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Vera’s Restaurant-4/9/11

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Location: 5417 22nd Ave


Mon-Fri: 7am-2:30pm

Sat-Sun: 8am-2pm

I awoke Saturday morning with a craving for a Greek omelette. After discussing it a for few minutes, J and I decided upon the most likely location for such a thing: Vera’s Restaurant.

Vera’s is an old school diner. A leftover from Ballard where the old school, Scandinavian, blue-collar workers out numbered the hipsters and the stroller and dog set. It only serves breakfast and lunch. The interior looks like a grandma’s kitchen with its floral wallpaper and vinyl benches. Vera’s is a no nonsense sort of place. The fanciest the menu gets is in their omelette selection and even the omelettes are translated through a white, European filter.

The Service:

The first half of the service was great. We got seated, ordered and got served in record time. The waitresses were polite and friendly. It went downhill when we were ready to leave. It took forever to get our check. Waitresses kept walking past our table even though we had our dirty dishes piled up at the end. I think waiting for our check took longer than it took to eat breakfast.

The Drinks:

I had cranberry juice. J ordered coffee, which was “actually good”.

The Food:

I ordered the Greek Village Omelette, eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes, scallions and feta, with sourdough toast and hash browns. The omelette was great. Fully cooked with crispy edges. The mushrooms weren’t mushy. The scallions were almost caramelized. The feta tasted like real, Greek feta, salty, briny goodness. The only off note were the mushy tomatoes but that’s to be expected in April so I can’t really fault them.

As to everything else, the hash browns were almost burnt on the outside but incredibly mealy inside. Greasy, nearly tasteless and probably came out of a bag. The sourdough toast was limp and barely toasted.

J tried the Biscuits and Gravy Special, with hash browns, and two eggs over medium. His opinion, “meh”. The biscuits were nothing special. The gravy tasted like it came out of a jar. He ordered his eggs “over medium” but they arrived over easy. A good over easy but not what he ordered. He described it as akin to a typical, low price hotel breakfast.

The Price:

Cranberry Juice: 1.95

Coffee: 1.95

Greek Village Omelette: 9.95

Biscuits and Gravy: 9.95

The Verdict:

My Greek omelette was really good. Completely satisfied my craving. It’s just that the rest of the breakfast was over priced for what we received. We have had better and cheaper breakfasts down the street at Bad Albert’s. Other than the omelette and the coffee nothing tasted fresh or even that appetizing.

I highly doubt that we’ll go back unless it turns out that Vera’s is the only place in Ballard where I can get a Greek omelette.

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  1. cmb
    May 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    funny you should mention the coffee. I’ve always been struck by how outstanding their coffee is.

    they rate pretty high with me overall because I love their atmosphere and they include lots of fruit with the french toast.

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