Seattle >Food & Dining > Glo's
1621 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810247.619333 -122.324561
Neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, Broadway
A tiny spot, often slammed, lines out the door. But come in off hours and be prepared to be dazzled by the best damn breakfast in Seattle, especially when it comes to the riffs on Eggs Benedict, from the classic to the veggie, this dish is haute. The hollandaise makes it. And the crispy hash browns are pretty darned good, too.
If you're a breakfast at midnight type of person this is certainly the joint for you. Doors to this popular late night eatery don't even open up until midnight. Classic fare awaits the hungry masses.
Didn't live up to the hype – An acquaintance recommended Glo's restaurant and warned us there would be a wait. We waited for 45 minutes for a BAD table (right next to the restrooms) and then waited another 30 minutes to get our order taken. It was packed and loud.
The corned beef hash and the eggs benedict were suggested by our server, so we ordered them. The corned beef hash had apparently been pureed in a food processor. It didn't taste very good to either of us. The benedict was good, but certainly not great; I've had better. Heck, I make it better! The breakfast WAS NOT worth nearly 30 dollars!
Service is slow.... – but who cares? Good things come to those who wait. In this case, GREAT things come to those who really wait ... for a long time. Everything about this place is slow. Just be patient, plan to have a 2 - 2.5 hour experience, and be patient some more.
It means something when a place has food so good that they can treat you with indifference, and you still feel the need to tip high because of the exceptional tastes.
I only wish I could go more often. Go during the weekdays. The weekends are horrible. They've changed the hours for Friday and Saturday night: Midnight-4pm. Yes, you heard that right. I haven't been at 3am, but it's an intriguing proposition.
Glo - on the go, but a little slow.. – Upon stepping into this small diner style cafe on Saturday morning around 9:30am, I was greeted by a very friendly hostess. It was very crowded and I was lead to the last table available in a little corner near the restrooms. There were fresh purple and yellow daisies on the nice wood table.The service was slow, but the atmosphere was lively and interesting with conversation all around and copies of “The Stranger” and “Seattle Weekly” available to peruse through. The coffee was unexpectedly yummy given the “Denny’s” style mugs it was delivered in. They also brought water with no ice! This was a special treat, because I really don’t like ice in my water. I don’t know if this was intentional, and when I looked around no one else had ice either, so if this is their standard way of serving water, I have to give them kudos!
When my food arrived it was artistically presented on the plate (with a pink grapefruit garnish -instead of the standard orange garnish most establishments use-really nice touch), but they got part of the order wrong which they quickly corrected. My eggs were cooked to a perfect ‘over medium’ (this is very rarely done correctly-usually eggs are undercooked), but they were a little too salty for my taste. The bacon was your average diner bacon, nothing to get excited about, the hash browns were flavorful with just the right amount of crispy layer, and the wheat toast had just the right amount of butter melted on it. Overall a good experience. But be aware this place is popular and does get crowded..by the time I left around 10:30am there was a line out the door.
What's not to love?! – This tiny little breakfast joint is incredible! I am something of a eggs benedict connoisseur, and these are by far the BEST. The hollandaise is absolute perfection! You may have to wait a bit because this place is pretty popular, but you'll have a delicious cup of coffee in the meantime. A word to the wise...call ahead and place your name on the list...you won't wait as long. What you will do is enjoy a DELICOUS breakfast in a small and quant restaurant. Enjoy!
I had to give it 1 star because there was no 0 star rating – Ridicuosly long wait for dirty tables, chairs, menus - and how long has that jam been in the jar on the table? The service was HORRIBLE by everyone, our food was cold and bland when we FINALLY received it. Had to beg for our check so we could get out of there!
I have no idea why anyone would give them their service - I know I never will again. I am assuming that this was a great dive breakfast joint in the past, but no longer.
Sigh – I have signed up solely to give this place a bad review. Let me preface: I used to love Glo's. On a lovely summer day, this place is great. The hour wait isn't so bad when you can bask in the sun. And the food here really is fantastic. I would also like to say that I have worked in restaurants for five years, instilling in me a great empathy and patience with servers, cooks, and restaurant staff. I understand how stressful and awful it can be. I totally get it.
Having said that, the servers at Glo's have absolutely no idea what they are doing. I'm throwing in the towel on this restaurant. I give up. So Glo's, if someone comes up to put their name on the list and asks how long of a wait, here's a tip: look at the list, look at the room of full of tables, and tell them the truth. If there is at least two turns worth of people on the list before them, TELL THEM THE TRUTH. I was told 30 minutes to 40 minutes. I waited patiently. Then, after fifty minutes, I asked how much longer. They told me there was one table before me. I asked them how much longer they think that would be and the server, irritably and condescendingly, explains to me, "Well that all depends on how long people take to eat." YES, I KNOW THIS. However it also depends on how long YOU take to take their order, make their food and give them their check. I guess that's hard to gauge when you are standing outside talking to friends. YOU work here so YOU know how long it will be. I am trying not to presume, so I am asking you. I ask again. She says twenty minutes. Oh, okay, so the first time, when you said 35 minutes, you meant an hour and ten minutes. Thank you, so much, for that clarification. Thank you for stringing me along. If you had told me the truth the first time, I wouldn't have even bothered waiting. But if you just slowly add on more time every twenty minutes or so, I'll keep waiting, won't I?
Glo's, screw you. You aren't worth it.
Warning – Wow, I heard this was a great place to have a good breakfast...Hmmm. Well lets see you wait out in the rain for over 20 minutes then you are seated by the (not happy) waitress o here menus thrown down on the table. Then 20 minutes later the water arives waitress off again another 20 minutes your order is taken hoping for a coffee refill, NOT 20 minutes after that your order dropped and you better ask for anything you aare going to need then including the check unless you have alot of time on your hand. I order the california eggs beny, the cook lost one yok in the water and the other was hard boiled. To sum it up save yourself some time well alot of time and pass on this GLO' experience.
You want them to polish your boots, too? – Glo's is one of the best places for breakfast/brunch in town. They freshly squeeze the orange juice. They do take the time to make your meal the right way. The short, brunette waitress is awesome, and remembers you. My boyfriend and I have been going here for over 2 years, when we moved about 2 blocks away. They NEVER had an issue with to-go orders, even happily chopping up my boyfriend's side of sausage. I took my mom and my aunt here for a late breakfast one day, and they LOVED it, asking every time they're in town if we can go to Glo's. Mom and Dad have gone there with me and my boyfriend on a few occasions, and have always been treated very well. I always have the eggs blackstone, which is amazing, and I've tried to replicate it at other places when I can't have Glo's. If you arrive before 1pm, yeah, you're going to wait, because it's that good. But if you can't understand that, and get all butt hurt that the waitress doesn't immediately pounce on you because, heaven forbid, she might actually think you'd like a few minutes with the menu and to relax and chitchat with your companions, or, even more unheard of, that she might actually be BUSY, then move along. More coffee and o.j. for me, and others like me who love Glo's!
What is all the hype about ? ? – A trendy dive?
A cool "in the know" spot?
Because it?s not a chain?
There?s something that brings diners to Glo's. Is it the coffee that you can sip while you?re waiting for your table? Is it the fresh made daily hollandaise sauce? For us, it was because we have read in every Seattle rag and online review about how great Glo?s is. . . . What have we been missing? Well as it turns out, not much.
If you go, bring a book or an entertaining companion and a lot of time on your hands.
Sipping our coffee with others out front, we waited over 40 minutes for our table (a very popular place) though we could see that they were slow to clean/turn the tables. There were only 2 servers, but come on, there are only 13 tables.
Once sat, our server came by our table a few times - water pitcher, coffee pitcher - but wouldn?t take our order (?. . . I?ll be back to take your order?). The ladies were doing a lot of hanging out behind the counter though, talking, enjoying the morning, taking names for the wait list, but definitely not rushed.
20 minutes at the table and our order was finally taken after we had to ask, again. Apparently, there was some confusion over which tables were sat before the others (the server told me the order that you are sat is the order that they take your food order) so we sat some more.
The menu is expansive and there is something for everyone. We had the California Benedict (of course) and the simple one egg breakfast and began another waiting game. Again , bring a book or share The Stranger.
Food took another 25 minutes (2 cooks, but again, only 13 tables).
We had invested over 2 ? hours into this experience.
I would?ve tipped more, but they just didn?t deserve it.
Coffee: good, then again, it?s coffee and this is Seattle.
Hollandaise: overrated, way too lemony.
Service: very slow but with a smile.
Time: Efficiency would improve wait times outside and at the table.
Would I go back: not a chance.
Always happy! – Can't go wrong. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Owner/chef Julie makes a mean eggs benedicts! Be sure to order the coffee cake while you are waiting for your meal... super yummy!!!!!
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