Re:A Trip to the Pacific Northwest
Thu, 12/15/11 1:48 PM
Sunday November 27, 2011 As usual, I was up way too early. When Mariton showed no signs of stirring, I headed out to Countryside Donut House on my own. Located in a small strip mall, a short distance from I-5, I was very happy to see lights on upon arrival around 6:00AM. That soon changed when I walked in and saw the cases practically empty. There was nobody up front, but I could here a lot of activity in the back. It was a few minutes before they realized a customer was here, so I killed time rereading their mention in the Stern's 500 Things To Eat book. The man who came out was very apologetic, but it seems they overslept this morning and the donuts weren't ready yet. I asked how long and he told me at least another 30 minutes. Not having that long to wait, I bought a couple of old fashioned donuts, left over from the day before. But, before I could leave, he mentioned he had some cake donuts just about done and he would be happy to ice them for me anyway I wanted. We eventually settled on a coconut one for Mariton and a peanut butter one for me. The bag didn't get opened until I reached our room and the smell got Mariton out of bed. She ate hers along with the coffee I grabbed in the lobby. I got to tell you, the fresh, incredibly light, still warm cake donuts were the best I have ever had in my life. And she agreed with me. We got packed up, dressed and checked out of the hotel. But before we left Seattle, we stopped for breakfast at Beth's Cafe. Beth's is a 24 hour a day diner that has been around since the 1950s. No doubt, this place is very popular with the 2:00AM just left the bars crowd. This place has an enjoyable sense of fun, which shows in their sign, which says "Handling Your Huevos Since 1954". The inside is typical diner, with two dining rooms. Both rooms are decorated in signs and drawings that Beth's customers creat on their own. There is paper and crayons/pens on each table if you are feeling creative. Beth's claim to fame is their humungous 12 egg omelets. Sitting at a table next to us were six young guys, all taking on one of these monster omelets. They were happy to let me snap photos of their half eaten breakfasts and even let me get a group shot. As near as I could tell, none of these guys were able to eat and entire own themselves, which is certainly no reason to hang your head in shame. The menus themselves are, shall we say, well worn. And each of our menus had a different, cool, artistic cover. This one was mine. My days of possibly eating a 12 egg omelet are long over and the only other size of omelet they have is a 6 egg. I did give that some consideration, but we had a long day ahead. I eventually settled on a more reasonable 3 egg Ham Scramble, with sauteed ham and cheddar cheese. Honestly, there wasn't anything special about the ingredients, but some places just have a knack for making eggs and Beth's is apparently one of those places. Nice crispy hashbrowns came on the side. As for Mariton, it was more oatmeal, with milk and brown sugar. To drink, she usually gets coffee (she gave the strong coffee here a thumbs up) and water, while I get a large orange juice and water. Noticing the impressive roster of milkshakes, I ordered a blueberry one. Unfortunately, this was the one item we didn't like. It was too thin, had way too much whipped cream and really didn't taste very blueberryish. To pass time while we were waiting for the food, Mariton started a drawing of her own, while I checked out all the ones already hanging. There were a lot of strange ones, as you could expect and here are some of my favorite ones. And here is Mariton's contribution to the wall and I think she did a nice job on it. As we were almost finished with our food, a family of six behind us received their 12 egg omelet. They started snapping photos of it, so I thought I should join in. I don't even think a 20 year old version of myself would be able to eat this entire thing. They were also nice enough to send over a small sampling of it and it was really good. The service at Beth's was excellent and as you can tell, Mariton and I thoroughly enjoyed our experience here. Still, I would like some kind of explanation of why the food here is so good. Ah, THAT explains it! Beth's Cafe 7311 Aurora Avenue N Seattle, WA 206-782-5588 We got back in the car and headed south towards Portland.
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