The Lockspot Cafe

Written by on October 2, 2016 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington


How I heard of this place: Anyone who has ever been to the Ballard Locks has heard of this Café. It was a buy one get one free entrée coupon, however, that caught our attention and drove us in.

The Lockspot Cafe Patio 2

Type of cuisine: “Multi-cuisine” serving “breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks”. Mostly seafood, many fried options, with a weekend brunch for kicks.

The Lockspot Cafe & Parking 2

Ambiance: A bit of a dive, the space looks like it has been left untouched since it opened, but still draws in the masses.

The Lockspot Cafe Dining Room 1

Wood paneling with funky, old marine decor line the walls and windows indoors.

The Lockspot Cafe Doorway to Bar

The space leading into the bar, bright red doors indicating the locations of the facilities also frame the still-functional arcade PacMan table propped up between them.

The Lockspot Cafe Dining Area 2

A few enjoy drinks the darkened bar; even on a sunny fall day the interior remains dismal, yet life abounds with the Seahawks playing on a large screen television not too far away.

The Lockspot Cafe Bar

Seating in the front entry is great for larger groups, as well smaller parties may be accommodated in the booths near the street-facing windows.

The Lockspot Cafe Dining Room 3

More bar seating for patrons 21+ can be found opposite a half-wall, cubicle-style where underaged diners may also view and cheer for the home team.

The Lockspot Cafe 21+

What I ordered: For my husband, the oft-ordered Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs ($13.99) with a side of bacon ($4.75)

The Lockspot Cafe Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs

Unable to decide between weekend brunch and everyday seafood items on the menu, at the recommendation of our server, I went with the popular Huevos Rancheros ($13.49): “Best in the city!” served with cheddar potatoes O’Brien, black beans and a sausage patty.

The Lockspot Cafe Huevos Rancheros

What I loved: The cheddar potatoes were tasty and loaded with gooey, melty cheese. The eggs perfectly over medium – runny yolks, fully cooked whites. The sauce, while wonderfully spicy tasted less than house-made and the sausage patty atop the folded flour tortilla certainly came by the dozen.

Why I loved it: A unique, quirky Seattle landmark untouched by the gentrification at its doorstep.

Cost: Average ($12 – $19 per brunch entrée)

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