What can I say? We love the Wayward Café. It has been a regular stop for the DFV Family since we arrived in Seattle 5 years ago while it was at its old location. For us it is one of the best places in Seattle for breakfast or lunch and it has been great to watch Doh and her partners grow the business. We were really looking forward to their new dinner menu, because getting to the U District before 4pm could be tricky for us.
We’ve been there 3 times now I am happy to report that Wayward has made a pretty good transition to serving dinner. It’s not perfect (we wish they had baked potatoes) but it’s not even close to being bad.
I don’t know how new this is to the menu but the Buffalo Chiggun Sandwich is out of this freekin’ world. Let’s be honest, Wings are only a vehicle for the sauce and in this case the sauce arrives in a culinary Cadillac. Big and juicy this is possibly the best chiggun sandwich I’ve ever had.
The star of the appetizer sampler platter is the fried Diaya Mozzarella and has become a favorite of the little vegan’s. Another first-rate appetizer is the Fried Artichoke Hearts. Before we became parents Mom vegan and I had a little Italian spot we frequented where they served these and Wayward’s are better than I remember those.
A special award goes to the BBQ Sauce that is on the Ribz. The texture of the Ribz themselves is denser than I remember the real thing being (but it’s been a long, long time) it is not unpleasant and the sauce is awesome. I know the BBQ sauce market is over crowded but if Wayward ever starts bottling & selling this stuff I will be the first person in line to buy some.
Service remains the same as we know and love, with the staff their usual friendly selves.
I do have one complaint and it has nothing to do with the food or service but with the music. I’ll plead guilty to being a music snob upfront. I’m a snob with accessible tastes but a snob nonetheless. I can’t take the classic pop station that’s been on the last 3 evenings we’ve been there. Classic rock is marginally okay, but classic pop?
Yes I heard those 3 songs over the course of one dinner………