I’m not sure when Seattle’s love affair for going out for breakfast started, but…

I’m not sure when Seattle’s love affair for going out for breakfast started, but I was late to the party. I can’t think of a time we ever “went out” for breakfast when I was growing up. Back then, breakfast meant reading the back of a cereal box while the Captain Crunch loofahed the skin off the roof of your mouth. The most important meal of the day was often a race against time to spoon in the Cocoa Krispies before they turned to mush and then be rewarded with tipping up a bowl full of chocolate milk. Nothing quite like the pure joy of sugaring your own Rice Krispies to the point you were left with a sweet mud flat of sludge at the bottom of the bowl. If you didn’t have time for a soup tureen full of sugar, there was always Carnation Instant Breakfast in a smoky tall glass from the Shell station, or brown sugar cinnamon Pop Tarts cooked to perfection in the streamlined Sunbeam toaster with the sketchy cloth-covered electrical cord, then smothered in Western Family Margarine from the yellow tub in the fridge. I don’t think I actually went out for breakfast until I was in college, but ending up at Denny’s at 2:30 AM after your band gets off stage doesn’t really count. To this day, I am somewhat mystified by the allure of waiting in line for an hour to eat an omelet as big as your head. But then again, those folks in line probably can’t fathom how my generation lived to adulthood by starting our day with enough sugar to make our head spin like Linda Blair in the Exorcist.




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  1. We drove by and went to Salmon Bay Cafe! Long time breakfast out family. I think it is because our father used to make breakfast, and really good ones: eggs, perfect little potatoes that were canned and sliced and then fried with pepper, bacon, bacon,

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  2. Growing up we seldom even went out to dinner…I only remember a handful of times….my mother could stretch a dollar like nobody’s business.

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  3. Neither at the time, nor since, have I been able to understand one of my Texas client’s favorite memories of Seattle was breakfast at Beth’s!

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  4. I always thought that place was shit. Sorry to see it go but it was a landmark, not good good.

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  5. Grape Nuts with a cup of sugar!

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  6. we never ate out. even on road trips, my mom made us bologna sandwiches.

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  7. I came from the same era you did David,i still to this day cook it at home.Im not a big fan of eating out.

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  8. As a working Nurse..never!! Time to eat from..6:30 am until 4:30 pm !! Stopped by the “Breakfast Club” Lake City….usually with a “small gang of co-workers!!” ….to “FUEL UP FOR OUR DAY!!” Still, love the “quirky decorations!!” ..great BFast!! David, you are correct, don’t recall anyone going “out for BFast!!” during the 50’s 60’s 70’s….sometime around late70’s early 80’s…..”BRUNCH”…became popular, Easter, Mothers Day, Family Birthdays,…any excuse for “WE…BABY BOOMERS” to not have to cook the Large!! Traditional!!! Sunday BFast/Lunch!!! I think the reason …”Moms had gone to Work!!” …. 70’s , 80’s …at least part-time!! Eating Out, ordering Pizza Friday Nights, (to eat with our newest VCR Movie)… Crock Pot Meals….slowing became a “New Norm.” It is ALL GOOD!!

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  9. I don’t like to eat out much either…. Never know what is in that food and whatever it is is never really good for you. Not to say that I don’t love a Beth’s breakfast off and on, even if it isn’t from Beth’s.

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  10. Are they really closing my dad worked at the lawnmower shop next door and hated all the traffic there

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  11. Torrey’s Eggs Etc. on Briadway was the go-to spot for me in the early ’90s.

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  12. This was my spot still love Beth’s to this day

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  13. Still standing!Phinney Ridge cinnamon rolls!

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  14. The sign on Beth’s Cafe today says “I would be a vegan if bacon grew on trees”…..made me smile

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  15. Wasn’t there a Beth’s cafe at 185 th and Aurora – Shoreline.?

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  16. Know exactly what you’re saying….my fav was actually called…Sugar Jets.

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  17. I had just moved to an apartment on Linden just behind Beth’s in 1978 and had one day wandered over there for a cup of coffee. The food looked good but I thought the omelets people were getting were really — really — big. It was only later I learned that that was a thing at Beth’s.

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  18. VFNs at Beth’s. Pretty much ALL the time :-).

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  19. I remember You and I and others taking the incoming Ruff officers to breakfast early one morning before school to Beth’s Cafe. Thinking back on it, it was somewhat of a dubious reward for their newly appointed positions.

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  20. A perfect account in every way.

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  21. I worked there, as the waitress. It must have been 1969.

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  22. Been there so much in my Hey days can’t even count? 🤣

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  23. “…reading the back of a cereal box while the Cap’n Crunch loofahed the skin off the roof of your mouth…” I have waited most of my life to have someone one accurately describe it like that!! That’s exactly it! Thanks David!

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  24. This was amazing when I went there in the 60’s and seventies. You got a mountain of hashbrowns for breakfast served on a ceramic plate with a ceramic coffee cup with unlimited refills. It’s probably not the same today. Don’t know of anyone that left hungry then and now? Probably plastic for the people me thinks.

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  25. I went in there drunk out of my mind, Ordered a plates of eggs and their usual mountain of potatoes. Ate about half and wobbly, I paid. Walked out the door and passed out on the sidewalk. Someone picked me up and I made my way to my car. I slept for about an hour then woke up and somehow drove home. Not a good night.

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  26. Love Beth’s Cafe…our son went there for their prom dinner…lol

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  27. So well said. Brought grins and laughter.

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  28. Mom always gave us fruit and/or fruit juice and cereal with milk. She cooked breakfast on the weekends only. When my southern born grandma showed up, it was fried everything all day, everyday!! Blech

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  29. Is this the place where the walls are covered in people’s stuff they’ve colored???

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