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October 1, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Who’s your Daddy?

It’s been a very long time since I’ve eaten at Soup Daddy Soups. So long, in fact, I wasn’t even on the payroll at the Seattle Times when I last ate there. But I was writing restaurant reviews as a freelancer and here’s what I said about the original Soup Daddy in 1997 — after it made its debut in Pioneer Square. Well, we’ve come a long way, baby:

As of last month, the former Seattle Times cafeteria — once the private bastion of hungry RSI-inflicted journalists and their lunch bag-toting co-conspiritors is now home to the relocated Soup Daddy Soups and open to the public. So yesterday I went downstairs for a bowl of soup (cream of spinach with mushrooms and a whole lotta garlic) and ladled it up myself (from the very same “island” where I used to get my morning Cream of Wheat). I paid $3, grabbed a spoon and some crackers and went upstairs to eat it at my desk — though, admittedly, owners Karl and Diane Martin have warmed-up our former cafeteria dining room substantially.

Given the sad decline and eventual closure of our once-bustling cafeteria over the past few years (don’t get my fellow desk-jockeys started), I’m here to say the (Tully’s) coffee was hot and so was my soup. Verdict: we’re happy to have a new Daddy.

This leads me to ask: What other workplace “cafeterias” are open to the public and worthy of lunchtime visit? Does your office have one? Do you work near one? Where is it, and what should we eat there?

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