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The Other Coast Cafe - 11 Reviews - 5315 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (206) 789-0936

The Other Coast Cafe

5315 Ballard Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 789-0936
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The other coast now has a location downtown, they are also offering box lunches and will deliver to your office. I have turned my office on to them so we are now ordering at lea...


On my first visit, they were very busy, which is usually a good sign. I tried the meatball sub & had expected it to be like those I would get back East. The meatballs were huge ...

Not that impressed 10/29/2007

The lines are always long so you would assume it's a good place for a sandwich. While I'm sure some will like their style, I am not a fan of the large messy sandwich that falls apart after one bite. Upon opening the wrapper for my Chicken Parmesan, I was faced with what looked like an entire can of tomato sauce poured over the bread, and cheese melting all over the place. The bread was completely soaked and could not hold its ingredients. One positive thing I can say is that they are generous with their sandwich ingredients, unfortunately, the presentation is not one of their strengths. I couldn't bring myself to eat the darn thing. more

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Very busy, lots of sandwich options 12/10/2006

On my first visit, they were very busy, which is usually a good sign. I tried the meatball sub & had expected it to be like those I would get back East. The meatballs were huge and covered in copious amounts of tomato sauce. The bread was a bit too chewy & it was slightly burnt.. My dining companions enjoyed the Cajun sandwich & I'll probably try that next time (or another of their many options) I'm in the mood for a sandwich without East coast roots. As others have mentioned, it is really hard to find good East-coast style sandwich shops in Seattle. Lots of other things to appreciate in the Northwest though ... more

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The other coast now has a location downtown, they are also offering box lunches and will deliver to your office. I have turned my office on to them so we are now ordering at least once a more having to go to Ballard during my lunch hour. They have the best sandwiches in the city by FAR more

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Great eats 6/5/2006

I'm a big fan of the chicken parm sandwich! I wish they delivered. more

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From the land of grinders 4/13/2006

Since Seattle is more about teriyaki and burritos than sandwiches, this place is good to visit if you can't afford (or do not wish to) fly to the land of drippy Reubens. The huge sandwiches are an assault on the senses, so one visit lasts me a few months. A nice place to round out a trip to the Sunday farmer's market. Factoid: Sunset magazine included a little write up on this place not long ago. more

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The Other Coast...of deli delight 3/29/2006

Be prepared for a wait, and if you're scared of spicy, skip the mustard. However, the Other Coast Cafe in Old Ballard is a yummy wait to satifsy those sandwich cravings. I tend to stick to safer fare like turkey and chesse, but I always like what I get. As a warning, I have seen pretty burnt sandwiches come out when business is busy. So beware of getting anything toasted. more

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sandwiches in Seattle, finally 3/2/2006

I have been hankering for a good east coast sandwich and finally found one at this fun Ballard joint. Sandwiches are BIG and tasty. The Cajun one is particularly good. Great ingredients and lively vibe. Not sure of their hours but definitely lunch. you'll be transported back to the East Coast by your taste buds. more

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Rajin Cajin = Favorite Sandwich in Seattle 2/6/2006

Located in Ballard, the Other Coast is Seattle's finest deli and sandwich shop in my humble opinion. If you've got bright ideas for worthy competitors, by all means comment on this review as I'm a big fan of made-to-order sandwiches. Anyway, the Other Coast's sandwich that keeps me coming back again and again is the Rajin Cajin. It's hot chicken sandwich served on a crusty fresh roll (I think). It's cheesy and messy due to the tangy sauce (some sort of a mayonnaise derivative) applied liberally on the sandwich. I've had others there as well that are quite good but I always come back to the RJ. The Other Coast is worth a side trip if you're craving a big and tastey deli sandwich. There's often a line so be prepared to wait a little bit (no more than 5 minutes) for your order. The staff there is young, cool, and friendly so show the love and give them a tip if you feel the service warrants it. more

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NY Style Deli 7/22/2005

Let me start by saying....there really is no NY style deli in Seattle. PLEASE OPEN ONE. You will not find great motzah ball soup or chopped liver unless you get invited to a passover meal or can fly to Los Angeles for lunch. That said, there are two places that try really hard. 1. Roxy's Diner in Ballard - they have the reuben and the motzah ball soup and both are good. But then they also have a pastrombow (humbow meets pastrami) which makes me think, no. 2. The Other Coast Cafe in Ballard- amazing two-meal sanwiches but more of an east coast SUB SANDWICH place. I have been hearing about one on the eastside but don't know the name. Again, PLEASE OPEN ONE! more

An East Coast Girl Falls in Love with a Seattle Deli 6/26/2005

I am from N.J. and my parents are from New York City (where I spent a lot of time growing up). For anyone who has had "New York Deli," you know the sandwiches are amazing. Delicious bread, fresh cold cuts - and the sandwiches are HUGE. No offense to the Seattle deli's, but I struggled to find a place that even came close to making such a great sandwich. Finally, a friend introduced me to the Other Coast Cafe and I fell in love. The sandwiches are FABULOUS and do remind me of New York Style sandwiches. There slogan is "East Coast Sandwiches Built with a Northwest Attitude" and that is exactly what they are. It is a bit pricey for sandwiches, but it is because they are so big and made very fresh. If you go to a deli on Broadway in New York, you will pay $25 for 1 sandwich so the Other Cafe is cheap compared to that. It is a small place and they do not have much seating - so I always prefer takeout. If you want to check it out, the website is more

Way better than Quizznos 5/23/2005

The Other Coast Cafe - as in the way East Coasters refer to the West Coast. This is an east coast style sandwich shop, whatever that means. I do know that it has the best sandwich menu in Seattle, including a secret weapon they call the "Rajun Cajun". Don't worry, it's nothing like an atomic pepper at dante's inferno. People who know Ballard have kept this to themselves for years and its just not right. Thank you judysbook for spreading the word about this great place. more
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