Posts Tagged ‘chain cafes’



April 5, 2010

If there is one thing that bothers me more than bad service it is a cold drink that should be hot or at least warm. With that said the Ebar at Nordstrom in Alderwood mall is very generic. Walking in is looks and feels very much like a Starbucks or a Coffee Bean. The drink menu is pretty much tick for tack the same as the chain cafes. The one big difference is the food menu. A menu outside included items such as cilantro lime shrimp, herb roasted chicken pizza, roasted chicken and herb goat cheese sandwich, sauteed chicken and angel hair pasta, and salmon with gazpacho salsa. My mouth is watering just reading that. Unfortunately my time was short and eating wasn’t an option.

When I approached the counter a barista looked at me several times and went on with what she was doing without acknowledging me. Another walked out of the back and went about her business before even coming to take my order. Not a good impression.

I ordered a mocha and waited. When it came out I was was less than impressed. Not only was it cold, but it had an overly rich mocha flavor to it. It tasted sort of like chocolate milk that some one put way to much chocolate syrup in and let sit to room temperature. Not what I expected.

Although the mall parking was full that day the ample seating area outside of Nordstom that serves as the dining room was nearly empty so finding a seat is not an issue here.

One thing that I really liked about Ebar was their mission statement. Not only is their food organic and they serve fait trade coffee, but they serve local food. Also their hot paper cups are biodegradable and their carry out packaging are made from 100% recycled paperboard.

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