Food from around the globe

At the top of Queen Anne Hill sits a restaurant that can take you around the globe or bring you in for some classic American comfort food.

With a rotating "Food Festival" that changes every three months, 5 Spot brings diversity to this quaint neighborhood. 5 Spot spices the place up for customers and staff with a new menu, decorations and music in accordance to the city or region it is highlighting. Last month the theme was "Oregon." This month it’s "North Shore" (San Francisco).

The atmosphere is up-beat, and the restaurant is vibrant and colorful with decorations ranging from regional art to local artists, which can be bought by customers, to papier-mache creations. With the decor there are placemats that are also created specific to the location with pictures and geographical and historical facts.

Besides the rotating festival items, 5 Spot has an extensive menu that does not change. Although they are most famous for their selections of wonderful breakfasts, they also serve a wide variety of salads, soups, sandwiches and dinner entrees.

The menu is filled with traditional American favorites such as 5 Spot’s Hamburger Sandwich with fries ($11.75), Billy Bob’s Charbroiled Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and gravy ($14.75) and Honey Stung Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables ($16.25, only available after 5 p.m.).

My favorite dish is a filling egg plate: the Herbacious Omelet at $8.75, a meal for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. This omelet is filled with freshly chopped herbs with scallions and Jarlsburg cheese. The omelets come with a large serving of 5 Spot’s hash browns, which are pleasantly crispy on the top layer and filled with spices. Toast also comes with the egg plates or can be substituted with coffee cake for an additional $1.50.

If you’re craving something sweet for breakfast, there is the Cinnamon Swirl French Toast which is dipped in vanilla batter, griddled and served with Nat’s caramel for $9.

There is a full bar where cocktails are served, namely a pint of Pabst Blue Ribbon for a buck, but 5 Spot is better known for its comfort food than its bar scene.5 Spot can get busy on the weekends, especially on Sunday mornings, so plan on waiting at least 15 minutes after you put your name in. The restaurant has a lot of seating, with comfortable booths perfect for big groups or families. There is also an additional room in the back of the restaurant that seats 28 and provides a more private setting.

Although the restaurant can get busy, with a line going out the door on weekend mornings, the waiters are friendly and manage to stay quick on their feet. Despite feeling as if there were a rush to get you seated, the eating experience is laid-back and the waiters don’t leave you feeling rushed through your meal. They are quick to ask you how your food is and refill drinks, especially water, which is served in cool-looking mason jars.

This is a great place for SPU students to catch a meal because it’s close to campus and breakfast is served late, from 8:30 a.m.to 3 p.m., with lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner is available from 4 p.m. to midnight with $5 dishes from 10 p.m. to midnight. These late-night dishes are a great bargain for hungry and economically strapped students. The restaurant is closed from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re looking for a great breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night meal, 5 Spot hits the spot with its delicious food served at reasonable prices in a lively and hip atmosphere. It’s located at 1502 Queen Anne Ave. N. on the corner of Galer Street. If you have a group of six or more, call for a reservation at 206-285-7768. Cash, Master Card, Visa and local checks are accepted.

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Title: Food from around the globe | Author: Whitney Gates | Section: Features | Published Date: 2008-12-10 | Internal ID: 5752