My Edmonds Restaurant News: Dining Al Fresco at our Garden Market, Red Petal closing

Saturday's Garden Market in Edmonds, as seen through the camera lens of David Carlos: La Strada Dolce pizza
Saturday’s Garden Market in Edmonds, as seen through the camera lens of David Carlos: La Strada Dolce pizza

A dear friend inspired me to do a My Edmonds News restaurant review on the wonderful walkabout of food vendors at the Edmonds spring and summer market! When I announced that my intention was to write about the Edmonds Summer Market food scene, she looked puzzled and said: “But they only have ice cream and pizza.” This column is for the uninitiated! Happy Market Munching!

“Garden” Market is open on Saturdays, now through June 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Safety parking lot at 5th and Bell in downtown Edmonds.
( I am including websites for all vendors. Most offer additional fare at their home locations)

Yes there is pizza! La Strada Dolce Pizza. By the slice or buy a whole pie if you want to have an impromptu pizza picnic on the grass. They offer five styles and, having sampled all of them, my favorite is the Pear Gorgonzola. I am not alone in this choice. Caramelized onion, fresh pear and Gorgonzola cheese on their thin crispy crust have this pie ranked as the number-one favorite. But please sample them all before making your own decision.

Snohomish Bakery offers a range of breads and pastries. The hearty offerings are substantial enough for light breakfast or a quick lunch bite. The hard part is choosing!

Sweet Pearl Bakery has your dessert course well in hand. Cupcake choices the day I visited were Vanilla Bean, Coconut or Chocolate Oreo. The latter must have been in high demand…there was only one left when I visited their booth. Also available are specialty cakes, made of cupcakes of course. A cake of pink swirl topped cupcakes, arranged as a perfect girls dress, for a fun party.

Deborah’s Pies could be a on- stop shopping place for your meal at the market. The offerings come in sweet or savory and in a size that could be lunch for two. Every pie features homemade, hand-rolled crust. Much of the fruit and other ingredients come from local vendors.

Riverhouse Creperie provides sweet and savory, even gluten-free options for hungry visitors at the Edmonds Summer Market. When these warm crepes are folded and handed over to their customers, ready-to-eat becomes a blissful experience with every bite. I must confess I have sampled these wares very frequently and my favorite choice is a savory one: spinach, fresh tomatoes and mozzarella wrapped in the buckwheat crepe.

Falafel Salam was my husband’s favorite stop, even before he decided to become a vegetarian. Most of their menu is vegetarian or vegan. The exception, the shawarma, is made using local, sustainable and organic chicken. So substantial is a plate of Mideastern Salad that I get full
just sharing it with my spouse. My favorite is their homemade hummus piled on a plate, encircled with pita — it can be addicting!

There is even a sweet little stand, shaded by a red-and-white umbrella, selling the all-American favorite food eaten on foot: hot dogs ala carte! Complete with relish and other tasty toppings, this is a sure favorite for many visitors.

Ice cream from Whidbey Island is certainly something to scream about! Ultra premium homemade ice cream bars, hand-dipped in chocolate, is so decadent that you won’t want to share. Also available are pints that could be consumed on the benches, beneath one of the shade trees that border the market area.

Thirsty? In addition to sodas and bottled waters offered at many of the vendors mentioned above, there is coffee from Middle Fork Roasters. They generously sample their locally roasted brew and hope this will help one to pick a favorite to purchase in 12oz. bags of beans for home.

Discover the spirit of tea at Shen Zen Tea, where one can enjoy iced tea sodas or sweet hot teas in addition to purchasing a tin of their organic loose leaf teas for brewing at home.

An Edmonds Kind of Celebration: Local catering options

June is a month in which there are many opportunities for celebrations: graduations, Weddings, the list is endless with possibilities. Just celebrating the warm sunny days and the onset of summer is a favorite for folks in the Pacific Northwest. Planning for most events involves food and drink.

Take a moment to consider a local area business to partner with and help plan your next party. It’s an opportunity to truly enjoy the day yourself, when the details are left to a professional.

The Edmonds Conference Center lists on their site,many of the professionals in our area. I have added more to my list below. Many of our local restaurants will host your gatherings at their locations or provide group-sized salads, entrees and desserts for home entertaining.

Whether you are renting a location for a large group or planning a small intimate gathering, there is someone who can help make the event special and stress-free too!

Celtic Cowboy BBQ

Caravan Kebab

The Catering Company*

Celebrate! Catering Inc.

Celebrations Catering*

Here and There Grill | an anywhere grill

Moveable Feast Catering

Pacific Northwest Catering*

Scotty’s NW Catering

Seasoned in Seattle*

Shooby Doo Catering*

Soup’s On Café

Special Occasions*

Twelve Baskets Catering*

Upper Crust Catering*

The Wedge

* indicates these caterers have alcohol liability insurance already.

Here is the link for checking on alcohol banquet permit availability. This is necessary for events in public areas such as the Edmonds City Park.

Other Edmonds Restaurant News

Closing Saturday! Red Petal Cakes, at 321 Main St, Edmonds. They invite friends to come in on Saturday from noon-3 p.m for a little get-together to say goodbye.

Soup’s On Cafe is now offering dinner specials from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The specials change every few days. Call 425-670-1616 or visit or their Facebook Page for the latest and also daily soups and desserts.

Readers, I would love to hear from you!

Restaurateurs, please send me your news, new menus, special events and other occasions you want to share with our readers.

Foodies! What new places have you discovered? I welcome any excuse to get out and sample great food… so bring it on! Email me at

– By Kathy Passage

2013-01-25_12-31-20_48 A specialty gourmet food broker for over 30 years, Kathy Passage has in-depth knowledge on food and the special qualities of ingredients used in the exquisite products she helped bring to market. Kathy brings this unique perspective from the “other side of the plate” to writing about the food and restaurant scene in Edmonds.

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