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What 11 Seattle Chefs Order at Their Fave Greasy Spoon

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When it comes to greasy spoons, Seattle's coffee mug runneth over. From the 24-hour diner to the dive-bar that also slings great hash to the original blue collar Georgetown bar that serves up American classics without irony, there is certainly no shortage of places to get pancakes, bacon and eggs.

To help launch Greasy Spoons Week 2013, 11 chefs have enthusiastically pitched in their oil-slicked picks. Here now, an alphabetical map of where they go and what they order.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The 5 Point Cafe

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415 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-9991
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Brendan McGill, Hitchcock: "I've loved the 5 Point ever since my Belltown door guy days. We'd get off work at 3, head back to my place and hang out for a few hours, then wrap up the night with a handful of shots and breakfast at the 5 Point. These days I only wind up there if I've got a red-eye to gear up for, or jet lagged and wake up at 4:00 am hungry. Still a great hot, crispy chicken-fried steak. And you can't beat the people-watching."

2. Bay Cafe - Fishermen's Terminal

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1900 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 282-3435
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Eric Tanaka, Tom Douglas Restaurants: "My favorite joint is the Bay Café at the Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. I always get the veg omlette with sour cream instead of cheddar. It has a wonderful view of the water and the food is solid."

3. The Dish Cafe

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4358 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-9985
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Angie Roberts, Hollywood Tavern: "Consistently good, not fussy, coffee while you wait, wall of hot sauce."

4. Easy Street Records & Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW, #200
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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Lucy Damkoehler, Sugar Mt. Bakery: "Easy Street Café in West Seattle is my favorite place to get French toast. I always order the Frances Farmer French Toast. It's the closet thing to dessert I can get away with for breakfast."

5. Easy Street Records & Cafe

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4559 California Ave SW, #200
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 938-3279
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Mark Fuller, Ma'ono: "I love the Horton Heat Hash. This hash has corned beef and bacon. It's spicy, delicious and filling. The hash is served with 3 eggs how you like them."

6. The Shanty Cafe

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350 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 282-1400
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Eric Hellner, Metropolitan Grill: "I haven't hung out in a greasy spoon in years — not for any reason other than schedule/life. A million years ago I use to go to The Shanty for breakfast a lot. Mostly to try to fix a hangover. I just ate the usuals: sunny side up eggs, potatoes, pancakes etc."

7. Leny's Place Bar and Grill

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2219 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-9175
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Matthew Lewis, Where Ya At Matt, Roux: "I always end up at Leny's for the wings. I have not found a place in Seattle that does them better. I know they are breaded, which is 'not traditional' and why I did not call them Buffalo wings, but they are good! Make sure that you specify the original sauce. Sometimes they try and get fancy and it is just not the same."

8. Loretta's Northwesterner

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8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 327-9649
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Tyler Palagi (r), Charlie Garrison (l), Radiator Whiskey: "Charlie and I go to Loretta's in Southpark for the double dirty-ass cheeseburger and hand cut fries! So good and greasy! Delicious!"

9. Luna Park Cafe

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2918 SW Avalon Way
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 935-7250
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Bill Morris, The Rainier Club: "Luna Park in West Seattle for the good, tall, old-fashioned shakes, typically good burgers and onion rings."

10. Mecca Cafe

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526 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 285-9728
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Jason Vickers (l), Chris Andersen (r), FEZ: "Chris's pick is the Luna Park Cafe for a heap of fries and a chocolate malted milkshake out front in the sun, although it's pretty great inside as well. And as for me (I'm originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, where they once produced diner cars for trains), I'll tell you The Deckhand at The Mecca Cafe has always been my favorite as you get a little of everything:some browns, couple 'a cakes, links and bacon and toast (always an English muffin for me)."

11. Vera's Restaurant

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5417 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98164
(206) 782-9966

Sam Crannell, LloydMartin: "I love Vera's in Ballard.Quick with service and egg cooks you can trust. After a late night out, the next morning calls for the country fried steak and two sunny side eggs. It's a lifesaver!"

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1. The 5 Point Cafe

415 Cedar St, Seattle, WA 98121

Brendan McGill, Hitchcock: "I've loved the 5 Point ever since my Belltown door guy days. We'd get off work at 3, head back to my place and hang out for a few hours, then wrap up the night with a handful of shots and breakfast at the 5 Point. These days I only wind up there if I've got a red-eye to gear up for, or jet lagged and wake up at 4:00 am hungry. Still a great hot, crispy chicken-fried steak. And you can't beat the people-watching."

415 Cedar St
Seattle, WA 98121

2. Bay Cafe - Fishermen's Terminal

1900 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119

Eric Tanaka, Tom Douglas Restaurants: "My favorite joint is the Bay Café at the Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. I always get the veg omlette with sour cream instead of cheddar. It has a wonderful view of the water and the food is solid."

1900 W Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98119

3. The Dish Cafe

4358 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107

Angie Roberts, Hollywood Tavern: "Consistently good, not fussy, coffee while you wait, wall of hot sauce."

4358 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107

4. Easy Street Records & Cafe

4559 California Ave SW, #200, Seattle, WA 98116

Lucy Damkoehler, Sugar Mt. Bakery: "Easy Street Café in West Seattle is my favorite place to get French toast. I always order the Frances Farmer French Toast. It's the closet thing to dessert I can get away with for breakfast."

4559 California Ave SW, #200
Seattle, WA 98116

5. Easy Street Records & Cafe

4559 California Ave SW, #200, Seattle, WA 98116

Mark Fuller, Ma'ono: "I love the Horton Heat Hash. This hash has corned beef and bacon. It's spicy, delicious and filling. The hash is served with 3 eggs how you like them."

4559 California Ave SW, #200
Seattle, WA 98116

6. The Shanty Cafe

350 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Eric Hellner, Metropolitan Grill: "I haven't hung out in a greasy spoon in years — not for any reason other than schedule/life. A million years ago I use to go to The Shanty for breakfast a lot. Mostly to try to fix a hangover. I just ate the usuals: sunny side up eggs, potatoes, pancakes etc."

350 Elliott Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119

7. Leny's Place Bar and Grill

2219 N 56th St, Seattle, WA 98103

Matthew Lewis, Where Ya At Matt, Roux: "I always end up at Leny's for the wings. I have not found a place in Seattle that does them better. I know they are breaded, which is 'not traditional' and why I did not call them Buffalo wings, but they are good! Make sure that you specify the original sauce. Sometimes they try and get fancy and it is just not the same."

2219 N 56th St
Seattle, WA 98103

8. Loretta's Northwesterner

8617 14th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Tyler Palagi (r), Charlie Garrison (l), Radiator Whiskey: "Charlie and I go to Loretta's in Southpark for the double dirty-ass cheeseburger and hand cut fries! So good and greasy! Delicious!"

8617 14th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108

9. Luna Park Cafe

2918 SW Avalon Way, Seattle, WA 98126

Bill Morris, The Rainier Club: "Luna Park in West Seattle for the good, tall, old-fashioned shakes, typically good burgers and onion rings."

2918 SW Avalon Way
Seattle, WA 98126

10. Mecca Cafe

526 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Jason Vickers (l), Chris Andersen (r), FEZ: "Chris's pick is the Luna Park Cafe for a heap of fries and a chocolate malted milkshake out front in the sun, although it's pretty great inside as well. And as for me (I'm originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, where they once produced diner cars for trains), I'll tell you The Deckhand at The Mecca Cafe has always been my favorite as you get a little of everything:some browns, couple 'a cakes, links and bacon and toast (always an English muffin for me)."

526 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

11. Vera's Restaurant

5417 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98164

Sam Crannell, LloydMartin: "I love Vera's in Ballard.Quick with service and egg cooks you can trust. After a late night out, the next morning calls for the country fried steak and two sunny side eggs. It's a lifesaver!"

5417 22nd Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98164

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