback today for lunch. Delicious and healthy crepes! It’s definitely going on our list of neighborhood places to visit often.

Janeteicher
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Janeteicher

My husband and I went there last night and it was really smokey with no ventilation in the kitchen area. The food was good and I like the decor, but my clothes and hair smelled like smoke.

William
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William

My wife and I have been making the long drive down to Georgetown (all the way from Sunset Hill) to visit Justin’s Hanger restaurant, and have been waiting anxiously for the Ridgeback Cafe to open. We’ve been three times now and everything is just as delicious as down South. The crepes are truly exceptional!