The Varsity Inn reminds me of that restaurant in Seinfeld (help me out with the name), but a lot smaller and the waitresses don't wear uniforms. Basically, this place is a mom & pop Denny's, but the food is way better maybe because it isn't a Denny's.
I was initially drawn in by the huge yellow banner outside that advertises an insanely cheap breakfast during the week, which was perfect for me as I was attending college at the time.
The atmosphere is comfortable and filled with locals most likely strolling in from up the street where ever they live for a leisurely breakfast. I've noticed many types of people here from the elderly to the hip.
The coffee refills are prompt and the food portions huge. My favorite is the Denver omlette because I've never wanted to try anything else although the menu has everything from steaks to oatmeal. There's bound to be something on there for everyone.
Most notably the place is unpretentious. The patrons visiting the restaurant aren't scensters or hipsters and don't seem to have any other agenda but to get a good meal and a fair price with some peace and quite to read the paper. No one seems to be in a hurry to leave.
Now I eat there with a group of friends and we make plans to get their right when it opens on Saturday, when it is the most alluring because it's quiet, not packed, and it's fun to watch what types of people steadily trickle in. After 8 a.m. on a Saturday the place tends to fill up, but I've never noticed a line like at some places in Seattle on a weekend.