Beth’s Cafe Review
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- THE GOOD: world-class comfort food.
- THE BAD: had to loosen our belts afterward.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Green Lake Seattle.
When Adam Richman failed the 12-Egg Omelette Challenge, we knew Beth’s Cafe was worth a try.
It took us five years to get there. But we did, and plan to go back.
Serving Seattle since 1954, Beth’s Cafe is known as “Seattle’s staple for comfort food.” It may not serve (rolls eyes) “local, organic, aoli, blanc, fromage,” or, something like that. But it serves eggs and hash and bacon and such–all the best cure for a hangover.
The chairs below?
That’s the waiting lounge. Lucky for us, we were graced with sun and only 15 minutes to wait. By the way, many awaiting outside came from out-of-town, substantiating the restaurant’s fame.
Fame, if it even cares for such notion, certainly didn’t hail from architectural grandeur. A low-ceilinged building in desperate need of re-modeling, it may–or may not–survive the next 6-point richter. But its outside walls, in an eye-soring shade of blue, appears to be recently painted. And that’s about as lavish as it gets on Aurora Ave.
No parking lot either.
Hope you’re good at parallel.
A waitress ushered us in at minute-10.
Her assertive strides lead our shuffled feet. She wore a low-back dress that flaunted a tatted back and the band of a rather sexy bra. Her attire may offend the highly-educated ivy-leaguers who seem to have recently taken over the city, but it didn’t offend us.
She looked like a true Seattleite who doesn’t give a sh*t what people think.
We liked our seat.
Corner booth with generous leg room and table space, next to a huge window. Ah! Sunlight!
While waiting on coffee, my husband and I admired the artwork on the wall.
Such masterpieces, aren’t they?
The radio blasted grunge rock.
Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Pink Floyd…
What to eat? What to eat?
Menu items aren’t peculiar, but offers clever names like The Triple Bypass, a 6- to 12-egg omelette, with bacon, sausage, ham, double swiss and double American cheese.
(In hushed tone) Um, let’s bypass that.
How about a traditional “Country Benedict” (under “Breakfast Favorites”) that includes split biscuit patty, sausage, scrambled eggs, gravy and hash ($10.45), and a more interesting choice like the “Northwest Exposure Omelette,” with smoked salmon, green onions and cream cheese ($14.75)? Due to extreme hunger, we added sweet potato fries.
The menu includes other breakfast favorites like pancakes and French toast, as well as burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, soups and desserts.
If you have smaller appetite, try “Beth’s Mini Breakfasts.”
Our fries arrived first.
Fresh and aromatic, the waffle-shaped sweet potato fries stacked neatly on top of each other. They crunched on the outside and chewed tender within. A balance of sweet and salty then stroked our tongues.
Soon appeared two bountiful plates.
An omelette laid on a bed of hash, tightly wrapping the cream cheese, entangling slivers of smoked salmon, that oozed out with a light poke.
Amusing combination, isn’t it? Eggs and cream cheese and salmon. And thus our initial reaction. We enjoyed it very much. The flavor is quintessentially Pacific Northwest.
I apologize for being honest again!
The biscuit, from the Country Benedict, failed to impress. Buttery as it smelled, its hardened crust, even under a downpour of gravy, never turned soft.
Sausage, eggs and gravy were good though, especially when eaten together. Flavored in sweet and spicy, the sausage patty amplified eggs and gravy by balancing each bite with a perfect ratio of pungent and creamy.
Next to the omelette, we most-enjoyed the hash.
As you can see from the picture below, clusters of shredded potato grilled into chunky bites that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Gladly, they were savory; but sadly, they were eaten too soon.
Whatever inspired us to order an apple pie certainly wasn’t hunger.
After having to loosen our belts–okay, just mine–we gave up counting calories.
Apples are healthy, right?
The pie crust crumbled at the slightest movement of the plate, and allowed what’s inside to slip away. Messy as it may have been; buttery, flaky crust, along with cinnamon-and-sugar-enveloped apple chunks, practically melted in our mouths.
We’ve only one regret about our pie: not ordering ice-cream. 😞
Now we understand why Adam Richman failed his challenge.
He probably exploded before he was done–and we nearly exploded too.
If you don’t hear from us, we’ve died of gluttony.
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*Open 24 hours*
7311 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
“Established in 1954 as a nickel slots gambling parlor by Beth and Harold Eisenstadt, Beth’s Cafe is now World Famous for our hearty, delicious breakfasts including the enormous 12 egg omelette. Beth’s has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food”, “World’s Best Places to Pig Out”, Food Network’s “Top 5 Big Breakfasts”, as well as numerous local and national publications.Beth’s Cafe is just 5 minutes north of downtown Seattle on Highway 99 (Aurora Ave N.) between 73rd Street and Winona in the Greenlake neighborhood. Come see what everyone’s talking about!”