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Cycene Serves Up a Taste of the South

Cycene Serves Up a Taste of the South

Posted December 12, 2016

This month, Pike Place Market celebrates the grand opening of Cycene, a new restaurant on First Avenue serving up Southern-inspired cuisine. Open early for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, hungry patrons will be delighted by the simple-yet-satisfying selection of sandwiches and grits.

Co-owner Patsy Williams greets customers at the counter, taking orders like Cajun boudin grits with eggs over easy, sides of succotash and home fries, and the popular spicy chicken sandwich. "Cycene is the Old English word for kitchen," Patsy explains. "This is our kitchen, and we want people to feel the love of eating a humble, home cooked meal."

The chef behind the grill is Hassan Chebaro, Patsy's husband and the other half of the Cycene duo. "This is the food I grew up eating and love to cook," says Hassan. "Everything is made from scratch. All of the sauces, all of the sausages... everything."

Cycene is open weekdays 6 am-2 pm, weekends 8 am-3 pm, and located at 1523 First Avenue between Pike and Pine, neighboring El Borracho, Shug's Soda Fountain + Ice Cream, and Old Stove Brewing Company. Visit for more information.