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The Place: The 5-Point Café, 415 Cedar St, 448-9991, DOWNTOWN.
Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Downtown Seattle as it was sold to you by Cameron Crowe. It is delightfully and eternally 1990 at the 5-Point Cafe. On sunny days the outside tables provide some of the best people-watching in Seattle, as tourists on their way to Seattle Center, Belltown locals, and street folk mill around the Chief Seattle statue.
Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: All three. The coffee is Caffe Vita ($2.25) served in generous mugs, with refills coming directly from the Cambro. It is strong and tasty, but done a grave disservice by a sad dish of tabletop, ultra-pasteurized "creamers". Good coffee deserves fresh cream, and the 5-Point has enough grungy appeal that a nice little silver pitcher wouldn't ruin it. I was also surprised to find the house bubbles were the horrid, twist-topped, J. Roget, kind when there are so many great, inexpensive Cavas around--so my usual grapefruit mimosa was out. Instead, the morning was fueled by Greyhounds with a splash of soda served in pint glasses ($5). If the Bloody Marys are anywhere near as strong as the Greyhounds, fans of tomato juice and vodka should plan on settling in for the day.
Hungover, Hooked-Up or Hanging with the Family: The 5-Point could be the best all-around option for all three in Seattle. Though partitioned by a decorative wall, the dining room and cocktail area are fully segregated with a completely different energy and vibe. You can easily go solo on either side depending on your mood. The diner is kid-friendly, bright and airy, while the bar is so dark it feels as if it's 10 P.M. all day long. This is the place to bring a hook-up you want to spend more time with, as the strength of the drinks, the stellar jukebox, and lighting that makes last night's eye makeup still acceptable have all the ingredients for the world's greatest two-day first date.
What's Cooking: Everything under the sun and then some. The food strives to be diner-done-right, with everything on the menu, including steak and eggs, coming in under $15. The Breakfast Burrito--three scrambled eggs, red potatoes, black beans, pico de gallo, sour cream and salsa in a large flour tortilla with guacamole on the side ($8.50)--for some reason didn't come with the pico, salsa or sour cream it promised, so it was a little flat, but still acceptable and generous in portion. My side of bacon was the meal highlight: thick, crisp, chewy and so delicious I had to sit on my hands, curse my vegetarian dining companion, and send it away before I consumed every giant slice.
The Eggs Florentine with sautéed spinach and grilled tomato ($10.50) had a creamy and well done Hollandaise and the veggies were great. There was however, an unusual problem with the poach of the eggs, as one was way overdone and the other undercooked. It was like undressing a pretty girl to discover she has mismatched boobies--in this case it was an A cup versus a Double D.
Much like with said lady, what you are willing to accept with diner eating really comes down to personality; you can find its flaws charming and go with it ,or let it ruin the whole experience. When it comes to personality, it's worth taking the 5-Point out again.