Some places are meant for fancy meals and highbrow conversation. Then there’s local favorites that may not be fancy but have a lot of heart. Welcome to Beth’s Café. Beth’s Café is a neighborhood staple in Seattle that has been serving the community since 1954. This establishment been covered by different television stations like the Food Network (World’s Best places to Pig Out (#3), the Travel Channel (Man vs. Food) and the Learning Channel (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown). there’s no denying that this quaint place has something going for it. Read and find out why a trip to Beth’s Café is worth the visit.
Beth’s Cafe7311 Aurora Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 782-5588
What to See?
Walk inside Beth’s Café and find yourself in an authentic diner that feels like it was frozen in time a few decades ago. This landmark café prides itself in representing days gone in both its décor and attitude. The waitresses wear old style serving dresses, the seats are made of vinyl and there’s even a jukebox in the corner. The most compelling sight to see is all the drawings on the wall. Customers are able to request a piece of paper and crayons to come up with their own comic strip like drawings (keeping them appropriate for all ages is strongly suggested if you want to see yours the next time you visit) to be displayed on the wall for everyone to see.
What to Eat?
The food at Beth’s Café is easily the main attraction. They serve the most amazing breakfast meals at all hours making for a nice treat. You can get items such as eggs, bacon, hash browns or pancakes. The most famous of the items is definitely their omelets. You haven’t been to Beth’s Café if you haven’t tried one of their five egg omelets at least once. Although you should only attempt their omelet made of 12 eggs (you get a t-shirt and the meal for free if you eat it), their normal sized omelets make for a culinary delight. Beth’s Café also offers lunch items and plenty of coffee. The food is very tasty and although I’ve only been here once I would gladly return.
What’s the Cultural Value?
Beth’s Café is not the most famous place in Seattle. Unless you heard about it on television or heard about it from a location, you likely haven’t heard of Beth’s Café before. This little place has a lot of heart and is a community staple that is loved by Seattleites. It may not be the fanciest or the kind of place that you go to experience highbrow culture but there’s no doubt in my mind that this is real local culture in its raw form.
Recommended Place to Stay
The Downtown Seattle Sheraton is the best place to stay at while visiting this part of town. It is centrally located and makes for an excellent launching point to visit much of the city. The rooms are always clean and I’ve always enjoyed their bar in the lobby. I know I’ve mentioned this hotel in some of my prior posts about Seattle but it really is the place that I enjoy staying it whenever I have business up in Seattle.
How Is the Overall Rating?
I can still remember my trip to Beth’s Café. I was still in college at the time and was visiting Seattle for a Journalism conference. My compatriots and I were hungry after an evening of exploring the nightlife and needed fuel to get through the day. Coming here invigorated our group of hung over students to get through the day. Beth’s Café is all about bringing people together and though she is a bit older now, this place continues to be the kind of place you gather at after a night out. Beth’s Café ranks 5/5 because it’s everything you want in a local diner.