DT Seattle this Weekend..Best Breakfast??
I will be in Seattle this weekend with my husband and 7 year old son. Will be staying downtown. 2 nights at the Fairmont Olympic (411 University) and 1 night at the Hotel Monaco (Fourth & Spring).
Looking for a nice breakfast spot for each morning that is ideally walking distance from our hotel. Love Chillaquilles. Any restaurants serve them well?
Also read about Cafe Campagne and Le Panier Very French Bakery. Worth a visit?
And while we are talking food. Is Dick's really the best burger in town?
Sorry to say, nobody in Seattle makes decent chillaquilles.
Glo's is a small, homey place that makes world class eggs benadict. It gets crowded so I wouldn't take a child unless near opening. Its a nice walk, just across I-5.
Dick's is a Seattle institution. People grew up on it and its reached comfort food status for some, but its only mediocre, fast food burgers.
Both, Cafe Campagne and Le Panier are good, for French breakfast I'd also highly recommend Le Pichet. In terms of Chillaquilles, I'd recommend Senor Moose, but that's in Ballard and you'd need to drive. I agree with kirkj, Dick's is a Seattle institution and, as a Seattleite, I love their burgers and shakes, but an out of towner might not get the added bit of nostalgia that makes them great. Or you can eat them at 1:30am, that always helps.
Dick's is fun once in a while- But you must get a burger(one patty only with cheese- 2 for me ruins the taste of the burger), a fry, and a chocolate or strawberry milkshake- it makes the experience complete. The Palace Kitchen has a great burger downtown. Also, Two Bells Tavern downtown has a burger that gets chatter. A good "fast food" style burger that gets mention is Red Mill.
What?!?! You gotta get a Dick's Deluxe (or at least a Special, if you only want one patty). That's the real Dick's experience.
To be clear though, while Dick's is iconic-ly Seattle, it's not some amazing, remember for the rest of your life burger... It's a fun drive in joint that's been a part of Seattle's history, before Microsoft/Starbucks/etc.
Go on a warming Friday of Saturday evening and watch the lines and lines of students. Dick Spady and his hamburger stands are local treasures. He offers good pay and benefits to workers and is active in the community.
The is not so much about Cuisine. Heck, some argue it's not even about CHOW, but others cut him a long length of slack, just out of nostalgic gratitude. My standing order is: Dick's Deluxe, fries, ketchup and tarter, though a shake sneaks in every now and then.
I once had breakfast in the Fairmont about a year ago, and it was very good. Sazerac, the restaurant connected with the Monaco, has a nice breakfast menu, but I haven't actually eaten there. Tulio's is just a few blocks away. It too is a hotel restaurant, although I don't think most people here think of it as such. Here is their breakfast menu: http://www.tulio.com/tulmenu/breakfas.... I haven't eaten breakfast there either, but their lunches and dinners are very good.
I am too late to post to the original but for locals or future visitors....my husband and I live in Seattle and one of our favorite new spots is Tilikum Place. We had a great late breakfast there this Sunday. (North end of Belltown, a few doors west of the 5 Point Cafe in a cute little spot (407 Cedar Street) - kitty corner from the Chief Sealth(?)statue/fountain...We actually have been more times for dinner - love the ambience at night but we really like that we can have breakfast or late 'breakfast' for lunch until 3 p.m. every day. (closed Tuesdays). . .
Why we go to Dick's:
1. Founded locally, by Jack Spady, 55 years ago. Five Seattle locations.
2. Uses fresh meat, buns, potatoes peeled and sliced on site, vegetable oil, hand dipped shakes. Nothing frozen (except the ice cream!). Everything takes twice as long, as it's done by hand.
3. Employees start at $9.50 an hour and go to $10 after 3 months.
4. Employees get full medical coverage, management training and college scholarships for themselves and their families (I don't know the details on how many hours they work to get these benefits).
5. Spady leads local community work, like feeding the homeless.
SO, if you want an affordable and relatively healthy burger in Seattle, this is where you go!