Place: 5 Spot
Neighborhood:Queen Anne, 1502 Queen Anne Ave. N.
The scoop: Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, 5 Spot is a unique American diner with a regional rotating menu. Currently, 5 Spot’s focus is Philadelphia. Brunch starts pretty early at this popular Seattle staple. We arrived just after 9 and were able to score a table in the small bar area before the restaurant became packed with hungry brunchers. The restaurant resembles a diner, with classic booth seating — think retro red vinyl and a wrap-around bar, where you can sit and watch all of the great-looking dishes come out. Our server was both attentive and friendly.
Stumptown coffee $2.50
This Portland-based coffee is very common in the Northwest and featured at 5 Spot. It’s a dark roasted coffee, with a little bitterness to it, so we added a little cream to suit our tastes. If you get regular coffee, you also receive unlimited refills, so drink up!
Freshly squeezed orange juice $2.75
The OJ was …. well … OJ! Nothing overly fantastic, but it did serve its purpose well.
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Side of Cinnamon Swirl French toast $5.25 / Vanilla batter dipped and griddled. Served with Nat’s caramel
Making a decision on what to eat can be tough, especially early in the morning! Luckily, when we asked out server for help and suggestions on dishes, he suggested a side of Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. WOW!! Amazing! I actually wished that I had just got this dish as my main. It was basically a cinnamon roll. It was really soft, and you could taste a slight hint of caramel. My mouth is watering thinking about this!
5 Spot Breakfast $9.50 / Choice of ham, bacon or sausage, with two eggs any style. Served with hash browns and toast
5 Spot offers several egg dishes, so you can be sure to get your protein on! This standard American-style dish came with a heaping pile of bacon and eggs. The bacon was really good and crispy! The eggs were also cooked nice and fluffy, which is how I love my eggs scrambled. The hash browns were the only part of the dish that weren’t spectacular. They were crispy on the outside and a little soggy on the inside. Overall, you pretty much know what you are getting yourself into with this dish, and it was well made.
Val Verde Scam $10.50 / Eggs with avocado, scallions, cilantro and jack cheese served alongside sweet red pepper corn cakes and a grilled chorizo chub. Nix the hash browns & toast.
I get sucked into ordering anything with avocado! It’s definitely my weakness. This dish sounded interesting and hearty, so I gave it a try. The sweet red pepper cakes where basically corn pancakes with a little spice to them. I thought it would be more like corn bread, but these cakes were flat. The eggs were scrambled fluffy, and there was a lot of avocado mixed into them, but almost a little too much cilantro. It was an interesting combination but very flavorful. The sausages were extremely spicy and flavorful and helped to round out the dish. If you are a big cilantro and avocado fan, this dish is for you.
The final bite: If you are looking for a delicious brunch spot that will satisfy several taste buds and budgets, then 5 Spot is your place! Also, with a rotating regional American menu, you will surely be satisfied time after time.
Reviewed by: Erica