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All That It’s Cracked Up to Be?

They're not kidding.

One year for Christmas, Ben and I received a book called “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.” Listed among the 1,000 is Beth’s Cafe in Seattle.

On our way into town, our shuttle driver pointed out places along the way that we should know about – Beth’s Cafe, he said, was a must. Known for its 12-egg omelets served on a metal pie pan, this hole-in-the-wall diner seemed to be the place to go as there was a line that stretched out the door and down the sidewalk. We later walked about 10 blocks from our hotel and found ourselves standing in front of the purple building just as lunch hour hit (bad timing on our part, but what do you expect from someone who’s still on Central time?).

Inside Beth's Diner

We had to put our names on a list and sit outside as there was no room inside to wait – this place is pretty small, as we were warned by several locals when they told us that Beth’s was a “dive” but had great food. So we took a little walk across the street to a nearby scenic lake and enjoyed the beautiful crisp fall weather, then returned back to the restaurant just in time to be seated. When we walked in, the first thing I noticed was all the walls were covered with crayon drawings from guests. Not only did this give the place a “we love our customers” kind of vibe, but it was a great alternative to over-played graffiti walls.

That's one omelet.

Service was a little slow, but they were packed, so we weren’t too surprised. I couldn’t bring myself to order one of the infamous omelets, although plenty of people did. Like this guy, for instance. He was nice enough to let me take a quick photo before he dug into his lunch. See that big smile on his face? Yeah, he didn’t look like that when he left. He actually only made it about halfway through the omelet before doubling over at the table and holding his stomach while his friends finished their lunch. He looked pretty miserable, but something tells me he would have done it again if he could.

I ordered a BLT, which was actually really good! The bacon was thick and crispy, just the way I like it on a sandwich. My friend Celeste had the Basic Burger, which she gave two thumbs way up. All in all, a great dining experience! Mostly, it was fun watching the waitstaff carry trays of omelets past us. Yikes, those things were huge!

Like omelets? Like funky local out-of-the-way places? I highly recommend Beth’s Diner in Seattle. Give it a try and leave a drawing for the wall. Fun times!

– Jessica

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