Seattle's Most Delicious Ways to Start Your Day

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Breakfast/Brunch restaurants in Seattle and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Maltby Cafe thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Café Campagne, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Breakfast/Brunch. Are you a traditionalist who craves two scrambled eggs, crisp strips of bacon and two slices of buttered toast with your first cup of joe? Or perhaps you'd rather spice things up with a hearty breakfast burrito, veggie-packed scramble or a stack of something sweet that oozes with syrup and mounds of fresh berries. Whatever your preference, Seattle can satisfy your taste buds at a variety of cafes, diners and welcoming eateries that know how to help guests start the day off on just the right foot. Breakfast and brunch spots can be found in the heart of the city's downtown zone or out in the neighborhoods in quaint, family-friendly settings. Suddenly, rising to that morning alarming has never seemed so enticing. 

10 Chanterelle Specialty Foods
Cozy and without pretense, this Edmonds gem enjoys a loyal local following, thanks to a refreshing combination of neighborly service and terrific, continental eats. Breakfast, which earns top billing here, features the kitchen's signature orange cornmeal waffles, cinnamon-raisin French toast and delicious omelets. Don't worry; lunch and dinner crowds, though, are not forgotten, and dishes like Shrimp Scampi San Feliciano, Main Street Meat Loaf, and lamb shank flavored by a rosemary-red wine sauce are sure to please. Gourmet coffees and sublime desserts are available as well. Sometimes it's worth a short drive to find breakfast winners located outside city limits. (425-774-0650)

9 The Georgian
Sometimes we all deserve a little treat! Some would say that this classy restaurant, accented with crystal chandeliers, potted palms, rich fabrics and other examples of extreme attention to detail, is Seattle's grandest. From elegant decor to fine Northwest cuisine, the establishment is sublime. A well-trained, knowledgeable staff serves beautifully-presented dishes, such as eggs benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes, NY steak and eggs, smoked salmon omelet and orange French toast. Impress important clients with an early-morning breakfast meeting, and usher in the day with a superb meal too. Although the experience is pricey, it's ideal for special occasions, expense accounts and other well-deserved splurges. (206-621-1700)

8 Coastal Kitchen
This lively spot is known for its quarterly-changing menu that highlights a regional cuisine. So, in addition to the regular breakfast menu, you may find specialties like New Orleans po' boy breakfast sandwich, pain perdu (New Orleans-style French toast), or a Bourbon Street omelet. If you sleep through the usual breakfast hours, don't fret -- Coastal Kitchen serves it till 3pm, and you can get the "All-Day Breakfast" any time (that's bacon, sausage, or ham, hash browns, three eggs, and toast). Local artists supply new themed pieces whenever the menu changes, and all of their masterpieces can be purchased and taken home with you. (206-322-1145)

7 Café Campagne
If you can't get a reservation for lunch or dinner at Campagne and still want to experience the award-winning, bistro-style restaurant, then try the café for brunch (served Saturday and Sunday from 8am-4pm). You can't go wrong, and you can visit nearby Pike Place market while in the area. A quintessential Parisian decor provides a delightful backdrop for a fine morning meal, including freshly squeezed orange juice and steaming coffee. Try French toast made with brioche and bourbon egg batter or a fluffy omelet stuffed with potatoes and laced with rosemary. You can also find sandwiches on the brunch menu, like the classic croque-monsieur (and madame). (206-728-2233)

6 Salty's on Alki Beach
The view of the skyline is spectacular at this West Seattle hot spot, which received a "most improved award" by a national magazine. The picture window offers a postcard-like vista. The only thing that may distract you from the scenery is Sunday brunch, regularly voted tops by Seattle's citizens in local publications. Sit on the breezy wrap-around deck or the patio, and enjoy a massive array of options, including delectable homemade cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, sausage, eggs benedict, crab, salmon, fruit, pizzas, salads, omelets, cakes, pies -- the works! Salty's also provides complimentary limo service from most downtown hotels. Ask your hotel concierge for more information. (206-937-1600, 206-937-1085)

5 Maltby Cafe
Located in an old, rural schoolhouse (circa 1911) a short drive from Seattle (in Snohomish), this Maltby charmer cures the morning blues with a wide assortment of hearty, old-fashioned country eats, including maple-syrup smothered French toast, specialty omelets, smoked salmon benedict, Greek and veggie scrambles, fruit-filled Swedish pancakes and football-sized fresh-baked cinnamon buns. Lunch too, earns rave reviews, with options ranging from soups and salads to sandwiches and heartier meat and vegetable plates. Friendly service and pleasant surroundings punctuate the experience, making this restaurant well worth the short trip from Seattle. Many breakfast items are served all day long on the week days, (425-483-3123)

4 Hi Spot Café
What was originally a lovely Victorian home has been transformed into a hip restaurant. The unbeatable breakfast menu features cheese-baked eggs, omelets, "green eggs n ham," breakfast burritos, ham steaks, bowls of granola and oatmeal and vegetarian selections like the tofu scramble, chock-full of fresh veggies. Be sure to try massive cinnamon rolls and world-class scones, and enjoy the patio during warm weather. The mid-day menu is served from 11:30am and includes fresh salads, sandwiches and soups. This eatery has been a hub of Madrona in the morning hours for some 30 years, and old-timers and newbies alike continue to relish its food and charm, (206-325-7905)

3 The Original Pancake House
This country-style favorite caters to devotees who love, as the name indicates, good, old-fashioned breakfast eats, particularly pancakes. The friendly, casual restaurant serves batter in many ways, and you'll find buttermilk pancakes, Swedish pancakes and a variety of waffles. Omelets, freshly brewed coffee, and "melt-in-your-mouth" crêpes round out the experience. The eatery fills up quickly each morning, so be prepared to wait for a table. Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, the restaurant now has one hundred-plus franchises from coast to coast. The eatery uses in its recipes ingredients like "93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, fresh grade AA eggs, hard wheat unbleached flour" and their own recipe sourdough starter. (425-827-7575)

2 Macrina Bakery & Café
Some fans say this tiny café is the best bakery in Seattle. It packs a crowd at lunch, but breakfast is a great time to relax in the cozy, artsy dining room and enjoy fresh coffee and juices. You'll also find friendly service and a massive, tempting selection of bagels, breads, French toast, tartlets, salad, freshly-baked cookies, cobblers and much more. Buy a loaf of the renowned potato bread to take along with you (day-old baked goods can usually be bought at discounted prices). Local artists often hang their masterpieces on the walls, and neighborhood folks often convene for friendly banter in this welcoming space. (206-448-4032)

1 The Dish
A great deal for your buck, this Fremonter is known all across town for its huge breakfast portions. Indeed, the place gets packed once the doors are open each AM, with the hodgepodge clientele swapping opinions on current events while enjoying traditional offerings of blueberry pancakes, corned beef hash omelets, and hearty scrambles. (Thankfully, a coffee canister outside will keep you caffeinated should you have to wait for your table.) The Dish's funky decor and upbeat music combine to make it a popular gathering spot among young folks, especially on the weekend. Lunches of delicious sandwiches and Gibraltar-sized burgers are also served. (206-782-9985)

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's backpacked around Australia, taught English in Argentina and explored (so far!) countries from Cambodia and Egypt to Turkey and China. Corinne served as associate editor at Where magazine for five years; as a freelancer, she now writes for publications like National Geographic Traveler and Amtrak's Arrive. Here in the lovely Northwest, she's  attempting to debunk the rain myths, up her coffee and live music quotient and find her Zen near/on the water.

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Chanterelle Specialty Foods 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible
COST: $$
The Georgian 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, French, Local Specialty, Regional
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Sommelier
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
Coastal Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
COST: $$
Café Campagne 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Cuisine: European, French
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
Salty's on Alki Beach 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Local Specialty
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Group Friendly, Live Music, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
COST: $$
Maltby Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms
Hi Spot Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Catering, Take Out
Neighborhood: Madrona
The Original Pancake House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Macrina Bakery & Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Waterfront
The Dish 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Take Out
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