13 Coins By Kaity Teer

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Since 1967, 13 Coins has been the all-night diner of choice for Seattleites, who recognize its iconic awning with the words “twenty-four hour dining” and look forward to its cool vibe, including the high-backed, tufted booths, swiveling chairs, and open-concept kitchen.

Food Network recently honored the restaurant as one of the top five late-night restaurants nationwide. Today, 13 Coins has three locations: the flagship South Lake Union restaurant near Amazon headquarters, a Sea-Tac location, and, as of April 2015, a Bellevue location, near the Hyatt Regency.

Many Paramount Theatre goers stop by the South Lake Union location before calling it a night. 13 Coins serves breakfast all day, but unlike other all-night diners, employs a sommelier and often offers live jazz. Customer favorites include the bucket of clams and the Cobb salad.

Its name, “13 Coins,” derives from a Peruvian love story, in which a poor young man only had 13 coins to offer for beloved’s hand in marriage. Since then, according to the restaurant, “13 Coins” has come to symbolize unyielding love, care and concern. It also has set the standard for the nation’s best in late-night dining, and in the process, become a Seattle landmark.

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