Hi Spot Cafe

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A mighty cinnamon roll — surely in the four-digit calorie range — is my favorite thing to eat at Hi-Spot. Aside from girth, the roll is notable for superthick veins of cinnamon sugar, rich with slivered nuts, that fill all crevices of the swirly pastry. Buttermilk biscuits are equally lovely, although by midday they are several hours old and need to be reheated. The result is dough fatigue and a thicker bite.

There is an inviting lunch menu of soups, salads and sandwiches, but I will be coming back for eggs. You can have them poached, scrambled, fried, or made into an omelet. Design your own from an ingredient list that runs from garlic and olives to sour cream, artichokes, and various pig meats, or choose from such house specialties as “El Pacifico” — loaded with layers of smoked salmon, dill cream, capers and scallions, then topped with more dill cream — and “The Round-Up” — chicken sausage, goat cheese, tomatoes and basil. Chunky home fries and toast come on the side.

One problem with this very nice, very Seattle breakfast-and-lunch cafĂ© in the Madrona neighborhood is that many locals know and like it. Expect to wait for a table, especially if you are coming for weekend brunch. It’s located in an old home, so the configuration is curious: a few tables and a long counter on the main floor, then more tables up a flight of stairs (where the kitchen is), and a bathroom with a tub on the floor above that!

What to Eat
Hi Spot Cafe, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Must-Try
Steak knife speeds access to veins of cinnamon sugar.
Hi Spot Cafe, Buttermilk Biscuit
Buttermilk Biscuit
Must-Try
Come early and buttermilk biscuits still are warm.
Hi Spot Cafe, El Pacifico
El Pacifico
Must-Try
No smoked salmon shortage in this omelet!
The Round Up
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 4pm
Monday7am - 4pm
Tuesday7am - 4pm
Wednesday7am - 4pm
Thursday7am - 4pm
Friday7am - 4pm
Saturday8am - 4pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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