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New in town ?ál?al Café

Traditional Indigenous ingredients make the meals at ?ál?al Café. Photo courtesy ?ál?al Café.

New in town: ?ál?al Café offers traditional Indigenous fare

There’s a new place in town to introduce your family to the traditional foods, flavors, artistry and sounds of North America’s Indigenous people. Located in the heart of Pioneer Square, ?ál?al Café by Chief Seattle Club (CSC) opened in late November.

This spot seeks to reclaim and reintroduce traditional Indigenous foods in a modern cafe setting, according to the Chief Seattle Club website.

The cafe includes a full espresso bar and offers Indigenous cuisine created from traditional ingredients predating the colonial takeover of North America — Great Plains bison, the Three Sisters of Indigenous cooking (squash, maize and climbing beans), Northwest salmon, wild rice from the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota, Dakóta berry sauce and more.

Indigenous music provides the background to this welcoming space, where live-edge Spruce tables are surrounded by seasonally changing art from Indigenous artists.

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