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Swedish meatballs and pancakes?

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My parents love going to Ikea for Swedish pancakes and Swedish meatballs. My dad also loves Swedish pancakes from a mix. They are visiting, and I figure I can do better for them given Seattle's heritage. Can you recommended a restaurant for lunch or brunch? Copper Gate is good but only open for dinner. I know about the Scandinavian groceries but would prefer to eat out.

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  1. Scandinavian Specialties in Ballard is a grocery/gift store and deli. The dining area is modest but the food items we have purchased have been quite good. It is located at 6719 15th Ave. NW. They have a number of meat prodcuts (fish cakes, meatballs, sausage, lamb, etc.) as well as smorrbrod, some desserts and of course, lefse.

    I would love to see if CH'ers have any other suggestions. My dad is in his (very) golden years at age 90 and the one thing guaranteed to bring him joy is a trip to Ballard. I would love to find someplace to take him to eat. Anywhere in the area, really. If we want to eat out, we most often end up at Ikea and it seems like we should be able to do better than that.

    1. I haven't got any suggestions for the meatballs, but both Patty's Eggnest and The Original Pancake House have Swedish Pancakes on their menus and are popular with the 85+ people in my life!

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      Original Pancake House
      8037 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

      Patty's Eggnest In Seattle
      9749 Holman Rd NW, Seattle, WA 98117

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      1. re: Jeri L

        I would 2nd OPH for their Swedish Pancakes. However I usually get the 49ers when I eat at OPH. They are just as thin, but are more crewy or elastic, a texture I rather like.

        I'm not sure there is much difference between Swedish Pancakes and crepes - other than the Lingonberry jam. The recipe that my mom used called for beating the eggs for a long time, but I don't think that is necessary.

      2. The Swedish Cultural Center has a pancake breakfast the first Sunday of the month. It's pretty good but not like home made but a fun experience with some entertainment value. You have a choice of pancakes and ham or pancakes and ham.

        The Swedish Cultural Center also has a Friday Kafe that has lunch from Noon and Dinner from 6. I haven't tried it yet so I can't tell you anything about the food.

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        1. re: knowspicker

          I actually played music for these Pancake breakfasts for years.
          I highly recommend them, because while the ham might be a fairly simple sort, and the pancakes are those special Swedish ones, one of the things you look for in a dining-out experience is to have the atmosphere.
          And regardless of where your parents are on the spectrum of Swedish/American absorption, they'll find encouragement of their Swedish roots at this event.
          They don't speak Swedish? No problem!
          They don't speak English? ALSO no problem!

          I guarantee a good time is to be had by all.

          1. re: knowspicker

            Paulj - The swedish pancakes I grew up on were as you described 49ers (never tried) - much more eggy and stretchy than a crepe. Probably an egg-to-flour ratio result.

            haven't found a good place for meatballs, i must agree. we end up buying at scand specialties, which are tasty

            The Nordic Heritage center does events that occasionally include a dinner, maybe one will coincide with their visit. There also used to be a place that served them in paulsbo if you wanted to make a ferry ride one of your site seeing adventures.

          2. If you're into cooking your own meatballs, and you want to see an idea of how it's done, the Seattle Public Library has the complete DVD set of New Scandinavian Cooking available for checkout, and it includes a recipe for meatballs demonstrated in a beautiful setting.