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food wars, redux- 5 point v. 5 spot

macsak Aug 2, 2013 12:32 PM


and bonus points for an explanation why there are 2 breakfast joints with nearly the same name

  1. dave_c Aug 6, 2013 04:10 PM

    5 Point is the place you go to where the waitress (the older lady) loses your order or leaves your food at the window until it's ice cold. If she's your waitress expect an hour or more wait for food. In other words, it's off my list of places to dine.

    IMHO, 5 Spot has better food and service.

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    1. re: dave_c
      gingershelley Aug 7, 2013 10:38 AM

      This why we all get our opinions - we differ!

      WAR on :)

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      akq Aug 5, 2013 08:10 PM

      5 spot is better. I like their red flannel hash (corned beef & beet) and pancakes w/ real maple syrup.

      1. babette feasts Aug 3, 2013 09:40 AM

        To add to the name confusion, there is also the Hi Spot in Madrona, serving breakfast and lunch. Haven't been to any of them in many many years, but vote Hi Spot as best food out of the 3.

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        1. re: babette feasts
          Jeri L Aug 3, 2013 04:28 PM

          I think of the Hi Spot as a restaurant disguised as a coffee and pastry shop. Worth a visit just for the raspberry hazelnut scones.

        2. s
          sweetpotater Aug 2, 2013 06:50 PM

          5 Spot is literally in my backyard and my kid loves it ... and still I can never get enthused about eating there. Nothing's *wrong* with it, per se. Nothing's notable either.

          1. b
            Brunhilde Aug 2, 2013 04:28 PM

            The 5 Spot is part of the CHOW foods restaurant line (www.chowfoods.com). I've never had anything particularly good there.

            The 5 Point is a magical land of local drunks with much better than average bar food. As I said in another thread, my favorite Chicken Fried Steak in town comes from here, and if I recall correctly I always enjoy their french dip after a drink or ten.

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            1. re: Brunhilde
              kaleokahu Aug 2, 2013 08:22 PM

              Hey, Brunhilde:

              Spot (oops) on. Good Bloodies there, too.

              I share your view on 5 Spot's food. It's not bad, and I admire them doing their rotating themes, just not special for me.


            2. c
              christy319 Aug 2, 2013 01:02 PM

              Neither of them are breakfast joints. They may have breakfast, but the first is really a dive bar that been around forever, and the second is a restaurant that serves all meals and is part of a local chain.

              5 Point is probably called because it's off 5th Ave, or maybe because it's at a wacky spot where a bunch of streets converge. 5 Spot was undoubtedly conjured up in a marketing meeting.

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              1. re: christy319
                macsak Aug 2, 2013 01:10 PM

                so 5 point is a dive bar that serves food and 5 spot is a neo-diner?
                mahalo for that explanation

                and thanks for the theory on the names

                1. re: christy319
                  macsak Aug 2, 2013 01:10 PM

                  which one has better food?

                  1. re: macsak
                    mcmullek Aug 2, 2013 01:42 PM

                    Although I have not yet been to 5 Spot in some time, I think they're a bit hard to compare.

                    5 Spot is v. kid-friendly (being on Queen Anne hill and all). They rotate some their menu items based on a certain region, which might be why I can't recall any specific, go-to items that I've enjoyed.

                    5 Point on the other hand is my go-to for fried Beecher's cheese curds during their happy hour, CFS (chicken fried steak) anytime and hot roast beef platter on cold days. It is diner food at it's finest with cheap pitchers and jukebox people watching as a plus.

                    If you can't tell, I'm a fan.

                  2. re: christy319
                    gingershelley Aug 3, 2013 08:00 AM

                    Disagree christy - 5 Point is 1/2 a bar, and 1/2 a diner - and the sides are very distinct, tho you will find many of the same clientele on either side, but not usually both sides in the same visit.

                    5 Point, tho they do serve all meals and is a neighborhood joint, it is kind of known as a breakfast spot, as you can see by the lines on a Sat/Sun morning, (which the place does not rate), nor is their a line at other meals, so it's clearly popular as a brunch run.

                    Agree with your assesment of the naming thing. Tho for Macsak, we can keep it simpler; 5 Point is authentic, 5 spot is a small chain with bigger hype than delivery.

                    5 Point has the better food.

                    1. re: christy319
                      macsak Aug 3, 2013 10:32 AM

                      i just thought of the fact that "5 spot" is slang for a five dollar bill
                      is there a $5 specials menu or something like that?

                      1. re: macsak
                        Gizmo56 Aug 3, 2013 10:38 AM

                        "5 Spot highlights its regular Melting Pot Meals from 5 defined regions (or spots) year-round for those who like to stick with a sure thing."


                        1. re: Gizmo56
                          macsak Aug 3, 2013 03:32 PM

                          mahalo for that
                          i guess i should've read the website more closely

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