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Jan 31, 2012 07:50 AM

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Classic old diner/greasy spoons in the downtown core, but will travel a bit if exemplaryn

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      1. re: kaleokahu

        +1. Just had 'blunch' there a couple weeks ago, and it had been years, but still the same - or better food/value. It got new owners (well, it might have been a few years now - how time flies), and the quality was GREAT.

        Still the same dive atmo, but cafe Vita coffee, fresh house-roasted turkey on a turkey/bacon/avocado sami special I ordered, and the fries and dinner salad were crispy and fresh on both counts! Prices are good.
        There are VERY few of these places left.

      2. The Shanty. Key Arena-ish, rather than business downtown area.

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        1. re: ethereal

          Hi, ethereal:

          I used to eat at the Shanty years ago. So long ago I can't remember for sure when or why I stopped going there. I have a dim recollection that the ownership and cooks changed and that the food consequently took an unintended multicultural turn.

          Is it good food again?



          1. re: kaleokahu

            We eat there (Shanty) all the time on our way to the marina. They have great diner fare. The waitress has opinions. Follow her ideas.

            1. re: kaleokahu

              Honestly, I haven't been there in a while. My husband loves the greasy spoon and this was one of his favorites. When I think "dive" I think of it because it's as if it's trapped in time, including the food. It's not creative, but great for a hang over and predictable.

          2. Is the Mecca Cafe still on Lower Queen Anne?

            Hurricane Cafe

            The Athenian in the Market

            I can't vouch for any of these places as being worth eating at, but those are what come to mind as classic old greasy spoons. Is 13 Coins too 'upscale'? I've never actually been there.

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            1. re: babette feasts

              Mecca is OK... it shares some staff with 5 point, but the kitchen is not as good.

              Hurricane never won me over - I miss the Doghouse to this day:(.

              Never tried the Athenian...

              1. re: gingershelley

                gingershelley, For the sense of this place, I urge you to try the Athenian (once, anyway), before it winks away forever, as it surely must. Join the locals and the tourists in an oyster omelet and a shot. Haven't been in there for thirty years, but I shop in the Market and see it frequently - nothing changes. This visit is about culture, mostly. Lots of history , but you never know when unexpected chow might happen (besides, the whole Market is right outside the door).
                Color, not food, so much...

                1. re: mrnelso

                  Will do, Mr. Nelso... you know these 'classics' are at peril of being swept away all the time. We should visit them to keep them around!

                  1. re: gingershelley

                    Bakemans for the best turkey sandwiches in town.

                  2. re: mrnelso

                    a word on the slendid athenian - the owner, feeling her own mortality as she approached the century mark, could not convince anyone in her family to take the helm and selling to someone lacking another restaurant (a market requirement) would have been most difficult. so, she sold a majority interest to her longtime manager so there is both good news (he will make no changes to the wonderful dark atmosphere and the whole place will not suddenly disappear) and bad (he has sreamlined the menu - goodby, clam hash!). as mrnelso so accurately noted, it's about the color, not the food bourbon and biscuits at 8 am...

                    1. re: howard 1st

                      I'm not sure I ever ate anything at the Athenian, but once upon a time when I worked the graveyard shift baking, it was a nice spot to stop and watch the sunrise and have a beer on the way home. Good times.

                      1. re: howard 1st

                        We went once after the regime change. It wasn't as good. And no more Eggs ala Goldenrod, either.

                2. Silver Fork ~ 3800 Rainier Ave S. good biscuits and gravy!