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Aug 11, 2003 06:06 PM

Seattle Breakfast

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After about a decade in Seattle, I've developed a few favorite places for breakfast. I list them below, in the hopes that people will respond by identifying a few of their own favorites:

5 Spot/Coastal Kitchen/Atlas Foods
Very good scrambles and french toast.

Madison Park Cafe
Great blintzes, scrambles, and french toast. Service can kind of suck if you draw the wrong server, though.

Palisade for Sunday brunch
Tasty banana/macadamia pancakes, whacked-out benedicts (on a scone), and "salady" brunch buffet.

El Greco
Just tried for the first time this weekend. Excellent french toast, and a good chrorizo and manchego omelet.

Orig. Pancake House (Kirkland)
Good waffles and pancakes.

Maltby Cafe (Snohomish)
Amazing, great big, dairy-packed breakfasts of all sorts. Particularly like the country benedict, served on a remarkable biscuit, and gigantic cinammon rolls.

So, whatcha got?


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  1. c

    My vote has to go to the Longshoreman's Daughter in Fremont...incredibly toasty blueberry buckwheat pancakes, fresh OJ, and (of course) real maple syrup. There's often a hefty wait on the weekends, but the service moves quickly. And on the weekdays, it is a wonderfully quiet way to start the morning.

    Oh, and the egg dishes look terrific, although I've been unable to stray from the pancakes since I first tried them last fall. But among other things, I've tasted, the whole-wheat challah toast is nothing short of gorgeous, and the strawberry jam in a pot on each table is vibrant and delicious.

    1. Brasserie Margaux in the Warwick Hotel does a fantastic breakfast. Their quiches and ommelettes/scrambles are particularly good and everything is served with basket of hot from the oven pastries.

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      1. re: tighe

        We ate breakfast at Brasserie Margaux yesterday (Sunday). My husband said his eggs benedict w/smoked salmon was the best he's ever had. The complimentary fruit and assortment of warm pastries they give everyone are SOOO tasty. I had the white egg omelet with artichokes, spinach and chevre. Wish I could eat there every Sunday.

        1. re: KathyR

          We almost went there too.....I wonder why we both thought of that ;).

          I was worried that it was going to require that I get dressed up, which I didn't feel like doing. Was it dressy?

          1. re: Lauren

            I've never thought of BM as being dressy and you can always depend on some jeans and t-shirt clad hotel guest to make you look good by comparison. I've never worn anything nicer than khakis and a button-down and they still seem happy to see me....

            1. re: Lauren

              We had no one to compare ourselves too. There were literally no other patrons, which makes me worry about the place. But as tighe said, since it's in a hotel, I'm sure many folks eat there in very casual clothes before their day of sightseeing.

          2. re: tighe

            How expensive was it, at least approximately?

            1. re: BradS

              If you go to their web page (link below) you can look at their menus for breakfast and brunch. I wouldn't say their prices are cheap, as breakfast goes, but not expensive either.


              1. re: tighe

                Stayed at this hotel six years ago, and ate breakfast there. Since then, I've tried many places in Seattle for breakfast, and must admit that they still make it on my top ten list.

          3. my favorite seattle breakfast is served at glo's in capiol hill, hands down. if you blink you might miss it, and go on the weekend between 10 and 3 and you'll be waiting a while for a table, but once you're in you can't help but be delighted. the scrambles and omelettes are divine, my usual sidekick swears by the eggs benedict. don't overlook the seasonal pancake specials, either. (i'd skip the vegetarian biscuits and gravy, the only thing we've tried there that has been good but not great.)


            1. It's been a year or two since I was a regular, but I have had really good workingone's breakfasts at the Salmon Bay Café, 782-5539, 5109 Shilshole NW, North end of Ballard Bridge. Across the bay (Salmon Bay, dontcha know) from Chinooks, breakfast all day and bnring the family. Definitely a working-person’s sort of hangout, the Home Fries are hash browns done right, and the daily specials can be truly amazing. In Spring I've had pancakes made with Fresh local strawberries, in summer,Yakima apricots.
              I'm a little afraid there might have been a change of owners, but this one is worth a trip and maybne the new owner's understood the neighborly/neighborhood vibration that was the genius of the place.
              see also post series around 2/13/03

              1. Hands down, I go with Sunday brunch at Kingfish. The eggs benedict on crab/catfish cakes are to die for; they have the tastiest scrambled eggs and buttermilk biscuits almost as good as my father's.

                After that, I vote for (in order)1. Cafe Campagne, especially for the poached eggs on brioche in the red wine and foi gras sauce, dear lord; 2. Le Pichet; 3. Cafe Besalu, not for full breakfast, but for coffee and an outstanding pastry, oh yeah; 4. Chinooks.

                I've had tons of people recommend the Hi Spot, but I found the food way underseasoned. El Greco I liked quite a bit; they could stand to fear salt a little less, but it's a situation easily rectified. Salmon Bay Cafe is quite good too.

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                1. re: Bunny-Bunny

                  You and I are on the same page, I consider those recs absolutely Seattle's best breakfast! I might drop Chinook (and I haven't heard of Besalu) and add Macarina or Tom Douglas's Greek place and my neighborhood favorite St. Cloud's.