You can tell things are kind of quiet around here because all I have to write about is a restaurant review in the Seattle times that annoyed me. It was all about the skillet diner on capitol hill. Skillet diner fans.... don't get your panties in a twist. I 've never eaten there. I'm sure it is a perfectly acceptable dining experience. My problem is with the Seattle times reviewer who insisted on calling it a diner. While it might meet the Merriam Webster definition of Diner 'a restaurant shaped like a dining car'. It doesn't meet the American classic perception. Their description of the place makes it sound like every other restaurant in downtown Seattle... with a gimmicky twist. For the price tags.... its sounds overcrowded. $19 salisbury steak and $14 hamburgers? Thanks to the review, I'm not going near the place. Thanks to the review I now have a longing to visit my favorite 'real' diner, Leenas Cafe on 15th in Shoreline. Their food is "Diner' food. The prices might not be 1978 but the atmoshpere and attitude is. Their $9 salisbury steak isn't a rib eye. Its ground round smothered in brown gravy. Their $6 hamburgers are ....well... hamburgers. Their beverage menu consists of cola products, coffee,tea,lemonade, water and some beers. The dessert cabinet contains peach pie, apple pie, coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie and and if you order the petite dinner it comes with (are you ready for this?) Tapioca! Its one of the few places left in the Seattle area where you can still grab a friend and go for coffee and pie without maxing out your credit card! The best thing about Leenas is the service. Your server is your server. She (I've never seen a male server in the 5 years I've been going there) takes your order, brings your drinks and food and checks frequently to see if you need anything. Each server has a section (the old fashioned way) and she is always present (if she's not , she's just getting another customers order from the kitchen.) You are never more than 2 minutes and eye contact away from a soda refill or extra gravy for your biscuits. The be-uniformed servers are not out to impress you with expressions of their individuality or coolness. They are not hip, they are working. You know they are working, you can see them working and it makes you want to leave a fat tip. With Leenas prices it makes tipping fat easy. I mean really.... Dinner for 2 with at least 20 percent tip for under $30 . When was the last time you saw that? That, Seattle Times reviewer, is a diner. A classic all American diner.