On a scale of 1 - 10 (10 being a soul-crushing blow to your will to live), I was hanging out around a 4. I'd had a particularly overindulgent Wednesday-night wine-fest with some girls at Bottlehouse in Madrona. Due to some preset meetings, I had to be on the Eastside in the morning, so I stopped to grab a bite with a friend beforehand.
Staff's level of hangover: Low. It was a Thursday in Bellevue. However, you order at the counter instead of with a waitress, so I guess it would be pretty easy to hide a hangover from behind the bar. Nonetheless, the woman taking our order was cheery and friendly.
Remedy: Gilbert's is mostly a stop-and-go bagel shop with a few extras added to the menu for good measure. They feature omelets, scrambles, and amped-up bagels with all the fixings. They also have a decent seating area if you're looking to hang around while you nosh.
I ordered the Florentine omelet with spinach, tomato, mushrooms, and Havarti and a side of hash browns. My meeting mate went more traditional with a bagel scramble, subbing cream cheese for cheddar.
On the taste front, I wasn't overly impressed with my omelet. Instead, the well-cooked and seasoned potatoes were the highlight of my meal. My bagel-eating friend raved that the bagel was one of the best she's had in Seattle, adding that she was happy it was manageable instead of human-head-sized. She loved the bagel but felt the eggs took away from it. In the end, she wished she'd ordered just the bagel, instead of going overboard on the whole plate.
Hair of the Dog: Gilbert's doesn't serve any of the hard stuff, so I went with a latte and my friend ordered a tea. Fairly boring, though I thought it was interesting that they served my coffee in a pint glass instead of a coffee cup. Weird.
Success of the Soak: Moderate. This would be a great before-work spot to grab a bite (especially if you're a bagel lover) but in terms of hangover control, I'd be more interested in finding a greasy-spoon option in B-Vue.