The 5 Spot

Written by on June 8, 2015 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(www.chowfoods.com/5-spot) – Upper Queen Anne, Seattle, Washington

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How I heard of this place: The top of Queen Anne Hill was introduced to me by a good friend upon my arrival in Seattle over a decade ago, which is also when I was first told of (and sampled) The 5 Spot’s regional menu.

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Type of cuisine: At the 5 Spot, we keep Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood hoppin’ with three square meals a day and friendly service to match. Home of the “American Food Festival Series”, 5 Spot’s menu offers big flavored food and kitsch from all points of the continental U.S. Our menus are inspired by our nation’s cultural roots and history that’s found on kitchen tables across America.

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Our roaming menu might find us parlez vous-in’ down Bourbon Street, two steppin’ into Texas, or soakin’ up those lazy, languid days along Florida’s Gulf Rim. Not feelin’ like goin’ too far outta town? 5 Spot highlights its regular Melting Pot Meals from 5 defined regions (or spots) year-round for those who like to stick with a sure thing.

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The 5 Spot starts out each day with a kick-ass breakfast and we don’t stop till midnight. We’re cookin’ seven days a week on top of the hill. At the 5 Spot, the grill is always hot and the beer is always cold. Don’t forget ourLate Night Menu with eight items for only $5.75 each starting at 10 p.m. daily. So come on by anytime. 5 Spotya soon!

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Ambiance: Just as the menu roams, so, too do the decorations at this natural-light-filled establishment, where (this month) mardi gras was ever present in paintings, hangings and other wall decor.

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An open space, seating for plenty, and food to boast over, The 5 Spot will never be known as dull.

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What I ordered: To start, my husband and I shared the St. Charles Botanical Garden Salad ($7.50) with mesclun, crumbled Pt. Reyes Bleu and glazed pecans tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette, a mason jar of cranberry juice, 

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and the Hush Puppies ($7.50), potatoes fried with green onions, jalapeño, figs & smoky house-made tasso, served with remoulade dressed slaw and a Coastal-Creole mustard sauce for dippin’.

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My main entree also came from the New Orleans Fun in the French Quarter menu’s appetizer section: Barbecue Shrimp and Grits ($11.50). Five pan-seared wild gulf shrimp layin’ up on cheddar cheese grits with a buttery, spicy jalapeño spiked glaze.

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My husband selected the Blackened Chicken with red beans and rice.

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For dessert, we enjoyed the Counterbalance Chocolate Fudge Brownie ($6.75) served with chocolate and butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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What I loved: The spicy shrimp and cheesy grits! I certainly chose well.

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Why I loved it: An early bird dinner meant a quiet establishment for us, food served piping hot and without delay, excellent, personalized service and happiness in enjoying dinner out with my family.

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Cost: Average ($10 – $20 per dinner entree)

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