Soak It Up: 5 Spot


Apothecary: 5 Spot, 1502 Queen Anne Ave N

Time of entry: Saturday, 8:45 a.m.

Level of hangover (1-10 scale, with 10 being a paralyzing head-thumper): I promised my boyfriend, Daymon, breakfast and he had to work early so we stayed in and played video games all night--and it was just about as exciting as it sounds. But we both walked in for breakfast fresh as a daisy.

Level of waitstaff hangover: Zeros all around. I was very impressed with the service at 5 Spot. They were really friendly and attentive and our smiling waitress answered my questions honestly, adeptly steering me away from what would have been a terrible breakfast choice (I hate sweet potatoes). The clientele on the other hand was a different story. The table next to us was full of twenty-somethings that sat hunched and dazed, staring into their coffee cups. The table of frat-guys across the way were lamenting loudly about how much they had spent at the bar the night before.

“That’s why you shouldn’t have bought all those shots for strangers.”

“No way dude, I totally knew that guy.”

Suddenly spending my Friday night playing Zelda wasn’t looking so bad.

Prescriptions: I ordered the Hair of the Dog-wich which comes with cheddar cheese, fried egg and bacon on a panino, as well as potatoes and the intriguing Bloody Mary salad. Daymon, still on the hunt for Seattle’s best pancakes, ordered Kathryn’s Grand Slam, which is Buttermilk cakes, bacon and eggs. He also added a side of hash browns.

When the food arrived, I could not stop oohhing and ahhing over the hash browns. They looked perfect--crispy and a gorgeous shade of brown. Unfortunately, the taste did not live up to the looks. To be fair, they spiced it with something that was simply not for me. I am a purist when it comes to hash browns and these were heading a direction I wasn’t willing to go. I have since read reviews from others that love them; I think addicted is the word they used. Maybe if I had been prepared for the unusual flavors it would be a different story but I wasn’t and we both agreed they tasted “funny.” Why am I spending so much time on the hash browns? Because the rest of it just wasn’t that exciting. My bloody Mary salad was interesting--tomatoes and celery that tasted like a Bloody Mary--but other than that, I would put it all in the “eh” category.

It did the trick, the portions were huge and I was definitely full when I left, but it has to be said, it was just too much damn money for an average tasting breakfast. A breakfast for two at a diner should not be pushing thirty dollars minus the tip and when I got the check, I was suddenly mildly annoyed that the wait staff was so fantastic because now I had to tip well.

Maybe if I had branched out and ordered something from the Key West section (they have rotating menu specials that highlight different regions of the country) I’d be singing a different tune but I didn’t so this is the song you’re listening to: it was OK, but if you spent so much at the bar last night, what are you doing at the 5 Spot? You’re going to go broke like that, kid.

Hair of the dog: In addition to the Bloody Mary salad, you can also order an actual Bloody Mary.

Success of the soak: I am not totally ruling out the 5 Spot. I plan to keep an eye on their rotating menu until something comes along that piques my interest. I’ll make sure to save my pennies though.

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