Uptown, Downtown or Down Home: Down Home done the cafe way. A staple on the corner of Alki Ave., this spot has such a loyal following it offers a frequent diner rewards program.
Bubbles, Bloodies or Black Coffee: No Bloodies, but there is a champagne cocktail menu. However, the "champagne" is Cook's. The coffee is Tully's and not much to write about. Every cup at our table was silty and the dish of non-dairy creamers didn't do much to help it out in the flavor department.
Hungover, Hooked-Up or Hangin' with the Family: If you live within driving distance of the Alki Cafe, the food warrants a hungover pick-up. It is too bright and lacks the hair of the dog for hungover dining. This is the least romantic/sexy spot you could bring a hook-up, as most of the couples you'll see here are of the crossword doin'/eating-in-silence variety. Family feasting is the way to go at the AC. The beachside location, healthy amount of larger tables and the diverse and fairly priced menu make it the perfect spot for out-of-towners or when you need to accommodate everyone from toddlers to grandparents.
What's Cookin'? : The food here is fab enough to make you forget about the lack of serviceable coffee and ambiance. The Crab Omelette (Chilean Rock Crab meat, avocado, Roma tomatoes and jack cheese; grilled russet potatoes and toast. $12.99) was delicious. The Yukon Omelette (Bacon, spinach, mushrooms. Sour cream and jack cheese; grilled russet potatoes and toast. $10.99) was well executed, and both fluffy and filling. It rates among the best I've had, coming in a close second to the pulled pork omlette at Ballard's Waterwheel. The grilled russet potatoes were far superior to those I had at 9 Million in Unmarked Bills, with the perfect texture of creamy and crunchy and are worthy of a side-order should your dish come without. Their gingerbread pancake was sweet, simple and lovely, and can be added to your entrée for a mere dollar.