In a post about great Seattle pastries that I did back in July, I mentioned that Cafe Besalu has been a consistent favorite for best croissant in the city. And while it is delicious (the weekend lines will testify to that), the croissant isn't the only draw of this Ballard neighborhood institution. The pastry case is full of plenty of other treats, ranging from fruit danishes and galettes to brioche to biscuits.
And that's not even getting into the savory offerings. The onion and gruyère pastry is a popular choice, and many will be quick to tell you that Besalu makes the best quiche in the city.
Behind the counter, pastry chef James Miller is the steady hand in the hot kitchen, churning out trays of delicacies. The plain croissant is a given, but what else should you order when you get inside? Click through the slideshow to see are our recommendations to round out your breakfast tray.
About the author: Jay Friedman is a Seattle-based freelance food writer who happens to travel extensively as a sex educator. An avid fan of noodles (some call him "The Mein Man"), he sees sensuality in all foods, and blogs about it at his Gastrolust website. You can follow him on Twitter @jayfriedman.