03/04/2014 at 5:00 pm #61218
I have not been to Besalu so I can’t comment on what happens there. But I do go to Holy Grounds and the Starbucks on Holman, usually with my husband. I am recovering from a serious illness and sometimes have trouble standing for even the length of time it can take to get the order filled, so I will sit down at an available table. For awhile I was using a cane, but I do not now. So keep in mind that some people may be sitting and waiting for a reason you may not easily see. And it is not their responsibility to tell self-righteous people about their illness.
What makes me madder are the people who buy something at the QFC and eat it at a Starbucks table, or something from MacDonalds and sit at the Holy Ground tables (though this is often the outdoors tables). I wish management would say something to those people. Or to people who use a table for 4 hours while buying one cup of coffee, while they use their computers for work or watching movies.03/04/2014 at 5:58 pm #61219
When two or more people go somewhere, doesn’t one person typically order and the others sit down? Who knows.03/04/2014 at 6:17 pm #61220
here here, but what if they don’t choose to purchase croissants?03/04/2014 at 8:00 pm #61228
PlantLover – Point well taken.03/04/2014 at 8:41 pm #61231
I definitely understand, plant lover. And I suspect if someone else sat at your table they would not be greeted with an attitude.
Usually, in Besalu, because it is so small, there is an opportunity to observe either the announcement about sitting down or the casual slinking to the table!03/04/2014 at 10:09 pm #61234
Oh no, Penny! Down here in Ballard proper when two people go out, it’s to show they know the secret handshake and sneer at those who don’t. It’s much more about daily affirmations than just two people going somewhere.03/05/2014 at 5:54 am #61249
Amazing stream of comments about an over priced lame eating establishment. There seems to be a bumper crop of these places in Ballard. They appear one month and are gone another. I manage to avoid them all and stick to places like Hattie’s Hat, Vera’s, and the Sloop Tavern. Walk in, sit at the bar, and order a Rainer.03/05/2014 at 8:49 am #61254
Ombudswoman, I absolutely adore Honore (on 70th near 14th). Customers are very genteel there.03/05/2014 at 5:26 pm #61336
Bean Dogger, you are entitled to your opinion as ill informed as it may be. Cafe Besalu has been in business for about 14 years now so it irrational to equate it with one-month-and-gone places. Moreover you provide no justification for why you find it overpriced … or why you find it “lame” (other than it isn’t a bar where you can order a Rainier). Miller has been a James Beard semifinalist in the national pastry category three times since 2008. That’s a credible indicator of quality. They have received acclaim for their pastries year after year from travel article and food blogs not to mention that they recently were named as one of the top reviewed restaurants/bakeries nationally on Yelp. You may be reasonably skeptical about the objectivity and validity of individual Yelp reviews but collectively 4.5* based on about 500 reviews is possibly about as close as you are going to get to an adequate sample providing a valid indicator of quality and value. Consider also Urbanspoon’s 4.5* and 92% approval rating based on nearly 800 votes and 4.5* average ratings on TripAdvisor, Google reviews and Foursquare.03/05/2014 at 5:32 pm #61337
Oh God whatever. Is one person allowed to sit down while the other one orders? Or will we be spit on/get the dead eye/be banished from Ballard proper?03/05/2014 at 6:49 pm #61341
If Compass Rose were still here we’d all be set straight. Alas!03/05/2014 at 7:24 pm #61343
I love you Curtis.03/05/2014 at 9:14 pm #61345
I live close by so always walk and bring my goodies home. It’s never looked like a pleasant place to sit to me.03/05/2014 at 9:40 pm #61347
They still make Rainier?03/05/2014 at 9:53 pm #61348
Curtis, It’s a good bet that the owners are friends of hers :)
I haven’t been to Besalu for years, for me they’re good, but just not worth the ridiculous wait on the weekends.03/05/2014 at 10:27 pm #61350
It’s been faster the last few times I’ve been. Also a lot of plunging necklines, but it was more creepy than nice.03/06/2014 at 8:25 pm #61454
Yes, Rainer is still around. However, it is now made in LA. This may be the best place in west of the Monroe State Pen but who really cares. There are too many cookie cutter places just like it in Ballard already. Over priced and snobby. I like Pennygirl’s comment; very funny.03/07/2014 at 9:00 am #61462
Treat others the way you would like to be treated… and do NOT order the last Ham/Swiss if I am in line!!03/09/2014 at 6:28 am #61581
I tried Besalu once and was not impressed. Maybe just a bad morning but they apparently had their ovens too hot as the pasty was burned on the outside and gummy inside. People will love anything if they are told they should.03/09/2014 at 7:12 am #61583
I always give a place a couple of tries before I write them off. In the case of Besalu, I’ve been consistently impressed with their quiches and sweet pastries and go back often. The savory pastries and cookies, not so much.
As for the “rules” on open tables, I call BS. If a table’s open when I come in, I take it. Same as any other establishment without hosted seating.03/09/2014 at 10:18 am #61584
No pastry for you! Come back one year!
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