Deck on Take 5 Urban Market

On January 25, 2011, in Reviews, Seattle, by admin

When I first moved into my neighborhood, and I would go out for a run, I would run by this slightly creepy and rundown looking grocery store on the corner of NW 70th and 8th Ave. NW called the Wicker Basket (odd name for a place with a Ranier beer and lotto sign in the window).  I had only stopped by one time, and had no intention of going back, even after I noticed that it had been renamed to Take 5 Urban Market in 2009.  Then one day I was in the mood for a sandwich, and when I couldn’t find an online menu for the K.I.S.S. Cafe, I started searching for other sandwich places.  Take 5 Urban Market kept popping up with great reviews, and it was close, so I decided to give it a chance.

What’s interesting, is the first time I went was about 9 months ago, and meant to write this post at that time.  But life got in the way, and I kept pushing it off, though I didn’t stop going to Take 5.  In fact, it wasn’t a sandwich, but dinner that reminded me that I needed to get this post done because Take 5 is worth it.  The nice thing is that I can actually provide a couple different perspectives on both lunch and dinner.

Let’s start with lunch.  When I went, I looked through the sandwich list (remember, that’s what started this whole thing), and decided on the Take 5 Reuben.  I’m a sucker for pastrami and corned beef, and had to see what it was like.  I ordered it to go so I could enjoy it on the comfort of my own couch.  It took about 5 – 10 minutes for the sandwich to come out which gave me time to look around the little market.  It was much different than the old place; much cleaner, a little more upscale, better selection of products.

When I got home with my sandwich, I opened the box and gave myself a minute to take a picture before diving in.  The sandwich was excellent.  The bread was toasted on the outside, giving it a wonderful crunch as you bit in.  And the corned beef was wonderfully tender and juicy, and had just the right amount of saltiness.  It was sliced a little thick, though at the same time it was tender enough that I didn’t have to worry about pulling all of the meat out of the sandwich in one bite.  But unlike a traditional reuben, this sandwich didn’t have sour kraut and Russian dressing.  Rather it was cole slaw and a spicy mayo.  It worked incredibly well, offering another textural dimension, and a bit of freshness to go with the acidity.

The sandwich was so good that I get it about every other month (I’ve also gotten the meatloaf sandwich twice).  But I had never made the stop for dinner before.  That changed when the Food Girl had some other plans for the evening, and I just wanted something simple for dinner.  I didn’t know that they even had dinner until one day we were grabbing sandwiches and Jennifer grabbed a menu that listed the nightly dinner specials.  The night I had free was a Saturday which meant that it was Saute Saturday.

Saute Saturday simply means that it is the chef’s choice on what they want to saute.  It could be pork, or fish, but this particular Saturday it was chicken.  To be more specific, it was chicken breast sauteed in a white wine cream sauce served with vegetables and rice.  Again like always I got it to go, and waited while it was prepared fresh (I could hear the sound of sauteeing).  When it was handed to me, I noticed some weight to it.  Take 5 definitely does not skimp on portion size, providing two pieces of chicken.  And they also don’t skimp on flavor.  The cream sauce was rich, but not heavy, providing a nice white wine flavor.  The chicken was nice and moist, cooked very nicely.  Adding the vegetables and rice made a very hearty and very delicious meal.  The only thing missing was some salt and a hint of pepper which was easy enough to add.

Take 5 Urban Market on UrbanspoonWhen it comes to simple, delicious, easy food, Take 5 Urban Market is the perfect place to go (and it’s a double bonus that it is less than 5 minutes from my house).  Other than Paseo, Take 5 has my favorite sandwich.  And I can almost guarantee that when the Food Girl is out of town for more than a couple nights, one night I will be eating dinner from Take 5.  This absolutely epitomizes the perfect neighborhood market/restaurant.

Final Verdict – 4.5 Stars

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2 Responses to “Deck on Take 5 Urban Market”

  1. Anna says:

    Fyi: It’s slightly ‘creepier’ now. Incredibly bad experience! I WAS a regular at Urban Market as I enjoy supporting the local businesses in my neighborhood and a regular for coffee and Veggie (always loaded with too much butter) sandwich. The food isn’t exactly health orientated here. Usually in a hurry, I had never had the time to browse around (poor prices anyway) at their wine. Tonight I did, and when I got up to the counter to check out with my Odwalla drink… the owner? (tall gray haired man) shockingly asked me if I had put a bottle of white wine in my bag?! Of course I was completely shocked as he then asked me to open my bag for him to have a look. Due to the fact that I’ve gone there repeatedly, I would have assumed he might recognize my face… since he was the one who had checked me out several x’s in the past! I’d actually sat there for hours doing work on my laptop. I now realize I should have called the police. Instead I politely opened my bag so he could see I hadn’t taken anything from their shop. My home is just around the corner. The last time I was there I saw an old fellow colleague and just imagined if someone I had known would have witnessed this event.. I would have been incredibly embarrassed! It’s not as if I look like a shab… I was wearing tennis shoes, but dress rather nice compared to the normal everyday person in Seattle. Fyi: Buy your wine/snacks elsewhere.. if you’re out of sight of the owner’s view for 5 seconds, he may then ask you to open your bag before checking out. Can you believe he then tried to take my money for my drink… of course I refused and left his ridiculous shop immediately. Are you kidding me!!!?!! He should have given it to me after all of his hassling + a sincere apology and a bottle of wine to boot! This is the strange part.. I never laid one finger on any bottle of wine! Take 5 Urban Market… hire someone who can actually SEE, or invest in a store camera instead of a paranoid old guy behind your counter! BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Everything here is WAY overpriced too.. I will never support them again. Btw: The Choice Deli And Grocery on 8th Ave Nw has a much Larger wine selection, NO drama, and much much better prices. They will absolutely get my business if I do not have time to run to PCC or Ballard Market!

  2. admin says:

    Not that I work for them or anything, but I’m sorry you didn’t have a good experience. I’ve never had an experience like that in my times there. I usually show up in sweats, order, wait, and then head out. The staff has always been friendly and nice to me.

    It’s unfortunate that even places that do well have off days. No one appeals to everyone (check out UrbanSpoon…no 100% ratings even for the best of the best).

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