I can’t tell you how many times I’ve driven down 85th right past 4 Spoons Cafe and thought, “Hmmm…that might be a good place to go”, but had never stopped in. Most of that owed to the fact that in Seattle, we just don’t usually go out for breakfast. ”Going out” usually entails swinging by a bakery and grabbing some pastries. But with Jennifer’s dad in town, we decided that we would get up and go in search of a nice, heartier breakfast, and I thought this would be the time to check out 4 Spoons.
4 Spoons is located right on NW 85th St. just past 8th Ave. NW as you are heading toward Golden Gardens. It’s an interesting location in that it is right near a Shell, a sort of sketchy looking liquor store, some dry cleaners, a rundown former dance club, and some nicer new condos. It’s a pretty simple, older building, but there is easy parking which is a definite bonus for that area. We parked and walked in where we were greeted by a very warm, homey environment. The decor was very simple; a few pictures and paintings on the walls. There was a wood burning fireplace in the middle of the room, with a lot of exposed brick. The kitchen was actually open, and right in the middle with tables in the front of the building and more in the back.
We took our seat right near the fireplace and started flipping through the menu. It wasn’t huge, but was full of your breakfast staples; pancakes, eggs, French toast, omelettes. I was definitely leaning toward the pancakes until our waitress informed us of the specials. One was a sausage hash and the other was Joe’s special. I debated between the two of them before opting for the Joe’s special and a cup of coffee. Jack ended up going for the hash.
Joe’s special is a very simple breakfast. It’s hamburger, onion, egg, spinach and parmesan cheese all mixed together in a scramble. This was served with home fries. And it was good. It was actually better than good, it was excellent. The eggs were well done, nice and light. The spinach was wilted nicely, and the hamburger was very flavorful. I’m not entirely sure how it was seasoned, but it was just done very well. The cheese added just the appropriate amount of saltiness, though I did add some black pepper because I like a little extra. The home fries were nice and crispy on the outside, but still moist on the inside.
It was a wonderful breakfast, and one that I will definitely be going back for at some points, possibly when my parents visit the next time. Really the only negative of the breakfast was that the fire had all but gone out in the wood burning stove as it was not properly tended. Though Jack did note that he could get up and get it going again because there were still sufficient coals (the Alaskan in him just can’t handle improper treatment of fires…). For a nice simple breakfast place in Greenwood, 4 Spoons is definitely worth checking out. It’s a great little neighborhood find, and really epitomizes the reason that I live in the city and am fighting all urges to ever move to the Eastside.