A diner's oversized booths and oversized pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-sized props. Take refuge in an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of diner eats Friday through Monday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m.—or $23 worth, seven days a week, after 2 p.m.—at Roxy's Diner.
Declaring itself "Real East Coast on the West Coast," Roxy's dishes out some of Seattle's only New York–Jewish-style diner fare, loading its menu with hot, juicy pastrami sandwiches, dense bagels, and velvety cheesecake. With appropriate Big Apple–bravado, Roxy's dubs its E.O.B. (egg on bagel) the best breakfast sandwich in Seattle and stacks it high with egg, cheese, and your choice of turkey, bacon, ham, sausage, pastrami, corned beef, or salami (starting at $2.75). Lunchtime mountaineers, meanwhile, can scale a deli sandwich's heap of salted cured meats, including pastrami, brisket, chicken liver, and corned beef. Each sandwich comes flanked by a pickle and a choice of soup, fries, tater tots, potato salad, or cole slaw ($9.25–$15.95). For an extra $1.50, sink your teeth into fluffy matzo dumplings in matzo-ball soup. Breakfast specialties, burgers, soups, and salads round out the Eastern seaboard of fare. Wash down the wreckage with something from the respectable list of wine and beer—or savor a sweet finish with a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry egg-cream ($1.95).
Roxy's vibrant décor presents an eclectic melding of retro diner kitsch and Ken Kesey's psychedelic bus "Furthur." Red-topped tables and black banquettes hunker down amid a day-glo mural and an overall design scheme as heavily painted as a practitioner of the world's oldest profession—clowns. Hang with the regular crowd during peak hours, or come after 2 p.m. and get an extra $3 value toward your gleeful gut-stuffing.
“Only the best pastrami and corned beef are used here,” raved Frommer’s, a publication that’s been known to get around just a bit. But Roxy’s Diner doesn’t just stock quality meats—it also knows what to do with them. In the tradition of New York Jewish delis, cooks pile hot, tender slices of pastrami on light rye bread and top it off with deli mustard. The tradition continues in the classic reuben, a bulging feast of corned beef, homemade sauerkraut, melted swiss, and Thousand Island dressing. Diners can upgrade their sandwiches to New York size, which is big enough to clog a subway station. Add a pickle and a steaming bowl of matzo ball soup, and you have a meal that’s as comforting as it is delicious.
Though Roxy’s robust sandwiches may physically tower over the breakfast dishes, the morning fare is equally as enticing. The challah french toast features two hefty slices of egg bread soaked in vanilla custard and cooked to a golden brown and breakfast sandwiches feature bagels from Seattle Bagel Bakery. The pastrami hash is a perfect middle ground between breakfast and lunch. And the cheese blintzes feature sweet farmer’s cheeses stuffed inside thin crepes and served with strawberry fruit sauce.
462 N 36th St.
Seattle, Washington 98103Get Directions