402 164th St. SW
Lynnwood WA 98087
Eggs, Eggs, and more Eggs..
By: Steve G
Patty’s Eggnest is tucked away a small retail space, but adorned on the side of the building facing the street side is a large banner reading “Patty’s Eggnest: Seattle’s Best Eggs. Chef Seattle is a big fan of a good breakfast and to this date some of the best breakfast stops are Brown Bag Café and the now defunked Mom’s Diner (why did you leave us Mom?), so we decided to give it a go to check out what all the fuss is about.
As you enter the doorway of Patty’s Eggnest, you see a multitude of tables with enough floor space for two businesses. Across the way is a long overstretched counter reminiscent of the mom and pop places from the 50s and 60’s. Looking over at the left side wall is a plethora of photos, some of celebrities and other of semi-famous locals. The picture that was the most striking was Tim Robbins of Shawshank Redemption fame, quoting the enjoyable meal he had at Patty’s. We immediately looked at each other and thought, this place has a lot of history to it.
Once we hunkered down into our seats we began to inspect the menu. In the far right corner, sat a large chalkboard with the daily specials, today’s was Bratwurst and Eggs with another side note that they had run out of Swedish pancakes for the day. Sadly, we wanted to give the Swedish pancakes a try, unlike the typical pancakes that most people eat, Swedish pancakes are usually thinner and have a more eggy taste to it. Think of it as a slightly thicker crepe. Chef Seattle might have to make a second run to try them later.
The menu was packed full with a multitude of variations on the omelet. Their omelettes are prepared frittata style, which means that they are jam-packed with ingredients and served open-faced. They also served different types of burgers, sandwiches and gyros, with the list going on and on. On the back page of the restaurant was a long story about the history of Patty’s Eggnest. Surprisingly enough, the owners were Chinese and the original owners hailed from Greece. The history of the current owners spanned a lifetime of owning and operating several Chinese restaurants. Apparently they took over the restaurant and kept many of the original recipes, thanking all the patrons for their continued support.
We ordered the Biscuits and Gravy special which came with several large biscuits smothered in a thick gravy sauce and a huge helping of hash browns and scrambled eggs. We noted that the biscuits were decent, but were slightly burned on the top. Even though the top was burned the center of the biscuits were very warm and flaky. We’re guessing that they make the biscuits from scratch. Gravy was extra thick and you could feel your arteries clog with all of its unhealthy goodness. The scrambled eggs are made with 2 large AAA eggs which were well prepared and tasted great. The hash browns were very crisp on the outside, albeit not throughout the entire surface and very soft center. The orange juice is made fresh with pulp and has no added sugar.
We also ordered the Bratwurst and Eggs special. The dish came with one large bratwurst and 4 large eggs made to order served with hash browns and a choice of bread. The eggs were made sunny side up and tasted great with a heaping mound of portions for the plate. The Bratwurst was very big and was around 8 or 9 inches. (no jokes intended) Initially we thought we would get 2 or 3 brats, but other than that no complains. The sign did say "Bratwurst" (singular) and Eggs, so they lived up to their part of the bargain.
The service was decent and Chef Seattle scored at as an 8 and a 7 on the 10 point scale. One reviewer commented that the service seemed very quick and the servers were friendly and checked up on us several times. The other reviewed noted that they were attentive, but no more than what you expect at a typical restaurant. The retro diner style had a casual appeal to it and combined with the colors, tables, chairs and wall of photos gave it a real homely feel to the restaurant as if to welcome its patrons. At about $10+ per plate the cost may at first seem a little steeped but the large portions make up for the price. While it may be Chinese owned now, none of the style, flavor, or comfort is lost in Patty’s Eggnest and we recommend a stop to try out their menu if you’re ever in the neighborhood.
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