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alexa52 Mar 31, 2009 08:46 PM

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?

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    zoogrrrl Apr 14, 2009 09:34 PM

    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!

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      superfan Apr 13, 2009 10:59 PM

      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). . .
      www.tilikumplacecafe.com

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        alexa52 Apr 11, 2009 11:35 AM

        Thanks for all the suggestions. Ended up at Le Panier Very French Bakery one morning. Very busy and very good. Also tried Belle Epicurean. Guess we were in a French mood.
        Alexa
        http://52perfectdays.com/

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          PAO Apr 2, 2009 11:41 AM

          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.

          1. natalie.warner Apr 1, 2009 02:46 PM

            Downtown breakfast-
            Lola's
            Steelhead Diner
            Etta's Seafood
            Le Pichet
            Glo's
            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.

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              GreenYoshi Apr 1, 2009 05:52 PM

              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.

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                mrnelso Apr 7, 2009 02:33 PM

                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.

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                  GreenYoshi Apr 7, 2009 02:49 PM

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

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                terrier Apr 1, 2009 06:29 PM

                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.)

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                  Jeri L Apr 1, 2009 10:04 PM

                  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.

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                    zoogrrrl Apr 2, 2009 11:27 AM

                    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.

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                  mrnelso Apr 7, 2009 02:24 PM

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

                3. bbqer Apr 1, 2009 12:35 PM

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

                  http://www.campagnerestaurant.com/caf...

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                    bergeo Apr 1, 2009 10:42 AM

                    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.

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                      alexa52 Apr 1, 2009 11:05 AM

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

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                        JimmyLSeattle Apr 12, 2009 05:15 PM

                        Dicks sucks, lousy burgers, needs an overhaul.

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                        kirkj Apr 1, 2009 04:22 AM

                        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.

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