Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Pacific Northwest >
Mar 31, 2009 08:46 PM

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      2 Replies
      1. re: bergeo

        Thanks for the info.
        I had breakfast at Le Pichet last time I was in town. Really nice.

        1. re: bergeo

          Dicks sucks, lousy burgers, needs an overhaul.

        2. Breakfast/brunch at Cafe Campagne: try the oeufs en meurette...sensational!

          1. Downtown breakfast-
            Steelhead Diner
            Etta's Seafood
            Le Pichet
            611 Supreme

            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.

            7 Replies
            1. re: natalie.warner

              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.

              1. re: GreenYoshi

                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.

                1. re: mrnelso

                  Do you dip the fries in the tartar as well as the ketchup?
                  Or is it an additional sauce for the burger?

              2. re: natalie.warner

                Yes, Lola. Lola is the best downtown breakfast. (Palace Kitchen's late night breakfast is also great, but it's only served between 10pm and 1am.)

                1. re: terrier

                  Lola is good for breakfast, and open early...don't resist the donuts. Since you're staying a night at the Hotel Monaco, I think you could do worse than a breakfast at Sazerac.

                  1. re: Jeri L

                    Lola's, Cafe Campagne, Le Pichet. For traditional breakfast, maybe CJ's if you're downtown. Glo is good but lines are too long. Just go to Lola's.

                2. re: natalie.warner

                  Pardon my editorial intrusion, but I make that a "good" fast-food style burger...

                3. 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: I haven't eaten breakfast there either, but their lunches and dinners are very good.