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Cherry and I woke up early last Sunday to grab breakfast in Ballard before Church. Deciding on a place to eat in Ballard can be a difficult task, seeing as how there are so many awesome spots. It’s like you’re a kid in a candy store and being told, “You can only pick one piece!” We decided on Hattie’s Hat, which is located in heart of the Ballard, off Ballard Ave NW and NW Vernon Pl. The interior was dimly and is what I would picture a dive would have looked like in the 80’s.

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entrance off ballard ave nw

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parking in the back

 

The Food:

 

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hot cakes and two eggs $8

Cherry with the hot cakes which are $6 alone but added 2-scambled eggs for $2. The hot cakes were huge and had a tasty buttery sweetness. Cherry claims she could have eaten them without any syrup and enjoyed them the same! The scrambled eggs were your standard fare and completed the meal.

 

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aunt harriet’s country breakfast $11

The country breakfast featured a fresh-baked buttermilk biscuit, sausage gravy, two eggs, hashbrowns and your choice of pig. I went with eggs over easy and bacon. The biscuit was good, the eggs were well prepared, the bacon was crispy and the hash browns were your basic diner hash browns. The best part of this dish was the sausage gravy. Their sausage gravy is among the best I’ve had – having big chunks of sausage, thick and hearty, and extremely flavorful. If I would have known better, I would have asked for the entire plate to be smothered in it… however my arteries thank me not doing as such.

 

My Conclusion:

Hattie’s Hat is a very reasonably priced diner serving American favorites, which will fill you up. I would recommend getting there earlier than later, because by the time we left, there was a line out the door!

 

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Cherry and I are always looking for great breakfast joints and having read a lot of positive things about Geraldine’s Counter, we decided to come here for a Sunday Brunch. Located in the heart of Columbia City, Geraldine’s Counter sits right on the corner of Rainer Ave S and S Ferdinant St. As we approached, the first thing we noticed was the mob of people waiting outside for a table… a bitter-sweet scenario for someone that’s already hungry! The interior is very bright with an abundance of windows providing ample natural light. There is a very modern feel to this diner, due to the brightly painted walls and simple tables and chairs. Also throughout the diner, there are many paintings for sale by various artists.

 

 

The Food:

 

biscuits and gravy: homemade biscuits topped with pork sausage gravy, served with two eggs any style and hash browns

The star of this dish was definitely the gravy. There was rich flavors from the chunks of sausage and seasonings with great consistancy. The hearty biscuit did a wonderful job soaking in all the gravy goodness and also had a rich buttery flavor even without any gravy. The scrambled eggs and hashbrowns were done well and did a good job complimenting this dish.

 

geraldine’s casserole: hash browns, sausage, pepperjack, cheddar, eggs and cream layered with pico de gallo & served with toast

Whenever I think of breakfast, the things that come to mind are usually; eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, pancakes and waffles – not a casserole. So when I saw Geraldine’s Casserole on the menu, which embodied all those breakfast staples (minus the pancakes/waffles), it just made sense to order it! Served in a small casserole dish, it looked delicious –  almost a sin to dig into it! Under that top layer of egg was a very nice blend of sausage, pepperjack, hashbrowns and cream. Everything came together well, but one thing I would have liked to see was more sausage. Topping the casserole was a melted layer of chedder and fresh pico de gallo. I love pico de gallo by itself, and in this case, it added a nice kick of fresh and bright flavor!

 

strawberry & banana coffee cake

The homemade coffee cake was delicious. It had a good crunchy top layer and a moist and warm inside. The fresh strawberries and banana really made this coffee cake pop. Everything about this was great!

 

My Conclusion:

What’s awesome about Geraldine’s Counter is that they serve breakfast all day! Who doesn’t enjoy having breakfast for dinner from time to time!? But breakfast isn’t the only thing done well here. There is also a large lunch and dinner menu as well – offering diner favorites. At the end of the day, I can confindently say Geraldine’s Counter is a spot worth coming to… again… and again.

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I am going to make a bold statement and say,  EVERYONE must put down Hash House a Go Go on their bucket list – it is that amazing! A major focus for Cherry and I whenever we travel, is to hit up places that have been featured on Foodnetwork. One of my favorites, Man vs. Food ,(now known as Man vs. Food Nation) featured Hash House, and am I sure glad he did! The location in Imperial Palace can be a little tricky to find – you have to take an escalator that’s located in the middle of the casino floor near the slot-machines. There isn’t a whole lot of signage, but asking any employee will get you there. The interior has a combination of industrial meets rocker. Signed photos of celebrities cover the wall as you enter and then you immediately notice the stainless steel tables and chairs that fill the floor. Our server was awesome! He literally ran from table to table but maintained a very friendly, composed and polite demeanor the entire time. Now, for the meat and potatoes!

farm scramble: hardwood smoked bacon, avocado, onion, swiss with crispy potatoes  & biscuit

 I would consider this a “lighter” selection from HH’s menu. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the combination of bacon and creamy avocado was great. I am not crazy for swiss cheese and felt pepperjack could have spiced up the dish a little bit more. The potatoes were tasty and had a nice crunch on the outside. Hash House definitely has awesome biscuits! They’re HUGE, always fresh, and baked to perfection!

 farm benedicts: (HH original) smoked bacon, fresh tomato, fresh spinach, roasted red pepper sauce cream and two basted eggs

This benedict was really good. The roasted red pepper sauce was rich and savory and did a wonderful job blending the flavors from the bacon, tomato, spinach and eggs. Instead of an english muffin, HH uses their delicious biscuits that taste like buttery bliss in your mouth. Let me try and take you on a mouthwatering journey of each bite. After the initial blast of savory goodness from the red pepper sauce and bacon, you’re transported to the creamy calmness of the basted egg and egg yolk. That trip doesn’t last long because you’re immediately thrown into the refreshing flavors of the tomato and spinach. Entering the final descent, you are driven through the buttery biscuit and you finally land in the soft arms of the griddled mashed potatoes….I love to travel 🙂

 farm benedicts: (featured on Man vs. Food) andy’s sage fried chicken, fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs

When it comes to HH’s benedicts, one thing to keep in mind is that the pictures aren’t the most flattering or appealing. That is why you should never judge a book by its cover. Beneath that layer of chipotle sauce is the mouth watering (and high cholesterol inducing) treasure of; sage fried chicken, bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese and biscuit! Oh… and also fresh spinach and tomato. The fried chicken had great crunch and flavor – even with the sauce that was ladled all over. I had to finagle each humungous bite to make sure I was able to get everything in one shot. The bacon was full of savory goodness and really rang through this symphony of gluttony! The halved biscuit acted as the support to this structure and did a great job melding all the textures, layers and flavors together under its buttery coating. Griddled mashed potatoes also sat under this behemoth and acted as the cement that held the beams which everything rested on. Just imagine all the guilty foodie pleasures you would want – you have it in this dish. This benedict wasn’t the featured challenge on MVF but it definitely could have been! I unfortunately, was unable to conquer this meal… today, food won.

 

My Conclusion:

Do yourself a favor and go Hash House a Go Go.  Nevada is lucky to have five locations (four in Las Vegas) but there is also one in San Diego and one in Chicago. HH is truly a foodies paradise. The individual dishes are big enough to share and the prices are extremely reasonable for the amount of food that comes on each plate. Everything tastes amazing and you will not walk out hungry or disappointed. The only regret is forgetting the cot for the food coma that I suffered!

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