Seattle does drinking and eating right. In this town, coffee is an any-time-of-day drink of choice. And there's even more good news; when it comes right down to it, waffles or crepes prove an any-time-of-the-day food. But you still need a good breakfast to fuel your day! Here are 10 excellent ways to get your first meal of the day: whether you want to grab some pastries to go, relax over a crepes and coffee or dig into eggs, sausage, hash browns, benedicts, scrambles or other good old-fashioned American "comfort food" options.
Seattle's cafes, restaurants and coffeehouses offer an astonishing variety of places to get your morning started off right. There are grab-and-go options, counter cafes and plenty of sit-down booths and tables, with menu items that seek inspiration from all over the country and globe. Some of the restaurants listed here are neighborhood cafes with limited seating. Others have a few locations scattered throughout town (one is actually a Seattle-area chain).
Regardless of the exact style or scene, though, all offer something unique, from their menu themes and the preparation of their food to the vibe and decor. Wherever you land, we guarantee that these breakfast destinations will set a positive tone for carrying on with the rest of your day.
Flying Apron bakery celebrates good health by using gluten-free, vegan ingredients; whole grain wheat-free flours and non-hydrogenated oils. Diners can use alternative methods to sweeten items with such ingredients as agave, maple syrup and stevia. The best news? There's no guilt involved when sampling the cafe's goodies that range from salads and soups to the sweet (muffins, cupcakes, cookies) and the savory (personal pizzas and shepherd's pie). Chefs get creative with the mock rye bread, tofu scrambles, pepper peanut quinoa, pesto tapinade pizza and delectable veggie lasagna. A few sidewalk tables give diners a nice outdoor-dining option for when the Seattle sun shines. ((206) 442-1115)
Since 1994, Café Campagne has built a regional and national reputation "as Seattle's foremost classic French restaurant," in the venue's own words. Located just along the historic Post Alley in Pike Place Market, the welcoming restaurant offers an experience said to be "exceptional in traditional food and wine and comfortable in ambiance and service." Visitors and locals alike frequent this spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner as well as weekend brunches or a quick mid-afternoon coffee. Regional French cuisines stars here, showcasing dishes from the "French French Toast" and crab quiche to lunchtime tartines and such dinnertime gems as Duck Confit and Steak Frites. Check out the spot's annual Bastille Day activities, too! (206-728-2233)
Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge
Looking for a great place to get beignets, without making the trek to Louisiana? You've found it! Toulouse Petit Kitchen and Lounge, with its amazing French-Quarter charm and decor, offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night dining. Their "Breakfast Happy Hour" runs every week day from 8am to 11am, and the breakfast menu includes cuisine from central and southern Europe, along with regional Northwestern seafood specialties. Breakfast is walk-in only, but they do take dinner reservations. Their breakfast menu includes 'cocktails you cannot get anywhere else before mid-afternoon comes along' with the Katie Mae, the Mint Julep, and the Magnolia (a mimosa with grand marnier.) (2064329069)
Six Seven Restaurant & Lounge
As Seattle's only true waterfront hotel, The Edgewater Hotel dazzles with its picture-perfect location overlooking Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains. At this rustic-meets-modern lodge where roughly half of the hotel's 223 rooms offer stunning Bay views (the remainder face the iconic skyline), guests enjoy the Pacific Northwest-inspired decor and spectacular on-site dining at Six Seven, where patrons savor scrumptious fare inside or out. Aside from sensational panoramic views in the light-filled dining room, Six Seven visitors find teal booths, funky wood panel walls, subtly elegant chandeliers, a central stone fireplace and faux-industrial tree fixtures that bring a whimsical bent to a classy space. Savor outstanding options like the lox or "Seasonal Farm Fresh Omelet" at breakfast time; later indulge in the "Roast Penn Cove Mussels," breading-less crab cakes, cedar plank salmon and, a must-try, the gorgonzola-crusted filet mignon, adorned with forager mushroom ragout, asparagus, potato crisp and natural jus. (2062694575)
In the heart of downtown Seattle, Sweet Iron serves authentic Belgian (Liège) waffles, made with local organic ingredients whenever possible. Its central location makes it an ideal spot for tourists heading to or from Pike Place Market, and locals who work downtown find it a fine place to stop in, too. Belgian waffles prove crispy, sweet treats that are excellent for sit-down meals or for on-the-go breakfasts. Consider going the savory route, too, with options like brie and basil or roast turkey breast and havarti cheese. Mini Waffles are a fresh alternative to the typical donuts and pastries breakfast; grab a boxed dozen to go, sprinkled with powdered sugar or dipped in chocolate. (206.682.3336)
The Original Pancake House
The Original Pancake House was founded in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke in Portland, Oregon, and totally it also has locations in Seattle, Kirkland and Bothell. Breakfast here means delectable morning staples, served up in a delicious way by friendly staff in a relaxed atmosphere. Here you'll find gems like buttermilk pancakes, Swedish pancakes and a variety of waffles plus fresh speciality crepes, omelettes, corned beef hash, "three little pigs in blankets," cereals and eggs served multiple ways. The morning crowd is loyal and large, so get there early or after breakfast hours if you want to avoid a lengthy wait. (425-827-7575)
Salty's on Alki Beach
The view of the skyline is spectacular at this West Seattle hot spot, which consistently receives awards like "Best Waterfront Restaurant" and "Best Sunday Brunch in Seattle." 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)
Macrina Bakery & Café
Start your day with piping-hot fresh coffee, and accompany it with any of the wonderful breads, cakes or pastries served at Macrina Bakery. Meet with friends and plan your day, or spend some quality alone time reading the morning news; the friendly staff and cozy, welcoming cafe atmosphere at any of the locations (Belltown, McGraw or SoDo) provide pleasant surroundings in which to enjoy the freshly-baked, amazing fare whipped up in the cafe kitchen. Try gems like the brioche egg sandwich, housemade granola parfait or cafe quiche, with a rotating selection of seasonal ingredients. (Come for the delectable weekend brunch, too!) (206-448-4032)
Expertly prepared Vietnamese cuisine consistently draws a hungry crowd to this family-run restaurant (with one location in Capitol Hill and another in Bellevue). The menu changes seasonally and offers an extensive selection. Vegetarians relish the lemongrass tofu, while omnivores delight in the rich flavors unleashed in banana leaf-wrapped halibut and tamarind soup. Efficient service and reasonable prices add to the appeal, as does a rocking weekend dim sum brunch (Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). The Capitol Hill outpost recently unveiled a stunning new rooftop deck, perched high in the trees above 19th Avenue East. The space can seat between 25 to 30 guests and is accented by patio furniture, dark gray table, vibrant blue chairs plus some low green couches and tables at which to enjoy cocktails. (425-635-1112)
Breakfast available all day, from every region in America. How excellent is that? Breakfasts available from all American regions and all cuisines...all day. Scan the menu at this fun and funky American eatery, and you'll likely find your favorite region of the States soundly represented, from Southern-style Tasso ham and honey-stung fried chicken to Northwestern salmon cakes and Southwestern shrimp enchilada con queso. Indeed, 5 Spot is nothing if not dynamic, even changing its artwork and decor every so often to transport patrons to various seasonal locales. Early-risers (and late-risers, too!) take heed: their breakfast menu, available until midnight, features the likes of red flannel hash, smoked salmon scramble and homestyle biscuits and gravy. (206-285-7768)
About Corinne Whiting
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 OnTrak. 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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