Photo by Amanda Castleman
This humble diner has a rabid following, which often earns it Best Breakfast in Seattle status (it has even made a Zagat's list of the top breakfast spots in the country). The family-owned restaurant has two North Seattle locations, but try the original Ballard one first. It's cozier and has an entire wall of hot sauces. Be prepared to queue on the weekends: A coffee stand, covered pavilion, and space heaters take the edge off on chillier days. You'll be rewarded for the mild inconvenience with fabulousness like the Slacker Especial (eggs scrambled with enchilada sauce, tortilla chips, green chiles, and jack cheese).
By Amanda Castleman, AFAR Local Expert
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4358 Leary Way NW, Seattle, WA 98107, USA