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Breakfast at Atlas Foods in Seattle

Tom Armitage | Jul 29, 200205:12 AM

In looking for good places for breakfast in Seattle, I was encouraged to learn that Atlas Foods in University Village is under common ownership with other highly acclaimed breakfast spots, namely, Jitterbug, 5 Spot Café, and Coastal Kitchen. I haven’t been to any of these sibling restaurants, but in searching the Chowhound posts on Seattle breakfast places they were frequently recommended. So off I went to Atlas with high hopes. Atlas always features a geographic “theme” which changes every few months or so. The present “theme” at Atlas is Mexican, and I ordered an egg scramble with chorizo, avocado, and Mexican cheese. I carefully explained to my waitress that I like my eggs “very, very, very, very soft.” She heard me loud and clear but, alas, when my order arrived, the eggs were hard cooked. My waitress graciously volunteered to replace the eggs, and they were better on the second try. But the egg dish still did not score high. There was plenty of chorizo, which I assume was house made since it was bland and didn’t come close to tasting like an authentic Mexican chorizo. There wasn’t much cheese and there were precious few pieces of avocado. The result was an egg dish that was, on the second try, more-or-less okay on texture, but short on flavor. Whatever flavor there was came mostly from the salsa. And the accompanying red potatoes were so overcooked as to be all but inedible. I won’t be returning to Atlas. It didn’t compare to the breakfasts I’ve had so far at Patty’s Eggnest in Wallingford, my current fave despite the lousy coffee and non-greasy hash browns. The search for a great breakfast place continues.

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