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Where to Find 9 Awesome Diner-Inspired Dishes in Seattle

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Someone (probably) once said it was un-American to dislike greasy-spoon diners. If you're one of those researching airfare out of the country, take note: Jen Chiu has come up with some diner dishes that can be had without the guy next to you putting out his cigarette in his coffee.

Here now, in completely random order, are her picks.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Revel

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403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-2040
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The “Grand Slam”: The dish generically named “two eggs, bacon, scallion potato hash, toast” at Revel might get you to rethink your bad attitude towards the Denny's Grand Slam: quarter inch slabs of home-cured bacon, scallion hash browns so good you feel sad when they are gone, and a thick slice of toast they slap on the grill served with seasonal house-made preserves.
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2. La Bête

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1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 329-4047
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Waffles: Chef/owner Aleks Dimitrijevic’s creative spin on waffles is just as compelling as any other item on the brunch menu here. His current iteration of waffles is made from a quinoa pecan batter base, and then topped with poached cherries, whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup. International House of Pancakes should fly their flag at half mast after seeing this regal creation.
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3. Arosa Cafe

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3121 E Madison St, Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 324-4542
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More Waffles: In the same way men with European accents sound more interesting, the liege waffles at Madison Park’s petite Arosa Cafe will surely pique any waffle connoisseur’s interest. While its fluffy Belgium waffle brethren relies on whipped cream and maple syrup to enhance the taste, the liege has a hint of cinnamon and caramelized sugar that is superior enough to be consumed as a standalone.
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4. Matt's in the Market

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94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 467-7909
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Bloody Mary: Hangovers die with Robbie the bartender’s famous Bloody Mary. His mix of aquavit, hot sauce, Worcestershire and salt and pepper finished off with a side of a snip of Miller Lite, is the ultimate liquid diet. If he's in a good mood, he might even give you the whole bottle.
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5. TanakaSan

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 812-8412
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Pancakes: The five dollar short stack topped with bacon and maple syrup at Tom Douglas’s newest restaurant venture satiates your sweet and savory cravings without the gut bomb.
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6. Marination Ma Kai

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1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127
Breakfast sliders: There is so much to love about the breakfast sliders at Marination ma kai: they are served on a pair of soft Hawaiian sweet buns and filled with Portuguese sausage, a fried egg and Marination’s signature NUNYA Sauce (which by the way, former Food & Wine editor Kristen Donnelly attests is “the next Sriracha”). The spot itself is worth hanging out for the view of Seattle, but the food keeps us coming back.
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7. The Wandering Goose

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403 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-9938
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Biscuits: Southerners feeling a little homesick finally have a refuge for biscuit sandwiches: The Wandering Goose cranks out a collection of sandwiches such as The Sawmill, a fried chicken sandwich loaded with aged cheddar and housemade gravy. Go get it, y’all.
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8. The Coterie Room

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2137 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 656-8000
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Egg scramble: The asparagus and fava bean scramble reinstates hope that not all scrambled eggs have to taste rubbery and bland. This is a classed-up rendition with tarragon bread crumbs, served with smashed potatoes and toast. This is a dish for brunch overachievers.
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9. Hi-Life

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5425 Russell Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-7272
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Hash browns: The Cleanup on Aisle 12 seizes the prize for best menu name. This Ballard spot’s interpretation of hash browns is a shredded potato party filled with all of the vegetable things you hated as a child, but seek out as an adult: beets, braising greens, and turnips with a polenta square base and poached eggs for a hit of protein. Your mama would be proud.
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1. Revel

403 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103
The “Grand Slam”: The dish generically named “two eggs, bacon, scallion potato hash, toast” at Revel might get you to rethink your bad attitude towards the Denny's Grand Slam: quarter inch slabs of home-cured bacon, scallion hash browns so good you feel sad when they are gone, and a thick slice of toast they slap on the grill served with seasonal house-made preserves.
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403 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103

2. La Bête

1802 Bellevue Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Waffles: Chef/owner Aleks Dimitrijevic’s creative spin on waffles is just as compelling as any other item on the brunch menu here. His current iteration of waffles is made from a quinoa pecan batter base, and then topped with poached cherries, whipped cream and Vermont maple syrup. International House of Pancakes should fly their flag at half mast after seeing this regal creation.
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1802 Bellevue Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

3. Arosa Cafe

3121 E Madison St, Ste 101, Seattle, WA 98112
More Waffles: In the same way men with European accents sound more interesting, the liege waffles at Madison Park’s petite Arosa Cafe will surely pique any waffle connoisseur’s interest. While its fluffy Belgium waffle brethren relies on whipped cream and maple syrup to enhance the taste, the liege has a hint of cinnamon and caramelized sugar that is superior enough to be consumed as a standalone.
[Photo Credit]
3121 E Madison St, Ste 101
Seattle, WA 98112

4. Matt's in the Market

94 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
Bloody Mary: Hangovers die with Robbie the bartender’s famous Bloody Mary. His mix of aquavit, hot sauce, Worcestershire and salt and pepper finished off with a side of a snip of Miller Lite, is the ultimate liquid diet. If he's in a good mood, he might even give you the whole bottle.
[Photo Credit]
94 Pike St
Seattle, WA 98101

5. TanakaSan

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Pancakes: The five dollar short stack topped with bacon and maple syrup at Tom Douglas’s newest restaurant venture satiates your sweet and savory cravings without the gut bomb.
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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Marination Ma Kai

1660 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98127
Breakfast sliders: There is so much to love about the breakfast sliders at Marination ma kai: they are served on a pair of soft Hawaiian sweet buns and filled with Portuguese sausage, a fried egg and Marination’s signature NUNYA Sauce (which by the way, former Food & Wine editor Kristen Donnelly attests is “the next Sriracha”). The spot itself is worth hanging out for the view of Seattle, but the food keeps us coming back.
[Photo Credit]
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98127

7. The Wandering Goose

403 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
Biscuits: Southerners feeling a little homesick finally have a refuge for biscuit sandwiches: The Wandering Goose cranks out a collection of sandwiches such as The Sawmill, a fried chicken sandwich loaded with aged cheddar and housemade gravy. Go get it, y’all.
[Photo Credit]
403 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

8. The Coterie Room

2137 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Egg scramble: The asparagus and fava bean scramble reinstates hope that not all scrambled eggs have to taste rubbery and bland. This is a classed-up rendition with tarragon bread crumbs, served with smashed potatoes and toast. This is a dish for brunch overachievers.
[Photo Credit]
2137 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

9. Hi-Life

5425 Russell Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Hash browns: The Cleanup on Aisle 12 seizes the prize for best menu name. This Ballard spot’s interpretation of hash browns is a shredded potato party filled with all of the vegetable things you hated as a child, but seek out as an adult: beets, braising greens, and turnips with a polenta square base and poached eggs for a hit of protein. Your mama would be proud.
[Photo Credit]
5425 Russell Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107

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