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 & Parking 2

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

Ambiance: A bit of a dive, the walk-up order counter and patio seating are most obvious and probably more well-known, especially on sunny days (warm or cold!).

The Lockspot Cafe Patio 2

I don’t think I even realized there was an indoor seating area, dimly lit and more pub-like, until we walked right by without stopping, then reconsidering.

The Lockspot Cafe Dining Room 3

Our entry was a bit confusing, a sign asking us to Please Seat Yourself, though tables were still waiting to be bussed, wiped, cleaned, and no employee anywhere to be seen.

The Lockspot Cafe Doorway to Bar

The space looks as if it has not seen an upgrade since it opened, with fun marine decor, and wood-paneled walls.

The Lockspot Cafe Dining Room 1

Diners kept to themselves, many watching the game, even from outside of the cubicle-style bar seating area.

The Lockspot Cafe 21+

Several patrons remained at the bar, as dark during the day, presumably as it would be in the throws of the evening.

The Lockspot Cafe Bar

The bright, red doors indicating the facilities fell on either side of a Pac-Man arcade table, fun and nostalgic, similar to other memorabilia throughout.

The Lockspot Cafe Dining Area 2

We took our seats at the wooden tables with awkward booth seats, finally found someone to help us bus the table, and perused the menu.

What I ordered: At the servers suggestion, brunch only being served on weekends, I opted for the Huevos Rancheros ($13.49): “Best in the city!” served with cheddar potatoes O’Brien, black beans, a sausage patty placed over a folded flour tortilla and topped with two eggs over easy and a semi-spicy sauce.

The Lockspot Cafe Huevos Rancheros

For my husband, the Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs ($13.99) – surprise, surprise – smothered in house-made country gravy and two eggs scrambled, a buttered and toasted English muffin and a side of bacon.

The Lockspot Cafe Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs

What I loved: The buttery English muffin was a hit for all three of us! The abundance of cheddar cheese on my potatoes a huge bonus, and the perfectly prepared over-easy eggs.

Why I loved it: Simple and hearty food. A space that doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not, maintaining the uniqueness that makes Seattle great despite the gentrification taking place at its doorstep.

The Lockspot Cafe Brunch Menu 2

Cost: Average to high ($8.99 – $16.99 per brunch entrée)

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