Caffe Minnies is open 24 hours, but I've only tried it at either very late after the clubs and bars close, or very very early in the morning (e.g. around 5 am).
I asked the late night front desk person in the Westin downtown sometime around 3:30 4:00 am where I could grab a good breakfast, and she mentioned this place.
Minnies has sort of a "street" / bohemian personality with lots of character and more than a few characters for staff and customers, but as an ex-musician it was right up my alley, .. the kind of place that is perfect to have breakfast after a gig at 3:30 in the morning.
All the free papers to read (Seattle weeklies) while you wait for your breakfast, excellent people-watching, my waitress was really kind and helpful, and the food was great.
I'm not a "hair-of-the-dog" type person, but if you're either trying to avoid, postpone, or recover from a hangover, this would be one good place to do it.
The mens john was a blizzard of grafitti, but clean.
Caffe Minnies and the 5-Point Cafe are two places any nightowl or adventurous soul would not want to miss.
(We used to have the Oasis/Last American Diner in Boulder which was very similar, but it closed, so I really enjoyed Minnies)
Favorite Dish: I had the "Frank Sinatra" omelet. Really delicious, with italian sausage, garlic & mushrooms & gawd knows what else, but it was tasty.
I managed to abstain from the bloody marys, but they probably make a decent one here.
Coffee (as expected) was really good also.
a very cool, very lively local diner... think HUGE hot breakfasts and a lively service staff that occassionally sings and "shakes their groove thang" to the disco playing in the kitchen... if you can't handle the question "Smoking or Non?" when you enter a restaurant, perhaps this place isn't for you... but if you can handle the fact that someone may be chainsmoking a pack of Marlboros in the back of the Flat Iron shaped diner, you will LOVE this place!
Favorite Dish: Order the DUTCH BABIES...they are worth the wait!
(takes 25 minutes to prepare, so don't order if you are in a hurry...) Think Soufflet style pancake.... melts in your mouth and is like nothing else I have had for breakfast.
I don't like pancakes and almost passed this up - I am happy I didn't!
Actually, what we did was order a breakfast and split a Dutch Baby for desert.
(The photo is of Eggs, Ground Sirloin and Breakfast Potatoes... I did not get a photo of the Dutch Baby - it went too fast!!)
For a Dutch Baby recipie and information, see link below: