Opening day for Meander’s in the former Jade West Café

As of about half an hour ago, West Seattle’s newest café is open – Meander’s, in the former Jade West Café at 6032 California SW. As previously reported (here’s our December story), chef Miranda Krone – seen above making fresh whipped cream for French toast – took over the space after Jade West’s Wah Wong decided to retire, still recovering from injuries suffered when a drunk driver hit him on Beacon Hill more than a year ago. (Here’s the Wong family’s message, published here last November.) Meander’s will be open for breakfast, for starters, Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 am-3 pm; we borrowed a menu and will add notes on it shortly. The French toast, for starters, is $6.95: “Three slabs of vanilla bourbon-battered challah grilled and topped with whipped cream, maple syrup on the side.”

ADDED 9:31 AM: Read ahead to see what else is on the menu, and how much it costs (PLUS A FEW MORE NOTES ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT):

2 eggs any style, $5.50
2 eggs and “then some” $7.50
The Hangover (crispy hash browns topped with gravy, eggs, sauce) $7.25
The Red Eye (ham with red-eye gravy, cheese grits, 2 eggs any style) $7.50
Biscuits and gravy $6.75
Veggie biscuits and gravy $7.25
French toast (see above) $6.95
Oatmeal (pan)cakes $7.25
Eggs Bennie $8.75
Country fried steak and eggs $8.75
Punk House Hash $6.50 vegan (potatoes, spinach, mushrooms, onions, veggies) or $7.75 with cheese, sour cream, salsa, eggs
Meander’s Scramble (with onions, mushrooms, sausage, spinach, goat cheese) $7.25
Chloe’s Scramble (with spinach, ham, cheddar) $7.25
Corned-beef hash $7.55
Smoked salmon potato pancakes $8.75
Feeling kinda crabby $8.75 (frittata)
Three kinds of omelettes (and the menu says she will make a “build your own,” or “whites only,” for extra)
Old-fashioned oatmeal, $4.25
Yogurt and fresh fruit, $4.75
plus beverages and sides

ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: We sent Miranda a note with a few followup questions. She confirmed the hours are 8 am-3 pm, Tuesdays-Sundays; regarding lunch service, discussed in some earlier coverage, Miranda replied, “I do plan on serving lunch, but decided to focus on breakfast for the time being…because I’m doing this without any permanent employees (although some of the folks in the neighborhood have been phenomenal about offering their help in getting open), I wanted to focus on knocking the proverbial ball out of the park with my breakfasts, and expanding into lunch at a later date….likely in a month or so.”

43 Replies to "Opening day for Meander's in the former Jade West Café"

  • Silly Goose January 27, 2011 (8:44 am)

    So excitged you are here, darn I wish I would have known I could have walked up for some breakfast this morning. Welcome to the Hood Miranda we are so happy you are here!! See you soon!

  • LR January 27, 2011 (8:45 am)

    Thats great! good luck :)

  • CB January 27, 2011 (9:22 am)

    Looks good… all the best with the new cafe.

  • clifton January 27, 2011 (9:31 am)

    Sounds like great food!!! Curious if being open on weekends and closed two week days would not make better business sense… it seems like a lot of people go out for breaky / brunch on weekends… and often spend more then too…

  • OP January 27, 2011 (9:39 am)

    I just drooled on my keyboard.

  • thankful January 27, 2011 (9:55 am)

    Darn, I sure wish she was open Saturday or Sunday. We’d love to stop in for bfast, but weekday bfasts are not feasible for us. Good luck Miranda. I’m happy uour here and hope we can make It In soon.

  • Jeff January 27, 2011 (9:59 am)


  • WSB January 27, 2011 (10:16 am)

    Re: days – Patrick is going back right this moment to drop off the menu she loaned us – and will quadruple-check on the days, to make quadruple-sure we heard right. So hang on for a moment – he’s headed down the hill and will call me, and I’ll either verify or correct – Tracy
    UPDATE: Good news, Tuesdays-Sundays. My apologies.

  • Bunnyfer January 27, 2011 (10:50 am)

    Sweeeeeeet! We love finding new places for b-fast on the weekends, and this looks wondermus!

  • The Velvet Bulldog January 27, 2011 (10:57 am)

    I will be there! Love that Chloe has a dish named after her.

  • Eli January 27, 2011 (11:04 am)

    This could get dangerous, a breakfast place across the street from me. I can see me becoming a regular. ;)

  • SeaChanty51 January 27, 2011 (11:38 am)

    I was Meander’s first customer. GREAT breakfast!! Only closed on Mondays. WTG, Miranda!!!

  • westie January 27, 2011 (12:03 pm)

    aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!! So excited! It’s like The Dish, which I miss sooo much after moving from Freelard (Fremont-Ballard).
    Thank you for bringing this wonderful restaurant so close to my home. Breakfast on the weekends is like reading the Sunday paper!

  • Colleen January 27, 2011 (1:22 pm)

    And I will be there on Saturday.

  • Sherry January 27, 2011 (1:56 pm)

    What can I say but totally AWESOME. Biscuits & Gravy is great & can’t find enough words to describe the Challah Bread French Toast I guess best word would be ADDICTING!!!!!! THANK YOU MIRANDA & CHLOE

  • lenguamor January 27, 2011 (2:00 pm)

    GRITS?! Oh, I love you already Miranda. The very best from a fellow C&P’r!
    What are your hours?

  • Jen January 27, 2011 (3:48 pm)

    Sounds delightful!

    Second the request for hours of operation.

    And…is bacon one of the sides?

  • Terrence January 27, 2011 (3:52 pm)

    I used to live in te apartments next door and loved going to Wah’s for some great food and laughs. Wah and his place that stood still in time is missed. I am looking forward to eating what sounds to be delicious breakfast cooked by Miranda. Good luck Miranda see you soon!!

  • WMF January 27, 2011 (4:02 pm)

    French Toast was awesome, biscuits and gravy were awesome. Quality of coffee was excellent for a diner. Glad to have breakfast within walking distance.

  • ws jen January 27, 2011 (4:05 pm)

    Amen to the Grits!

  • Chuck January 27, 2011 (4:23 pm)

    I must say it is just what I expected and truly been waiting for. Had the Punk House Hash and was totally satisfied. Now I have a new reason to walk the dog on a section of block she does not like to go on (she gets bath at Dog Wash) and grab a bite to eat in the process. Way to go Miranda. See you soon.

  • Kim January 27, 2011 (5:57 pm)

    My mouth was drooling just hearing about the french toast. Now I’m gonna have to stop by a few times to try everything!!

  • Keith January 27, 2011 (7:20 pm)

    Sounds good. Sounds like we may be in a long line on Saturday or Sunday Morning!!

  • Paul January 27, 2011 (8:40 pm)

    Breakfest all day and night?

    • WSB January 27, 2011 (9:18 pm)

      Their hours, I have directly confirmed with Miranda herself tonight, are 8 am-3 pm.

  • meander January 27, 2011 (10:14 pm)

    Y’all are freaking amazing, and I am tickled seven different shades of pink to be here. You know how sometimes it feels like you’re doing exactly the right thing in the right place, with exactly the right folks? Yup. That’s about the size and shape of it.
    I haven’t known Wah for as long as many of you, but it’s clear to me that the man is a whole lot of awesome and will be sorely missed. That’s no small legacy to live up to, and I am grateful for your welcome and for the opportunity to carve out my own niche here in the community. And I’m really, really durned glad you like my food! *Whew*
    I think it was absolutely perfect that Marcia (Nate’s daughter) was my first customer today, too; she’s offered to bring me an aloe vera plant that is a descendant of one that was in there when it was Nate & Kate’s…how cool is that?

    Hours are 8am-3pm, every day but Monday…and we have really, really good bacon, thick sliced and applewood smoked. And our sausage is from Uli’s down at the Market…and I could go on and on, but I’m going to go fall down in bed, and see y’all tomorrow morning!
    Thanks again!

  • AJL January 28, 2011 (12:41 pm)

    We just stopped in for lunch/breakfast today. It was fantastic! Corned beef hash = real stuff. Potato pancakes w/salmon = potato w/salmon. Great coffee. Cinnamon rolls are not cloyingly sticky sweet (she makes them herself) and I ate it in about 1 minute. Great attitude wonderful new place for the Morgan Jct. We will be back for sure. For those who have never been to the place when it was Jade West, it’s tiny. Have patience. It will pay off. NOTE: Cash Only

  • catlady January 28, 2011 (2:06 pm)

    Hubby and I tried to go this morning to get a quick bite and it was fully packed. We hope to get in sometime soon to have the biscuits & gravy… yum. Congratulations and good luck!

  • Westie January 28, 2011 (4:56 pm)

    Hi Miranda!
    My family and I all agree that you should put out a couple pump coffee pots with coffee setup for people waiting. We WILL wait, especially if there’s lighthouse coffee while we wait. The Dish does this cause they’re small and very busy. If you throw out some cheap chairs that would be double good! I may have some chairs to donate. ;)

  • Mary January 28, 2011 (11:06 pm)

    I ate there with a friend this morning and it was *fabulous.* The biscuits with homemade marionberry jam were amazing. It truly *is* tiny and patience is required but it was a remarkably fun breakfast. Thanks, Miranda!

  • wseattleone January 29, 2011 (8:15 am)

    I had breakfast there on Thursday and it was fantastic! My kind of place. I’ll be back for sure. Thanks Miranda.

  • Dutchman January 29, 2011 (10:43 am)

    It is great! Worth a Wait! I highly recommend “the Hangover”. WSB deserves praise as well. They are on top of the news, care about WS and Great Blog.

  • pam January 29, 2011 (12:11 pm)

    Just left a crowded Meander’s — awesome breakfast chow, just awesome, everything on our tiny four seat table was fresh, made from good stuff, and tasted DELICIOUS. It’s tiny, there are 13 seats TOTAL (if I counted correctly) but it’s so fun to be there, it’s like a little breakfast theater.

    Go. Wait if you have to, it’s worth it.

  • N8 4D January 30, 2011 (12:58 pm)

    There is something special about this place. My Dad and my Aunt opened it as Nate & Kate’s on July 4th 1946. It has been through three owners and three names but the spirit remains the same. We just left a packed house, the food was exceptional. The social atmosphere brought back great memories of the place where 44 years ago I met Alice, the lady who would become my wife. Congratulations Miranda, you bring bring new life to this special place.

  • meander January 31, 2011 (9:36 am)

    Wow, what an incredible first week! I’ve been amazed by how many folks have been in, and wish I’d had more seats and an extra set of hands to give snappier service…I’ll be working on both of those things. In the mean time, I thanked Wah for training all of his regulars to refill not only their own coffee, but everyone else’s, too.
    This is truly an amazing community, and I’m glad to be a part of it. Wah and Salina have both been in a couple of times, and three generations of Nate & Kate’s family have been in, too. Watching my daughter fill sugar shakers and ketchup bottles for me, it feels like one big (hopefully well-fed) family. : )
    Thank you!

  • Sherry January 31, 2011 (5:18 pm)

    Told Miranda when I first met her-that the WS Community would support her & GET MORE SPACE. The reviews are great-Thank You West Seattle!!!!! The food is great AND SHE IS LIVING HER DREAM HOW COOL IS THAT! She & Daughter Chloe are fantastic people All my relatives on the East Coast & Middle America know about her via ME on FaceBook Now they have a reason to visit me!!!!!!!!! Hopefully in the Upcoming 46 yrs Chloe will inherit the cafe & we can say remember when she waas a little girl filling sugar shakers!!!!! Luv you both

  • seattlecris February 3, 2011 (11:21 am)

    I ate there yesterday. It was amazingly delicious. I predict that place will have long lines to get in so enjoy it now. I’m going to eat there often before the word gets out.
    Even the hashbrowns were super tasty and delicious.. usually they are just satisfying.

  • Bunnyfer February 4, 2011 (11:37 am)

    Three of us were in last Sun for brunch, and we were all delightfully stuffed! I had the phenomenal Punk House Hash, and I can’t wait to go back for the French toast! A recommendation from others when we were there was for a webcam, so those of us who are a hop-skip-jump from your place can see if seats are free. Can’t wait for warmer weather so we can sit outside and form long lines!! Welcome Miranda!

  • janet k February 12, 2011 (12:32 pm)

    I ate there a week ago and the food was great but there was this really nice guy washing dishes and he really made an effort to make us feel welcomed. Id go back for him and the food.

  • Cheryl February 18, 2011 (2:51 pm)

    Just had breakfast here this morning, and it was AWESOME!!! Thanks Miranda for making our first visit so special. Wrote up that Yelp review I promised too. Cheers!

  • daveg February 20, 2011 (4:33 pm)

    yep..awesome place. Glad to see you branching out into some weekday lunch fare.

    now if we can just coax Wah into making a fresh vat or two of his infamous hot sauce for old times sake…


  • meander February 26, 2011 (9:59 pm)

    Best. Neighborhood. Ever.
    We’re working on those expansion plans already, as well as a sign to make it a li’l easier to find us. Chloe spent her mid-winter break filling sugar shakers & ketchup bottles, and actually said something nice about my cooking…at thirteen, she’s my strongest critic. ;-)
    Lunch menu is up, reubens & monte cristo’s, oh my!
    More veggie options for lunch coming soon…

    You guys make me love my work.

  • Nancy March 1, 2011 (6:24 pm)

    Thanks for vegan offerings! I’ll be there soon.

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