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The Bolivian food at this little cafe is so good that former Mariner Omar Vizquel valiantly tried to get Copacabana's recipe for sopa de camarones and picante de pollo after being traded to Cleveland in 1993; but the owners keep the family secrets, well, in the family. One recipe you may want to go to the altar for (any available Copacabana cousins?) is the tres leches, a white cake covered in cream. Only the view out the window can rival its lusciousness.
Martha Belaez Morrow's parents opened the Copacabana Cafe in 1964. She took it over some years later and moved it to its current digs overlooking Pike Place Market, where it's been for three decades. The food is of the South American variety, with a focus on Bolivia, where Belaez Morrow is from. Reviews of the restaurant are mixed: Some say it's overpriced, some say it's cheap; some say the food is good, some say it's so-so. But regardless, the view makes it all worth it. I'd be happy eating Spam from a can if it meant I got to spend a lazy summer afternoon lounging under one of those umbrellas, smelling the flowers, watching the Sound, and listening to the people.—Jesse Froehling
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