Beth’s Cafe

Written by on May 22, 2010 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Aurora Avenue North
How I heard of this place: Years ago, in 2002, when I first moved to Seattle, my friend Sadiq brought me and another friend to Beth’s as a typical late-night hang-out spot.
Type of cuisine: Greasy diner fare. No frills added.
Ambiance: Diner from the 1980s, complete with a mini arcade, pinball and all. A small bar is available at the griddle, booth seating surrounds the rest of the large space and parties of eight or ten can be accommodated by pulling other tables and chairs to the side. The space has music playing in the background, loud enough to recognize the song, but soft enough not to distract from table conversations. The walls are completely covered in white paper and crayon drawings, made by customers waiting for meals, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and everyone in between! Conversations are easy, no questions asked when larger parties sing “Happy birthday” to a friend, burst out with laughter, or make a comment that others at neighboring tables can overhear. A place for friends to gather after a meeting, after high school prom, after a movie or, really, for any reason.
What I ordered: Nine of us were at Beth’s tonight for an after party from a prior gathering. I ordered the baked potato ($3.95) with sour cream, butter and spring onions. I also ordered cheddar cheese and mushrooms (for $.95 each). Working my way around the table from my dining companion to the right, we ordered a veggie omelete with hash browns and toast, The Sampler: an English muffin with gravy and a side of hash browns, a toasted bagel with cream cheese, the first of two bypasses with ham, cheddar and mushrooms, all-you-can-eat hash browns and two pieces of toast, the second, a triple bypass with ham, sausage and bacon, all-you-can-eat hash browns (minus the bread option), a hot chocolate topped with a generous helping of whipped cream and a chili burger with fries, the $6 shake: chocolate, peanut butter and brownies in a very tall glass, topped with a mountain of whipped cream, a large hot dog, with a side of jalapenos.
What I loved: I loved that they offer a $6 shake, a 12-egg Triple Bypass and everything in between. I love that you can sit for hours with a group of nine people and enjoy laughs, food, more laughs. And…that you can color with crayons and tape your pictures to the wall for everyone to see!
Why I loved it: It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and breakfast is served all day! You know exactly what you’re going to get at an all-night diner like Beth’s.
Cost: Low to average ($6.95 – $18.95 for the Triple Bypass)

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