Honest-to-goodness deli fare at the reimagined Canal Market
New neighborhood café and mercantile Canal Market opened last month in Portage Bay, the pocket of a neighborhood sandwiched between Capitol Hill, Eastlake and Montlake that bumps up against the banks of Portage Bay proper. Erika Burke’s space had been a market for decades; Burke took over the lease for in 2014 and reimagined the concept, which was inspired by Oakville Grocery in California’s wine country.
If you’re a fan of Burke’s Volunteer Park Cafe on Capitol Hill you know what to expect from the always-feels-like-the-weekend vibe of the chef’s businesses. In addition to fresh salads, sandwiches and pastries that are so good you (sort of) don’t feel bad after eating them, the “modern-day take on an old-fashioned mercantile” sells pantry staples, bottles of wine and beer, and Stumptown coffee.
Settle into one of the inside window seats or opt for grab-and-go deli items or a pint of local ice cream. Kids can sip squeezed-to-order juice and pick toppings from an honest-to-goodness breakfast buffet stocked with toast and granola toppings.
Burke tells Seattle’s Child that she put a lot of thought into the products she offers at Canal Market. As a mom, she says that what her kid puts in her mouth is very important to her. There’s a lot of open space in the kid-friendly business, and Burke hopes to open a little art area in the space for kids in the coming months. 2919 Fuhrman Ave E, Seattle. canalmarketseattle.com