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Oct 14, 2006 08:26 PM

Old Fashioned American Brekafast in North Seattle?

I am looking for a place with big omlets, stacks of pancakes and never ending coffee in or near Greenlake.

Anything ring a bell? I love some of our city's more evolved breakfast spots but would like something that a-la iHOP but with quality food...

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  1. You might check out the Original Pancake House on 15th NW (a little north of 80th) in Ballard. I have had some good pancakes there (the also make a dutch baby and apple pancakes that are good), and it is more of the old fashioned American style place. I know they have egg dishes but haven't had them. I wouldn't say the quality is top notch (ie you are not going to get Niman Ranch bacon here) but it's better than IHOP for sure.

    1. This is a noble quest that you are on jbaum! I long for more places as you describe--anywhere in Seattle. One spot that seems overlooked and still has character is the Bay Cafe at the
      Fisherman's Terminal, 1900 W Nickerson,(206) 282-3435. Access from Elliot. Omelettes are good and big and there is plenty of coffee. Afterward, it's great to walk along the docks of fishing boats. Open 7 days, too.

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      1. re: itsonlyfood

        I will have to second the Bay Cafe

        1. re: jdestes

          Here's another vote for the Bay Cafe, although it's about a 10 - 15 minute drive from Greenlake. Especially good are the oyster dishes - omelets and benedict for example.

      2. Voula's. beneath the I-5 bridge, is a distinctly old-style breakfast/lunch cafe. I imagine the menu features patty-melt with fries, and like that. I never found it to be a particularly good value, or culinarily interesting, but sure, they got hash browns...
        Up at 65th on Roosevelt is the sunflour (?) cafe, which surely fancies itself evolved, as it should, and has many good goodies in the fare.
        There's a Swedish pancake place north of 85th on 15th, in Ballard, though we've never been there so can't vouch for it.
        The Wild Mountain cafe is way over the top, in price and organic pretension, but tasty enough and aspiring to invention. Some are not amused, but de gustibus non disputandum.
        Zoka and the Elysian, in Tangletown, have the great benefit of a built-in Plan B, with Mighty-O Doughnuts right across the street. Again. we've not tried to breakfast there, but they have possibilities.
        Hales Ales serves-up a pretty fine weekend brunch. The potatoes served with breakfast items are quite good, though you do yourself a favor to avoid the potatoes served with lunch items, oddly.

        1. For a plate of delicious pancakes - and lots of little cups of weak coffee - I really, really like Cyndy's House of Pancakes at 105th & Aurora.

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          1. re: Janer

            Yes! Cyndy's rules. I don't think there's a better old-fashioned breakfast joint in North Seattle. And it's a real BREAKFAST joint: they close at what, 3 PM? I don't like pancakes, but I like theirs.

            There are other good ones, but they're far away: whatsitsname in Edmonds, The Lil Pancake Chef near the airport (my favorite), Randy's by Boeing Field.

            1. re: fnarf

              "whatsitsname in Edmonds" = Family Pancake House?

          2. You guys are missing the best choice out there and it is the closest to Greenlake out of what has been posted so far - Pete's Egg Nest at 7717 Greenwood Ave N (just south of the Greenwood neighborhood). Great tasting food, huge portions - I'd call it Old Fashioned American if it weren't owned by a Greek Family, lol, but don't let that fool you - it is great - one of the best Breakfast places in all of Seattle in my opinion.

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            1. re: Chrome_CW

              Pete's!!!! Great food, great value!

              I like breakfast at Mae's (65th & Phinney) better, but it's more expensive and generally a longer wait. If I'm organized and out the door before 9:30, Mae's, If I'm late, Pete's.